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F1's 70 greatest influencers: the 2000s

The science of human as well as mechanical performance hit new heights as Formula 1 reached the 21st century, drivers adopted radical new training regimes and the money men continued to circle. RICHARD WILLIAMS casts his eye over a turbulent era

At the start of the new millennium, Aki Hintsa opened the eyes of the F1 paddock to new dimensions of performance. Hintsa was not a driver or a designer. He had no prior connection to motorsport.

He was a doctor, and the potential he explored was not mechanical but human: the mind and body of the athlete in the cockpit.

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