The 2019 Formula 1 Australian GP according to Brembo

3/12/2019

 An in-depth look at the braking systems on the Formula 1 single-seaters at the Melbourne circuit

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Formula 1 starts up again for the ninth consecutive year with the Australian GP. The Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne will host the first race of the 2019 World Championship season from March 14 to 17. Positioned inside its namesake park, the track wraps itself around Albert Park Lake.

 

Since the circuit is usually open to resident traffic, it is very slippery at the beginning of the weekend. As the sessions are run and rubber gets laid down on the asphalt, the braking performance gets progressively better. In 2018, the single-seaters improved their lap times by 2.9 seconds from the first practice sessions on Friday to the Q3 on Saturday. ​

The rise in deceleration translates into greater stress on the braking systems. There is more wear on the pads and discs, which reach very high temperatures, even though the asphalt does not get as hot as the tracks in the Northern Hemisphere.


 
 

According to Brembo technicians, Albert Park falls into the category of medium difficult tracks for the brakes.

 

On a scale of 1 to 5, it earned an 3 on the difficulty index, which is the same score given to other windy tracks like Monaco, Budapest, Austin and Spielberg.


 

The demand on the brakes during the GP


The Australian track has 8 braking sections and out of all of the World Championship circuits, it is among those that require the least amount of time spent braking per lap: just over 13 seconds.

 

Last year, the average time per single qualifying lap was the highest of the first eight GP races that season. The average deceleration remains high at ​4G because there are a good 5 curves that come in at over 4G.

 

From the starting line to the checkered flag, each driver turns to his brakes more than 460 times, applying a total load of more than 56 tons on the pedal, the same weight as 75 Formula 1 single-seaters, drivers included. In other words, each driver applies a load of over 620 kg per minute.

 

Albert Park is one of the World Championship circuits where the single-seaters dissipate an amount of energy in braking in line with the championship average: on average, each car arrives at 196 kWh, which is equivalent to the hourly energy consumption of more than 1,400 PlayStation 4 consoles. ​

 

 

The most demanding braking sections

Of the eight braking sections at Albert Park, four are classified as demanding on the brakes, two are of medium difficulty and two are light. Turn 3 is the most feared because the drivers take advantage of the DRS and manage to get up to about 318 km/h (198 mph)​.

 

They then brake for 110 meters (361 feet). To complete the operation, the drivers need 2.12 seconds in order to apply a load of 182 kg (401 lbs). and undergo 5.3G in deceleration.

 

Another difficult corner is the first turn after the start, which also follows a zone where DRS is used: the deceleration here is 5.2G​, but braking is 129 meters (423 feet) long and 2.1 seconds.

 

In absolute terms, the longest braking section is at the thirteenth corner: 126 meters (413 feet) to descend from 325 km/h to 126 km/h. All this is done in just 2.31 seconds thanks to a load of 205 kg (452 lbs) on the pedal. ​



 

Brembo performance

In Australia, Brembo has won more than half of the contested races: 18 out of 34. The driver with Brembo brakes who has won the most in Melbourne is Michael Schumacher with four victories. He is followed by​ Sebastian Vettel, who has​ won three times.​ ​


 

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