Speed Trap F1: What is a speed trap in Formula 1, how it is implemented and where it is placed on the track to get the efficient figures.
The speed trap is one of the most crucial stat figuring mechanism in Formula 1. The speed trap is usually the fastest point on the circuit, placed at the longest straight of the track.
Its location on the straight vary on different tracks, sometimes, it is usually at the middle of the straight or just before the braking point. The speed trap is used to obtain and compare the fastest speeds amongst the drivers.
Preferably, the speed trap is often installed at the middle of the straight where the accurate top speed is expected since by the end of the straight or near the corner, the battery loses a huge amount of power.
Speed Trap F1 Location and recordings
Plus, drivers are also ought to reduce their speeds at that point, it doesn’t make sense having a speed trap over there. This snippet from formula1.com shows the speed trap of the Valencia circuit (the yellow spot) – it’s located at the end of the longest straight section of the track.
Meanwhile, below is the recording by Speed trap from British Grand Prix 2017, where the maximum speed of all drivers have been noted down.
The data by speed trap is a great analyzing material as it gives an acute representation of pace and quality difference of the cars in an absolute sense. But on every lap bases, it also projects the performance of the diver, knowing whether he is utilising the full potential of the car.