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Brembo and the 2013 Formula 1 season

A part of F1 since 1975

Toni Avery
Mar 19, 2013

Brembo has been a part of Formula 1 since 1975. Now into the 2013 season Brembo will be supplying brakes to these five teams: Infiniti Red Bull Racing, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team, Sauber F1 Team, Scuderia Ferrari and Scuderia Toro Rosso.

But heading into the 2013 season of F1, new concerns rise from the advanced tires used on these F1 cars. Although the tires are four pounds heavier, take a shorter amount of time to heat up, and result in more passing opportunities, there is also the disadvantage of faster wear and the possibility of wheel lock up which may cause some damage.

Over the years Brembo has significantly evolved their brakes by increasing the amount of ventilation. Considering F1 cars can reach the max temperature of 2,192 degrees consequentially causing Brembo to increase the amount of ventilation holes to 1,000. Not only was airflow achieved through adding more ventilation holes, there were also two other processes that helped:

The introduction of the 'spline' in 2008, which is the insertion of a titanium elementlinking braking ring to the hub. This opened the inner part of the disc at airflow.

The other was through Computation Fluid Dynamics (CFD), which was a study done by each race team of air flow between the intake and brake disc. The result of this was the optimum amount of ventilation holes which increased from 30 in 2008 to more than 1,000 today. Not only have the holes increased but their diameter decreased, ultimately increasing the surface space for better air flow.

Additionally, the new CER material is a considerable step forward in efficiency for the driver. This new material reduces wear resulting in faster warm-up time and a better driver application of pressure and temperature. CER offers smoother and more reliable performance.

Brembo supplies each race team (two cars) with the following materials:

10 sets of calipers (4x10 components)
140-240 discs
280-480 pads

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