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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing
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How mental mastery can elevate F1 drivers to unlock a champion’s mindset

Being mentally focused is a must for any world champion these days but, as BEN EDWARDS points out, it’s not a new phenomenon

As Formula 1 drivers take a break from racing over the winter, the next few of months provide opportunities to refresh and rejig the mental aspects of being among the most focused and identified motorsport heroes in the world. Triple world champion Max Verstappen’s mindset has been in a remarkable zone for several years, backed up by technical excellence from Red Bull and the unique relationship he has with race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase.

As Le Mans winner and former F1 driver David Brabham said to me recently: “Max has got a very strong and stable mental approach to the whole weekend; he doesn’t allow any sort of negativity to come through – if it does it doesn’t last long. He’s extremely driven by perfection; he matured very quickly from when he first came in. I’ve been super impressed by how quickly he became a race winner with the mindset to become a world champion.”

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