Few forms of motorsport test components as hard as the high speed, high downforce world of Formula 1.
As the series prepares to take on Spa-Francorchamps for this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, brake supplier Brembo has offered additional insight into the forces that go through a Formula 1 car at the iconic circuit.
Spa is known as a particularly brake-intensive circuit, thanks in particular to at least two big heavy stops at the end of long periods of wide-open throttle.
According to Brembo, brakes are used for 13.3 per cent of races at Spa. The left pedal is applied seven times each lap, with deceleration rates exceeding 4G on six of those occasions.
While much is made of Spa’s infamous Les Combes, the track’s hardest stop is the turn 18 and turn 19 ‘Bus Stop’. Here cars slow from a peak speed of approximately 333km/h to just 92km/h in a mere 134 metres.
It’s a speed reduction that takes just 2.78 seconds, putting drivers through a around 5.9G of force.
View Brembo’s full video of insights below: