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Formula One Clutches Explained

Steve Matchett is joined again by Red Bull F1 Team Manager Jonathan Wheatly as they dive into the current Formula One clutch setup, which unlike most vehicles is mounted to the gearbox and not the motor itself.

Check out, like everything in formula one, how light and how small the compete clutch pack is, to help fight inertia, and consider that it has to deal with somewhere between 700 and 800 horsepower, and during a F1 start it will purposely be setup to slip, which must generate huge amounts of heat. Incredible technology.

Starting a Formula One Car

Red Bull F1’s Team Manager, Jonathon Wheatley joins Steve Matchett to demonstrate how a modern day Formula One car still uses and external start system. They delve into the reasons for this, and discuss the weight savings gained by not having a starting system on board the cars.

The F1 Motorhomes 2008 and Now

Here are two short 1 minute videos looking at the Motorhomes in the Formula One Paddock back in 2008 and again during the 2010 season. Some have remained about the same with a few additions, while a few more have been completely replaced with even bigger and better versions, truly mobile palaces, and feats in portable building engineering.


And Updated in 2010

David Coulthard Explains Formula One Start Procedures

Watch as David Coulthard describes the procedures the drivers must go through in a Formula One car using the steering wheel before a race start. he dives into the significance of the clutch settings and how that can make or break a modern day formula one race start.

Adrian Sutil Explains Force Indias 2011 Steering Wheel

Will Buxton joins Adrian Sutil for a good look at all the functions of the 2011 Force India Formula One Car Steering Wheel.

Adrian explains what he uses all the different switches and modes for, and goes into great detail about how, why and when he uses all the different features. Highlights include a look at the Kers system control, and the engine mapping control where he explains when he uses the various engine maps available to him.

An interesting thing I have not seen on other cars (but I am sure they are doing it) is the pit in switch. Instead of having to waste time talking to the pits to let them know he is coming in, he just pushes the pit in button and they know he is arriving at the pit soon.

Coulthard Schumacher and Vettel Canada GP Interview

A lighthearted piece by commentator David Coulthard taking a golf cart lap of Canada with Michael Schumacher and meeting with with Sebastian Vettel out on the circuit.

It’s the Thursday before the race so everyone is quite relaxed during their track walking time where drivers and engineers take time out to walk (cycle, golf cart) around the track and inspect the track and each corner to refresh their memories about the track surface, and to see if anything like the curbing height or placement, or patches in the surface has changed from previous years.


Neil Oatley Remembers the McLaren MP4-4

The McLaren MP4/4 was a very special Formula One Car. It was used by Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in their 1988 season, and was by far the dominant car. It won 15 of the 16 races in that year, only missing out on the clean sweep due to a crash at Monza. Neil Oatley looks back on the car and tells a few of the stories associated with the 1988 season.

2011 Mercedes GP F1 Steering Wheel

Another great look at the steering wheel from Nico Rosberg’s 2011 Mercedes Formula One Car. Longtime F1 Engineer Jock Clear features in this video, explaining many of the functions that make up the modern F1 steering wheel.

Everything down to the grips on each side of the wheel are highly customized for each driver, and the aim is to make sure their hands do not ever have to leave the wheel, so they can concentrate on driving while making the multitude of changes that must be made via the steering wheel each lap.

Formula One Wheel Nuts

Martin Brundle takes an indepth and upclose look at wheelnuts in Formula One. Not the most riveting of subjects, but as with everything in formula one the teams look for every little advantage in every area they can find, and of course if you wheelnut solution is not perfect you may just lose a wheel.