Winning Races Isn't Just About Going Fast

Racing is like a game of chess. You have to be 10 steps ahead if you want to take the checkered flag.

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Logically, you may think that to win races, you have to be the quickest around the track. While that's certainly a big part of it, there are a lot more factors than you think. put together a bunch of interviews with championship-winning drivers to show us exactly what it takes to take the checkered flag.

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As with any SafeIsFast video, it's full of knowledgable insights from world-class drivers. People like Le Mans 24 Hour winner Sebastien Buemi, Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne, BMW factory driver Augusto Farfus, and Ferrari GT driver Sam Bird make appearances. They explain that being quick is just a fraction of what a driver has to worry about behind the wheel during the race. Things like reckless competitors, tire degradation, and pit stop strategy come into play as well. They also have to worry about being consistent and making sure the car is set up correctly.

So in case you thought all the driver has to worry about was being the quickest around the track, now you know just how much else is going through their head.

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