Gearbox :

F1 cars use an 8-gear, sequential automatic transmission, meaning that there is a clutch, but no clutch pedal.

The clutch can be operated via the many buttons you see on F1 steering wheels. The clutch is usually only activated by the driver for things like warming up the tires by manually locating the clutch’s “bite” point. 

They are not just automatics, as the drivers are able to select gears using the paddles mounted on the steering wheel

The gearbox can be seen located at the rear of the car, making it very vulnerable to an impact from another car or if the rear of the car has an impact with a barrier. 

Teams are not permitted to change the gear ratios during the season and are limited to 4 gearboxes per season. 

Andrew Burden

The author Kiwi F1 Fan