The three-time Formula 1 world champion Sir Jackie Stewart believes that the top F1 drivers should have a coach or mentor to build mentally.
In the world of motorsport, it has become common for racers to practice physically and restore fitness with the help of professionals such as personal trainers and nutritionists.
However, Stewart assesses there is still one thing that is often overlooked by many modern F1 drivers, namely mental training.
“Until now I still can’t understand. Drivers are so smart that they feel they don’t need training. This is completely wrong,” Stewart told Motorsport.com.
“I don’t think there are any racers who can perform at their highest level, without help or advice and observations that they might not have thought of before.
“You ski, golf, tennis, horse riding, whatever it is, and the coach is one of the most important things.
“Now they [F1 drivers] have a fit body, and they have a coach for physical matters. But not mentally, and in my opinion it’s clearly wrong.”
Stewart, world champion in 1969, 1971 and 1973, made his debut in 1965, with BRM. At that time, he was able to score a podium in his second appearance and finally ranked third in the final standings.
In his first two seasons, Stewart was juxtaposed with two-time world champion Graham Hill. But he claimed to also get advice from his rivals.
“I was hungry for knowledge so I learned from many people, and I was fortunate to be able to talk to Jim Clark,” he said. “He is the best driver I have ever faced.
“We shared one apartment and spent time together. I never stopped looking for new things from him that I might not have realized at that time.
“Graham was also never half-hearted in answering my questions. Whether it’s about car settings or about the braking point and what gear he uses.
“Now the telemetry data gives a clear picture. So if only they heard what the coach said, maybe they would see the difference,” he said.