Why is F1 only six seconds ahead of GP2?

Why is F1 only six seconds ahead of GP2?

F1 teams spend vast sums of money, yet even the best produce cars only six second faster than a DAMS Dallara in qualifying trim. EDD STRAW explains how this is possible

The average difference between Formula 1 and GP2 pole position times so far this season, where conditions were comparable, is just 6.016 seconds.

While it is a myth that the tailenders on the grand prix grid are always slower than the quickest in GP2 (that has only happened three times this season in normal conditions), it is perfectly reasonable to question why even a modestly-funded F1 team should find it so difficult to turn a spend around 25 times greater than that of a GP2 outfit into the performance needed to be fighting at the sharp end.

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