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Formula 1: Physical strength key to drive the Fast 2017 car?

The previous part of the blog which was regarding the new 2017 season was all technical and not driver-centric. So, this time we will be discussing what the drivers are up to this year. With wider tyres and more downforce, F1 cars are expected to be not only much faster in 2017, but also much tougher to drive from a physical standpoint. For the drivers that can only mean one thing - lots more training!
The simulations suggest that cars could be as much as 40km/h quicker through high-speed corners this year, and it means that the increase in the cornering G-forces will be more or less 5 G-forces. And the drivers have to have more strength to handle this type of forces. In the previous seasons, the drivers were more focused on the weight side of the driver fitness and the endurance side of training.You know the heart rate training. The muscle fitness and not the strength. But this year carrying more muscle will be the key

Daniel Ricciardo " Last year and the past few years you'd do training to keep your weight down, a lot of long endurance but not high intensity to put muscle on"

All the drivers seem to be going in the same direction of the training process. The stress on the muscle will be the same as in the previous seasons during the 2007 era. The training programmes tend to be at their most intense during pre-season, with drivers looking to build a good fitness platform. During the season, when the drivers' schedules are much busier exercise regimes are generally more about maintaining fitness levels.
The change in the driver fitness regimes is because of the computer simulations. Sainz says the drivers cannot underestimate the bigger strain they'll be under as a result:''F1 in 2017 is making a big change and that means the drivers need to prepare a bit better in terms of physical preparations because what we had last year will just not be enough. The muscle mass increase in Sainz to 70kg.
The best part is that the times will be slashed by 3-5 seconds, this is what the computer simulations are saying and what the reality might be is not known. But what we do know is that the times will be reducing. Which means that the laps will be increased. And almost all of that improvement coming through the corners.
So if you want that time advantage then you need to have a strong neck. Formula one drivers have always had a strong neck but this year they will need to make them, even more, stronger.

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