Out of the second Lesmo and a 190mph ride down a narrow chute, patches of shade and light from the canopy of overhanging trees. Then it opens into brightness. But that light is only an ambush, for there's an accomplice lying in wait: Ascari chicane.
Down a gear and a thread-the-needle entry left before it then opens out, the right and left that follow just a flow of acceleration. That piece between the beginning of the braking to the first exit is key, the only important part, the mid-corner minimum that will determine the speed all the way down to the distant Parabolica.
There is a huge variety in the quality of the cars here. From the Hondas - the drivers of which have to lose so much speed under braking just to make the initial turn that they are accelerating back up to speed on exit where others are still fighting for control, going much quicker - to the McLarens, the only cars seemingly unaffected by the changing direction of the airflow as they make the initial turn.
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