The new JA on F1 podcast is out today. This month, with a lot of talk about whether the F1 drivers are able to push to the maximum with the current regulations, we take a look at the wider subject of how to get the most out of an F1 driver.
Very often you’ll hear that a driver “didn’t get the maximum” from a qualifying session or a race. So why does this happen? How do you avoid on-days and off-days, what are the secrets in terms of preparation, work with engineers and so on? Can a driver be allowed to have favourite tracks, where he always performs, and others where he struggles?
We speak to two F1 drivers, who have had varying experiences of this: Heikki Kovalainen got a dream drive with McLaren but found he couldn’t deliver, for a variety of reasons. Here he analyses that experience and how it helped him to deliver now for Caterham. Jaime Alguersuari was thrown into F1 aged 19, with no testing and had to learn the hard way what it takes to get the most from yourself as a driver.
Veteran engineer Frank Dernie was entrusted with teaching a 22 year Michael Schumacher how to be an F1 driver at Benetton in the 1990s, he gives us some fascinating insights into why drivers succeed and fail in F1.
Nick Harris has worked for Williams, Jaguar Racing and Red Bull and trained Mark Webber, David Coulthard, Eddie Irvine and Nico Hulkenberg as well as top tennis players and other elite athletes. He provides a unique insight into what it takes on the physical and mental side to iron out a driver’s weak spots so he delivers 100% every time.
And what about the accusations that the drivers can’t get the best from themselves at the moment on the tyres they’re being given? Pirelli boss Paul Hembery answers back to Michael Schumacher’s criticisms.
At the end of every month we produce a new podcast with input from names in the sport as well as from other figures you don’t get to hear so often. We aim to give F1 fans a rounded insight, bringing them closer to the sport. Thanks to our partners at UBS for making this possible.
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1.52 Heikki Kovalainen
5.23 Frank Dernie
13.55 Jamie Alguersuari
18.51 Driver Trainer Nick Harris
27.35 Frank Dernie on driver preparation and motivation
28.55 Pirelli’s Paul Hembery
Total duration: 35.00