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  • Regarding the notion that Lewis Hamilton has emerged as a great talent only due to the decrease in the cylinders of an F1 car, I'd like to say that the cars are MUCH faster today than the days of V10 and V12 engines.

    So, that being the case shows that Hamilton would have been even more of a great rookie than many who came before him in the 80s and 90s, it is obvious as the cars are now 5 - 10 seconds quicker per lap with V8 engines than they were with V10 and V12 engines.

    We are in the era of the fastest ever F1 cars to be built.

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    • two points

      first the v8 engines of today are far more finly tuned and far more driveable than the v10 and v12 eras meaning in basic terms that the power difference might be 200bhp less but the extraction from the engine is not disimaliar in outright performance

      two aerodynamic efficency in terms of the reduction of drag against the production of downforce has been greatly improved and greatly reduced meaning a corner taken at 140mph can now be taken at 150mph

      the skill of being able to finely balance a twitchy aerodynamic car on the apex of a corner whilist trying to extract the correct amount of engine power is the skill that has been lost because the modern grand prix cars are too efficent and driveable

      coupled with traction control this is why a lot less drivers have lurid slides mid-corner because the cars are so much more stable enabling them to go far faster in the corners which is where the 5-10 seconds come from

    • two points

      first the v8 engines of today are far more finly tuned and far more driveable than the v10 and v12 eras meaning in basic terms that the power difference might be 200bhp less but the extraction from the engine is not disimaliar in outright performance

      two aerodynamic efficency in terms of the reduction of drag against the production of downforce has been greatly improved and greatly reduced meaning a corner taken at 140mph can now be taken at 150mph

      the skill of being able to finely balance a twitchy aerodynamic car on the apex of a corner whilist trying to extract the correct amount of engine power is the skill that has been lost because the modern grand prix cars are too efficent and driveable

      coupled with traction control this is why a lot less drivers have lurid slides mid-corner because the cars are so much more stable enabling them to go far faster in the corners which is where the 5-10 seconds come from