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In thirty years of activity in Motorsport, Formula Medicine has focused above all on research. A fundamental aspect to ensure continuous and substantial innovations in the 360o psychophysical preparation of drivers. Timo Glock visited the Viareggio headquarters a few days ago. The German, with 109 appearances in Formula 1 under his belt at the wheel of Jordan, Toyota, Virgin and Marussia, is now engaged in the DTM championship driving for BMW. He tested the new EEG system (electroencephalogram) used by Formula Medicine as a method of investigating emotions and states of mind, and quantifying brain efficiency – fundamental parameters in Mental Economy Training.
The Mental Economy Gym is the world’s first gym designed to objectively train mental and psychophysical abilities, able to accommodate up to 20 people simultaneously. Brain function, management of stress and psychological pressure are characteristic aspects of a driver and are therefore fundamental parameters of Formula Medicine’s preparation programs, evaluated with its cutting-edge instrumentation.
Dr. Riccardo Ceccarelli’s centre, in fact, has its sights firmly fixed on continuous research, which started 30 years ago in Formula 1 and is now shared with other excellences operating in this sector. In this case Xeos, experts in software and acquisition of body parameters, IMT Alti Studi, centre of excellence for Neuroscience, and the University of Molise, one of the most advanced universities in the field of Artificial Intelligence.
Currently studies are focused on complex analyses of data from a sophisticated 19-electrode helmet, to record and compare the electroencephalographic activity when under stress in the different cerebral areas of 15 drivers from various categories (such as Formula 2, Formula 3, WEC and DTM) to identify with precise objectivity the indexes of efficiency and mental fatigue. This is the first step on a path that will lead to monitorization even while driving.
Viareggio, 21 March 2019 – Formula 1 is back on track and with it, Formula Medicine, the Viareggio-based company with its team of doctors, psychologists, physiotherapists, athletic trainers and nutritionists. A true Italian excellence in the world, well-known and respected both in Motorsport and sport in general.
30 years of activity for Dr. Riccardo Ceccarelli, who began his pioneering journey as a medical doctor in the elite motor racing series in 1989, quickly developing his ideas into a definitive reality in 1994 with the creation of a sports medicine centre able to provide complete and accurate medical-athletic support for drivers and non-drivers alike. Today Formula Medicine passes its 25-year milestone in F.1. Three decades that have more than consolidated its position as world leader in this field, with a track record that speaks for itself: 500 Grand Prix, 19 F.1 teams, 76 F.1 drivers and another 1000 drivers from 50 countries from other categories.
The Formula Medicine team was, as always, at work at last weekend’s inaugural Grand Prix of the 2019 season in Australia. In Melbourne, together with Dr. Ceccarelli, there were another two doctors, Carlo Atzeri and Matteo Bartalucci, and the British paramedic Nicholas Southorn, providing 24-hour assistance to 9 teams’ drivers, technicians, engineers and mechanics. Alfa Romeo Racing, Haas, Mercedes, McLaren, Racing Points, Red Bull Racing, Renault, Toro Rosso and Williams have chosen to be assisted by the “Made in Italy” team, as have Philip Morris, Pirelli and Riedel staff.
2019 promises to be a long and intense season, with Formula Medicine’s ‘task force’ deployed at circuits all over the world, not only in Formula 1 but also in the other most important and prestigious championships. Starting with Formula E in China, where Austrian doctor Philipp Hoffberger will be alongside the BMW and HWA teams at the Sanya E-Prix this weekend. At the same time the two athletic trainers Raphael St-Charles and Alberto Nessi will be assisting the Cetilar Racing Performance Project’s young drivers in the WSK Super Master Series at Naples International Circuit (Sarno). The month of March wraps up the following week with the Aston Martin DTM tests at the Portuguese track in Estoril (with Dr. Bartalucci), the Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix (Dr. Ceccarelli, his colleagues Marco Cupisti and Paolo Vaglio will be on the front line flanked by British paramedic Darren Smith) and finally the first round of the WSK Euro Series in Sarno.
An absolute innovation this year is represented by FormuLab, the company’s portable medical laboratory which was immediately the centre of attention in Formula 1, enabling diagnostics such as ECG, ultrasound, blood tests and more to be carried out at any time and in any place. All this to ensure an even more complete service for the drivers and the various crews present in the paddock (up to 1000 people), aimed at maximizing athletic preparation and providing initial screening for any kind of pathology or monitoring general state of health. FormuLab is part of what could be defined as one of Formula Medicine’s three “macro areas” of activity – external services – alongside driver assistance at its headquarters and its ongoing research and development projects.
2019 also heralds another important partnership which further confirms Formula Medicine’s 360° range of activities in the Motorsport sector. The Jean Alesi eSports Academy, a sim-racing team led by F.1 legend Jean Alesi and twice GT Series world-champion Matteo Bobbi, will bring virtual driver training to an unprecedented level of professionalism and will officially mark Formula Medicine’s entry into the emerging world of eSports. The Jean Alesi eSports drivers will have the opportunity to be trained and assisted by Formula Medicine professionals, according to the principles of Mental Economy Training®, the first and only training system capable of objectively and simultaneously evaluating mental performance and cerebral energy expenditure, aimed at optimizing neural efficiency. The first stage of this training pathway will take place today, March 21st, at the Esport Palace in Bergamo which is managed by Ak Informatica and where, in addition to the Academy drivers, the Samsung Morning Stars team also trains.