For many years, BMW Motorsport has trusted in the expertise of Formula Medicine to ensure that the BMW works drivers can enjoy optimal physical and mental preparation for their competitive appearances. At the end of July, selected drivers from the BMW SIM Team also had the chance to gain some valuable insights into the training methodology at Formula Medicine during a workshop in Viareggio, and to get some important ideas for their own training schedule. The multi-day workshop included fitness and mental coaching sessions. These were accompanied by reaction exercises and nutritional advice. Enzo Bonito and Kevin Siggy were the BMW Team Redline representatives, Arthur Kammerer and Gregor Schill took part for BMW Team G2 Esports, Nikodem Wisniewski and Petar Brljak took part for BMW Team GB and Elias Seppänen and Attila Dencs represented BMW Team BS+COMPETITION.
“The physical training was certainly useful for me as a sim racer, as we are also subjected to relatively significant force feedback effects on the arms, wrist and elbows through the steering wheel. It is important to strengthen these areas and to do something for the knees and stamina in general,” was Kammerer’s summary. “However, the mental coaching was the most valuable aspect for me – and that was the most fun part too. We had these multitasking exercises that showed me how easy it is for unexpected events or distractions to knock me out of my routine. I will now integrate exercises like this into my regular training routine. Good multitasking is helpful even just to discuss strategies during the race or to correctly calculate the amount of fuel without losing concentration, missing the right braking or steering points and therefore posting a poor lap time. Having the mental capacity for both things was an important core topic of the workshop. Overall, a perfect combination for mind and body.”