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Fastest and slowest turns on the F1 calendar

Fastest and slowest turns on the F1 calendar

F1 will visit 24 tracks in 2024 as part of a record-breaking season for the sport. Amongst the tracks are some iconic corners including the Monaco Loews hairpin and the Eau Rouge/Raidillon sequence at Spa. Every track brings its own unique layout to the calendar, with a variety of corners that are both loved (and hated) by drivers and fans.  

Here’s everything you need to know about the slowest and fastest corners during the 2023 F1 season, according to data by the Mercedes Archive:  

What are the slowest corners in F1?

Circuit de Monaco – Loews Hairpin – 27mph (45kph)

Unsurprisingly, the slowest corner on any F1 track is the Loews Hairpin on the Circuit de Monaco. The corner is one of the most iconic on the F1 calendar, with cars decreasing their speed massively to be able to make the full turn and some drivers having to steer with one hand to get through the corner. The average speed for the corner is around 30mph but in 2023, the maximum speed of the turn was 27mph (45kph), according to the Mercedes Archive.  

Turn 6 is mostly known as the Loews hairpin after the original name of the hotel that stands on the outer side of the corner, however, it has since been renamed the Fairmont Hairpin, although this isn’t as widely used. The hotel was built on the location of Monaco’s first railway station, with the turn originally named Station Hairpin.  

The Loews Hotel opened in 1975, with the corner named to match the hotel, a tradition which has remained through three owners. The corner was briefly renamed the Grand Hotel Hairpin between 1998 and 2004 when the hotel was changed to the Monte Carlo Grand Hotel until it was sold to Fairmont Hotels and Resorts in 2004, hence the new turn name, the Fairmont Hairpin.  

Circuit de Monaco – Nouvelle Chicane & Anthony Noghes – 34mph (55kph)

The Nouvelle Chicane and Anthony Noghes were the two of the second slowest corners in Formula 1 during 2023, with a top speed of just 34mph (55kph). The Nouvelle Chicane at Turns 10 & 11 follows the tunnel exit, where cars pass the yachts on the waterfront. The turns were previously named the Chicane du Port, until the 1980s when it was given its new name, the Nouvelle Chicane. The turns are also a rare overtaking spot on the Monaco circuit.  

The Anthony Noghes corner is Turn 18 on the track and the final curve before drivers go full throttle to the start/finish line. The corner was previously a hairpin named…

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