Smallest average delta in top 10 qualifying times

Rank Season Delta (secs) Factor Points
1 2001 1.0970 10
2 2007 1.1481 8
3 2003 1.3785 6
4 2000 1.4530 4
5 2004 1.5618 2
6 1997 1.5659 1
7 2012 1.8068
8 2010 1.8268
9 1994 1.9007
10 2005 1.9703
11 1999 1.9710
12 1996 2.0153
13 2016 2.0933
14 1998 2.1491
15 2002 2.2700
16 2009 2.2764
17 2013 2.3994
18 1995 2.4078
19 2006 3.2692
20 2015 3.2967
21 2008 4.0552
22 2011 4.2173
23 2014 4.8655
  • This factor measures the qualifying time difference between pole position and that of 10th on the grid
  • Qualifying times were only available from 1994. We decided to add this factor anyway even though it does unfairly favour recent years.  Interestingly it shows a significant cycling of gaps.  Anecdotally this is predominantly due to certain teams finding a competitive advantage when new technical rules are introduced (Adrian Newy take a bow though Colin Chapman may have given him a run if we had stats back to the original Lotus era).  Nothing in F1 remains secret for long and engineering convergence typically lowers the time gaps before rule changes again provide new stimulus to engineering diversity and deltas blow out again.
  • Gaps have generally been getting larger since the 2001 low point