Top Speeds #2 - Sepang

I posted these comparisons from 2006 to 2008 to illustrate changes in top
speeds as measured through the speed traps.

The first table compares the 2008 team/driver combination with the equivalent 2009
team/driver - the same driver if possible, otherwise the 2008 driver is compared to
his 2009 replacement. This comparison is intended as a team comparison, but the first
(driver) table is also of some interest - but should be read with care.

Notes Honda have been renamed Brawn-Mercedes and Force India have switched
from Ferrari to Mercedes engines.

'S#' Session in which the top speed was recorded (P1/P2/P3/Q/R)
'Diff' difference in top speed (km/hr)
'%Dif' difference in top speed (as percentage of 2008 speed)

Malaysian GP 2008/2009

2008                                    2009
Team-Engine Driver S# km/h Driver S# km/h Diff. %Dif.
========================================================================
Red Bull-Renault Coulthard R 300.2 Vettel R 305.2 +5.0 +1.67
Red Bull-Renault Webber R 297.1 Webber R 301.3 +4.2 +1.41
F India-[Ferrari] Sutil Q1 303.0 Sutil R 306.8 +3.8 +1.25
F India-[Ferrari] Fisichella Q1 300.7 Fisichella R 304.0 +3.3 +1.10
T Rosso-Ferrari Bourdais Q1 300.5 Bourdais R 303.7 +3.2 +1.06
Toyota Glock Q1 299.3 Glock R 301.7 +2.4 +0.80
[Honda] Button Q1 298.5 Button Q2 300.5 +2.0 +0.67
Renault Alonso Q2 302.3 Alonso Q1 304.0 +1.7 +0.56
Renault Piquet R 306.3 Piquet P2 308.0 +1.7 +0.56
BMW Sauber-BMW Heidfeld R 303.7 Heidfeld Q2 304.9 +1.2 +0.40
[Honda] Barrichello R 299.7 Barrichello R 300.0 +0.3 +0.10
BMW Sauber-BMW Kubica Q1 300.9 Kubica Q2 301.0 +0.1 +0.03
McLaren-Mercedes  Kovalainen  Q2 302.2  Kovalainen  Q2 301.6 -0.6  -0.20
Toyota Trulli R 300.3 Trulli Q2 298.2 -2.1 -0.70
T Rosso-Ferrari Vettel Q2 303.7 Buemi Q1 300.8 -2.9 -0.95
Ferrari Räikkönen R 304.0 Räikkönen R 301.0 -3.0 -0.99
Williams-Toyota Nakajima R 303.4 Nakajima Q2 298.0 -5.4 -1.78
Williams-Toyota Rosberg R 303.7 Rosberg Q2 297.5 -6.2 -2.04
McLaren-Mercedes Hamilton R 309.2 Hamilton R 302.3 -6.9 -2.23
Ferrari Massa Q1 307.6 Massa R 299.0 -8.6 -2.80
S Aguri-Honda     Sato        R  298.4  
S Aguri-Honda Davidson Q1 297.9

Twelve drivers improved while eight did not.


The second table compares the best speed achieved by each team (IE the top
speed of both drivers), and as such is a better comparison.

2008                                    2009
Team-Engine Driver S# km/h Driver S# km/h Diff. %Diff.
========================================================================
Red Bull-Renault Coulthard R 300.2 Vettel R 305.2 +5.0 +1.67
F India-[Ferrari] Sutil Q1 303.0 Sutil R 306.8 +3.8 +1.25
Renault Piquet R 306.3 Piquet P2 308.0 +1.7 +0.56
Toyota Trulli R 300.3 Glock R 301.7 +1.4 +0.47
BMW Sauber-BMW Heidfeld R 303.7 Heidfeld Q2 304.9 +1.2 +0.40
[Honda] Barrichello R 299.7 Button Q2 300.5 +0.8 +0.27
T Rosso-Ferrari   Vettel      Q2 303.7  Bourdais    R  303.7  0.0   0.00
Williams-Toyota   Rosberg     R  303.7  Nakajima    Q2 298.0 -5.7  -1.88
Ferrari Massa Q1 307.6 Räikkönen R 301.0 -6.6 -2.14
McLaren-Mercedes Hamilton R 309.2 Hamilton R 302.3 -6.9 -2.23
S Aguri-Honda     Sato        R  298.4

All data from http://www.formula1.com except the race speed trap data which is
from http://www.fia.com.
 
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