130r could be more of a challenge - Vergne

By on Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Jean-Eric Vergne believes that Suzuka's infamous 130r corner could be more of a challenge this year due to the reduced downforce levels of the 2014 cars.

Vergne finished sixth in Singapore but will miss the first practice session at Suzuka as Toro Rosso opts to hand Max Verstappen an outing in the STR9.

Vergne believes that drivers may have to be wary of the fast left-hander towards the end of the lap.

"Suzuka is one of the best tracks on the calendar," he said. "I don’t expect this year’s new technical regulations to require much of a change in terms of how we approach it.

"I am not sure how it will suit our car. If I have to pick one part of the circuit I like best, it would be the high speed esses that start the lap and, with having less downforce this year, the 130R might be more of a challenge than in the past."

Sauber rival Adrian Sutil, who has yet to score a point this season, also reckons the corner will provide drivers with a sterner test.

"We need to have a stable car with a lot of downforce, and a front that responds quickly while turing in," he said.

"The last sector is good for overtaking due to the DRS zone. In general the track is narrower compared to the more modern ones, and the run-off areas have gravel and grass, which does not allow room for mistakes. Moreover, I believe it will be difficult  to go flat out through the very fast 130R left corner due to the reduced downforce of this year’s cars."

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