Everyone knows Formula One cars are the fastest circuit racers out there today. They're capable of going flat-out through most corners, and can lap a course with astounding speed. The 2017 F1 cars are new and improved for this season, and now we get to see exactly what a driver must endure when lapping the new cars.
The Australian Grand Prix kicked off yesterday and the numbers are staggering. spoke to Haas driver Romain Grosjean about how the cars behave, and he revealed a pretty shocking statistic. "The cars are brutal to drive—we are not far from 8g with the peak in high corners—so it is pretty good fun," he said. "But it is hard on the body, it is hard on parts, it is hard on the cars."
Lewis Hamilton set an overall lap record in his Mercedes-AMG Petronas car with a time of 1:22.188—almost two seconds faster than last year's fastest time. You can watch a full onboard of that lap below.
Most street cars can barely pull 1g of lateral acceleration in the corners, but thanks to the 2017 car's wider tires and more aggressive aerodynamics, going flat through corners at over 200 mph is the norm. If this is any indication of what the rest of the season might look like, we're in for a good one.