Immediately after the technical challenge of Turn 9, Turn 10 follows fairly quickly. The gravel bed has been refurbished at this location, while new tyre stacks have also been installed. At the exit of the curve a new ‘Double Kerb’ is located and the marshal post locations have been renewed according to FIA specifications.
▲ Turn 10 was built in 1999 as one of the last “new turns”. The bend would provide a connection with the already existing Interim Circuit, as it was realised in 1989. With the completion of Turn 10 and the connection with the current circuit, the circuit track expanded again to a full length of 4.3 kilometers. Turn 10, in the early years also known as Bocht Zonder Naam and Vodafonebocht, offered from the first year a wide variety of entry and overtaking possibilities. Partly because of the technical character of Turn 9, many duels were settled when entering Turn 10. And if an attempt didn’t succeed when braking, it often turned out who was taking the most speed when exiting the turn. And that speed was also important, after all a fast part followed towards the next corner.
▼ The adjustments of Turn 10 in the winter of 2019-2020 mainly concerned the outside of the turn. The gravel bed was completely replaced with new gravel. The tyre piles have also been renewed and extended. And at the exit of Turn 10, exceeding the ‘Track Limits’ is discouraged thanks to the special ‘Double Kerb’.
▲ The kerbstones on the inside of Turn 10 have already been “inspected” by several drivers with different racing lines. In the background is one of the renewed marshal posts. From this location, officials can show their flag signals to the drivers, while they can still carry out their work safely thanks to the FIA safety construction.
▼ On exiting Turn 10, crossing the ‘Track Limits’ is discouraged thanks to the special ‘Double Kerb’.
We’ll be shifting up a gear soon, towards the next Track Insights!