A visual representation of how F1 drivers actually fit into their cars » FirstSportz

Sergio Perez in his Red Bull
Sergio Perez in his Red Bull

One of the most customizable parts of an F1 car, which needs careful design just like other parts, is the driver’s seat. An average seat weighs around 3 kg and is made of carbon fibre.

The seats are designed at the beginning of the season. The driver sits in the open frame of the car and the software captures the details of the posture. When a mold is printed from this design, a seat is made, and in order to fit in, drivers are expected to maintain the same weight and muscle mass as the car’s chassis, though the body changes a lot physically.

Once the seat is complete, it is installed very deep into the car. It is designed with rider comfort in mind and modifications can be made to increase neck and upper body comfort. When a driver sits down, their legs are almost at head level. The driver is then strapped in with seat belts of the same quality as those used on Air Force fighter jets.

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Why do F1 drivers sit so low and close to the ground?

The F1 cars are designed to run at top speeds and can reach up to 225 miles per hour. But what makes them unique is their ability to go fast even in the corners.

To turn at high speeds it is important to stay grounded and stay low to collect more downforce. Riders need to sit the way they do for aerodynamic reasons as they need to reduce drag. The lower you sit, the less resistance you feel and the more the center of gravity is.

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