Well, Williams used 8th constantly, they have a very short ratio compared to the others.
Thanks for the heads-up
Yes, I do noticed, that Williams seem to have opted to very short ratio´s - which surprised me a bit, especially in the lower gears.
Maybe, they plan to use their "joker" ratio change, just before the faster tracks mid season.
When I was looking at the on board graphic, like the video posted above, and doing some back calculating, you will find, that their seems to be some incontinences with the gears/rpm/speed shown at times. I wouldn't bet my house on the accuracy of the data shown, but it's the best we got, so far.
As for the other questions, in a way "sound" is unused power, so making the engines "louder" would mean, you sacrifice some recoverable power, not sure the teams want this, unless the main regulations change, and thereby moving the goal post.
Edited by TC3000, 17 March 2014 - 19:42.