• May 4, 2010
Felipe Massa's steering wheel – Click above to watch video after the jump

Despite what you might assume after traveling on America's highways and byways, operating a vehicle isn't terribly complicated. At most, there are three pedals, a steering wheel and a gear shift lever. Everything else is just periphery. While the onslaught of infotainment doodads and climate control wizardry have turned the cockpit of your favorite conveyance from an exercise in simplicity into a buffet of dials and buttons, we assure you it's nothing like what Felipe Massa has to contend with.

You see, for 2010, Ferrari decided to make things easier on Mr. Massa by simplifying his steering wheel. The old tiller was a maze of controls, thanks largely to the KERS system the team employed for 2009. Now all it takes to get cozy with the interface that controls the F10 racer is a mere nine minutes of your time and a memory like a steel trap.

Is it possible to have any more respect for our favorite Formula One pilots? We didn't think so until we caught sight of the video after the jump. Somehow, imaging trying to remember whether or not the engineer said the front wing should be at a seven and the fuel consumption at a four or vice versa while lapping a circuit at mind-bending speed just makes our heads hurt.

[Source: YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      that is simple...really.... really
      • 4 Years Ago
      Take THAT, Speed Racer!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      needs more buttons
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very cool! I've always wondered what the purposes were for the buttons and knobs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Its funny I dont speak a word of italian but from watching formula 1 for the past 3 years I could tell what every button, knob, and switch did on the wheel.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Was I watching a segment from a daytime soap there?

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd really like to watch a lap or two with a camera watching the wheel... seeing when they have time to fiddle with all the switches.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I need a drink button on my steering wheel.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i need one of these on my go-kart
      • 4 Years Ago
      The "BP" button releases an oil slick.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks good, simpler design, buttons on the outside and knobs in the middle. Better than other f1 steering wheels where the buttons and dials are scattered everywhere...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Italian car. Italian engineers. Italian driver. English labels and abbreviations??
        • 4 Years Ago
        Brazilian driver that speaks Italian. English is the official language of Formula One though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, Brazilian driver.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So which one is the button for the Mrs. Halver series 3800 radar-jamming framus?
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