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20 Inspirational Superhuman Moments From Formula One

20 Inspirational Superhuman Moments From Formula One

Formula One is the pinnacle of motorsport, a high intensity world renowned for its demanding physical and emotional stresses. Highly respected F1 journalist Christopher Hilton noted in the 2001 documentary Going Critical, “Motor racing at its very highest level is the most extreme form of human endeavor, outside of war.” In the face of constant danger, the drivers corner in excess of 150mph and endure up to 3.5 G forces throughout each Grand Prix. They teach us we can aspire to anything, and with determination we can achieve our goals.

The sport’s technology also impacts on the global road car industry. The efforts of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) has seen safety features developed within F1 taken to the cars we drive, saving thousands of lives daily. It’s a remarkable sport, and the exploits within have inspired hundreds of millions of fans. Here are 20 moments which can, hopefully, inspire you to great things this summer.

1. Ayrton Senna’s quest for perfection – Monaco 1988

During the 1988 Monaco Grand Prix Senna became so committed he entered a trancelike state – his brilliance was such he built a 55 second lead. He crashed when his team radioed him to slow down, and was so humbled by his mistake he hid in his Monaco apartment for days afterwards.

2. Senna’s emotional home win – Brazil 1991

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Jammed in 5th gear whilst facing rain, Senna held it together for an emotional first home win. You can watch the award winning 2010 documentary Senna to learn more about his inspirational life; the Brazilian was as well known for his charity work as he was for his driving.

3. Nigel Mansell offers Senna a lift – Silverstone 1991

Having already lost the race to championship rival Mansell, Senna’s McLaren was forced to retire on the last lap. Mansell promptly stopped to offer the Brazilian a lift back to the pits, creating iconic imagery of the rivals united.

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4. Gilles Villeneue’s legacy

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This fitting tribute from Sky Sports to the legendary Gilles Villeneuve highlight’s the French Canadian’s humble genius and natural talent.

5. Gilles Villeneuve’s determination – Zandvoort 1979

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A famous incident which showcases Villeneuve’s fighting spirit. After a puncture ruined his race, he refused to give up.

6. Niki Lauda overcomes a fiery crash – Nuburgring 1976

As depicted in the 2013 film Rush (which he officially sanctioned), Lauda suffered a horrendous fiery accident at the Nurburgring in 1976. He overcame his near death experience with lifelong scars, but was back in his Ferrari a mere six weeks after his crash.

7. Mika Hakkinen passes Michael Scumacher – Spa 2000

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The world champions went head to head at Spa Francorchamps in 2000, with Hakkinen performing a heroic move to take the lead on one of F1’s most dangerous circuits.

8. Rubens Barrichello’s emotional first win – Hockenheim 2000

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Following problems in qualifying, Barrichello started 18th in his Ferrari. During a dramatic race, he rose through the field to take the first Brazilian win since Ayrton Senna. A deeply personal moment, his reaction is wonderful to see.

9. Kimi Raikkonen wins from 17th – Suzuka 2005

2007 Finnish World Champion Raikkonen wasted no time in moving up the order. In the closing stages he was able to take the lead on the final lap for a historic win.

10. Michael Schumacher’s genius – Spain 1996

In a substandard Ferrari, Schumacher nonetheless dominated the rain soaked Spanish Grand Prix to take his first win for Ferrari. His genius is well documented here. Schumacher was another driver who contributed vast amounts to charity work. Currently overcoming a severe head injury, the world wishes him a strong recovery.

11. Jim Clark’s legacy

Clark was renowned for his clinical driving style and humble nature, as British commentator Murray Walker recalls here.

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12. Jackie Stewart at the Nurburgring

The three times World Champion demonstrates, vividly, how terrifying the 14 mile Nurburgring circuit was in the 1970s. The circuit was nicknamed “The Green Hell”.

13. Francois Cevert – “The Most Exciting Man in France”

The dashing Cevert endeared himself to everyone, and over 40 years after his tragic fatal accident he is fondly remembered by the F1 community. Despite his brief life he achieved a great deal, living his life to the full and leaving behind a, frustratingly, unfulfilled legacy.

14. Lewis Hamilton wins his first World Championship – Brazil 2008

During an exceptionally tense race, Hamilton and Felipe Massa fought for the title. It all came down to the final few seconds, with Massa charmingly magnanimous in defeat.

15. Juan Manuel Fangio – Monaco 1950s

This remarkable footage shows the Argentinian legend onboard at the famous Monaco principality. Open cockpits, no seatbelts, and goggle visors. Extraordinarily dangerous, but a combination of incredible skill and bravery assisted the drivers of this era.

16. Alex Zanardi remarkable recovery

Zanardi was unsuccessful in F1, but won titles in American motorsport. He suffered a terrible crash in a CART race in late 2001 in which he lost his legs. Despite nearly dying, he has since overcome all obstacles and returned to racing. He even won a Gold medal at the 2012 London Paralympics. He wrote about his traumatic experience in his autobiography.

17. Professor Sid Watkins’ Services To Safety

The renowned neurosurgeon Sid Watkins was drafted into F1 in the 1970s to improve safety. His extensive work with the FIA has gone beyond F1 and impacted enormously on the road car industry, improving car safety the world over. His work continues to save many millions of lives each year. His book, Life on the Limit, details his inspirational work in F1.

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18. Jenson Button wins – Montreal 2011

Having endured a nightmare of a race, in the closing stages McLaren star Button surged up the order and was able to take the lead on the final lap. This fitting montage from the BBC’s coverage highlights a classic Grand Prix; an example to all of us to never give up.

