The 2020 Formula 1 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix according to Brembo


 A guide to the Brembo braking systems in Formula 1 single-seaters and their use on the Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit.


According to Brembo technicians, the Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit falls into the category of those tracks with medium difficulty for the brakes. On a scale of 1 to 5, it earns itself a difficulty rating of 3, the same as the Mugello Raceway but one point less than the Monza circuit. 

There hasn’t been F1 racing on this circuit since 2006, when Michael Schumacher won out with Ferrari. With 22 turns and a really short home straight (358 m/392 yds), the circuit is very technical and calls for some really heavy engine braking of all kinds. It's not a coincidence that Enzo Ferrari called the circuit that bears his and his son Dino’s names a "little Nürburgring". ​


You don’t always need the most powerful brakes​ ​

The use of the most powerful Brembo Formula 1 braking systems doesn't always produce positive results, because in certain environmental conditions the system might be oversized for the single-seater: an unbridled braking force would make it hard to reach the minimum operating temperature. 

At excessively low operating temperatures, the carbon used to make F1 discs and pads doesn't guarantee correct friction generation and risks becoming glazed, compromising braking performance. Furthermore, the mechanical action of the pads on cold discs can lead to higher wear. ​


Brake use during the Formula 1 Emilia-Romagna GP​

According to the simulations, F1 drivers should use the brakes for just over 9 and a half seconds a lap, equivalent to 13 percent of the race’s entire length. At Monza, on the other hand, they’re used for 10.75 seconds per lap, 17.66 seconds at Mugello, but both are more than 5.2 km (3.2 miles) in length whereas the Imola circuit stops at 4,909 meters (3.1 miles). 

Despite having 21 turns, brakes are needed for only 8 of them, in no case for at least 1.9 seconds. Braking distances don’t peak above 100 meters (109 yds) either, a threshold instead passed on no fewer than three turns at Mugello. But the loads on the brake pedal are high. From start to finish, a driver will apply a total load of nearly 58 and a half tonnes, more than 20 tonnes more than at the Tuscan GP. ​



The most demanding braking section of the Imola Round​ ​​

Of the 8 braking sections at the Emilia-Romagna GP, 4 are classified as very demanding on the brakes, 2 are of medium difficulty and the other 2 are light. 

The most demanding one for the braking system is at Rivazza, turn 18: the single-seaters arrive at 309 km/h (192 mph) and then slow down to 145 km/h (90 mph) in just 96 meters (105 yds). To do this, the drivers brake for 1.62 seconds, applying a load of 137 kg (302 lb) on the brake pedal and undergoing a deceleration of 5.6 g. ​