Have you ever wondered what all the buttons, switches and levers on a Formula One steering wheel are used for? Well, here’s your answer!
Following are the controls most used by the drivers during a race:
➡ Shifting levers
➡ KERS boost
➡ RPM / Fuel / Pedal
➡ Radio (R)
Some additional information:
➡ Average number of shifting events per race (all races): 2’750
➡ Grand Prix with the highest number of shifting events per lap and per race: Singapore (70 per lap, approx. 4’270 in total)
➡ Grand Prix with the least shifting events per race: Belgium (1’980 in total; 44 per lap)
➡ Grand Prix with the least shifting events per lap: Brazil (36 per lap, 2’556 in total)
➡ Average KERS boost button usage: 4x per lap, >220x per race
➡ Average use of team radio: <1x per lap, >30x per race
Meet the pit stop crew! Anything between 2 and 3 seconds is considered a good pit stop. Since January 2013, Sauber pit stop crew has performed more than 500 training pit stops. The crew practices pit stops for 45 minutes every Thursday prior to a race. Another 20-30 minutes of pit stop practice follows on Friday. On Sunday morning, some 4-6 ‘warm-up’ pit stops are performed. For pit stop practice at the track, the car is pushed by 3 people to simulate the approach. A side jack is used if the nose has to be changed. The front wheels are then changed by one person per wheel and the other 4 help with the nose change.
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