But since you started it.
Magnussen had a shitload of slipstream in Q1 behind rosberg and then never once came close to 354.
Oh look. Renault have somehow found another ~100 bhp of deployment to use suddenly in the time space from fp3 until Q1. But only for 1 car of 4 that they run
So no, top speeds don't have sh1t to do with gearing anymore, and it most definitely didn't influence red bull/magnussen discrepancy.
You said "slipstream"? That is a nonsense, Magnussen did that speed with no car ahead of him to provide it.
For you to say that fits your narrative, and that is unsustantiated to say the least.
Here's a link to prove that....
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/form ... /63760-054
54 min mark, 1h mark, 1h10min mark.
Magnussen did 3 runs, each speed check was done on the timed run. All 3 runs did not have the benefit of slipstream as K Mag had a clear track ahead of him. Verdict? No slipstream from the footage.
And Renault don't run 4 cars, they run 2.
4 cars have their engines, with both teams having different gearing as clearly depicted in the graph kindly made by Hollus with your input....Thanks for that!
Renault have longer higher gears which would give them a better chance of attaining better tops speeds drag dependant.
Red Bull have closer lower gears which helps with acceleration but a shorter 8th gear which would cut top speed potential.
Red Bull are the last team to shift 6th and 7th gears, with the shortest 8th....This has obvious implications on top speed, bearing in mind the shorter ratios they utilise further down the gears.
To say top speeds has nothing to do with gearing is absurd to me.