All cars with a gearbox use a clutch to engage the engine and deliver power to the transmission. F1 cars are no different in this respect, however, their clutches are made from carbon, manage massive loads and weigh a fraction of the weight of your road car – roughly 1.5kg vs 45kg.

The clutch in an F1 car is operated by a paddle on the steering wheel and is only used to move the car from a standing start. From there the driver uses gear shift paddles for a seamless shift via a semi-automatic transmission. This allows the drivers to get maximum power in every gear, for maximum performance.

Andrew Burden

The author Kiwi F1 Fan