In less than two months, the Formula 1 circus will resume its duties when the new season starts with the Australian Grand Prix.
Teams and drivers are already hard at work preparing for the upcoming season.
While the engineers and team bosses are at the respective factories working on the 2020 race cars, the drivers are either at home or the gym preparing their bodies for the year ahead.
It’s a fact that the rigorous demands of F1 have a definite impact on an F1 driver’s body. Ex-F1 driver, Fernando Alonso, once said that by the end of a season, a driver’s neck is bigger than when the season began.
You can very well believe it because the amount of G-forces these men are exposed to is just ridiculous.
We came across three F1 drivers preparing, in their unique way, for the 2020 F1 season. Their regimes and tactics are worlds apart, but it gives interesting insights as to how drivers go about preparing for a new year of racing.
Please note: Daniel Ricciardo is F1’s resident funnyman. Expect anything!
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Daniel Ricciardo – Renault
Ricciardo is one hilarious character and his antics are never-ending. He did it again by posting a video of him and his trainer/buddy during a training session. In the video, Ricciardo and the anonymous man both hold on to the opposite end of what looks to be an elastic band.
Then, with music playing in the background, the two begin dancing and Ricciardo – letting his bright spirit shine through – begins a solo dance. Oh boy, my eyes are burning!
The Australian F1 driver then proceeds to shake his lower body back and forth, finding the situation very amusing before getting back to training.
He wrote on Instagram: “When the sessions going good you just gotta let natural causes take place. Panic not my friends. Panic not.”
Kimi Raikkonen – Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari
At 40-years-old, Raikkonen is the oldest driver on the current F1 grid, but he is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. In 2019, he moved to Alfa Romeo following a few years at Ferrari. Though the past year was a dismal one for Raikkonen and his new team, the Finish driver is still as motivated as ever to achieve maximum results.
Just look at this training video! Raikkonen, looking like some karate sensei, balances on a tight rope. On one leg! At first he begins by finding the ‘sweet spot’, then hunkers down for a few moments.
Raikkonen will become the most experienced driver in F1 history in 2020, surpassing Rubens Barrichello’s 322 GP starts.
Max Verstappen – Red Bull Racing
Verstappen came onto the F1 scene in 2015, and in May 2016 moved to Red Bull and won on his first outing for the team. Over the next couple of years, Verstappen cemented himself in F1 and developed a reputation for doing all he can to get that win.
Testament of that, Verstappen is seen in the video below simulating being in the driver’s seat. Sitting on a bench, Verstappen has a weight between his hands – mimicking an F1 car’s steering wheel. And alongside him, his trainer pulling his head with an elastic band! (Hmmm, elastic bands seems to be the equipment of choice.)
The weight is an indication of how difficult it is steering an F1 car, while the elastic band is strain put on a driver’s neck during a race.
The first race of the 2020 Formula 1 season is in Australia, from 13 – 15 March.