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Do F1 Drivers Switch Gears Before Hitting 15000 RPM?

Do the Formula One drivers switch gears before hitting 15000 RPM? On the broadcast it seems they switch gears at 12000 - 14000 RPM. Does it save fuel or is the TV broadcast out of sync?

The TV broadcast is in sync with the telemetry data. The reason for the early gear change is that fuel simply runs out of the system after around 12500 RPM. The fuel limitation rules translates to the fact that revving higher than this does not make sense.

source: http://www.mtv.fi/sport/f1/uutinen/artikkeli/formulafakta-vaihtavatko-kuljettajat-vaihdetta-ennen-15-000-kierrosta/5250244

Written by Janita on Wednesday August 5, 2015
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