The demand on the brakes during the GP
Three years ago, the fastest single-seaters in Monza ran qualifying laps going an average of 250 km/h, while this year they have the potential to exceed 260 km/h.
Naturally, the amount of time spent braking will be low: Just 12% of the entire race. Another negative record is that the drivers brake just six times per lap; in Monaco there are 12 braking sections, in Budapest and Baku there are 11.
On average, the brakes are applied for 9.9 seconds per lap, a number that surpasses only that of the Spielberg track, which is almost a whole kilometer and half shorter. The fact that there are very few braking sections, all of which are extremely violent, means that the average peak deceleration per lap is 5,6 G.
The least challenging braking section is at turn 7, where the deceleration is 5,1 G, a threshold no other corner has reached in all the GP races contested so far this year. The combination of hard braking compensated by very few braking sections generates energy dissipated in braking by each car during the entire GP race that is in line with the other GP races: The 156 kWh here is similar to what has been registered on the Barcelona and Baku tracks.
From the starting line to the checkered flag, each driver will exert a total load of 56 tons on the brake pedal. Practically speaking, the brake force applied each lap measures more than 1.050 kg, which requires drivers to be in excellent shape, as does facing the lateral acceleration in the corners.