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Inside F1 Cars: Does a Formula 1 Car Have a Clutch, and How Does It Work?

Formula One is the pinnacle of motorsport and at the cutting edge of automotive technology. You only need to see pictures of a Formula 1 steering wheel, listen to a driver's engineer or a formation lap or read technical analysis on dedicated websites to understand the remarkable level of engineering and design that goes into the sport. That might go without saying, of course. But one aspect of a Formula 1 car that is underrated and misunderstood is the clutch. Internet message boards can easily be found, with the proper search engine nous, littered with F1 fans asking questions about clutches: Are they even used? Why don't cars have a clutch pedal? Is it used to changed gear? A quick thanks to the articles which proved superb in researching...

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