There’s an old racer’s adage that to win a race, you’ve got to first familiarize yourself with the track. And the best way to do that is to simply take a leisurely stroll on it to really get to know its ins and outs. So that’s what the Mercedes GP Petronas team drivers did.
Not that Michael Schumacher or Nico Rosberg needed more time to get to know Monte Carlo. That’s what practice runs are for. But it’s just a totally different experience when you take time off the car and feel the track with your own feet. It’s like making love for the first time.
And for both drivers, racing is like a love affair. You’ll want both the car, and the track, to work for you and with you. So you need to experience both sides of the equation, and not just spend all your time behind the wheel.
Try it. Try parking your vehicle and walk your normal route. You’ll discover things that you didn’t notice before when you were always driving. Sometimes, it takes less to learn more. And in racing, the more you know of the environment you’re working in, the faster you are overall.
Perhaps better to explain this are the drivers themselves.