When you think about the most challenging corners in motorsport, Monza's Parabolica, Suzuka's Esses and Turn 8 at Istanbul Park immediately spring into mind, don't they?
But what about this one for size; Turn 1 at Oschersleben. Right about now I'd guess most of you are thinking, 'what planet is this guy on?' Stick with me though, there's logic behind the apparent madness.
All hell is about to break loose out of Turns 1 and 2 © suttons
Oschersleben isn't exactly what you'd call a driver's circuit. Opened in 1998 and located about halfway between Hannover and Berlin - i.e. the middle of nowhere in the old East Germany - a succession of long and tedious second and third gear corners punctuated by short straights don't leave the great and the good of international racing itching to return (or even hang around, given how quickly some of the drivers left after last weekend's DTM round).
But in among its 2.293 miles is a corner of immense challenge. Tightened up in 2007, Turn 1 is a brute of a corner; 90 degrees with little or no margin for error on the way in or out and a massively compromised run through the long right-hander that follows for anybody applying the power too early.
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