September 20, 2018


#16 – Formula 1 (with Paul Conti): the best drivers, Ayrton Senna, and the cautionary tales of driven individuals

"You won’t learn more about the relevance of Formula 1 in a shorter period of time than you will in this podcast." —Peter Attia

Read Time 12 minutes

In this bonus episode, Peter and med school colleague (and brilliant psychiatrist) Paul Conti reminisce on their favorite moments in Formula 1 history, their deep admiration for the late Ayrton Senna, and the remarkable careers of their all-time favorite drivers. Paul also helps to illuminate the psychological components that made the luminary drivers great, and the cautionary lessons we can take from their incredible lives.

We discuss:

  • Ayrton Senna [3:45];
  • How Senna’s death changed the sport [9:50];
  • The 80s & 90s: a remarkable era of Formula 1 [12:55];
  • Hypothesizing what caused Senna’s fatal crash [17:45];
  • Comparing Stewart and Senna, their incredible bravery, and what lessons we can learn from them [23:30];
  • Best documentaries on racing, and some of Senna’s best moments [31:00];
  • Gilles Villeneuve, Stefan Bellof, and some of the other greats [39:15];
  • Why Senna is widely acknowledged as the best of all time [46:15];
  • Great rivalries and personalities [49:30];
  • Rendezvous, a high-speed drive through Paris [56:50]; and
  • More.


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