Driving along in the car is something ordinary and nothing special. You don’t pay too much attention to what you’re doing and why. It may seem little but you actually do quite a lot… you’re checking mirrors, front and back, hitting turn signals and everything. The thing is that all these things are automatic for most of the drivers…
Having this in mind Sky Sports teamed up with professional Formula 1 driver Nico Hulkenberg and his team Force India for a little experiment to see how trained professionals deal with fast-changing track conditions.
For the sake of the experiment they used an eye-tracking goggles from Tobii that have 5 little infra-red cameras that are capable to track the eye movement. The goggles show us where exactly Nico is looking and they also show us reaction times to events on the track.
The video shows us just how busy the drivers eyes are during the entire “race” and the surprise is how quickly the eyes move enabling the driver and the brain to understand new information more quickly, far quicker than non-pro drivers.
Check out the video in full and see how Nico deals with the other challenges on the track.