One of the objectives of the 2017 Formula 1 regulations was to make the cars more challenging for the drivers. But how can you know whether or not this has been successful?
Right from the start of pre-season running, with several drivers including Kevin Magnussen and Valtteri Bottas, getting caught out during the first test, it seemed there were more errors. And when Daniel Ricciardo binned his Red Bull during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix, that seemed to confirm it.
But a few incidents and accidents here and there do not constitute evidence. Instead, a look at qualifying times can give a pointer of the difficulty; or, at least, the difficulty of extracting the maximum from the car over a single lap.