An Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo's pre-season and mid-season preparation routines:
-Peripheral vision exercises
-Long-term endurance training programs
Of course, these programs and training routines are shaped according to the needs, shortcomings, and strengths of the pilots. As we have seen in these two pilots, although the methods have changed, the variety and intensity of the training are almost the same. To summarize; before and in the middle of the season, they need to stay strong with the strength they do with weights in the gym, the cardio they do by pedaling on the bike in any room at home, and the endurance training on a hill, in the forest.
If we talk about neck and wrist injuries, as seen especially in motorsports athletes; Various studies are needed to prevent this. During the race, the head weight of the pilots, together with the neck and helmets, increases up to 6-7 kilograms. With the G force exposed during the race, this reflects on the neck as 24-42 kilos. In studies, the neck is the most frequently injured area in pilots competing in F1-style vehicles. It is stated that this is 34 percent of all injuries. To manage this situation, very strong and durable neck muscles are required. Pilots spend a very important time on their necks in physical condition. It is recommended to work with special strength training equipment or large elastic bands to strengthen the muscles around the neck.