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A healthy diet enhances the peak physical conditions of Formula One drivers. The idea is to provide energy, proteins [main muscles feeder] and minerals, without slowing metabolism and the digestive system. This affects both the body, mind capacities and reactions.

To create their ideal diet, these facts are taken into consideration:

•    F1 drivers lose 2-3 litres of water during a race [losing just 4% of your body weight can lose up to 40% of your psycho-physical capacity – body fluid levels are very important!]
•    The average recommended daily fluid intake = 4 litres
•    The Toyota drivers drink no less than 8 litres preceding very hot races [Australia, Malaysia, Brazil, etc.]
•    Drivers have a drinking bottle installed in the cockpit with a pipe going through their helmet [contains water and mineral salts, around 75cl]

A typical regime is a balanced diet of carbohydrates, protein and various vitamins and minerals. It goes as no surprise why drivers regularly quite mineral water and pasta as their favourites…

A typical race day menu

07:30    Breakfast: milk and/or yoghurt, cereal, fresh fruit

08:00    Massage to wake and warm up muscles

09:30    Warm-up session

10:00    Warm-up technical debrief, PR activities

11:30    Very light portion of pasta, vegetable soup

12:00    Drivers take a rest, sleep

12:40    30-minute massage to reawaken muscles

13:15    Drivers prepare for race

14:00    The race begins

Following the end of the race, drivers endure a relaxing massage and a good meal, to recover lost proteins and vitamins.

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