Driving an F1 Car Is Way More Complicated Than I Ever Imagined

By Sam Gibbs on at

I know there are a load of buttons on an F1 steering wheel, but there's a heck of a lot more to adjust than I actually thought was possible mid-drive. This testing lap recorded from what looks like the lap of Nico Rosberg, with commentary from one of his engineers, shows these guys have to be absolute machines to cope with it all while blasting round the track at breakneck speeds.

I know this is just what they call an "installation lap" -- the first lap out of the garage after the car's been put together to check everything's working alright -- but just look at all the crap on the steering wheel. This video gives you a unique perspective, and shows you all the little things like the pit limiter, brake-balance adjustment, and all that good stuff that you'd normally never see. Just think, Nico Rosberg is probably doing all this as we speak in preparation for the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend.

Make sure you watch the video with the annotations on, because they'll tell you what everything does. I don't know about you, but it's given me a new found respect for F1 drivers and just how much they have to do in the cockpit that's not actually, you know, driving. And all while wrestling with the car right on the limit too. Amazing. [Mercedes via Jalopnik]