Top Speeds #5 - Catalunya

Top Speed Comparisons #5 - Catalunya

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/Q1/Q2/Q3/R)
'Diff' difference in top speed (km/hr)
'%Dif' difference in top speed (as percentage of 2008 speed)

Spanish GP 2008/2009

2008                                    2009
Team-Engine Driver S# km/h Driver S# km/h Diff. %Dif.
========================================================================
F India-[Ferrari] Sutil P3 307.8 Sutil P3 314.7 +6.9 +2.24
[Honda] Button R 304.3 Button Q2 310.1 +5.8 +1.91
F India-[Ferrari] Fisichella R 308.9 Fisichella R 314.4 +5.5 +1.78
[Honda] Barrichello P1 305.3 Barrichello P2 310.7 +5.4 +1.77
Red Bull-Renault Webber R 308.1 Webber P3 311.8 +3.7 +1.20
Renault Alonso R 308.9 Alonso P3 311.0 +2.1 +0.68
Renault Piquet R 308.9 Piquet R 310.8 +1.9 +0.62
McLaren-Mercedes Hamilton R 311.6 Hamilton R 313.3 +1.7 +0.55
Toyota Glock P3 309.9 Glock P3 311.4 +1.5 +0.48
Williams-Toyota Rosberg P3 312.5 Rosberg R 313.7 +1.2 +0.38
Red Bull-Renault Coulthard R 310.6 Vettel R 311.4 +0.8 +0.26
BMW Sauber-BMW Kubica R 312.6 Kubica R 312.7 +0.1 +0.03
Toyota            Trulli      R  310.7  Trulli      P3 310.7   0.0  0.00
T Rosso-Ferrari   Vettel      P3 311.7  Buemi       P1 311.6  -0.1 -0.03
T Rosso-Ferrari Bourdais R 311.9 Bourdais P2 311.3 -0.6 -0.19
McLaren-Mercedes Kovalainen R 311.6 Kovalainen R 309.0 -2.6 -0.83
Williams-Toyota Nakajima R 312.4 Nakajima R 309.3 -3.1 -0.99
BMW Sauber-BMW Heidfeld R 312.8 Heidfeld R 308.1 -4.7 -1.50
Ferrari Massa R 313.8 Massa P3 308.0 -5.8 -1.85
Ferrari Räikkönen R 314.6 Räikkönen P3 308.4 -6.2 -1.97
S Aguri-Honda     Davidson    P3 309.9
S Aguri-Honda Sato R 310.7
Twelve drivers improved while seven did not. Jarno Trulli set exactly the same
top speed as he did last year.


The second table compares the top 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.
========================================================================
F India-[Ferrari] Fisichella R 308.9 Sutil P3 314.7 +5.8 +1.88
[Honda] Barrichello P1 305.3 Barrichello P2 310.7 +5.4 +1.77
Renault Alonso R 308.9 Alonso P3 311.0 +2.1 +0.68
McLaren-Mercedes Hamilton R 311.6 Hamilton R 313.3 +1.7 +0.55
Red Bull-Renault Coulthard R 310.6 Webber P3 311.8 +1.2 +0.39
Williams-Toyota Rosberg P3 312.5 Rosberg R 313.7 +1.2 +0.38
Toyota Trulli R 310.7 Glock P3 311.4 +0.7 +0.22
BMW Sauber-BMW    Heidfeld    R  312.8  Kubica      R  312.7  -0.1 -0.03
T Rosso-Ferrari Bourdais R 311.9 Buemi P1 311.6 -0.3 -0.10
Ferrari Räikkönen R 314.6 Räikkönen P3 308.4 -6.2 -1.97
S Aguri-Honda     Sato        R  310.7
Seven teams have improved while three have not.


Taking the positions from table 2 at each race (1 is most improved, 10 is
least improved) and averaging them gives a season average position.

Team                       R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Tot  Avg.
=============================================
1. F India-Mercedes 3 2 3 1 1 10 2.00
2. Brawn-Mercedes 2 6 5 4 2 19 3.80
3. Red Bull-Renault 5 1 2 7 5 20 4.00
4. T Rosso-Ferrari 4 7 4 5 9 29 5.80
BMW Sauber-BMW 1 5 9 6 8 29 5.80
Toyota 10 4 6 2 7 29 5.80
Renault 7 3 7 9 3 29 5.80
8. Williams-Toyota 6 8 8 8 6 36 7.20
McLaren-Mercedes 9 10 10 3 4 36 7.20
10. Ferrari 8 9 1 10 10 38 7.60
All data from http://www.fia.com.
 
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