xpensive wrote:I think problem with buttons IRL, is that you momentarily loose the thumb-grip of the wheel, which could be a disadvantage.
Paddles can of course be operated by any finger.
autogyro wrote:Of course it could be made to be voice actuated (within the regulations?)
bazanaius wrote:Just full on mind control - obviously open to hilarious consequences when the driver's mind begins to wander..
Because the button is only operated over part of the lever movement, it is in fact less precise.
Mystery Steve wrote:When I was still doing Formula SAE, we used thumb buttons on the steering wheel for shifting. It wasn't as bad as you might think, and I think I would have actually preferred it in those cars. Although, I never drove a paddle shift in those cars, but I couldn't see it being that different. Gripping the wheel while shifting wasn't really an issue because you shouldn't be shifting while cornering anyway unless you're trying to "pull a Piquet."
It really is an ergo thing and nothing else. If you prefer paddles then run paddles, or if you prefer a thumb button run a thumb button. It doesn't matter from a mechanical/electrical design point of view. I see the argument for paddles on an F1 wheel just to make room for the other controls, though.
Side note: Is there a way to manually control image size on here? Sometimes it's nice to post a picture, but I don't want to take up the entire screen...
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