In simple terms, driving a racing car quickly consists of braking as late as possible, turning into the apex, carrying the speed and then getting on the throttle early. But of course, there’s much, much more to it than that.
In this video from Safe is Fast a load of drivers from different disciplines explain the nuances of just how they go quickly. Whether they prefer understeer or oversteer, how and when they like to rotate the car, and the benefits of driving smoothly or aggressively. It’s fascinating stuff as in-depth comments about driving styles aren’t exactly common.
The difference in preferences also goes some way to explaining why different drivers can perform better or worse in different championships, or even different cars and teams within the same series as it may suit their natural style more.
Being able to adapt styles and cope with different techniques – that’s what makes a driver great!