The demand on the brakes during the GP
The 23 corners on the track require drivers to use their brakes 15 times per lap, which is the record for the championship. Of all the other 19 tracks, only Monaco gets close with 12 braking sections per lap. Baku, Budapest and Abu Dhabi have eleven and the rest of the circuits have even fewer.
Another record is the time spent braking: More than 22 seconds per lap. The brakes are used for 23% of the overall duration of the race, the same percentage recorded in Monaco.
Just think, two weeks ago the Formula 1 cars raced in Monza using their brakes only six times per lap, which equals 12% of the overall race.
The energy dissipated in braking is high too: 234 kWh, which is equivalent to the amount of electric energy consumed during the GP race by 138 inhabitants of Singapore.
The extreme windy nature of the track keeps the peak decelerations under 4.8 G, even going below 4 G at turn 7, resulting in an average peak deceleration per lap of 3.8 G.
From the starting line to the checkered flag, each driver exerts a total load of 120 metric tons on the brake pedal. In other words, the force is more than 1 metric ton for every minute of the race.
This physical exertion is significant especially when considering the high levels of humidity that distinguish this race (it ranged between 150° F and 160° F in 2016), along with the elevated air temperatures