Optimising performance with F1 methods

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Dr Luke Bennett, Hintsa’s Medical & Sports Performance Director shares how Hintsa coaches and specialists help the high performing men and women of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team to prepare and avoid injury.

FORMULA 1 HUMAN PERFORMANCE FACTS

  • Temperatures can reach up to 50C in the cockpit
  • Heart Rate is at 70-80% of max for 1½ to 2 hours of racing
  • The demands of the sport are high: lots of travel across time zones.
  • Multiple decisions whilst driving fast through traffic (19 other cars on the grid) which is potentially dangerous. Drivers are task-switching and multi-tasking continuously, and so they need to make sure that a majority of the tasks are automatic.
  • 2-5g’s of lateral G-force in cornering
  • Approximately 1100 repetitions of 600 Newtons of force on the left leg in braking throughout the course of the race
  • 21 races across 5 continents round globe
  • A driver can burn between 1200 and 1500 calories in a race which is the equivalent of an average person running a half marathon.
  • You need to be sufficiently hydrated because you could lose 2-3 Kg of sweat during the race.