Customization, telemetry and maintenance
Each team, according to the specific needs of the car, defines together with Brembo technicians the optimal ratio between weight and stiffness that the brake calipers must have.
The sophisticated design methods available for Brembo engineers will make it possible to design for each team a brake caliper model that will optimize the desired weight-stiffness ratio.
In this situation some teams will prefer lighter but also less stiff calipers, while others will opt for more conservative solutions characterized by greater stiffness but also greater weight.
A delicate balance allowing Brembo to develop in a totally autonomous and separate way the braking system for each team.
Choosing a type of caliper, each team usually maintains it for the entire season, thus using it both for the most demanding circuits and for those less heavy for the braking system, and for both drivers.
On circuits featuring a lot of brakings in sequence, the temperature of calipers reaches 200°C. Using the sensors, the teams know in every moment the temperature of discs and calipers: in this way they are able to calculate disc and pad wear. Evaluating these data, technicians are able to signal to the driver any indications to modify the brake balance of the car: this communication occurs when anomalies are found compared to previsions.
On average each team orders from 10 to 15 sets of Brembo calipers: this number allows to safely face any accidents and the lack of availability of some sets for revision. The useful life of a Formula 1 caliper does not exceed 10,000 km, during which periodic revisions are scheduled and carried out directly by Brembo inside of its production departments.
As regards friction material, during the season Brembo supplies to each team from 140 to 240 discs and up to 480 brake pads.