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Formula 1 Cockpit Controls

By Unknown - February 06, 2018

Fernando Alonso : Full onboard F1 Cockpit

Discussing about the F1 car is to talk about something interesting. F1 car is one of the most sophisticated results of civilization man of this century. various cutting-edge technologies embedded in the car that became by the most expensive automotive body of the century. So it is not surprising that many people who become fans of this spectacular automotive sport. And this sport is now much a target of automotive business and broadcasting in almost all the world.

Behind the astonishing fact of it all, have you ever imagined to just sit in the F1 cockpit? And why is it called a cockpit instead of a cabin or something else? It has become common knowledge, that F1 cars are often also called JET LAND. Where teknologinyapun only slightly grade under the fighter technology. In the video on this article, you'll know what it's like to be behind an F1 driver. So what if you become the driver? Here are some things you should know about the fact of an F1 cockpit:



This is the shape of the F1 Cockpit that is so narrow. Just by looking at the picture you can already imagine the real, how to enter, before sitting in it. Behind the wheel of F1 Car less comfortable is not it? It will feel good if you imagine how much money and various worldly skills that you will get if you become the driver of F1 Car.


This is the most important thing you must master when you imagine being an F1 driver. Without knowing the science and technical, useless the various technological sophistication in the F1 car. The modern Formula 1 steering wheel is, therefore, the most amazing ever made. It is, in every way, the nerve center of the car.

Ok, Let's discuss the various uses and function keys on the F1 car handlebars :


In the above Infographic, you can see from the amount of controls as to how complicated machine an F1 car is. To give you an idea of ​​what exactly goes on inside the cockpit, we've numbered all the controls available to the drivers and what do you do to enable any car adjustments without having to pit :

  1. Front wing flap activation
  2. To engage neutral
  3. Differential setting for exiting corners
  4. Engine Rev Limiter
  5. Course Front Flap Adjustment
  6. KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) Discharge Unit
  7. Recovery Strategy Menu
  8. Engine Torque
  9. Fuel Mixture Selection
  10. Pre-selected Clutch Settings
  11. Pit lane Limiter (100kph)
  12. KERS activation
  13. KERS Charge Adjustment – Gears Down (located behind)
  14. Car To Pit Radio
  15. Recovery Strategy Scrolling
  16. Clutch Paddle
  17. Recovery Strategy Accept
  18. Engine Kill Switch
  19. Clutch Biting Point Selection
  20. Race phase Switches
  21. Reverse
  22. Oil Pump
  23. Drink Pump To Feed Driver
  24. Clutch Paddle
  25. Fine Front Flap Adjustment
  26. Menu Scroll
  27. Gears Up + just to the right: Corner Entry Differential Setting
On average 27 pieces of buttons and panels are in the hands of an F1 car driver. And you must memorize it all, without exception.

During driving a F1 car, especially during the race, an F1 driver will connect with the team via radio. So as you can see, the driver can make many mechanical adjustments whilst racing. Pit to car communications are vital in deciding strategy and how the tyres are performing, so the RADIO button is one of the important ones. The driver can even deploy a pump that feeds the liquid through a pipe and into the driver's helmet for re-hydration, which is extremely important in maintaining hydration and concentration in the stifling conditions..

Although telemetry provides a non-stop stream of data to engineers on the pitwall and at team HQ, the driver has sole control over things like differential settings, the air-fuel mix, and the torque curve. All of these settings can change several times during a race, or even a lap.


Drivers also use small paddles behind the wheel to shift up and down as many as 4,000 times in a race, and a third paddle to engage the clutch.


Mercedes AMG Petronas drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton explain the steering wheels they used during the season 2013

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