Driving a Formula 1 Car

Just how hard is it to drive a Formula 1 car?

Damn near impossible.

Here Richard Hammond drives Fernando Alonso’s Renault from when the cars had a V10. He has to work his way up to it and still has trouble just getting around the track. (Hammond is not a professional driver, but he’s been a co-host on Top Gear since 2002 and has a fair amount of experience in exotic, fast automobiles.)

As a point of comparison, here is Rubens Barichello setting a qualifying lap record at Monza:

Relevant Links:

Formula 1 Official Site

2012 Season Summary

The Formula 1 Car