NASCAR Busch 34sec slower than F1

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes, Montreal, 2007A rare chance to compare F1 with NASCAR machinery arose this week as Terry Labonte tested a NASCAR Busch car on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve mere days after the F1 teams had packed up and left.

NASCAR Busch is GP2 to the NASCAR Nextel Cup’s Formula 1 – Busch cars have 650-700hp, Nextel racers about 750hp.

Labonte lapped the Montreal circuit in 1’49.86 – over 34s slower than Lewis Hamilton’s fastest qualifying time of 1’15.486 (45% slower, in fact).

To put that into perspective, Labonte’s car would have finished 14 laps down in the Grand Prix – and that figure is flattered by the four safety car periods we saw on Sunday.

It’d be fascinating to see a side-by-side comparison between F1 and full-blooded Nextel Cup machinery. Unites States Grand Prix at Talladega perhaps, Bernie?

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