Belt up for F1 challenge

Do you have what it takes to endure the extreme amount of G-forces and physical challenges to be a Formula One driver?

You can find out by participating in the Fit For Racing challenge, a circuit-style workout which replicates the brutal training regimen that racers undertake.

The top three men and women stand to win prizes worth more than $24,000, including passes to The Green Room and Grandstand tickets to the Sept 18-20 Formula One Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix.

Registration is open to the first 600 for the Aug 22 challenge.

There will be an eight-week online fitness video series, featuring Paul Haines, to prepare contestants for the event.

The fitness coach has trained elite athletes, including his fellow Australian, the Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo.

Pairing up with Haines is Singapore's only woman race driver, Claire Jedrek.

They will give viewers an insight into the training that F1 racers go through, and also mentor aspiring participants on what to expect in the challenge.

"This provides members of the public with an interesting insight into the training and exercise regimen necessary to become an F1 driver," Haines said.

"It would be impossible for an ordinary person to attempt to race in an F1 car... (Racers) are highly skilled, extremely fit and strong."

The videos - which will be uploaded weekly - are located on Singapore Grand Prix's YouTube page, titled: Fit For Racing.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 23, 2015, with the headline 'Belt up for F1 challenge'. Print Edition | Subscribe