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 SAFEisFast.com.”