Magnussen’s physio reveals hardest corner on F1 calendar

Sam Cooper
Kevin Magnussen going round a corner. Barcelona, May 2022.

Haas' Kevin Magnussen guides his car around a corner. Barcelona, May 2022.

One of Kevin Magnussen’s phyisos has revealed which corner in the F1 calendar is the toughest on the drivers.

With speeds of up to 230mph, g forces of eight or nine times your body weight and track temperatures that can reach above 40C, Formula 1 can be a particularly gruelling challenge for the drivers.

The difficulty of each track is different with the likes of Spa subjecting the drivers to an elevation change of 102.2m while the heat and humidity of Singapore poses a different question entirely.

The result of this, plus the travelling between 23 races in a season, is the drivers must be at their physical peak in order to combat some of the toughest corners and circuits on the calendar.

PlanetF1 spoke with Nikolaj Madsen who is part of Magnussen’s physio team and was asked which track he would highlight as the most physically challenging.

“It’s difficult because the tracks are so different,” Madsen said. “Jeddah is a very hard track. Imola was okay. Barcelona was also okay. Miami was quite hard because no one had trained for it before.”


Nikolaj Madsen on the typical training routine for an F1 driver

Kevin Magnussen’s physio explains what is involved in training a Formula 1 driver.

“It’s more the turns. For example, I think it’s Turn 3 in Barcelona. It’s hard because they have to hold the head and it’s a long turn.

“But I think Singapore and all the races where where the heat is crazy, they’re the hardest races. I think Singapore is the hardest for F1 drivers.”

Madsen was given the unenviable task of getting Magnussen up to speed in just a week but, even seven races in, he feels all the drivers could always do more in terms of their fitness.

“I think he [Magnussen] always can do a bit more work, I think everyone can, but he is way better now.” Madsen said. “We have worked very intense during the day offs in Denmark with sometimes two sessions of training and a lot of treatment but he’s in good shape now.

“I think there’s many ways to do it. For Kevin, especially. It’s a lot of neck and core exercises.

“[We] try to imitate the way he is sitting in the car. And [think] what about in the turns? What does Kevin do with the neck? [We] try to work with that.

“In Denmark, it’s usually we have one session a day with treatment before and maybe after, and just to get loosened up again and ready for new training.

“But Kevin had only one week to get ready for Formula 1 and it will [usually] take approximately four or five months to get in F1 form.”