Stewart: Pilots need a mentor

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Sir Jackie explains the importance of being flanked by a figure that is both a coach and assistant, psychologically and technically 

From the mental coach to the technical advisor, a figure to be accompanied by the champion to improve and be even more complete. Sir Jackie Stewart emphasizes the need for “coaches” in Formula 1, who are next to the big pilots in the category. He himself proposed, on two occasions, to support Romain Grosjean: In 2012 and last year, when the Haas pilot struggled to achieve results in the first part of the championship, never in points, until the Barcelona incident.

Now, he is back on the topic to say:

I just do not understand it in the present day. Pilots are so smart they do not need coaches. This is absolutely wrong. There is not a single rider to the fullest of his abilities that should not be assisted by the wisdom and observations to which he probably had never thought about

And Stewart contrasts the idea that in the telemetry era to lead progress on the track, a counselor, a mentor next door is superfluous:

Pilots today are trained and have a personal trainer who help them with athletic status but not in mental capacities. I think it is completely wrong. Today telemetry is so clear and if they listened to what a coach capable to tell him something useful, they would see the difference

Of the mental coach it has long been discussed in recent years, as to the sort of consultant-coach who imagines Jackie Stewart – to remember how he had in his career the fundamental councils of Graham Hill before and Jim Clark to satisfy his hunger to learn – is To wonder if it is really the right way, in today’s hyper-controlled Formula 1.

Coaching, in the widest sense, of assistance to driving while you are in the cockpit, that the regulations, in recent years, have tried to limit in the transferable information, by radio, by the engineers.

To imagine the support to the top driver of a further figure – to suggest the best approach to the race or more directly involved in the themes of the Guide – in addition to the myriad of data already available and interpreted together with its own track engineers, appears as a way to eliminate the very small areas of “human imperfection” fruit of fragility, performance under stress-among the few factors still able to make a difference on the track .

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