Pilots are preparing themselves for this new F1 season. They are doing it through a hard physical training: the new cars will be more difficult and physical demanding to guide.
Many pilots are forced to do twelve session of training in five days to start building their muscles. This is the weekly menu, for example, of Valtteri Bottas. Mercedes new purchase, he is focused on the imminent start of this new season of Formula 1. But for sure, the Finnish pilot is not the only one to work intensely on his physical stamina. According to the esteem, the new F1 cars of 2017 will be around 4 seconds faster on each turn, able to face a curve at high speed due to an increase on their aerodynamic load. This increment will be around 40 km/hr and the gravitational acceleration will reach a value up to 5Gs in some circuits.
It is clear, more muscles will be necessary to counteract those forces, so to be capable to control and drive the car. A specific training has been set-up by each pilot to be ready, something pretty different from the old training programs followed in the last years. Ricciardo explains in short, this program as less bike and more weights:
“Last year, as well as in the previous seasons, any training program was focused to hold low weights but to improve resistance. Today, we are focusing to increase my musculature to face the forces our car will generate. Now we can push more weight and set-up more muscles. It will be a big challenge but funny”
Carlos Sainz Junior has declared that at the moment, he can not even imagine what it will be to drive the new car:
“Probably, our new car will push us to an extreme level. I am preparing for the worse… I think I will face an achy neck and a rate of 180 heartbeats after the first 5 turns of my first test in Barcelona. Normally, I was starting my training program the 2nd of January but this year, I have decided to anticipate to the 26th of December of last year. I am aware that this time the physical engagement will be more intense”
Therefore, everybody are going to the gym, beginning from Max Verstappen that makes a retract of himself while he push-up a weight like a professional body-builder, focusing to outcry:
“No pain, no glory”
Keving Magnusen, Niko Hulkenberg, Daniel Ricciardo, Lewis Hamilton or Kimi Raikkonen are not less than him and they sweat on their weights too.
It is pretty clear next F1 world champion must be healthy and in a good shape.
What about you?
Are you ready to accept a virtual challenge and train like a F1 pilot in your local gym?