He has changed teams, tyre suppliers, engineers and even the number of races. Sebastian Vettel has remained faithful to only one thing since he began racing in Formula 1: Brembo braking systems. Together, the Vettel-Brembo duo has competed in 150 Grand Prix, a finish line they crossed on 23 August at Spa.
Throughout the course of these 150 GPs, the German driver used Brembo brakes while racing more than 100,000 times for a total of 41 victories, 45 pole positions, 24 fastest laps and 2,553 leading laps. Brembo brakes were with him every time.
Precisely due to this long-standing partnership and on the occasion of Brembo 40° anniversary in sporting competitions, Sebastian Vettel, 4 time World Champion and Scuderia Ferrari driver, visited today the Racing factory of the Italian Company.
Brembo, world leader in the technology and production of brake systems and high performance automotive components, equips the most important F1 teams with its braking systems, among which Scuderia Ferrari.
Brembo Chairman, Alberto Bombassei, welcomed and accompanied personally in the visit the German champion, along with all the employees of the factory.
The successful partnership between Brembo brand and Scuderia Ferrari started since 1975, when Enzo Ferrari chose to equip his cars with the braking systems of the Italian Company and Brembo supplied the winning car used by Niki Lauda to achieve in that year the Driver World Championship and the Constructor title.
Since then, Brembo has gained 22 Drivers World Championships and 27 Constructors World Championships, 14 of which with Scuderia Ferrari.
During the visit the German champion viewed how the braking systems he uses during the races are personalized and developed. Vettel met the Racing department engineers and personnel who, thanks to the constant investment in research and development, continue to further broaden and develop highly innovative technological solutions.
Formula One, in fact, currently demands an extensive personalization and “customization” of brake systems, increasingly “tailor-made” and closely integrated with the design choices of the car.
The production of each single “personalized” brake system needs six months of design, while for the mechanical manufacturing the required time is one month.
“If I think at the beginning, it’s impossible to forget the meeting with Enzo Ferrari: he gave me confidence and a work chance”, said Alberto Bombassei, Brembo Chairman. “Since then, we have made a long way and today we are strongly present in F1 and in all other four and two-wheels Championships”.
At the end of the visit Vettel commented: “I’m here to celebrate the 40 years of Brembo, which has always worked with Ferrari".
"Everyone knows the importance of brakes in motorsport: go fast needs also to be able to brake strong!"
"For this I’m happy of this partnership: to visit the factory has given me the possibility to value the quality of their technical level."
"Therefore, I would like to thank Brembo and wish so many successful years”.
In the specific classification of the most victorious driver with Brembo brakes, Vettel's 41 checker flags put him in second place behind Michael Schumacher, whose career saw him win F1 91 times with Brembo brakes.