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If the Azerbaijan Grand Prix made it clear to us, it is that the 'porpoising' phenomenon is physically taking its toll on the drivers, so having go


If the Azerbaijan Grand Prix made it clear to us, it is that the ‘porpoising’ phenomenon is physically taking its toll on the drivers, so having good physical throughout the season is going to be more crucial than ever for the body to hold on this 2022.

Although it may not seem like it, Formula 1 drivers are among the athletes who have the most physical preparation and are more in shape. It is preconceived that these, having to sit only on the car seat and handle the steering wheel, do not need much more.

Why is it important to train as a Formula 1 driver?

It is not enough that they have mechanical and technical knowledge of the tool they handle, they must also present good physical condition since your body will withstand gravitational force (G force) and this has to be prepared to withstand them.

Besides, the head of the pilot together with the helmet can reach the 6.5 kilos plus G-force that is generated in curves and braking, this can reach between the 30 and 40 kilos so exercising the neck will be essential.

Daniel Ricciardo with his physical trainer, Michael Italianofour.com

The legs They will be key, especially the left. In Formula 1 the force that must be exerted to curb is much greater than that made in a normal car, so these repeated efforts, with the increase in cost, can add up to the 80 kilos against the pedal.

The dress of the jumpsuit plus the helmet makes them come to be 50º at the time of the race with a humidity that surrounds the 80% and this causes the driver to reach lose about 3 kilos of body mass in a single race. To counteract this, what they do is have a strict control of the feeding and a training of resistance so that the levels of fat in the body are low and the body itself has thermoregulation and controls changes in temperature.

Formula 1 driver training

To support all this amount of weight that we have mentioned before, it will be essential that in the routine of an athlete in these categories there is a strength training. The areas that are most worked on in this case will be those of the neck and arms. Above all, the first one is not attached to the car and must have enough strength so that with the movement it remains inflexible and does not lose perspective.

The physical preparation of F1 drivers, more important than ever in 2022

This exercise would serve to gain strength in the neckfour.com

In the case of shoulders and arms a simulator with a seat and a steering wheel is used, here they place some weights of about 20 kilos, which is the force that more or less a pilot makes in each lap. To exercise the upper part of the body, what they usually do is hold the balance on one leg in a half ball placed on the ground with a weighs about 5 kilos so that they get used to being a long period like this with additional weight.

On the legs will be a similar exercises, in the end for gain strength and endurance The essential thing is that you exercise by lifting weight. For the lower body, what they do is do activities in which one leg lifts, for example 90 kilos, and change from one to another.

Not only force is necessary, for everything to be executed correctly the pilot will need a Cardiovascular system quite trained and trained to withstand a High intensity without getting tired. One of the most used tools in these cases to work the whole body is the rowing machine.

They also practice the most basic exercises to gain this resistance that is so necessary for them, such as going out on the road with the cycling, jogging, or running on a treadmill.

The physical preparation of F1 drivers, more important than ever in 2022

Fernando Alonso riding a bikefour.com

Not only do you have to work the body, but also the mind. elite athletes they are subjected many Pressure and work the concentration and the senses so that all their attention is focused on what they are doing is vital.

It is becoming more and more common to use new technologies to cultivate this aspect. For example, reflexes and the visual field are usually exercised using virtual reality glasses and other technological tools suitable for these tasks.