“The clearest mind has the advantage.”
“Red Bull Air Race pilots spend hours visualising their course. Some sit staring into space, simply picturing the air gates; others physically construct a scale model of the course in their hangars, walking through it over and over again.”
“You should be listening to your plane.”
~ Paul Bonhomme.
“You need to be incredibly precise without thinking about it. You always need to be ahead of the game.”
~ Nigel Lamb.
“To fly through those pylons relies entirely on feeling: it should feel like two wings attached to my body. Extracting the last knot of speed at the expense of poor handling isn’t the way to go. Air racing is … finding the right line, not going too wide, not making sharp edges, just smooth, energy-conserving lines.”
~ Hannes Arch.
All this, much more and pretty pictures in a great article by Red Bull covering the inner game of the pilots getting ready for the 2015 air race competitions.