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Formula One 2002
INTRO
FRONT WING
COCKPIT
ROLLOVER BAR
TYRES/WHEELS
FUEL TANK
SUSPENSION
OIL TANK
REAR WING
ENGINE
AERODYNAMICS
GEARBOX
STEERING
Gearbox locator

Gearbox
 
A Formula One gearbox has six or seven gears which change automatically in about 0.1 seconds.

The clutch paddle, which is usually on the steering wheel, is used by the drivers only at the start as part of the automatic starting procedure.

It can also be activated to prevent the car stalling if the driver spins.

Once the car is in motion, the clutch is operated electronically by the complicated gearbox software.

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