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02/17/09
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Comparison of 2009 F1 tracks
A review of the F1 circuits shows the tracks are becoming increasingly similar.

2009 F1 tracks - top speeds

Venue - Top speed (kph/mph)
Monza - 351/218
Istanbul - 315/195
Interlagos - 314/195
Suzuka - 313/194
Spa-Francorchamps - 310/192
Shanghai - 310/192
Bahrain - 309/192
Catalunya - 308/191
Valencia - 306/190
Melbourne - 303/188
Nürburgring - 300/186
Sepang - 297/184
Singapore - 297/184
Silverstone - 294/182
Hungaroring - 291/180
Monte-Carlo – 286/177

A few years ago the Hockenheimring would have been up there with Monza as one of two tracks where F1 cars are trimmed out for maximum speed.

But, besides the fact it is not on the calendar this year, it’s 2002 re-modeling by Hermann Tilke has drastically changed its character, and it’s no longer the flat-out forest blast it used to be.

2009 F1 tracks - lap length

Venue - Lap length (km)

Spa - 7.004
Suzuka - 5.807
Abu Dhabi - 5.8*
Monza - 5.793
Sepang - 5.543
Shanghai - 5.451
Valencia - 5.44
Bahrain - 5.412
Istanbul - 5.338
Melbourne - 5.303
Nürburgring - 5.148
Silverstone - 5.141
Singapore - 5.067
Catalunya - 4.655
Hungaroring - 4.381
Interlagos - 4.309
Monte-Carlo - 3.34

2009 F1 tracks - longest flat-out section
Venue - Longest flat-out section (m)

Spa - 1,865
Shanghai - 1,370
Monza - 1,320
Suzuka - 1,230
Interlagos - 1,220
Istanbul - 1,200
Catalunya - 1,140
Bahrain - 1,050
Valencia - 930
Silverstone - 890
Sepang - 830
Nürburgring - 800
Hungaroring - 750
Melbourne - 735
Singapore - 650
Monte-Carlo - 510

2009 F1 tracks - full throttle
Venue - % of lap spent at full throttle

Spa - 70%
Monza - 70%
Suzuka - 67%
Melbourne - 65%
Sepang - 65%
Interlagos - 65%
Silverstone - 64%
Bahrain - 63%
Istanbul - 63%
Nürburgring - 62%
Valencia - 59%
Hungaroring - 58%
Catalunya - 57%
Shanghai - 55%
Singapore - 44%
Monte-Carlo - 42%

2009 F1 tracks - tire wear
Venue - Tire wear

Suzuka - high
Istanbul - high
Silverstone - medium/high
Hungaroring - medium/high
Spa - medium
Shanghai - medium
Interlagos - medium
Catalunya - medium
Bahrain - medium
Valencia - medium
Sepang - medium
Nürburgring - medium
Singapore - medium
Monte-Carlo - medium
Melbourne - medium/low
Monza – low

2009 F1 tracks - brake wear
Venue - Brake wear

Singapore - very high
Melbourne - high
Hungaroring - high
Bahrain - high
Nürburgring - high
Monte-Carlo - high
Monza - high
Suzuka - high
Shanghai - medium
Valencia - medium
Silverstone - low
Spa - low
Interlagos - low
Catalunya - low
Sepang - low
Istanbul – low

2009 F1 tracks - downforce level
Venue - Downforce level

Singapore - very high
Hungaroring - very high
Monte-Carlo - very high
Valencia - high
Silverstone - high
Catalunya - high
Sepang - high
Melbourne - high
Shanghai - medium/high
Interlagos - medium
Istanbul - medium
Bahrain - medium
Nürburgring - medium
Spa - low
Suzuka - low
Monza - very low

2009 F1 tracks - gear changes
Venue - Gear changes per lap

Singapore - 76
Valencia - 74
Sepang - 60
Melbourne - 60
Bahrain - 58
Nürburgring - 58
Monte-Carlo - 54
Shanghai - 52
Spa - 52
Hungaroring - 50
Monza - 46
Catalunya - 44
Istanbul - 42
Suzuka - 42
Interlagos - 40
Silverstone – 40

Before semi-automatic gearboxes arrived the number of gear changes per lap was especially crucial. A mis-timed gearchange could let a chasing driver slip by or, worse, over-rev an engine causing a DNF. This was a particularly worry at Monte-Carlo in the days when the race was 100 laps long, and some drivers would reach the checkered flag with the skin missing from their right hand.

Data Source: BMW

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