The Formula 1 workout

The Formula 1 workout

What is it about triathlons that make them so attractive for Formula 1 drivers? Tony Dodgins finds out

Talk to an F1 physio and they will tell you that one of the biggest challenges is fitting optimum training around the constant travel and changing time zones of grand prix racing. The winter off-season is often seen as an opportunity to advance physical fitness levels, as is the summer 'break.'

An Olympic distance triathlon (1500m swim, 40km bike ride and 10k run) might sound like a poor second to lounging on a swimming pool bar stool with a beer, but not if you're an F1 driver. A week apart, Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg have both acquitted themselves well in triathlons, and with amazingly similar outcomes.

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