Athleticism of F1 Drivers

An in-depth analysis of the state of athleticism of F1 Drivers

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Regardless of the thrills and spills served to Formula One Fanatics by both drivers as well as their teams and including everyone who makes the sport what it actually is today, Formula One drivers, just like all other sporting athletes require an intense level of fitness in order that they will be able to meet the demands of their high technology driven cars. Formula One Cars are well known for their top-tier speed and their unique cornering techniques which require a lot of stamina, enthusiasm, and fitness from the drivers behind the seats.   

The aerodynamics of the F1 machinery also makes it a must that the drivers undergo massive training to be able to withstand the conditions of their cars. For example, the temperature of the cockpit can reach up to 50 degrees which can potentially result in dehydration as well as fatigue and drivers need to be well-fit in order that they survive this.

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F1`s training is built on strength, persistence, continuity, as well as the flexibility to be able to assist the drivers acquaint themselves with the racing nature. Teams even opt to hire personal trainers for their drivers who will be constantly checking up on them analyzing their fitness to partake in the race series events and compete for the top prize. 

The nature of the race requires drivers to engage in activities that will help them manage high blood pressure, as such one may find F1 Drivers engaging in a lot of running as well as swimming in order to manage the G-forces they experience during races. G-forces (the force exerted on drivers during drastic acceleration during high-speed corners) are felt when drivers want to apply brakes, when they want to change direction, or when they want to corner) pose a threat to the drivers` physicality and this may affect their overall performance. As such, F1 drivers seem to do a lot of squats to avert this problem when it arises in a bid to improve and increase their strength, they also engage in neck exercises, which will allow them to better handle the G-forces.

It is also a fundamental requirement for F1 Drivers to be very vigilant on the race tracks i.e. for reasons of approaching cars or waved flags, so that they receive the right warnings and are able to see them from afar. To achieve this, a lot of hand-eye coordination exercises are done. As highlighted above on the issue of the importance of always staying hydrated, F1 drivers need to always stay hydrated so as to maintain their fitness during competitions. 

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When the drivers are in perfect health condition, there is no telling what they can potentially achieve in the sport. Their success in the sport is heavily reliant on their fitness levels, especially during long races, where there will be very high temperatures and high-speed corners. The importance of weight and proper diet can never be ignored as these also play an important role in helping drivers maintain their stamina during races. 

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F1 races do not only require strong physicality from the drivers but also a strong mentality. High levels of concentration are required from the drivers for elongated periods of time. They are also required to be able to make decisions within a very limited timeframe so that it will not impact their performance if attended to, late. It does not help not to mention the high speeds they would need to maintain throughout the races. There is a great deal of mental exercise required for drivers to be able to compete at the highest level of their sport. A proper mental state will enable them to hold on long enough, be carefully aware of the state of their surroundings, be fully focused on the races, and take heed of all the race conditions applied. 

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