Driver Training & Performance
With the experience acquired directly from 30 years of activity in the field, in all main Motorsport categories and in particular at more than 490 Formula 1 Grand Prix, along with the results obtained from the scientific studies it has developed in these years, Formula Medicine has created a physical and mental training programme, innovative and unique because it is designed according to the needs of each individual driver.
Formula Medicine’s areas of expertise in Motorsport:
- Driver Monitoring
- Check up & Training Programmes
- Trackside assistance and Safety
- Training Camps and Talent Scouting
Thanks to the completeness of its team, made up of doctors, psychologists, physiotherapists, athletic trainers, nutritionists and osteopaths, Formula Medicine is also able to provide complete trackside support, for both drivers and teams.
Formula Medicine’s collaborations in Motorsport are constantly increasing: in Formula 1 there are 76 drivers and 19 teams assisted so far, and more than 1000 drivers, coming from 51 countries on all 5 continents, have chosen Formula Medicine’s physical and mental training programmes.
Further evidence of Formula Medicine’s professionality is represented by the Safety Department which was officially appointed by all F1 teams in 2006 to check safety systems at circuits at all tests, and has been responsible for this ever since.
Formula Medicine also has extensive experience in organising Training Camps for teams and professional drivers, both in Italy and abroad, as well as camps dedicated to the young emerging talents of motorsport.
Right from his first year of circuit activity in 1989, Dr. Ceccarelli quickly understood the importance of investigating drivers’ heart rates during races as a tool for the analysis and improvement of their performance. From the first tests it was immediately clear that drivers are subjected to intense cardiovascular workloads, higher than those of any other sporting discipline. Over the years, Formula Medicine has developed increasingly sophisticated technologies in order to obtain increasingly reliable and complete data, struggling with the technical constraints imposed by the characteristics of this sport (first and foremost extremely small and light-weight instruments are required, with great resistance to violent acceleration). The analysis of the data collected by studying drivers’ cardiac activity, and consequently the physical, mental and metabolic stress they endure, has led Formula Medicine to identify appropriate improvements to make for dietary and hydration habits and prevention of psycho-physical stress.
The body signals detected through driver monitoring on track are enriched by a parallel data collection programme that also takes place away from the circuit, at the Viareggio site, during mental and physical training sessions. Thanks to the technologies that Formula Medicine has developed in recent years, it is possible to objectively assess the specific psycho-physical aptitudes required for driving, working on the critical aspects of the individual driver.
Check-ups & Training Programmes
When a driver comes to Formula Medicine, the first step is a complete medical, mental and athletic check-up. This phase is essential for the development of a Training Programme that is completely customised and specific to the needs of the individual.
During the Training Programme, the driver is followed by a team of professionals, experts in motorsport, who deal with both training and constant monitoring of the individual’s psychophysical condition. Furthermore, Formula Medicine contains a dedicated physiotherapy and rehabilitation department, essential for all those athletes who need to recover from injuries of any entity.
Trackside Assistance and Safety
For more than 30 years, Formula Medicine has been providing trackside assistance services to both drivers and Teams, managing to satisfy all medical, mental, athletic and physiotherapy requirements at race tracks as well. Thanks to a “Task Force” composed of more than 40 specialists, in 2018 Formula Medicine participated in 86 events in 16 different Motorsport categories, from F. to Go-Kart, including prestigious championships such as WEC, Formula E, IMSA and DTM.
In 2006, Formula Medicine created its Safety department, having been placed in charge by the Formula 1 teams and the GPDA (Grand Prix Drivers Association) of checking safety standards during F.1 tests, and proposing possible improvements. The objective is to standardise all the circuits to a level of efficiency that guarantees the maximum possible safety for drivers and teams. At the end of 2018, after 13 seasons, Formula Medicine Safety has already carried out 125 tests at 20 different circuits, with the intervention of 14 doctors and 4 paramedics specialised in first aid and resuscitation.
In 2019, Formula Medicine introduced the innovative FormuLab, the first portable medical laboratory in the F.1 paddock, complete with ECG, ultrasound and blood test instruments. Thanks to FormuLab, it is possible to screen and check the general state of health and exclude main medical urgencies.
Training Camps and Scouting
Formula Medicine Training Camps are perfectly suited to the needs of younger talents, such as kart drivers. The group work is for children, often very young, aimed at giving them the skills required to reach competitive maturity, through an educational pathway based on increasing self-awareness and consequently self-confidence.
Thanks to its extensive experience in Go-Karting, an increasing number of teams and managers are entrusting Formula Medicine with the selection of the most promising talents in terms of mental aptitude. Formula Medicine has in fact shown that the fundamental characteristic needed to obtain positive results in this area is represented by the ability to know how to maintain an “easy going approach”, from a very young age and even in conditions of stress and psychological pressure, and is the only team capable of objectively evaluating this aptitude.