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Tracks use speed traps to record-high speeds and compare driver performance. Usually in the fastest section of the course and giving audiences a feel for the speeds being achieved. 

It could be argued that this is a media tool as the cars are equipped with so much technology, that the teams can see the pace of the car at any time and at any point of the track. 

The record for the fastest speed in any speed trap during an F1 race is 372.5 kilometres per hour or 231.48 miles per hour by Valtteri Bottas at the 2016 Mexican Grand Prix.

 

Andrew Burden

The author Kiwi F1 Fan