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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