The Formula 1 World Championship is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its debut, which took place on the Silverstone Circuit: at that time, none of the single-seaters were fitted with Brembo brakes, for the simple reason that the Italian company wasn't founded until 1961. Its Formula 1 debut dates back to 1975, with the Ferrari team that conquered the top spot again precisely that year.
According to Brembo technicians, the Silverstone Circuit falls into the category of those tracks that make little demand on the Formula 1 brakes. On a scale of 1 to 5, it earned a 2 on the difficulty index - less than the 3 assigned for MotoGP (which will not be stopping off there this year however).
The Brembo calipers for Formula 1
Brembo makes 6-piston aluminum-lithium calipers (the maximum value established by the regulations) for 8 of the teams in the 2020 World Championship. In addition to these, Brembo also supplies some teams with 4-piston calipers to be used on the rear, to meet the demands for lighter weight.
Based on the specific vehicle requirements, each team - together with Brembo engineers - identifies the optimum weight-rigidity ratio that the brake calipers must have. The development of the braking system takes place entirely autonomously and separately for each team.