Sebastian Vettel pounded his steering wheel, having crashed out at Hockenheim. Swearing and crying over the team radio, he had made a mistake driving in the rain and handed the win to Lewis Hamilton.
The cost of the steering wheel paled in comparison to losing in front of his home crowd and losing the top spot in the F1 Drivers’ Championship. What if he had to worry about costs, though? Here we take a brief look at the costs of some of the key parts.
A steering wheel costs a cool £50,000. As we see on the driver camera view, there is a screen in the middle and a bunch of colour-coded buttons for DRS activation, ERS (boost) and regular functions like changing gear.
Sensors record hundreds of parameters, such as clutch torque, in real time. The data is transmitted to the race engineers for …