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Formula 1: Why the Field Is so Close in 2012

After a somewhat dull and extremely predictable 2011, Formula 1 looks set for one of the best seasons in recent history. The most notable thing is how the entire field has bunched up, and gaps in performance between the cars have been reduced.  In terms of lap times, it could actually be the closest an F1 field has ever been.  And for once in this most complex of sports, the reason why—at least, what I believe to be the primary reason—is quite simple. You cannot improve upon perfection. For any given set of regulations, there is an absolute limit to what can be achieved within them.  You reach a certain point and find that making even the smallest gain is almost impossible.  Come up with a new technology or r...

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