2011 Speed Trap Analysis

Galahad

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Following on from a (maybe not entirely serious) request following Korea, I've had a look at the top speeds this season. The following includes all races except Germany, which I don't have the figures for (if anyone does, I'd be much obliged).

One of the most interesting things is how little difference there is between them, overall. There is a clear distinction as we'd expect between the cars with and without KERS, but the ranking of each car has tended to vary quite a bit from race to race.

First up here are the mean trap speeds recorded, in kph. Only the faster car out of the two has been used:

1. Renault 309.83
2. Ferrari 308.86
3. Mercedes 308.67
4. Sauber 308.59
5. Force India 307.61
6. McLaren 307.59
7. Williams 306.41
8. Red Bull 306.38
9. Toro Rosso 305.75
10. Lotus 300.22
11. Virgin 299.98
12. HRT* 299.19
*not present at Australian GP

Alternatively, I've ranked the fastest cars in each race from 1 to 12, and produced a mean rating for each:

1. Renault 3.94
2. Ferrari 4.22
3. Sauber 4.34
4. Mercedes 4.69
5. Force India 4.81
6. McLaren 5.59
7. Red Bull 5.91
8. Williams 6.34
9. Toro Rosso 6.59
10. HRT 10.47
11. Virgin 10.47
12. Lotus 10.53

There does also seem to be a discrepancy between the drivers, possibly indicating which has opted for a lower overall downforce setup (or, more likely, which has done more overtaking using DRS during the race):

Vettel 3-13 Webber
Hamilton 6.5-9.5 Button
Alonso 4-12 Massa
Schumacher 10.5-5.5 Rosberg
Petrov 5-6 Heidfeld
Petrov 1-4 Senna
Barrichello 9-7 Maldonado
Sutil 9-7 di Resta
Kobayashi 4-10 Perez
Kobayashi 1-0 de la Rosa
Buemi 5-11 Alguersuari
Kovalainen 6.5-8.5 Trulli
Kovalainen 0-1 Chandhok
Karthikeyan 2-5 Liuzzi
Ricciardo 6-2 Liuzzi
Glock 6-9 D'Ambrosio
 
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