How much speed does F1 really need?

How much speed does F1 really need?

In the latest part of our 'What is F1?' series, we investigate the argument over how fast Formula 1 cars should be, with the help of key paddock figures

Formula 1 is the fastest form of single-seater racing on the planet. A recent Autosport study calculated that it currently laps between five to six per cent faster than the next equivalent category - Japan's Super Formula.

There is a clear desire to maintain this status quo. Suggestions that F1 fell too close to GP2 pace when V6 hybrid turbo engines were first introduced in 2014 caused much alarm.

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