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Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis
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Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis

Bite-size tech: Comparing Ferrari's and Red Bull's brake set-ups

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Bite-size tech: Comparing Ferrari's and Red Bull's brake set-ups
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Co-author: Matt Somerfield
Jul 7, 2016, 1:29 PM

Here we have two contrasting approaches from Ferrari and Red Bull as they set up their cars for free practice tomorrow.

Brakes are a critical performance factor and can yield a significant challenge when it comes to cooling, especially on a circuit like Silverstone, where the brakes can be overcooled on the long straights, which in-turn gives poor feel when the driver needs braking force on the approach to a corner.

They've opted for very different drill patterns, with Ferrari setting up the SF16-H with the maximum drill capacity of around 1200 holes, spaced in a chevron pattern so they fit across the disc face.

Meanwhile, Red Bull has a disc with around 800 holes in the face and whilst they too are in a chevron pattern they are significantly larger than the ones used by Ferrari.

It's interesting that whilst their objectives are aligned they go about the installation in very different ways.

The 3D animation below shows the brake systems' make-up and shows a great cross-section of how the holes in the brake disc radiate heat.

 

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