2017 F1 cars 20mph quicker through fastest corners than last year

Formula 1's fastest corners are up to 22mph faster this season, thanks to the increase in downforce and mechanical grip produced by the 2017 generation of cars

2017 F1 cars 20mph quicker through fastest corners than last year

Data released by F1's tyre supplier Pirelli after the Singapore GP shows a dramatic increase in the speed cars are able to carry through some of F1's most famous high-speed corners, like Pouhon at Spa-Francorchamps and Turn 3 at Barcelona.

Silverstone's Copse remains the fastest proper corner in F1, with top speeds this year's registered at 290km/h (180mph) - which is 30km/h (18.6mph) faster than last year.

There have been similar leaps at Barcelona's Turn 3 (22.4 mph) and Turn 9 (18.6 mph) and Pouhon at Spa which has jumped 36km/h (22mph).

Pirelli cornering speeds comparison

Grand Prix 2016 2017
Barcelona Turn 3 212 Km/h 248 Km/h
Barcelona Turn 9 215 Km/h 245 Km/h
Silverstone Copse 260 Km/h 290 Km/h
Spa-Francorchamps Pouhon 253 km/h 289 km/h

The aim of the new wider and faster cars for 2017 was to allow cars to lap around five seconds faster than in 2015 around the Barcelona circuit.

That target was delivered, and analysis of lap times shows that there have been marked leaps forward over 2016 pace at certain venues where the increase in downforce and grip has come into its own.

The biggest qualifying gain from last year was at the Belgian Grand Prix, where Lewis Hamilton's 2017 pole position time was 4.191 seconds quicker than Nico Rosberg managed last year.

However, if the lap time comparison is measured over a kilometre length, it is the shorter Hungaroring track where the biggest leap was seen - showing a 0.831s gain per kilometre of circuit.

Excluding Monza, which was affected by rain, the smallest gain of the season came in Bahrain - where the high drag from the 2017 cars allied to different weather conditions limited the step to just 0.724s this year compared to 2016.

Qualifying fastest lap comparison

Grand Prix 2016 2017 Gap Gap/km
Australia Hamilton
1:23.837 SSN
Hamilton
1:22.188 USN
-1.649s -0.311
Bahrain Hamilton
1:29.493 SSN
Bottas
1:28.769 SSN
-0.724s -0.134
China Rosberg
1:35.402 SSN
Hamilton
1:31.678 SSN
-3.724s -0.683
Russia Rosberg
1:35.337 SSN
Vettel
1:33.194 USN
-2.143s -0.366
Spain Hamilton
1:22.000 SN
Bottas
1:19.149 SN
-2.851s -0.612
Monaco Ricciardo
1:13.622 USN
Raikkonen
1:12.178 USN
-1.444s -0.433
Canada Hamilton
1:12.812 USN
Hamilton
1:11.459 USN
-1.353s -0.310
Azerbaijan* Rosberg
1:42.520 SSN
Hamilton
1:40.593 SSN
-1.927s -0.321
Austria Hamilton
1:06.228 USN
Bottas
1:04.251 USN
-1.977s -0.458
Great Britain Hamilton
1:29.243 SN
Hamilton
1:26.600 SSN
-2.643s -0.449
Hungary Rosberg
1:19.965 SSN
Vettel
1:16.276 SSN
-3.689s -0.831
Belgium Rosberg
1:46.744 SSN
Hamilton
1:42:553 US
-4.191s -0.598
Italy Hamilton
1:21.135 SSN
Hamilton
1:34.660 W**
+13.525s (**) +2.335 (**)
Singapore Rosberg
1:42.584 USN
Vettel
1:39.491
-3.093s -0.611


*European Grand Prix in 2016
*Italian Grand Prix qualifying took place in wet conditions

In terms of the fastest race laps, there have been some even bigger gains.

The fastest race lap in Belgium was more than five seconds quicker than 2016, while done on a per kilometre basis it is Monaco that has come out on top.

Fastest laps times comparison

Grand Prix 2016 2017 Gap Gap/km
Australia Ricciardo
1:28.997 SS
Raikkonen
1:26.538 S
-2.459s -0.464
Bahrain Rosberg
1:34.482 S
hamilton
1:32.798 S
-1.684s -0.311
China Hulkenberg
1:39.824 SS
Hamilton
1:35.378 S
-4.446s -0.816
Russia Rosberg
1:39.094 S
Raikkonen
1:36.844 SS
-2.250s -0.385
Spain Kvyat
1:26.948 S
Hamilton
1:23.593 S
-3.355s -0.721
Monaco Hamilton
1:17.939 US
Perez
1:14.820 US
-3.119s -0.935
Canada Rosberg
1:15.599 S
Hamilton
1:14.551 SS
-1.048s -0.240
Azerbaijan* Rosberg
1:46.485 S
Vettel
1:43.441 SS
-3.044s -0.507
Austria Hamilton
1:08.411 S
Hamilton
1:07.411 US
-1.000s -0.232
Great Britain Rosberg
1:35.548 S
Hamilton
1:30.621 S
-4.927s -0.836
Hungary Raikkonen
1:23.086 SS
Alonso
1:20.182 S
-2.904s -0.654
Belgium Hamilton
1:51.583 M
Vettel
1:46.577 US
-5.006s -0.715
Italy Alonso
1:25.340 SS
Ricciardo
1:23.361 SS
-1.709s -0.295
Singapore Ricciardo
1:47.187 SS
Hamilton
1m45.008 US
-2.179s -0.430
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