This year’s cars are the fastest in the history of Formula 1 when it comes to lap speed, but because of higher air resistance they are not the fastest on straights – we bring a review of the highest speeds in the Mexican GP where Sebastian Vettel achieved record high top speed in this year’s Formula One championship.

The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is located at a very high altitude of 2250 meters, where the air is about 25% thinner, which means 25% less air for cooling and downforce creation. Also, air resistance is 25% smaller and the teams use aerodynamic packages for high downforce tracks such as Monaco and create very low drag figures, just like on track like Monza.

Last year, the car were travelling more than 370 km/h (the fastest Bottas recorded 372.5 km/h, Massa 371.7 km/h), and this year the cars are slower due to 25% wider tyres and much more downforce from wider wings and larger diffusers .

The higher air resistance is somewhat compensated by the increased engine power (which are at least 50 HP stronger this year), but the speeds are still lower than in 2016.

SPEED TRAP

Sebastian Vettel recorded speed of 362.4 km/h, which is 10.1 km/h slower than Bottas’ top speed in last year’s race.

Mercedes and Ferrari engines occupy eight out of ten positions on speed trap.

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BEST SECTOR SPEEDS

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BEST SECTOR TIMES

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FASTEST LAPS

 

1 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:18.785 68
2 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1:18.892 0.107 65
3 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:19.374 0.589 70
4 11 Sergio Pérez Force India/Mercedes 1:19.929 1.144 54
5 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:19.945 1.160 69
6 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:20.054 1.269 59
7 8 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1:20.345 1.560 64
8 10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Renault 1:20.859 2.074 70
9 31 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1:20.946 2.161 67
10 2 S.Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1:20.972 2.187 66
11 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1:21.014 2.229 50
12 18 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1:21.062 2.277 53
13 19 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1:21.136 2.351 55
14 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1:21.214 2.429 68
15 55 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:21.360 2.575 34
16 94 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1:21.638 2.853 56
17 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1:21.686 2.901 54
18 27 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:21.691 2.906 18
19 28 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Renault 1:22.572 3.787 28
20 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1:22.789 4.004 4

IDEAL FASTEST LAPS

1 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:18.785
2 33 Max Verstappen 1:18.829 0.044
3 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:19.374 0.589
4 44 Lewis Hamilton 1:19.500 0.715
5 7 Kimi Räikkönen 1:19.777 0.992
6 11 Sergio Pérez 1:19.802 1.017
7 8 Romain Grosjean 1:20.241 1.456
8 2 S.Vandoorne 1:20.468 1.683
9 14 Fernando Alonso 1:20.470 1.685
10 18 Lance Stroll 1:20.524 1.739
11 10 Pierre Gasly 1:20.674 1.889
12 31 Esteban Ocon 1:20.768 1.983
13 19 Felipe Massa 1:20.891 2.106
14 55 Carlos Sainz 1:21.104 2.319
15 20 Kevin Magnussen 1:21.145 2.360
16 94 Pascal Wehrlein 1:21.394 2.609
17 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:21.461 2.676
18 27 Nico Hülkenberg 1:21.501 2.716
19 28 Brendon Hartley 1:22.422 3.637
20 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:22.740 3.955
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