F1 at Spa in 2014 was faster than in 2013
This year's Belgian Grand Prix was the first time the new V6 turbo power unit era Formula 1 cars proved faster than the screaming V8-powered machines of 2013.
So far this year, the V6 turbo combined with lower downforce and heavier cars – have proved at least several seconds slower than the pace of the past.
But at Spa-Francorchamps, the fastest lap on Sunday – achieved by championship leader Nico Rosberg – was two tenths quicker than the corresponding race of 2013, won by champion Sebastian Vettel.
An analysis by Auto Motor und Sport shows why. First, aerodynamics plays a lesser role at Spa, where the more powerful turbo...
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