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What is Formula One racing?

If you have the need for speed then Formula 1 racing is the sport for you! Formula One, or F1 racing for short, is the major leagues of regulated road course racing in the world. It is also the fastest. Featuring single seat open top racecars, F1 has its roots in the World Drivers Championship and dates back to the early fifties. In 1981 it formally became FIA Formula One World Championships. The name Formula refers to the rules the cars must meet/adhere to in order to qualify for the race. These cars race on tracks designed just for them in addition to on actual public streets (closed off of course!). Think the Monaco scene in the Iron Man movie where Tony Stark takes his team’s car and goes racing through the streets… Champions are crowned per race as well as with an overall season points total. This system of scoring is known as the Grand Prix. Formula One is a big, global professional sport that is nothing if not expensive. Thinking of getting into F1 and starting your own team? You’d better come in heavy as it is estimated that running a team will cost you just under two hundred and fifty million dollars per year.

Racing generally takes place after a warm-up lap and then the drivers shuffle into line based on their qualifying time in other timed trials leading up to the main event. Winners are determined, naturally, when one driver crosses the finish line first after completing the necessary, predetermined laps on the racecourse. All teams must furnish two cars and two drivers. Excitement – and speeds – run high. There are frequent crashes and considerable drama that surrounds an F1 season but, for sure, it is a thrilling experience for the spectator as well as the drivers, pit crews, support staffs and the team in general. This is the heightened level of precision racecar driving involved in F1. It is racing at it’s most technologically advanced state.

Muscles used by F1 Drivers

F1 drivers have to be extremely fit. They deal with a barrage of stresses during the course of a race and must maintain stamina, mental acuity and strength in order to excel in their sport. Drivers also lose a significant amount of weight due to the extreme heat in the cockpit so coming into a race they need to be in exceptional physical condition. The fatigue, stress and sheer G forces alone take a heavy toll on the drivers. The G forces on the drivers can be up to five times the regular pull of gravity on the normal person. Core strength is paramount to protect the organs from the sheer of the G forces and the arms and legs must be exceptionally strong to withstand the rigors of the race. Stamina is also paramount as drivers can lose over ten pounds in body weight throughout the course of the race. The hands and wrists need to be formidable in order to steer and constantly grip the wheel for long durations. Mental toughness cannot be understated in F1. Nor can flexibility  – so yoga and advanced stretching regimens are extremely necessary. It’s a common misconception that all the driver does is sit there. This is not the case. The forces exerted on the drivers could be compared to what fighter pilots endure. The F1 racers are highly tuned athletes driving highly tuned vehicles in the most extreme of conditions.

Nutrition for F1 drivers

As with all elite athletes, F1 drivers have to pay extra attention to their diets and nutrition. Sometimes the difference between the checkered flag and last place (or not finishing the race) can be how well the athletes have fed their bodies and minds during preparatory phases. Each driver will have a diet specifically curated for his or her individual needs. In general, F1 athletes should focus on complex, whole grain carbs to maximize energy to allow them to handle the rigors of racing and training. Whole grain oats, healthy non-sugary cereals and brown rice can be vital in helping them achieve their nutritional goals. It’s important to ensure that the driver is getting clean, healthy food and avoiding soft drinks and salty snacks. Fish and chicken will make up the crux of the protein intake and limiting red meat is a choice many of the top tier drivers favor. Quinoa, various vegetables, fruits and nuts will round out the competitive drivers’ meals. Perhaps one of the most important things for a driver is to focus on proper hydration. The heat of the cockpit and water loss during training and racing is a battle all drivers will have to fight and overcome. Water infused with additional nutrients and more of it consumption of it in general will contribute to success in the racecar. Find the podium through your stomach.

VitaGaming for Racing

For the rigors of F1 racing – and also considering the physical and mental battery the drivers undergo – VitaGaming recommends the ‘Aligned Energy’ supplement system. As the race gets more challenging, drivers may be tempted to reach for energy drinks to keep them going (Red Bull does have a team by the way). ‘Aligned Energy’ will provide the driver a potent source of nutrients that providea sustained mental energy for an enhanced performance down the stretch. The advantage of ‘Aligned Focus’ vs. other vitamins is that the driver won’t experience crashes (energy crashes, we cannot predict what happens on the track). ‘Aligned Focus’ does not contain sugar or caffeine and is completely natural. Its ingredients are scientifically supported to enhance mental focus, clarity and alertness. All things a driver can utilize to capture that victory. Game on!

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