19. The bizarre 1982 Monaco GP

A chaotic final few laps defined the very best of Formula One at Monte Carlo. A light downpour of rain tested the world’s best drivers to the limit, with dramatic results.

20. F1 in London – 2004

England’s capital was closed off in 2004 for an F1 demonstration run (including a dash through Piccadilly Circus). 500,000 people lined the streets to see the exceptional technology in action, a vivid demonstration of F1’s ability to inspire.

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Last Updated on August 6, 2020

How to Train Your Brain to Be Optimistic

How to Train Your Brain to Be Optimistic

Let’s be honest. When you’re going through a difficult time in life, doesn’t it drive you crazy when someone says, “just be optimistic”?

Everyone has that one overly-optimistic “Positive Pam” friend who sees the good in everything. Trying to find anything to be happy about when you’re struggling feels unrealistic.

The question remains: “Why is it difficult to pull upon happy thoughts when everything in life feels like it’s falling apart?”

Well, the root of the problem lies in the brain. Your brain isn’t designed for happiness because its focus has always been on promoting survival, it saves the happy chemicals (dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin) for opportunities to meet a survival need.[1]

While all of this is true, it is still possible to train your brain to be optimistic so that you can find the silver lining amidst life’s greatest adversities.

You Can’t Be Positive All the Time

Before I talk about how you can do this, you must realize that you aren’t expected to be positive 100% of the time. You’re human and life happens.

Have you ever had a solid plan in place, and then life comes along and says, “Let’s explore rock bottom for a while instead?!” You’re allowed to feel sad, angry, or negative sometimes.

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However, the trick is making sure that you don’t live in this place for too long. Disempowering emotions serve their purpose in the short-term but can become destructive to your overall quality of life in the long-term.

When it comes to thinking positively, I think a lot of people have a skewed understanding of what positivity should look like. You don’t have to sing in the rain or smile 24/7 to be deemed a positive person.

Appreciating the smallest of things can work wonders for your mindset, such that, over time, you start wiring your brain to seek out and expect more positives. This speaks to the power of having an attitude of gratitude.

Research has shown that gratitude can improve general well-being, increase resilience, strengthen social relationships, and reduce stress and depression.[2]

The more grateful you are, the happier you are.

So, what does all of this mean? Well, happiness won’t always be your automatic response. Rather, it’s a choice that you have to make every single day.

3 Ways You Can Train Your Brain to Be Positive

Similar to any habit, your brain conditions itself to think and behave in certain ways through repetition. Thus, if you engage in daily rituals that enhance your positive thinking, over time you will rewire and train your brain to become more positive.

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Let’s talk about 3 ways that you can train your brain to be positive:

1. Challenge Negative Thoughts

Your mind is a powerful tool – you can either fill it with positive thoughts or negative ones. The average person has thousands of thoughts per day, 80% of which are negative, and 95% of which are exactly the same thoughts as the day before.[3]

If you’re like most people, you probably spend a lot of time in your head. This is where your inner critic loves to hang out and try to convince you of all the reasons why you’re not good enough or why things won’t work out.

Not surprisingly, if you play this disempowering record over and over again in your head, eventually you will start believing it.

People get into trouble when they define who they are based on how they think. You are not your thoughts, so don’t believe everything that you think. This is why it’s so important to practice challenging your negative thoughts.

The next time that you have a thought that doesn’t serve you, stop and reflect upon whether or not that thought is accurate. Once you determine where the fallacy is in your thinking lies, step back and ask yourself, “Is this thought building me up or tearing me down?” If it’s the latter, reframe the negative thought to a more empowering one.

The fastest way to change your life is to change your narrative. Small shifts in your mindset can trigger a massive shift in how you perceive yourself, others, and the world.

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2. Surround Yourself With Positive People

Your success in life is determined, in large part, by your environment. If you want to be an optimistic person, you have to surround yourself with optimistic people. End of story.

As Jim Rohn once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

Take a moment and think about your close circle of friends. Are they inspiring and driven people who uplift and empower you? Or are they lazy, negative, and toxic?

If it’s the latter, I hate to break it to you, but it’s time to find new friends.

When you surround yourself with positive people, you’re more likely to adopt empowering beliefs and see life as happening for you instead of to you.[4]

Decide who you want to be and find people who embody those traits. When you raise your standards, your circle will change and so, too, will your life.

3. Make Your Mental Health and Well-Being a Priority

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a drastic increase in mental health issues. The isolation, fear, uncertainty, and economic turmoil that people are facing around the world is a breeding ground for psychological distress.[5]

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Given the current state of our world, there has never been a more important time for us to make our mental health and well-being a priority.

The question remains, “How do you stay positive when everything sucks?”

It’s all a matter of perspective.

We know that the mind and body are connected. If you ignore one, the other one suffers equally as much. Research has found that taking care of ourselves physically and mentally can influence our happiness and train our brains over time to be more positive.[6]

Looking after your mind and body means creating a daily self-care ritual, consisting of eating healthy foods, exercising, meditating, doing yoga, staying connected with friends, journaling, reading, and practicing affirmations, to name a few.

Anything that helps you manage your stress and connect with the present moment is key. Even in the most challenging of times, it is always possible to find something to be grateful for. By choosing to focus on what is good in your life and what makes you happy, you will grow stronger in the face of adversity.

Now Is the Time to Train Your Brain to Be Optimistic

Your mindset is everything. Thinking positively is as important as your skills or talents. We cannot always control our outer world, which is why it’s imperative to cultivate a strong inner world.

How you respond to adversity will determine your success in life. Have faith, trust in yourself, and believe in what is possible. When you think positively, positive things will happen.

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