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RED BULL RING, AUSTRIA - JULY 12: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Performance, leads Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16, Carlos Sainz, McLaren MCL35 Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes F1 W11 EQ Performance and the rest of the pack at the start during the Styrian GP at Red Bull Ring on Sunday July 12, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Sutton / LAT Images)

The breaking point is the precise location where the driver hits the brakes hard to reduce the speed of the car and enter the corner at the maximum possible speed. 

If an F1 car has a top speed of around 335kph on the straight or over 90m per second, so the precision with which the driver has to learn and action the braking point is critical to maximise lap time and retain, or gain, position. 

The drivers are assisted in identifying the braking point by referencing the corner boards placed at 150m, 100m and 50m from the apex of the corner. 

Andrew Burden

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