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Formula 1 drivers expect Istanbul Park’s famed turn eight will put their necks under serious strain this weekend.

The rapid, quadruple-apex corner gained a fearsome reputation when F1 cars last raced at the home of the Turkish Grand Prix. The current generation of machines are expected to tackle it at even higher speeds.

Sergio Perez, one of the drivers who competing in the last Turkish Grand Prix nine years ago, said his team mate Lance Stroll – a newcomer to the track – will have to make sure he “warms up his neck properly.”

“That turn eight, it’s a killer when you are a bit cold on the neck,” said Perez. “I expect that my muscles are a bit stronger than they were in 2011 but it’s quite a unique corner. It will be interesting to see how it is now.”

In order to reduce the strain on the necks some drivers using additional padding in their cockpit for support. However Esteban Ocon, who is driving at the track for the first time, said he will try to drive without it.

“It’s going to probably kill the neck on the left side,” said the Renault driver. “I had my engineer [asking] me if I wanted padding, I’m going for no padding. So let’s try.”

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George Russell, another newcomer to Istanbul, expects the corner will tough on tyres as well as necks.

“It’s going to be brutal for us drivers with the current speeds of these modern day Formula 1 cars,” said Russell in response to a question from RaceFans.

“That should be flat [out] and hopefully for probably half the race it will be flat out. I can’t remember exactly how long the duration of that corner is but it’s four to five G of load, which is like the equivalent of 45 kilos, 50 kilos on our necks that we have to sustain for six seconds. So that’s going to be a real task.

“Equally for the tyre, it’s going to be really tough for those Pirelli tyres to hold on. But I think with the measures they’re put in place and what have you it should be fine. And I’m sure after a few laps we’ll be into it and just enjoying the fun-ness of this place.”

Russell expects drivers will have to back off at turn eight during the race in order to ensure they don’t damage their tyres.

“On high fuel it’ll be very tricky,” he said. “It’s going to be a bit of managing during the race because that front-right tyre is going to get an absolute pounding.”

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