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Malaysia GP – Sepang circuit braking analysis


Sepang circuit main characteristics :

Brake Wear: Medium

Downforce Level: Medium/High 8/10
Tyre Usage: Medium

Tyre Compounds: Soft/Hard

Time spent under braking : 14 %

Number of braking zones :  8

2010 – 2009 season braking data comparison chart

  Kurve 1 Kurve 2 Kurve 3 Kurve 4 Kurve 5 Kurve 6 Kurve 7 Kurve 8
Initial speed 2010  Km/h  : 303  127  289  273  280  233 248 301
Initial speed 2009  Km/h : 299 124 288 276 279 233 253 298
Difference : 4 3 1 -3 1 0 -5 3
Final speed 2010  Km/h : 110 89 121 204 86 162 136 102
Final speed 2009 Km/h : 106 82 115 204 79 157 127 97
Difference : 4 7 6 0 7 5 9 5
Stopping distance 2010 m : 123 24 107 45 122 47 84 125
Stopping distance 2009 m : 116 29 105 49 119 52 109 121
Difference :  7 -5 2 -4 3 -5 -25 4
Braking time 2010  sec : 2,35 0,8 2,01 0,69 2,65 0,88 1,64 2,49
Braking time 2009 sec  : 2,33 1,06 2,08 0,76 2,76 1 2,16 2,53
Difference :  0,02 -0,26 -0,07 -0,07 -0,11 -0,12 -0,52 -0,04
Maximum deceleration 2010 g : 4,14 1,67 3,87 3,57 3,7 2,9 3,09 4,09
Maximum deceleration 2009 g  : 4,75 1,64 4,44 4,15 4,23 3,22 3,49 4,7
Difference :  -0,61 0,03 -0,57 -0,58 -0,53 -0,32 -0,4 -0,61
Maximum pedal load 2010 Kg : 117 42 109 101 105 79 85 115
Maximum pedal load 2009 Kg : 123 38 115 107 110 80 87 121
Difference :  -6 4 -6 -6 -5 -1 -2 -6

 

          A remarkable conclusion extracting from direct comparison between the 2010-2009 final speed differences is that the 2010 cars are able to enter almost all corners at Sepang  having a bit higher speed compared to last season .  This is the result of the higher amount of downforce  the 2010 car’s body can generate with even less drag penalty as the top speed just before braking is also higher for 2010 cars ( especially at kurve 1 and 8 )  . It is though good to remember that a full year in formula 1 development is really a vast time period and much progress can be achieved on aero performance  .

 

data source : Brembo

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