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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:06 pm 
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The closeness of the 2006-2012 seasons in terms of top-rated packages has led to such close and exciting racing. Based on my ratings system, whiuch scores season-avaregae speeds, I extracted the speed advantages that the top-rated cars have had over the years. These figures/stats are without drivers, car alone; the fastest is represented by the figure 100.0, so each decimal reperesents 0.1% which is about 0.1 second per 100-second lap as at Abu Dhabi:

The widest 'gap' was 0.7 or 0.7% or 0.7/sec per 100-second lap:
1961 when the Ferrari 'shark-noses' were so much faster than the next-best, the Cooper-Climax T55.
1965 when the Lotus-Climax 25/33 and BRM P26165 equal top-rated, and the next fastest car was the Ferrari 1512.

Next biggest gap was 0.6:
1957 which was enjoyed by Fangio's Maserati 250F/57 over the next fastest rival car, the Lancia-Ferrari D50A used for just the season-opener; thereafter the gap was 0.7 to the Vanwall and the Ferrari 801.

0.5 gap:
2007 between equal top-rated Ferrari, McLaren and the BMW.
1966 between three equal top-rated cars Ferrari, Lotus-BRM H16, Brabham-Repco and the next fastest, the Cooper-Maserati as developed and driven by John Surtees.

0.4 gap: 1950, 1951,1952, 1971, 1979, 1980, 1986, 1988 and 1996.

These big gaps were experienced for 15 of the 62 seasons, or 24%.

The rest of seasons (47 of the 62 or 76%) the gap between the top-rated car/s was 0.1 to 0.3.
Which shows why just hundredths of a second bewteen cars and drivers makes a consdierable difference.

According to my stats, the 2012 Red Bull and McLaren cars equal top-rated, the Ferrari was at 100.2. What a job Alonso did.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:48 pm 
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POBRatings wrote:
According to my stats, the 2012 Red Bull and McLaren cars equal top-rated, the Ferrari was at 100.2. What a job Alonso did.

Seeing how bulletproof Ferrari was, perhaps 'what a job' award should go to Vettel with barely 0.2% faster car for snatching it despite two last place starts and all the DNFs, surely ;)


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 6:55 pm 
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Vettel did do well in 2012. So did Hamilton with his four slow pitstops, two grid penalties and a couple of DNFs. Alonso's car just was not fast enough for him to do more than his 3 wins and 2 poles; Hamilton should have been WDC but for those problems that were not his fault: 8 poles and four wins vs Vetel's 7 poles and 5 wins. A great season between three great drivers and teams/cars.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:51 am 
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Alonso did a great job, but Mclaren and RBR did a better job slowing their cars down IMO (Webber, Hamilton and Jenson had bad seasons mostly due to car/team problems).

Vettel, Alonso and Kimi were superb, but so were the others too if you look at them individually and not include car problems.


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