Here is the first video in a short series, showing a group of fans and media learning what it takes to be an F1 driver. It features the experiences of among others Fan Ambassador Neil Donnell, the BBC’s Jake Humphrey and myself at last week’s unique Yas Marina driving event.
The two day event was organised by the Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management team under its CEO, the former Toyota F1 team manager Richard Cregan.
Using its extensive range of racing cars, hiring in F1′s leading doctor Riccardo Ceccarelli and a host of F1 drivers, past present and future, it laid on a programme designed to show what it takes to be an F1 driver from a mental and physical point of view as well as out on the race track in driving challenges from karting to F3000 and a ride in the 2 seater F1 car.
A film crew was there to cover the whole event and they have put together an entertaining series which shows what the experience was like. Like the rest of us, Neil learned a lot from the experience and overcame many hurdles, not least a bout of claustrophobia in the 2 seater F1 car with Jean Alesi.