Rosberg and Schumacher at one of Monaco's chicanes in 2011

Chicane is a motor racing term which describes a tight S-bend.

Chicanes are often added to circuits to slow cars down on what had previously been long straights. Famous examples include:

  • the Rettifilo, Roggia and Ascari chicanes at Monza
  • the Bus Stop chicane at Spa-Francorchamps
  • the Mulsanne and Ford chicanes at Le Mans
  • the Clark, Senna and Ostkurve chicanes at Hockenheim