In qualifying for the 2019 British Grand Prix, Valtteri Bottas set a new Silverstone track record. This is a measure of Mercedes’ progress in the 12 months since then. Lewis Hamilton dropped this result by 0.7 points in a stunning lap in Saturday’s qualifying for the British Grand Prix.
If you find this impressive, look at the difference between Hamilton’s 2013 pole position (usually aspirated V8 Mercedes) and this year’s V6 turbocharged hybrid silver arrow position.
Seven years ago, there were 1 million 29.607s enough to claim pole position, and this year the number is 1 million 24.303s. Improved by 5.3 seconds – No wonder Hamilton was once again amazed by the speed of the latest generation of F1
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