|Lewis Hamilton’s recording lap at Monza 2020|
It would be the understatement of the year to say that F1 cars do fast. Today we will answer the question
“How fast do F1 cars go?”
To understand how fast modern F1 cars are, we have a few statistics to look at. One of them happens to be the average speed and we will also consider the fastest lap set during the race weekend. Another important consideration is the track. Since all these stats are highly dependent on the race track, we will choose a single venue for all our data to keep things uniform. Among the plethora of tracks that F1 has raced in over the years, Monza is one of the most suited for our study. Why Monza? It is one of the fastest circuits and has been a part of the F1 calendar for a long time.
So, not only will we be able to get a good understanding of how fast an F1 car can go in 2020, but we can also compare it to data from the years in the past and see if F1 cars have really become faster. We also won’t be considering race laps as that can be affected by a number of factors such as safety cars and red flags. For our analysis, we will use the statistics from 1989, 1997, 2004, and 2020.
Pole position time: 1:23.720 (Ayrton Senna) McLAREN Honda MP 4-5
|Ayrton Senna 1989|
Pole position time: 1:22.990 (Jean Alesi) Benetton B197
Average speed: 251.293 km/h
|Jean Alesi 1997|
Pole position time: 1:20:089 (Felipe Massa) SAUBER PETRONAS C23
|Felipe Massa 2004|
Average speed: 260.395 km/h
Pole position time: 1:18.887 (Lewis Hamilton) Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ Performance
|Lewis Hamilton 2020|