Imagine driving the fastest cars on earth, imagine the strain this puts on your body. Fitter than football players and leaner than athletes: racing car drivers possess the most finely tuned bodies on earth.
Medical studies consent. During a race a driver must remain calm, focused and in constant communication with the technical team whilst perfectly maneuvering a highly complex vehicle around and unfamiliar track alongside competitors, travelling at speeds up to 300 kilometres/hour.
All this in an environment where one wrong move can cost lives calls for a sportsman at the very peak of physical and mental strength.
Some interesting facts related to F1 drivers:
- They have prolonged exposure to high G forces and temperatures for little over an hour. This results in an average F1 driver losing about 4kgs of weight after just one race.
- When an F1 driver puts brakes on his car he experiences huge retardation or deceleration. It could be compared to a regular car driving through a brick wall at the speed of 300kmph.
- They can lose approximate 2 to 3 litres of water.
- They have a resting heart rate of around 40 beats per minute (the average, healthy human has a resting heart rate of around 60bpm).
- They are able to maintain a heart rate of up to 200bpm for the duration of a two hour drive (the average healthy human has a heart rate of around 150bpm during an intense gym workout).
- They have a constant body fat ratio of around 7%, similar to that of a marathon runner just before a big race.
- They have neck muscles able to support up to 24kg when rounding corners at high speed.