As much fun as driving the track is it is also great to watch the other cars handle the circuit. The driving styles and times are as much determined by capability (car and driver) as by a growing need to nurture the cars to ensure they exit Russia and continue on to the finish. These are now very different stresses to those imposed by Mongolia and the first few days in Russia but squealing tyres, heavy braking, hard acceleration and the lateral load of heavily laden cars is likely to cause some problems for some.

However a track is a huge temptation and all of the above are generally on view. I didn’t see anyone spin but we couldn’t wait to watch everyone.

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