Here's how Formula 1 steering wheels have evolved over the years

Formula 1 is considered the pinnacle of motorsport, so it's no surprise that even the steering wheel has evolved to the point where it does a lot more than just turn the front wheels.

It's not always been so complicated, though. This video shows how the steering wheel has gone from a simple wood and aluminium construction in the 1950s to the button festooned-lightweight part seen in modern F1 cars.
There weren't many innovations in the design of the wheel from the '50s through to the '70s. In 1978, James Hunt's McLaren became the first car to feature an electronic switch, while Emerson Fittipaldi's wheel came with a now-ubiquitous 'quick release' mechanism.

By the late '80s, wheels had stopped being round, with buttons and switches growing in number through the '90s.

Now, steering wheels are made from lightweight carbon fibre and come with buttons that control a myriad options on the car, and even come with a screen to display information to the driver.

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