They say music speaks the language of soul, and you cannot really argue about it. Studies have revealed music has that power of transforming one’s mind and is capable altering emotions altogether. In all, yes it’s a drug! Talking in the context of a sport like Formula 1, which requires a great degree of concentration, music plays a big role in drivers’ life especially during the race weekends.
To say music sets the tempo of your activity would be an utter understatement. It is something which is not just extremely personal but some are literally so protective of what they listen to. For Formula 1 drivers, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo perfectly summed up the importance of listening to a good music before the race. Drivers go through a lot before a race and it is music which plays the role of minimizing all noises and get them ‘into the zone’.
But as mentioned, it is something which is extremely personal, hence every driver prefers a different genre. So here is what these fast men listen to before the race.
The Iceman likes to play it cool and prefers some local music. Talking to Sky Sports, the Ferrari driver – who will move to Sauber next year – said, “Yes I listen to music, which is more Finnish music than anything else.” Seems like he loves sticking to where he has come from.
French racer Pierre Gasly – who has earned a promotion to Red Bull following Ricciardo’s move to Renault – says he prefers listening to some American as well as French rap mainly to get that rhythm going for the race.
Five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton never keeps his playlist secret; just keep a track of his Instagram stories. Despite all the hardship the Brit has to go through during his early years, he keeps himself highly motivated and for that to happen, his choice has particularly stuck to artists like Drake and Stormzy.
Ricciardo’s choice is an interesting one, to say the least. He has decided not to stick with one genre and prefers something which has powerful music and something which would help in gaining the momentum. Speaking to Sky Sports, Ricciardo explained that his playlist could range from hard-core metal to hip-hop.
Force India’s Esteban Ocon, who has been grabbing all the eyeballs following his crash with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during the Brazilian Grand Prix, says that he loves listening to music from films. Interesting choice there, Esteban!
Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley explains that he sometimes prefers listening to the music he used to listen as a kid. He particularly mentioned Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Killing In the Name’. So all in all, he prefers heavy music which is high in energy.