If you were one of the Formula One fans that watched the 2017 season avidly, you enjoyed a treat. You may not have realised it, but the cars were cornering at up to 22mph faster than they had in previous seasons. This was due to higher downforce and improved mechanical grip, which were both features of the cars in the 2017 championship races.
Analysis of cornering speeds has been carried out by the tyre giant Pirelli. They looked at data from the several 2017 Grand Prix races and found a significant increase in the speed that cars were able to maintain. Famous corners such as Pouhon at Spa-Francorchamps and even Barcelona’s Turn 3 are now being tackled at higher speeds.
Increased Grip and Cornering Speeds
According to the official Formula One website, racing tyres contribute greatly to grip in corners. They are made from soft natural rubber blended with synthetic rubber. They are all provided by one supplier. Because of the way in which they are made, they wear out very quickly and have to be changed during a race.
The strategy of when to change the tyres can make a big difference to lap times and ultimately to the success of the team.
Data Analysis of Speeds
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The analysis of speed data has revealed some interesting facts. The fastest corner of all is the Copse at Silverstone, where cars clock up an average of 290km/h (180mph), which is a massive 30km/h (18.6mph) faster than that recorded in 2016. However, it is not alone. The famous Turn 3 at Barcelona increased by 22.4mph, and Turn 9 increased by 18.6mph. Even the Pouhon corner speed increased by 22mph.
The increased speed through corners has had a knock-on effect on the lap times. Lewis Hamilton’s winning time in 2017 was 4.191 seconds quicker than the previous year’s winner, Nico Rosberg.
The overall picture is not consistent. There were some corners with small gains, including Bahrain, where cars completed the circuit just 0.724s faster than the year before. However, weather conditions were thought to be partly to blame for this.