Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc have lost the advantage of the straights Ferrari has regularly had on most speed traps in the last few races and in general this season, with all 20 drivers positioned within 7.6 km/h on the speed trap at the end of the longest straight.
The fastest driver on the speed trap near the end of the longest straight, exactly 180 meters before Turn 12, was Gasly in Toro Rosso Honda with 328.2 km / h, and only 0.1 km/h slower was Giovinazzi in Alfa Romeo. The first eight drivers on that speed trap were within 1.1 km/h while Ferrari drivers were only 8th and 9th, although they were only 2 km/h slower than the fastest Gasly.
And while the speed on that speed trap depends a lot on the downforce levels, on the speed trap at the starting finish line, which is about 150 meters behind the last corner, the most pronounced is the engine power and traction from the slow Turn 20.
Here, Vettel and Leclerc took the first two places with 225.5 and 224.1 km/h, followed by Hamilton, Verstappen and Bottas with a gap behind Vettel between 3 and 4 km/h.
Verstappen is fastest at speed measurement point at the end of the first sector, between turns six and seven, where he was 1.9 km/h faster than second fastest Vettel and 4 km/h faster than Mercedes drivers.
Staggering difference in cornering speeds between best and worst cars is shown in the difference between Verstappen and Kubica – Pole was 18.5 km/h slower in his Williams.
Speed measurement at the end of the second sector, about 100 meters after a slow Turn 12, shows how good traction a particular car has, more than measuring it at the starting line where the engine power is more pronounced. Bottas is fastest in front of Hamilton, Leclerc, Verstappen, Vettel, Albon and Norris, all within 2.3 km/h.
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