F1 cars use a hydraulic braking system very similar to that found in road cars with some pointed differences including the quality of parts used, and the fact that the front brakes and back brakes have separate hydraulic circuits.
What kind of brakes do race cars use?
The Brake Pads
Most road cars will use organic or metallic brake pads, which are strong enough for daily driving. Race cars, however, will often use ceramic or carbon brakes. These are much better at withstanding the ultra-high temperatures that come with all of the braking on a racetrack.
Do drag cars have rear brakes?
Some dragsters are equipped with only a rear brake system. This second set of calipers can either provide additional braking power, or act as emergency or backup brake systems to stop the car quicker in the event the primary brakes or parachute fails.
Which is better hydraulic or air brakes?
A significant reason why air brakes are preferred in heavier trucks (above 26,000-pounds GVWR), compared to hydraulic systems, is their robust stopping power when they work – and when they fail.