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GP Week : Issue 24
both of whom have had incredibly rich experiences of driving from an early age. It’s not just the number of years, it’s also the richness of that experience, and part of that richness comes from their own ability to search for the details and apply their learning.” Dr Spackman has spent the last decade looking inside the brains of elite sportsmen and figuring out how to make them faster, stronger … better. But few have left as great an impression on him as the men whom he has studied, trained and ultimately aided in Formula 1. “They are elite athletes,”he smiles. “They’re truly up there and there’s no doubt about it. The guys who turn up on a Formula 1 grid are always pretty jolly good. I think the days of the gentleman racer are long, long gone. It’s a very tough, very professional sport and the thing I keep saying is that their skill level is way beyond what even the dedicated enthusiast can understand. It’s when you sit in with them in a car, when they’re at full pace, that you truly understand. “They really are different.” 26 In focus: Despite his youth, Sebastien Vettel, main pic, has outclassed his older and more experienced team-mate in 2008. Dr Kerry Spackman, above, has unlocked the science of what separates the good from the great.