Sochi Autodrom: The Braking Systems


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16th race of this year that is 2019 Formula 1 will be hosted by Sochi Autodrom in September. This is the World Championship. Remember in 2010, there was a contract to host Russian GP in this same Sochi. It was signed in the same year and it took four years to complete the circuit. This is built on the same Olympic Park. This is the same place that is used for the Winter Olympic Games in 2014. This circuit stands out 650 meters curve at turn three. This is considered to be the longest curve that you can see in the World Championship.

This circuit is designed by Herman Tilke, a popular architect. This is also one of the longest tracks in the world championship. It is 363 miles long or 5,848 meters long.. The interesting part is it also utilizes over 1.7 km of path that is open to normal traffic. In this path, it is observed that single-seated performance will get improved in the later sessions. The main reason is rubber should be laid down to get better on the tarmac.

According to the technician’s, that are involved in classifying the 21 tracks all the world championships, Sochi Autodrom is said to be the track that is regarded as highly demanding circuits mainly for brakes. Difficult index of this track is 4 out of 5.

GP And Brake Demands

An In-Depth Look At The Braking Systems On The Sochi Autodrom
An In-Depth Look At The Braking Systems On The Sochi Autodrom

15 seconds is the time required and spent on the brakes in every lap. This takes at least 16 per cent when we consider the overall race time. This also counts, being in line with other races. But 4.1 G peak is considered to be very high and this is nothing but an average deceleration per lap. The main reason behind this is 10 braking sections. 2.8 G is considered to be each deceleration.

179 kWh is the energy that go dissipated for braking. Considering starting to the checkered flag, every diver makes use of 530 brakes. Hence if we calculate the total force, that will be 43.8 tons and this is on the pedal and approximate number.

So, understand that each and every driver should apply 500 kg on a minute basis. Hence these are said to be highly demanding braking sections. Let’s consider 10 braking points. So, in the Sochi Autodrom track, 2 of the braking points are said to be highly demanding. Three are classified to be light and the remaining 5 are considered to be of medium difficulty.

Among these, turn 2 is said to be most difficult among all the braking sections. The single-seaters will be approaching with 333 km/h towards this turn and they use a brake of 1.83 seconds. Then will be entering the corner in about 131 km/h. they should be managing all these in just 107 meters. Here drivers should be applying a significant amount of brake. Estimated load of 142 kg should be applied on the brake pedal and they should be ready for deceleration of about 6.1 G.

An In-Depth Look At The Braking Systems On The Sochi Autodrom
An In-Depth Look At The Braking Systems On The Sochi Autodrom

Sochi Autodrom: Bottom Line

As we explained about turn 2, even turn 12 and turn 5 are also highly challenging. They come with 5.4 G and 4.8 G are respected decelerations. 1,500 kW is the peak braking force that single-seaters generate in both these corners.

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