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Posted By: James Allen  |  14 Jun 2012   |  1:25 pm GMT  |  17 comments

Up-and-coming racing drivers are to benefit from the experience and insight of Jenson Button and Alex Wurz after the pair became the first Formula 1 drivers to sign up to an online coaching website.

The SAFEisFAST website, run by the American Road Racing Drivers Club, launched the ground-breaking online initiative earlier this year and signed up a host of American racing stars including Dario Franchitti to provide expert advice to aspiring drivers, who were given the opportunity to submit questions to the famous racing names.

The scheme, which is funded via a grant from the FIA Institute, provides advice on all aspects of a top driver’s skillset including mental skills, fitness and race craft and 2009 world champion Button will be the first up with young drivers able to post questions via the website to him from June 23 to June 29. The McLaren driver’s answers will then be published in British GP week from Monday July 2 to Friday 6th.

Former Benetton and Williams driver Wurz has already stepped into the nascent world of F1 driver coaching having been hired as a mentor for the latter team’s drivers this season. The Austrian will follow Button in providing advice for the next generation of drivers on both open-wheeled racing and sportscars from July 7 to July 20.

Since the website was launched the RRDC says the videos have received over 100,000 views and the body’s president the president Bobby Rahal believes the addition of Button and Wurz will provide an additional boost.

“We are delighted to have two of the leading drivers in world motor sport to participate in this programme,” the former Jaguar F1 chief said. “Their advice and instruction will be invaluable for young drivers everywhere and we are particularly pleased to offer a platform for them to provide this through”

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  1. someone says:

    That is great news! A lot of the content of this site is worth watching, even for people who don’t race themselves and I bet Button and Wurz will be valuable, well respected contributors.

  2. Elie says:

    What a great initiative – I wish I was young again to have a go at something in motor racing.
    James is it open to anyone or do drivers have to submit credentials before they can register for feedback,?

  3. Bring Back Murray says:

    The irony of this articule considering poor Button’s current form!

    1. Quercus says:

      What’s his current performance (or perhaps, more accurately, his car’s current performance) got to do with his wealth of experience?

  4. Gudien says:

    Perhaps Jenson Button should first look after his own career before attempting to assist others.

    1. Hesketh Bear says:

      I’d say he’s had a pretty good career.

      1. gudien says:

        My point is simply that Jenson should concentrate less on the celebrity balls, marathons, and on-line adventures and more on competing with his teammate Lewis Hamilton.

        I believe Jenson is becoming distracted in his career.

      2. Cliff says:

        Not sure about the Celebrity Balls, but the Marathons (or to be correct, Triathlons) are used as part of JB’s training programme. Drivers are constantly asked to “put something back into the sport”, JB decides to take part in a FIA funded scheme to assist up and coming drivers and you see that as a distraction?

        JB’s current problems will sort themselves out in time.

        In my experience, you can learn from both good and bad experiences!

  5. KGBVD says:

    What kind of coaching can be done online for drivers?

    I always see the F1 guys talking to their engineers gesticulating like mad, making lots of movements and funny faces.

    You don’t get that online (I’m waving madly right now, can’t you tell?)

    1. mel_drew says:

      As I understand it the scheme provides advice and help on a whole range of relevant issues such as fitness, mental skills, race craft, career development, marketing, sponsorship, etc. In fact, I would imagine that how to actually drive the car is one of the lower priority subjects of this type of initiative, although there are,I believe, video tutorials.

      A shame that some people – not you, KGBVD – are trying to turn this into a knock Button opportunity.

    2. D@X says:

      LOL..On the ground, rolling with laughter..

  6. Methusalem says:

    Is Jenson now following the footsteps of A. Wurz?

    I just read that Bruno Senna is named recipient of this year’s Lorenzo Bandini award. How is that possible? For what?

  7. Pete says:

    Is it just me, or is that a strange brand name? “Safe is fast”…implying excessive speed is perfectly safe?

    1. MISTER says:

      You are reading it the other way around.

      The name suggests that a safe speed can be considered fast. Or at least that’s how I read it.

      Your comment “implying excessive speed is perfectly safe?” would be a good traslation for “Fast is Safe” name…

  8. Joe says:

    I don’t understand why everyone’s so cynical about what seems to be a great initiative!

    1. Michael says:

      Being negative about something boosts the ego, but it requires peronal responsibility. On the internet, there is no requirement for personal responsibility, so that makes it very easy to go around bashing everything and gaining an ego boost.


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