Formula One drivers Robert Kubica, Nick Heidfeld and Christian Klien have told pitpass.com what they think it takes to succeed in the sport.
BMW Sauber driver Kubica, the first Pole to compete in F1, thinks that "performance" is the vital factor when considering a driver’s merit. "You have to be quick," the 24-year-old said, adding that having the technical knowledge to give good feedback to the engineers is also vital.
The driver’s experience, Kubica believes, can also give him the edge over his rivals.
His BMW colleague Nick Heidfeld thinks much of the driver’ art can’t be learned and that talent is something you are either born with or not.
The German listed "good instincts, good vehicle control and enjoying what you’re doing" as talents worth valuing if going down the F1 driver career path.
Christian Klien stressed that talent and the right support are equally important in his eyes. He said: "There have been many drivers in the past who have had the talent but not received the right support."
Written by James Christie