Facts Formula 1

How Formula One Works

3. Brakes and Tires

Again, all the parts are the same, but these brakes need to be able to stop a car going more than 200 mph. The discs become red hot while braking, so they are carbon fiber. They are lightweight and capable of temperatures up to 750° C. Additional air also cools them, through holes on the edges, and outside the wheel hub.


Teh tires of the F1 car are perhaps the most important part of the car during the race. Everything else works through the four tires touching the track, so they are of the utmost importance. They are extremely regulated. Stick tires were used between 1960s and 1998. Today, front tires must be between 12 and 15, while the rears must be between 14 and 15 inches wide. Grooves have to be at least 2.5 mm deep and 50 mm apart. During rain, they need special “wet” or “intermediate” tires.


The tiers last for around 125 miles, so they need to be changed multiple times during a race. Traction control can help prolong the life of the tire set, but it has been banned at brought back multiple times. Currently, teams use super-soft, ultra-soft and hyper-soft tires. There have been many changes in the recent decade regarding tires.