This is Why Racing Drivers Are the Greatest Athletes on Earth


Once upon a time racing drivers almost never trained. In James Hunt’s era drinking and smoking all week was a perfectly acceptable way to prepare for Sunday’s race…

But as cars became faster and ever more reliable drivers were pushed into the realms of elite athletics in order to physically cope with the cars they’re paid to drive. Nowhere highlights the strain drivers face quite like the 24 Hours of Le Mans, hosted on one of the most physically and psychologically demanding circuits in the world, drivers are forced to adopt rigorous training schedules in order to withstand the demands placed on their minds and bodies.