This is the final part of the programme undertaken by a group of media and fans recently at the Yas Marina Circuit to understand what it takes to be an F1 driver.
Having gone through a series of mental and physical tests and passed up through the ranks, driving everything from go karts to F3000 cars, the final stage of the two day programme was to go out in the 2 seater F1 car to experience the g forces, acceleration and braking for real.
The acceleration is cool, but anyone who has driven a really high performance motorbike will have experienced something similar. What is unique about F1 cars is the braking and the cornering G forces. As you can see from the film, they fling your head around like a rag doll’s. You feel like the G forces are going to rip your head off and the helmet doesn’t help as it moves around. You have to make sure the strap is really tight.
“I wish everyone could get a chance to do this because you see and learn so much more than you ever can from watching the TV,” said BBC presenter Jake Humphrey. “To sit the car with the legends, like the Alesis and Herberts, I’ve learned so much and I thought I knew a lot about the sport before.”