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Relation between braking & overtaking Options
Aventador LP700-4
Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017 3:51:21 PM
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I don't understand part of this paragraph when it says:

" to prevent even shorter braking distances rendering overtaking all but impossible "

Speaking of efficiency, Formula One brakes are remarkably efficient. In combination with the modern advanced tyre compounds they have dramatically reduced braking distances. It takes a Formula One car considerably less distance to stop from 160 km/h than a road car uses to stop from 100 km/h. So good are the brakes that the regulations deliberately discourage development through restrictions on materials or design, to prevent even shorter braking distances rendering overtaking all but impossible.

It wants to say that Formula One cars have very strong brakes. That's OK!

But after that it says that shorter braking distances makes overtaking impossible!

What does braking have to do with overtaking?!

Overtaking needs engine power and acceleration not braking!!

Source:
https://www.formula1.com/en/championship/inside-f1/understanding-f1-racing/Brakes.html
thar
Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017 4:30:31 PM

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Think of when you overtake in formula 1

1 on a straight.
Rarely. It is rare for one car to be so much faster than another that it can overtake on a straight after pulling out from the other car's slipstream.

2 going into a corner.
the other car brakes - and you brake later. If it works, you overtake. If it doesn't, you have to run wide after the corner and lose speed. Or if it really goes wrong, they crash into you. Whistle

But, if braking distances are shorter, then there is no opportunity for this to happen. Every car brakes later, nobody can slip through, and nobody overtakes.


formula 1 overtaking

Most overtaking in racing is actually 'undertaking'. Whistle

At least, I assume that is what they are talking about.

Aventador LP700-4
Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017 5:09:38 PM
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It is a little bit confusing but thanks for your help.
thar
Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017 5:37:12 PM

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In simpler terms - you don't overtake by accelerating - you overtake by not braking!
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