Do F1 Cars Have Traction Control And ABS? Let’s Explore!

No, F1 cars don’t have traction control and ABS as these are banned since 2008. Safety features like traction control and ABS were banned in order to make the race more challenging and to emphasize the driver’s skill. As a substitute for these features, Federation International Automobile FIA introduces some other advanced features like brake balance brake/bias and DRS (Drag Reduction System).

This is just an outlook. Read on for further information. 

Do F1 Cars Have Traction Control and ABS?

Formula One is a highly competitive sport that requires not only the best technology but also the best drivers. Since 2008, traction control and ABS have been banned to make the race more challenging and to emphasize the driver’s skill. 

Why Traction Control and ABS are Banned in  F1 Cars?

To test the ability of racers, traction control, and ABS was banned from F1 cars. The traction control and ABS are basically driver assistant features that come into play to ensure safety. 

And these features lessen the challenges of the game. Which consequently reduces the thrill and fun of the game. 

By banning these systems from the equation, Formula One drivers are forced to rely on their own abilities and the performance of their cars to navigate the track. And that makes the race more challenging and exciting for fans to watch.

Additionally, it adds an element of unpredictability, as teams and drivers have to find the right balance between performance and safety. 

Apart from that, the traction control can also slow the car down on the race track which ultimately hampers the performance of the car. Therefore, traction control was banned by the F1 Technical Regulation. 

Article 9.2.2  of the F1 Technical Regulation states that  “No car may be equipped with a system or device which is capable of preventing the driven wheels from spinning under power or of compensating for excessive torque demand by the driver. Any device or system which notifies the driver of the onset of wheel spin is not permitted.” 


Since traction control and ABS reduce the driver’s skill level and slow the car down, they were banned in Formula One to add challenge and excitement.

Do F1 Cars Have Any Alternatives for Traction Control And ABS?

There are some alternatives to traction control and ABS in F1 cars. Brake bias/ brake balance is one of them. Here we’ll discuss two alternatives of traction control and ABS. 

Brake Balance/Brake Bias 

Formula One racers use brake balance in their car as an alternative to ABS. Brake balance is also known as brake bias. 

Brake balance is a technology that distributes braking force between the front and rear wheels of a car. Brake balance adjustments are used to fine-tune Formula One cars’ handling and stability.

By applying more braking force to the front wheels, the car will understeer, which occurs when the front wheels lose grip and the car continues to travel straight. More braking force on the rear wheels will cause the car to oversteer, which occurs when the rear wheels lose grip and the car slides.

In racing, brake balance adjustments are used to find the optimal distribution of braking force that will give the car the best handling and stability. As a result, the driver can brake later, harder, and more efficiently. In addition, it gives them an edge over their competitors when entering and exiting corners.

Drag Reduction System (DRS) 

Formula One (F1) racing also uses the Drag Reduction System (DRS) to reduce drag and improve performance as an alternative to the traction control system. This system was introduced in 2011 in F1 cars. A movable wing element is located on the rear wing of the car, which can be adjusted by the driver to reduce drag and increase speed. 

As determined by the FIA, the governing body of F1, the DRS can be used during certain parts of the race and under certain conditions. The system is designed to improve overtaking and make racing more exciting for the fans. (1)

What Other Safety Features Are Banned In F1 Cars?

There are some other safety features that are banned in F1 cars besides ABS and traction control. Let’s have a look at them:

  1. Active suspension systems
  2. Launch control systems
  3. Aerodynamic devices that can be adjusted during a race
  4. Engine braking systems
  5. Tuned mass dampers
  6. Four wheel steering 

Are F1 Cars Equipped With Any Other Safety Features?

Formula One car typically have the following safety features:

  1. HANS (Head and Neck Support) device protects drivers from head and neck injuries
  2. Headrests, seat belts, and padded cockpits are safety features designed to protect passengers in case of an accident.
  3. Halo (a titanium and carbon fiber safety feature on Formula 1 cars) is a safety device made of titanium and carbon fiber that encircles the driver’s head in Formula 1 cars to protect them from flying debris and potential impacts.
  4. Cockpit survival cell made of carbon fiber and honeycomb composite materials for crash protection
  5. FIA-approved harnesses are safety restraint systems for motorsports that have been tested and approved by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).
  6. An onboard fire extinguisher system is a device installed in vehicles or aircraft to suppress and extinguish fires that may occur within the vehicle.
  7. High-performance brakes and brake cooling systems improve a vehicle’s stopping power and reduce the risk of brake failure during intense driving conditions.
  8. Advanced aerodynamics for improved stability and downforce
  9. FIA-approved roll hoops and side impact structures are safety features in a vehicle designed to protect occupants in the event of a roll-over or side-impact collision.
  10. Wheel tethers to prevent wheels from flying off in a crash are FIA-approved roll hoops and side impact structures.
  11. Advanced telemetry and data acquisition systems for monitoring car performance and safety.


Do Gt3 Cars Have Traction Control & ABS?

Yes, GT3 cars have both traction control and ABS (Anti-lock braking system) as standard features. These systems are standard features in GT3 cars and are essential for providing a safe and competitive driving experience.

How Many Gears Do F1 Cars Have?

F1 cars have 8 forward gears. Engine power is transmitted to the rear wheels via an eight-speed semi-automatic gearbox in Formula One (F1) cars. For high-speed racing, the gearbox is designed to optimize engine performance and provide quick gear changes. Eight gears allow the driver to choose the optimal gear based on the track speed and power requirements. 

What Fuel Do F1 Cars Use?

According to the current regulations, Formula 1 cars use an E10 fuel, which is a blend of 90% gasoline and 10% ethanol. Compared to conventional gasoline, this fuel produces more energy, improving car performance.


Well now you know do F1 cars have traction control and ABS or not. Hopefully, this discussion was handy for you. Despite being effective in passenger cars, these features are banned in F1 because they add to the thrill of the sport.

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