Mika Hakkinen, Sebastian Vettel and Susie Wolff were all in Davos this week, taking part in the World Economic Forum.
Yes, you did read that right.
They were there to try to educate the 2,500 delegates, most of whom are high-flyer business leaders or politicians, how to be more efficient, under the guidance of Dr Aki Hintsa, who was hosting two sessions during the 46th Annual WEF. Hintsa believes that success derives from holistic wellbeing and he has developed programmes not just in the sport but also for companies and high-performing individuals. Hintsa called in clients Hakkinen, Vettel and Wolff to share their stories. Hakkinen credits much of his success to Hintsa’s work with him, that enabled him to overcome offtrack concerns, such as the welfare of his family and the after-effects of a near-fatal accident to get him to a point where he was able to win titles.
The business world is keen to always find out to get extra performance and so a lot of the delegates turned up too listen to what the two champions and their trainer had to say. Hintsa says that to achieve your best you need to look at all parts of your life – physical activity, sleep, nutrition, biomechanics, mental energy and general health and if one improves all of these, one will function more efficiently. The drivers made the point that sleep is a vital part of being efficient.
“Operating three nights in a row on just five hours sleep is equivalent to driving a car drunk,” Hintsa said. The two drivers both agreed.
Hintsa says that high flyers should also avoid alcohol, although an occasional party does no harm at all.
Hintsa believes that there are many similarities between racers and businessmen, not least the pressure and the travel.
According to the FIA website, Jean Todt was also at Davos, talking about road safety rather than F1. One presumes that he was there with his FIA hat on, rather than his UN hat. It seems that the members of the FIA High Level Panel for Road Safety present in Davos met to discuss “a road map” for the year ahead.