Video: 2017 Mercedes Test Lap annihilates 2016 Pole Lap

We’re into week two of testing for the new 2017 regulations and lap times are looking very quick.

These machines are in their infancy and the testing regime’s imposed by the teams rarely go for outright speed during a lap. With that in mind, this video comparison is even more remarkable.

The 2016 car has an advantage at the end of the beginning straight, but 2017 car gains that advantage back through the first corners. They’re pretty close to even until the next corner, where the 2017 just takes over and doesn’t look back.

By the time the new cars hit Spain properly this season the speed will only increase further.


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