When was Formula 1 most competitive?

When was Formula 1 most competitive?

Edd Straw sifts through the numbers to work out when times on the F1 grid were at their tightest, and comes up with a surprising result

When was Formula 1 at its most competitive? It's a simple enough question, but one that does not lend itself to easy answers.

There are many ways to approach answering this, but the most logical method to use is qualifying. Not only does qualifying reflect the raw performance of a grand prix car, but it is also less prone (although not free of) the myriad factors that distort the data produced by looking only at race results.

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