The 2020 Formula 1 Styrian Grand Prix according to Brembo


 A guide to the Brembo braking systems in Formula 1 single-seaters at the Red Bull Ring, 7 days later.


After the thrilling debut of the Formula 1 World Championship, marked by ​8 single-seaters with Brembo brakes in the points zone, the championship will deliver an encore this weekend at the Red Bull Ring.​

According to Brembo technicians, the Red Bull Ring is one of those tracks with a medium level of difficulty for brakes. This track, on the other hand, is highly demanding for MotoGP races: competitors on two wheels use the brakes for 27 seconds each lap, which is 170 per cent more than in Formula 1.​


The Brake by Wire Brembo for Formula 1​

Since 2014, when Brake-by-Wire was introduced in Formula 1, Brembo redesigned the rear part of its braking systems to identify solutions for the best cohabitation between brakes and energy recovery systems.​

Brembo produces various Brake-by-Wire components for the teams: actuators for some, valves and rigidity simulators for others. Continuous research is carried out on the maximum miniaturization of Brake-by-Wire elements. The TTL (time to lock) is 100 milliseconds, three times quicker than traditional solutions.​


Brake use during the Formula 1 Styrian Grand Prix​

In five out of seven of the braking sections on the Austrian track, drivers use the brakes after exceeding 300 km/h (186 mph): the exception is the braking sections on the seventh and tenth corners. The deceleration only exceeds 200 km/h (124 mph) in two places, while on four of the corners it is less than 80 km/h (50 mph).​


The average lap deceleration stands at 3.6 G, the highest of the first 5 Grand Prix races in the 2020 championship. From the starting line to the checkered flag, a total load of 39 metric tons per driver is exerted on the brake pedal: every lap is equal to five and a half metric tons.​



The longest braking section of the Spielberg Round​

Of the seven braking sections at the Austrian GP, three are classified as very demanding on the brakes, none are of medium difficulty and the remaining four are light. ​ 

The longest braking section is at the fourth corner, where the single-seaters have to travel 141 meters to slow down from 342 km/h (213 mph) to 122 km/h (76 mph). To complete the operation, the drivers need 2.57 seconds in order to apply a load of about 173 kg (381 lbs) and undergo 5.2 G in deceleration. ​