#95 – Luke Bennett, M.D.: The emotional, cognitive, and physical demands that make Formula 1 a unique and special sport

  • F1 Drivers currently experience G forces between 5 and 6G at the highest point
  • The really great drivers not only have this proprioceptive feel, they’ve got a bandwidth access where they can really tune into the car, they can make all these changes fairly automatically around a lap. They have just the experience and the knowledge to understand how the car is going to work. And then, on top of that, they have enough cognitive capacity leftover to sort of sit above the race to understand what their competitors are doing, what is the context of their pit stop strategy, and when they need to push, when they need to conserve tires. So, it’s really an incredible cognitive load, and that’s a big part of what we are managing with our coaching staff across a race weekend.