The F1 drivers who risk disaster to achieve the impossible
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The F1 drivers who risk disaster to achieve the impossible

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There is a group of drivers on the cusp of Formula 1 in a position where it's very hard to impress the outside world, and very easy to end up looking stupid and ruining a reputation

The messages aren't panicked, but they are almost constant. A crackle in the ear, then: "Brake pressures are good." Silence, and another crackle: "Some margin on braking points, in particular Turns 2 and 13."

More silence, a crackle and another instruction. And so the pattern repeats. "Leclerc is eight seconds behind you. Bottas three seconds behind him." Silence. "Suggest using a gear higher in Turns 7, 8 and 9 and try rolling the speed."

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