Source: Brembo announcement
SOCHI, Russia — Brembo is celebrating another historic milestone with the 2021 Russian Grand Prix in Sochi: 800 Formula 1 races with at least one single-seater equipped with one or more Brembo braking components.
This long series began with a small number of cast iron discs for Scuderia Ferrari in 1975. It was a big challenge for Brembo, which had been founded just a few years earlier – in 1961 – and at that time was still a small machine shop. Its partnership with Maranello has continued uninterruptedly down to today.
Obviously, over time, Brembo brake discs (first cast iron and then carbon), have been joined by brake calipers, pads, disc housings, brake master cylinders and the development of complex braking systems including by wire technology, the electronically controlled braking system that has governed the rear braking of F1 cars since 2014. This technological escalation spans almost 50 years, in which Brembo has always played a leading role with its innovative and effective solutions.
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Over these 800 Grands Prix, cars equipped with Brembo brakes have driven on 56 tracks worldwide, most of them in Europe. However, the number of Asian events has increased since the 1990s, having first appeared on the calendar in 1976, when Brembo was already firmly established.
No two Grands Prix are ever identical in course, weather conditions and competitors (constructors and drivers). Of these 800 GPs, the longest was the 1975 Swedish Grand Prix, with 321.44 km: Niki Lauda won with the Ferrari 312T equipped with Brembo discs that helped him become world champion that year.
Last month’s Belgian GP was the shortest, even though the three laps run were all behind the safety car. The 1991 Australian Grand Prix (52.92 km) was the shortest GP actually raced. Ayrton Senna claimed victory in a McLaren fitted with Brembo brakes, which he had specifically requested after a long and successful experience of them at Lotus.
The Brazilian champion’s loyalty was matched by Michael Schumacher, the record holder in a whole series of Brembo braking system-related statistics. He raced the most Grands Prix (307), won the most (91) and finished on the podium the most times (155). All seven of his world titles were won using Brembo brakes.
In total, single-seaters equipped with Brembo brakes have triumphed in 455 Grands Prix, more than half the number of races contested (57% to be precise). One-hundred-and-eighty-six of these saw victories for Scuderia Ferrari cars with 21 different drivers, while the remaining 269 were won by other teams with 41 drivers mounting the top step of the podium.
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