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 Post subject: WDC Car-ratings
PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:20 am 
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As expected most of the WDC drivers' winning cars were the fastest of their season, at 59.7%.
Also as expected the next fastest car-rating of 100.1 provided 13.4% of the WDC winners' transport.
AT car-ratings of 100.2 and 100.3 each provided 9% of the WDC winners.
At 100.4 just 3% of the cars.
At my 'cut-off' rating figure of 100.5 for most race-winners, there were 7.5% of the WDC winners'cars.

The few other WDC winning cars at slower than 100.5, ie from 100.6 upwards/slower.

NB the totals here add up to over 100.0% because for many seasons drivers used diffeent types and even different maks in their title seasons: eg Fangio in 1954 drove the Maserati 250F/54 and both open-wheeled and closed-wheeled Mercedes -Benz W196;
in 1969 Stewart both the MS10 and MS80 Matra-Cosworths; in 19etc.

Each car type is measured separately within each season.

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 Post subject: Re: WDC Car-ratings
PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:00 am 
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Some surprisingly slow cars used by World Driver Champions, that car-rated at slower than 100.5:

1958: Hawthorn's Ferrari 246 Dino. Only skewed WDC points gave this package the WDC ahead of the much faster Vanwall car driven by Moss.
1964: Surtees's Ferrari 158. Unreliability of the much faster Lotus-Climax driven by Clark gave this package the WDC.
1981: Piquet's Brabham-Cosworth BT49C: benefitted from other teams'unreliability, but also due to Piquet's canny racing and to the fatser WIlliams cars sharing points by Reutemann and Jones.

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 Post subject: Re: WDC Car-ratings
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The 1961 'Sharknose' Ferrari gave its WDC driver Phil Hill the greatest car advantage of all: it was 0.7 faster than the next fastest rival car, the Cooper-Climax Type 55.
This compares to the 0.4 to 0.5 advantages by the 2014-2016 Mercedes over its next-fastest rival cars.
In 1992 the Williams-Renault FW14B gave Mansell a 0.7 advantage over Senna's McLaren-Hondas, but as my stats contentiously showed, the McLarens were only third fastest cars; the second fastest and closest rival car to the Williams-Renault, was the Benetton-Cosworth at 0.4 slower, ie about the same as Hamilton's 2014-2016 Mercedes enjoyed.

What perhaps skews perceptions of relative car speeds is 'adding' the drivers to make the Packages, which is what we see recorded in results, measured on times and in WDC points.

In 1961 WDC Phil Hill was not as fast as Lotus-Climax drivers Moss and Clark, nor Surtees who drove a year-old Cooper-Climax. Phil Hill driver-rated slightly slower than his Ferrari team-mate Von Trips, and equal to Graham Hill and Dan Gurney. Some of Phil Hill's car advantage was reduced as a Package: he won 2 races, Von Trips 2 and Baghetti 1 for a total of 5 wins in 8 races for the 1961 Ferraris. Moss and his Lotus-Climax was simply too good at Monaco and Nurburgring, and the Ferraris did not enter the last GP in the USA. Still a dominant performance by Ferrari, which it should have been with such a fast car.

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 Post subject: Re: WDC Car-ratings
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