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The physical requirements of F1 drivers include strong neck muscles to withstand cornering at speed and high G-forces RESISTING THE FORCE


Sport: Formula 1 Client: Lotus Formula 1 Junior Team, UK Supplier: Matrix


“B


eing a racing driver isn’t just about getting behind the steering wheel and driving around a track. It’s extremely physically and mentally challenging; you need to be in the best condition possible to cope with the


physical demands and be at the top of your game,” explains Marlon Stöckinger, Lotus F1 Junior Team driver. Consequently, physical fitness is one of the eight key areas of


development identified by the Lotus F1 Junior Team, which has been established by Gravity Sports Management and the Lotus F1 team to uncover the sport’s stars of the future. Aside from a resilient cardiovascular system required to maintain an average


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heart rate of 140–160bpm, strength training is essential to combat the physical demands of the sport. Drivers must focus on building neck strength to withstand


cornering at speed and high G-forces; core strength to manage tight movements at extremely high speeds; strong and reactive glutes and legs to apply correct pressure and speed to the brake; and accelerator and grip strength to maintain maximum control of the car at all times. Based at the Lotus F1 Team factory in Enstone, Oxfordshire,


the team’s Human Performance Centre is equipped by Matrix Fitness. Products from its commercial strength series, Ultra and Aura, are incorporated into the bespoke training programmes of the drivers to focus on key muscle groups. Specifically, drivers use the rotary torso, seated leg curl,


leg press, leg extension and Matrix’s functional trainer. “The equipment helps me train the specific muscle groups that are crucial for racing and competing at a high level, from cardio fitness to being functionally strong and well-conditioned,” concludes Stöckinger.


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