Formula 1 performance

The methods behind 13 world championships

The Formula 1 paddock is a place of immense technical complexity and enormous commercial rivalry, but it is also a venue for the most intense panoply of human interaction. Whilst the physical, nutritional and biomechanical preparations count as much for a Formula 1 driver as for any athlete, it is a mastery of the human factors which really creates championship potential.
Starting point

Laboratory for Hintsa method

When Mika Häkkinen invited Dr Aki Hintsa to assist him and his family in their pursuit of the 1998 world drivers championships, Aki didn’t even believe that Formula 1 was a valid sporting contest, such was the stark divergence with the distance running culture he had studied so closely. In winning two World Championships with Mika in 1998 and 1999, he transformed this view and proceeded over nearly two decades to create one of the great untold stories in a sport where very few stories remain untold.

Dr Hintsa used to call Formula 1 “the most fascinating laboratory” for the Hintsa philosophy. Very few service providers are entrusted to work in the paddock across multiple Formula 1 teams, and it is a testament to the values of Aki and his staff that this privilege extends today to most of the top teams and drivers along with their junior programs.


Bringing raw talent to life

Whilst winning races and championships is at the heart of Hintsa Performance goals, perhaps the most formative period in any Formula 1 career begins in the seasons before a new driver takes to the grid for the first time. It is during this special time that Hintsa coaches, specialists and doctors mould the habits and relationships that bring raw driving talent to life.

It should also be emphasised Formula 1 is not only about the drivers. Hintsa Performance provides on-site medical support to the travelling mechanics, engineers, managers and catering staff for several top teams, and is increasingly involved in improving the human performance of this cohort as well.


Quiet influence at the core of Formula 1

Following Mika Häkkinen’s success, fellow Finn Kimi Räikkönen followed by young superstars Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel shone as Dr Hintsa’s quiet influence underpinned their approach to racing. Lewis Hamilton’s recent victory in 2018 turned out to be the 13th World Drivers’ Championship for a Hintsa driver.

Hintsa drivers have won the last nine World Drivers’ Championships in succession, but Hintsa’s depth extends much further than the biggest names. Over the past five seasons – the current era of the deeply impressive and efficient new hybrid engine regulations – every Formula 1 race has been won by a Hintsa-affiliated driver, along with a staggering 96% of the available podium places.


world drivers championships


races won over the past five seasons


podium places over the past five seasons

“I’ve worked with the Hintsa team for nearly 20 years. My goals may have changed, but the principles stay the same; I’m aiming for a lifetime of high-performance.”

— Mika Häkkinen, Two-time Formula 1 World Champion

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