Lewis Hamilton's 164.3mph lap to take pole position at last weekend's Italian Grand Prix was the latest example of Formula 1's internal battle: the competitors' search for speed and the rulemakers' attempts at keeping them in check.
To be fair to F1, the 2017 regulations were unusual in that they were designed to create faster cars, following criticism of the 2014-16 machines. They are now the fastest F1 cars ever, as shown by the various lap records that have fallen since then.
But more common is for the rules to change in order to keep speeds down, usually by reducing power or, in the case of both the interim 2021 regulations and full-fat 2022 changes, by cutting downforce. All of that means Hamilton's pole record at Monza will probably stand for a while. History shows, however, that it will likely come under threat at some point in the future.