Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes, and at least in motorsport, that’s 100 percent true. No professional racing driver can do without training, and even amateurs cannot just get in the car and drive off. So how do successful motorsport athletes train?

 

How fit does a driver need to be?

A good driver must first of all be physically fit. Motorsport is a strenuous sport, both mentally and physically, and the drivers lose a lot of fluids but also burn calories. Therefore, athletes have to eat a balanced and healthy diet in the training and preparation phase. You also need to watch out for your weight. Often you see pictures of racing drivers in fitness centers where they are building muscles. In addition to the leg and arm muscles, the neck muscles are particularly stressed, especially by the centrifugal forces in the bends. During physical fitness breaks, drivers can go for FreeTik to chill but must not spend too much time on it.

 

Advantage of driver training

Those who have completed the physical training then go into driver training. Most professionals can now be tested in the driving simulator. The advantage: The driver can memorize the courses and their characteristics and, during the test drive, collect important data about the performance requirements of the car. How does he accelerate out of corners, how often does he have to drive at the edge, and what is the wear and tear the mature? The most important thing, however, is to look carefully at the course and how which section of the route must be driven. Finally, it’s on the track. Outside the season, Formula 1 can be tested quite flexibly. In many other motorsports, the test phases are very important in order to fine-tune the vehicle and identify any malfunctions early on. That’s why the drivers spend a long time on the test courses.

There are also training courses for beginners, sometimes offered by private companies, sometimes by automobile clubs and motorsport associations. In these training courses, theoretical knowledge about engines, transmissions and the structure of the vehicle is imparted, but also practical knowledge and, of course, driving experience.