The latest attempts to cut speeds in Formula One have only been partly successful. Despite cutting engine capacity by 20% this year and reducing the number of cylinders from ten to eight, cars are still lapping well within a second of lap records.
At the Monaco Grand Prix this year Michael Schumacher’s best lap was 0.704s slower than the quickest set in 2004. In Malaysia the fastest lap was just 0.58s slower despite the long straights at the Sepang circuit.
The graph above shows that the imposition of one-race tyres in 2005 was far more successful at reducing cornering speeds, but the rule was abolished after just one season.
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