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Formula 1 Drivers and Their Various Training Habits

To the casual observer, Formula One drivers may not seem very athletic—after all, how hard can it be to drive around in a car for a couple of hours? The reality, though, is that the level of fitness—both mental and physical—required to compete in a grand prix compares favourably with what is needed for any other professional athlete. In an article about driver fitness for BBC Sport, Sarah Holt wrote that former F1 driver Heikki Kovalainen, "has a resting heart beat of 58 beats per minute but his average rate during the race rises to 170—the same as a marathon runner—before the adrenaline pushes it even higher." Drivers must be strong but light; tough but quick. Over the years, as with other athletes, driver tra...

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