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Video: How Formula 1 car pedals work

How do F1 pedals differ from road car pedals? Quite a lot as it turns out. There is much more scope for F1 drivers to tailor their pedals to achieve maximum comfort in the car.

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If you cast your mind back to the Austrian Grand Prix in 2022, during the closing stages Charles Leclerc was complaining about a problem with the pedal in his Ferrari F1-75.

The Monogasque described the "incredibly difficult" issue on his car where the throttle would get stuck at 20 or 30 per-cent at low speed.

He managed to overcome the issue and win the race, but it gave insight into just how critical these seemingly innocuous components can be to success.

F1 pedals are unique compared to the ones you would find on a normal road car, in that they are tailored specifically to the driver. Some like to have them offset while others prefer to have them in-line with each other.

Mercedes Mechanical Design Engineer, George Gover, takes a deep dive with Simulation and Demonstration Driver, Anthony Davidson into this crucial bit of tech.

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