Driver coaching may remain something of an untapped trade in Formula 1, but the next generation of drivers are set to benefit from an interesting new online initiative launched in America this week which will see some of the country’s biggest racing names lend their advice to up-and-coming stars.
The SAFEisFAST.com website is run by the US-based Road Racing Drivers Club (RRDC), whose members are some of the most successful racing names from America and Europe such as Dario Franchitti and Chip Ganassi. The site is supported by a grant from the FIA Institute and already offers online video tutorials across the spectrum of the skillset needed to be a top racing driver, including mental skills, fitness and race craft. Now, in a new feature to be rolled out over the forthcoming months, a series of high-profile driver instructors will take it in turns every two weeks to answers the questions of young drivers in online posts.
Current Indy Lights Champion Josef Newgarden is first up on a schedule of drivers that includes four-time IndyCar champion Franchitti and JR Hildebrand. The project is supported by the FIA Foundation and former Jaguar F1 chief Bobby Rahal, the president of the RRDC, believes the drivers of tomorrow will benefit from direct input from the star names.
“SAFE is FAST started as a series of free young driver workshops three years ago,” he said. “The workshops were highly successful and we quickly realised that we had created something of great value to today’s racers. Moving our coursework online through a series of video tutorials was a logical step – and will benefit drivers from around the world. Our latest program takes that one step further by offering one-on-one time with top drivers from a variety of disciplines.”
Further additional features to be rolled out on the website between now and September include lessons on car set-up, working with the media and nutrition
banibhusan wrote:Just came across this article on the driving style of few drivers on the 2012 Pirelli rubber.
It's in spanish. So anyone care to translate please.
The last trial by fire
(Rna should say water)
have passed the Sunday
in Malaysia with the tires
intermediate. So versatile
to go very strong on the wet
and even in mixed conditions
dry for several laps.
Stuff to shame Ia competition
about the past.
"And in fact in other categories
the opponents have always tried
to delete Regulation
... >> She says with a pinch
eli malice English Paul Hembery
Director of the activity
Pirelli sport. The next
bet the company rnilanese
and keep up the show
in F.l. "Already we are working
for il2013. But, if necessary,
we might begin
this year. We have several
solutions ready in the drawer.
The teams will adjust in
tta frequency. The goal and make
strategies that are less predictable and
then the races less boring. "
So from May ColleudaiOI't'S
Jerez (Spain) will restart
development work on roofs
2010. He will occupy the
Spaniard Jaime Alguersuari
dismounted abruptly from
Toro Rosso and Brazilian Lucas
Di Grassi. I know no names were
announced yesterday at the headquarters of
Sarca Avenue, along with the pro ·
Ia grams per season, which co ·
SO prone track championships
and rallies, ranging up to cars
history with the new P7
Classic. • <· We wanted to help
a young king - Hembery-explains.
Alguersuari hasolo 22
annie a talent put into mo ·
strategic since the Formula Ford.
Hopefully we can repeat
As suocesso with Heidfeld,
De Ia Rosa and Grosjean, who are
returned F.l. Why not
an Italian? Let's see how it goes
this year in GP2. Ab ·
biamo received more than 100 pro ·
posed by the pilots, it was not easy
Stnltecie difficult to replicate in
F.1 operation • baby "that
rally led to invest in
11 million, finding
Estonia in October the Tanakh. But Ia Research
does not stop: Alguersuari and
Di Grassi will work too!
simulator (• I can not tell
• structure which we rely).
developing tires for
F1, GP2 and GP3. "Earlier this year
We were aggressive, awicinando
performance between levariemescole.
Some little news-
trebbe arrive after the first
ten GP. In the future we might instead
Also returning to enlarge
the differences between the tires
Still Is not agree with the fact
Ia that Mercedes has particular
problerni degradation in ga ·
ra: "In Malaysia I scommes ·
I know of Schumacher on the podium.
From our data it was feasible, because
on test structures were
race. "On the crisis of mass,
also attributed to the tires,
Sceltl for Tests
1'8 mealo at Jerez
cryptic reply: "At all levels
who does not win races search
Ia excuse of tires. "but
which drivers have adapted better to
new tires? "Button
it handles them very well in
Melbourne, while it had
some difficulties in Sepang. pear
conditions in Malaysia were
eli track very strange, perhaps
inthat peril we had run ·
to the MotoGP. Perez can often
to make a pit stop less than
other. Hamilton has this year
improved by changing the way
to drive. Webber did
~ boast a step in qualifying. "It
Alonso? And even with special
the tires? "Sl - Confirmation
Hembery -. · There accorgia
mo studying his data. In ga ·
ra, rna especially during the
evidence, when we have the
tools to collect me ·
thousands eli parameters on the behavior
and exceptional. And it just
look what he did in
Malaysia ... '.
godlameroso wrote:Impossible to replicate styles, because proprioception plays such a huge role in a driver's style, and proprioception is the first sense a human develops. To change the way a person orients himself positionally would require a nothing short of a neural reboot.
JimClarkFan wrote:I think a person with extremely good car control would be able to replicate another persons style, for instance, Hamilton I believe could replicate Button's flowing style should he choose to.
bhallg2k wrote:JimClarkFan wrote:I think a person with extremely good car control would be able to replicate another persons style, for instance, Hamilton I believe could replicate Button's flowing style should he choose to.
Then why does he instead choose to abuse his tires while driving relatively* more recklessly and slower than Button?
I think the cars are so evenly matched that even small changes from year to year can have a big impact on the relative pecking order. A change that helps one driver may hurt another. But, there's also no guarantee that such an advantage will last.
* I emphasize this word so as to not needlessly incite a flame war due to a misunderstanding of my thoughts.
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