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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 February, 2004, 13:42 GMT
Cockpit
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COCKPIT

The cockpit is far more than just the place the driver sits and drives. It is also a super-strong survival cell that minimises the chances of injury in accidents and also an operations centre from which the driver can control many of the car's control systems.
 
Cockpit audio Mike Gascoyne, Toyota technical director


STEERING WHEEL

The steering wheel is one of the most complex pieces of equipment on a Formula One car. Through it, the driver controls many of the systems of the car.
 
Steering wheel audio Mike Gascoyne, Toyota technical director


SAFETY CELL/ROLLBAR

Formula One drivers are cocooned in an immensely strong "survival cell" of space-age materials like Kevlar and carbon-fibre.

The chassis must pass a series of extremely tough "crash tests" before it is allowed to race.

One of the areas checked most rigorously is the roll-over bar, which protects the driver's head and neck in case the car overturns.
 
Safety cell/rollbar audio Mike Gascoyne, Toyota technical director







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