Do F1 drivers need mental trainers?
Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean admit to having worked with mental trainers
Ex-world champion Nico Rosberg talked about it openly two weeks ago on the WDR talk show “Kölner Treff”. Rosberg: “In my last year, 2016, I worked with a mental coach. But I didn’t tell anyone about it. Formula 1 is an absolute macho world. That’s why I preferred to keep it to myself.” Born in Wiesbaden, who won the title in 2016 and then announced his resignation, claims that the training made him stronger in every respect.
Nico Rosberg 2016
He himself always needs some kind of switch to do something differently. “And in that regard, Spa 2012 was the switch,” says Grosjean. As a reminder: Grosjean caused a serious start-up accident that Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso was very lucky to survive without injury. Grosjean’s lotus flew just a few centimeters past Alonso’s head, which was then still unprotected. Halo was only introduced in 2018 – the cockpit protection that protects the driver’s head area from flying parts.
Grosjean matured as a driver with the psychologist and was able to achieve a total of ten podium positions with Lotus. “I’m glad I got the job done,” admits Grosjean. As a father of three, husband and as a Formula 1 driver, he has faced some difficulties since then. “And just managing these challenges better really helps,” he says. “I really believe that a psychologist can be very helpful for athletes and in everyday life – simply because life in general is a challenge.”
The question remains whether Rosberg and Grosjean were the only ones who received mental support from professional mental trainers in the extreme sport of Formula 1.