Carlos Sainz set the highest top speed in the qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix while the Racing Point drivers were near the top of all speed measurements on the track Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya.

Sainz reached 328.0 km/h at the end of the main straight, only 0.8 km/h faster than Stroll and 2.8 km/h faster than Perez at the second Racing Point while Mercedes drivers Hamilton and Bottas were about 10 km/h slower due to the large amount of downforce on their F1 W11.

Racing Point drivers and Sainz took the first three places in the speed measurement at the finish line, and the gap for Hamilton and Bottas on that part of the track is about 1 km/h because there is still no such a big air resistance as at the end of the straight. Mercedes drivers were also aided by the brilliant traction from the last chicane which directly affects the speed on that part.

The speed at the end of the first sector depends on similar factors as the speed on the main straight because the Turn 3 is easy full throttle for everyone in qualifying – the first five drivers on speed trap on the main straight took the first five places at the end of the first sector.

Hamilton and Bottas were the fastest at the end of the second sector, before the slow Turn 10, because that speed directly depends on the exit  speed of the fast Turn 9, which only Mercedes and Red Bull managed to pass at full throttle.


Spanish GP F1 2018 Circuit de Catalunya Barcelona track map Photo FIA



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