The steering wheel of a modern Formula 1 racing car is more complex than even the most complicated video game controller and the driver not only has to learn the functions of all controls, but also has to be able to make the right settings in no time during the race.
Mercedes-AMG F1 driver Valtteri Bottas and his senior race engineer Riccardo Musconi went through the controls on the Mercedes F1 car to help us understand their functions.
“There are many things on the steering wheel that we change curve by curve in terms of brake preload,” explained Bottas. “We have a little radio communication with the team.”
They also provided us with the helpful diagram above. While the “talk” button is self-explanatory and the green “N” button is pretty easy to guess to select neutral in the transmission, other functions aren’t quite as obvious.
“PL” is the speed limit button in the pit lane, so that’s not too difficult, and “PC” means “pit confirmation”. This is the driver’s sign to understand that it is time to pit the car on this lap.
Others are a little esoteric. With “Mark” the driver can mark the continuous data acquisition of the vehicle from its sensors. If the driver notices something unusual, marking the data helps engineers pinpoint the point in time of the anomaly for easier diagnosis.
Click through the slideshow to learn more about the other buttons, and also see where this year’s steering wheel differs slightly from the controls on the diagram above, which describes the 2018 season steering wheel.The post Take a look at all 21 switches on the Mercedes-AMG F1 steering wheel first appeared on monter-une-startup.
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