Jenson Button and former F1 driver Alex Wurz have agreed to provide young drivers with a unique opportunity to receive advice about their racing careers. The pair are going to become “Online Driving Instructors” in the SAFEisFast programme, in the weeks ahead. Button will lead the way, he will spend the week of July 2-6 answering questions posted on the SAFEisFast.com between June 23 and June 29. Jenson will be able to offer advice on
every level of driving and particularly on physical conditioning as he continues to keep himself in top shape through competing in triathlons in between races. Wurz will follow up from July 7 to July 20, giving youngsters the benefit of his racing experience and what he has learned in his coaching role for younger drivers, which includes being a Driver Mentor for the Williams F1 Team and Performance Manager for the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy.
SAFEisFast.com is a free online resource also offering video tutorials on safety, fitness, mental skills, race craft, career development, sponsorship, marketing and more to assist the careers of drivers in all forms of racing. The website was created by the Road Racing Drivers Club (RRDC), led by president Bobby Rahal, in conjunction with the FIA Institute. Since its launch, there have been over 100,000 views of the online tutorials with visitors representing 105 countries.
“We are delighted to have two of the leading drivers in world motor sport to participate in this programme,” said Rahal. “Their advice and instruction will be invaluable for young drivers everywhere and we are particularly pleased to offer a platform for them to provide this through SAFEisFast.com.”
SAFE stands for the four crucial qualities of a race driver: being Skilled, Assured, Fit and Empowered. The programme is supported by a grant from the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety and Sustainability.
SAFEisFast has been a great success in the US where drivers who have given advice include Dario Franchitti, Gil de Ferran, Josef Newgarden and James Hinchcliffe.