MERCEDES AMG Petronas F1 Team -
It's finally time to go racing again. Everyone in Brackley and Brixworth has poured so much effort and commitment into this new car, so we're excited to finally see it compete on track in Melbourne.
Last year, we had to give it absolutely everything to come out on top. From what we have learned so far, this year will be even tougher. It will push us to our limits -
Judging from the performance in Barcelona, it looks like we will have a proper fight on our hands in Melbourne. But an F1 season is not just about who comes out of the blocks quickest; under new regulations like we have this year, it is about who is able to adapt best to the new rules and the new tyres and all the challenges that we will have to master during the year.
The most adaptable and agile team will come out on top this season. We have shown in the past that we are fast and flexible and that we can handle every curveball thrown at us. We're ready for the fight and look forward to the crazy rollercoaster of a new F1 season.
Featured this Week: How Does an F1 Steering Wheel Work?
Formula One cars are very complex machines -
How many buttons and switches does an F1 steering wheel have and what do they do?
Our 2019 steering wheel has a total of 25 buttons and switches and, of course, the clutch and the shift paddles. Five of those buttons and switches change the brake settings of the car: the driver can shift the brake balance from the front to the rear or vice versa, to optimise the brake balance for an individual corner, change the amount of engine braking or adjust the brake migration, which is a dynamic change of the brake balance depending on how hard the driver brakes. Another three switches control the differential -
What are the most important buttons?
The importance of the button depends on the situation. If, for example, a driver can't hear his race engineer anymore, the volume
control of the radio suddenly becomes very important. If you were to ask a driver which button he thinks is the most important, he'd probably choose the "Strat" switch as it has a big impact on the performance of the car. It controls the Power Unit modes and will impact both the performance of the internal combustion engine as well as the deployment of electrical energy of the MGU-
What functions on the steering wheel are used the most?
The most used functions of the steering wheel are by far the actual steering itself as well as gear changes. On a typical lap in Melbourne, for example, the driver will use the shift paddles around 50 times. 15 shift indicator LEDs located above the central display help him to find the ideal shift point. In addition to steering and shifting, an F1 driver will make a number of adjustments to the brake balance, fine-
What is an F1 steering wheel made of?
There are a number of materials used in a steering wheel, but the main materials are carbon fibre, fibreglass, silicon, titanium and copper. Those five components are the main ingredients of the several hundred individual parts that form the bigger components inside an F1 steering wheel. The majority of those components -
Has the steering wheel changed compared to last year's?
Our 2019 steering wheel is an evolution of last year's design. We have made some changes, but most of them won't be visible from the outside.
Are the drivers involved in the design process of a steering wheel?
Yes, in fact they're quite heavily involved in the design process because the wheels are custom-
How difficult is it to interact with the different buttons when the car is going at full speed?
Very difficult. A Formula One car is not only very fast, but also subject to heavy vibrations, particularly at circuits with a relatively bumpy surface. The fact that the drivers wear gloves and that the buttons are relatively small, doesn't make the operating the wheel any easier. But there are a number of things that make manipulating the various buttons and switches a little easier. To reduce the risk of accidentally hitting the wrong button, the team uses buttons that are also used on airplanes. These high-
How many steering wheels does a driver have?
Over the course of a season, each driver will get three to four wheels. One wheel takes about 80 hours to build. Mechanical designers, electrical designers and wiring technicians are involved in the design and build process.
2019 Australian Grand Prix Timetable
Session Local Time (AEDT) Brackley (GMT) MADRID (CET)
Practice 1 (Friday) 12:00-
Practice 2 (Friday) 16:00-
Practice 3 (Satu ) 14:00-
Qualifying (Saturd) 17:00-
Race (Sunday) 16:10-
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