Singapore is like Monaco but not as far as using the brakes is concerned


 Ultra high performance Brembo calipers for the F1 teams at the Marina Bay Circuit as well as for anyone who wants aggressive braking on the road


​​​After a three-week break caused by the Russian GP scheduled for 25 September being cancelled, Formula 1 is moving to Asia: the Singapore GP is returning three years after the last time because in 2020 and 2021, this area was out of the championship due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Brembo technicians, the Marina Bay Street Circuit is one that’s demanding on brakes. On a scale of 1 to 5, it is rated 4 because of its quick pace as shown by its average lap speed of nearly 190 km/h (118 mph) and a lack of space for cooling down since the longest straight section is just 832 meters (910 yards) long. ​​

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Personalized calipers in F1 ​​


To race successfully in the Singapore GP, the teams modify the settings on the single-seaters. However, the brake calipers are not changed, the shape and dimensions of which are defined over the winter for the best possible match with the specific needs of the car they equip.

With the sophisticated design methods available to Brembo, it has designed a brake caliper model for each team that optimizes the desired weight-stiffness ratio. Some favor lighter calipers and do away with the maximum stiffness whereas others opt for more rigid solutions which are slightly heavier. ​



The most sophisticated kit for cars ​ ​​ ​​​​​​

In order to meet the demands of drivers who want aggressive braking both on the road and on the track, Brembo has created the GT/R braking kits, which include radial-mounted one-piece aluminum billet calipers, two-piece floating discs, and high-performance pads.

The GT/R calipers have typically racing characteristics, from their light weight to their stiffness, as well as their ability to withstand high temperatures. They are designed to provide constant braking power and a stable pedal, but also to improve the vehicle’s dynamics and performance because they contribute to reducing unsprung weight.

Discover all the advantages of the GT/R kits.






107 tons of force ​ ​​​​

Unlike the Monaco Circuit which is just 3,337 meters (2.07 miles) long, the Marina Bay Street Circuit is 5,063 meters (3.15 miles) long and this has an effect on the number of braking moments per lap: 9 in Monaco and 15 in Singapore, even if the brakes are used for a similar amount of time, 21% in Montecarlo and 22 on the Asian track.

From the starting line to the checkered flag in the Singapore GP, each driver exerts a total load of over 97 tonnes (107 tons) on the brake pedal, almost 24 tonnes (26 tons) more than the Monaco GP. This requires considerable physical effort also due to the result of the braking on turn 14: 150 kg (331 lb) of load on the brake pedal to reduce speed by 197 km/h (122 mph) in just over 2 seconds and just 95 meters (311.7 feet). ​


5.1 G of deceleration on the first turn​ ​

Of the 15 braking sections at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, 4 are classified by Brembo technicians as demanding on the brakes, 4 are of medium difficulty and the remaining 7 are light.

The most demanding of all is the first turn, named after Benjamin Sheares, a former President di Singapore: the single-seaters go from 293 to 127 km/h (182 to 78.9 mph) in 1.71 seconds and cover a distance of just 91 meters (299 feet). At this point, the drivers are subjected to a deceleration of 5.1 G and they apply a 149 kg (328 lb) load to the brake pedal. ​​ ​​



And what about the video games?​​​


Unlike the real drivers who have not raced at Singapore since 2019, gamers have been able to use this track over the last two years and should be less rusty. However, tackling the first turn perfectly is far from easy. Start braking as soon as you pass the advertising bridge named after the video game. Move down into 4th gear and then move over onto the left without going up on the curb so that you can take advantage of a straight trajectory for turn 2.​