Of course, this thread cannot be complete without adding a small snippet from an Autosport interview with Sir JYS: (MH is Maurice Hamilton)
MH: Again, you’re touching on quite an interesting point. How much can you tell that’s happening when you’re just looking at the pictures from the on-board cameras?
JYS: Look at the driver’s hands on the steering wheel. Some of them are all over the place; everything’s an adventure. What you don’t need is a challenge; what you really want is an invitation. The Matra MS80 I drove to win the championship in 1969 was an invitation. I gave it time to do everything, and it let me do things I would not have been able to do had I been trying to keep up with a difficult animal. You want to lead a placid animal into a corner. If I overdid it under braking and it became too busy, suddenly I was trying to consume this business just to get the apex. But if everything is calm, on the way in I’d be thinking of the exit – not the apex.
It’s sometimes difficult to make a young driver understand this, because he thinks all he’s got to do is drive it. When you get into F1, it’s a whole new package. Suddenly there’s not as much space between the exit of one corner and the entry to the next. You’re up through the box and you’re working the steering wheel and the buttons. You get to the next corner and you’re not prepared. It’s about being able to find time and create very subtle improvements that suddenly make the laptimes more consistent.
Most of the current F1 drivers turn in far too fast; you can see it on TV. Vettel turns in microseconds slower, and so does Alonso. It’s only microseconds, but that little bit is taking all of the tensions within the car. It’s very simple, but there are no coaches to tell them that.