Formula 1 performance
The methods behind 12 world championships
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 2017 turned out to be the twelfth World Drivers’ Championship for a Hintsa driver.
Hintsa drivers have won the last eight World Drivers’ Championships in succession, but Hintsa’s depth extends much further than the biggest names. Over the past four 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 95% of the available podium places.