Qualifying Top Speeds - Magny-Cours

Qualifying Top Speeds - Magny-Cours

Post by Brian Lawrenc » Fri, 06 Jul 2007 18:29:55

These comparisons only use the top speeds recorded through the regular speed
trap during the Saturday Qualifying sessions. This means that, at most events,
there are comparisons that are fairly meaningless because of some problem that
affected one or more drivers during one particular session.

The first table compares the 2006 team/driver combination with the equivalent
2007 team/driver - the same driver if possible, otherwise the 2006 driver is
compared to his 2007 replacement. This is intended as a team comparison, but
the first table is also of interest - but should be read with caution.

French GP - 2006-07

2006                                  2007
Team-Engine       Driver       km/h   Team-Engine      Driver      km/h  Dif. %Dif.
===================================================================================
Williams-Cosworth Webber       293.4  Williams-Toyota  Wurz        302.9 +9.5  +3.2
Honda             Barrichello  293.4  Honda            Barrichello 302.1 +8.7  +3.0
Williams-Cosworth Rosberg      298.3  Williams-Toyota  Rosberg     305.6 +7.3  +2.4
S Aguri-Honda     Montagny     291.8  S Aguri-Honda    Davidson    299.1 +7.3  +2.5
Red Bull-Ferrari  Klien        295.0  Red Bull-Renault Webber      301.9 +6.9  +2.3
S Aguri-Honda     Sato         293.0  S Aguri-Honda    Sato        299.7 +6.7  +2.3
BMW Sauber-BMW    Villeneuve   298.3  BMW Sauber-BMW   Kubica      305.0 +6.7  +2.2
Red Bull-Ferrari  Coulthard    295.2  Red Bull-Renault Coulthard   301.4 +6.2  +2.1
BMW Sauber-BMW    Heidfeld     295.8  BMW Sauber-BMW   Heidfeld    300.0 +4.2  +1.4
T Rosso-Cosworth  Liuzzi       296.0  T Rosso-Ferrari  Liuzzi      300.0 +4.0  +1.4
Toyota            Trulli       298.9  Toyota           Trulli      302.6 +3.7  +1.2
T Rosso-Cosworth  Speed        297.4  T Rosso-Ferrari  Speed       299.9 +2.5  +0.8
Honda             Button       297.9  Honda            Button      299.9 +2.0  +0.7
McLaren-Mercedes  de la Rosa   299.5  McLaren-Mercedes Hamilton    300.0 +0.5  +0.2
Ferrari           Massa        303.8  Ferrari          Massa       304.1 +0.3  +0.1

Toyota            R Schumacher 300.5  Toyota           Schumacher  300.0 -0.5  -0.2
McLaren-Mercedes  R?ikk?nen    305.0  McLaren-Mercedes Alonso      303.7 -1.3  -0.4
Midland-Toyota    Monteiro     296.7  Spyker-Ferrari   Sutil       295.1 -1.6  -0.5
Midland-Toyota    Albers       297.1  Spyker-Ferrari   Albers      295.2 -1.9  -0.6
Renault           Alonso       304.4  Renault          Kovalainen  301.9 -2.5  -0.8
Renault           Fisichella   304.5  Renault          Fisichella  301.5 -3.0  -1.0
Ferrari           M Schumacher 307.4  Ferrari          R?ikk?nen   302.3 -5.1  -1.7

The second table compares the best speed achieved by each team (IE best of both
drivers), and as such is a better measure of the year-on-year change.

2006                     2007
Team-Engine       km/h   Team-Engine      km/h  Diff. %Dif.
===========================================================
Williams-Cosworth 298.3  Williams-Toyota  305.6  +7.3  +2.4
Red Bull-Ferrari  295.2  Red Bull-Renault 301.9  +6.7  +2.3
S Aguri-Honda     293.0  S Aguri-Honda    299.7  +6.7  +2.3
BMW Sauber-BMW    298.3  BMW Sauber-BMW   305.0  +6.7  +2.2
Honda             297.9  Honda            302.1  +4.2  +1.4
T Rosso-Cosworth  297.4  T Rosso-Ferrari  300.0  +2.6  +0.9
Toyota            300.5  Toyota           302.6  +2.1  +0.7

McLaren-Mercedes  305.0  McLaren-Mercedes 303.7  -1.3  -0.4
Midland-Toyota    297.1  Spyker-Ferrari   295.2  -1.9  -0.6
Renault           304.5  Renault          301.9  -2.6  -0.8
Ferrari           307.4  Ferrari          304.1  -3.3  -1.1

All speed trap data from:

    http://www.formula1.com/results/season/2007/777/6415/speed_trap.html

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Brian W Lawrence
Wantage,
Oxfordshire, UK