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FIA Institute Academy begins with fitness focus 24 Feb 2011

FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy Selection Event, Melk, Austria. 6th February 2011 FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy Selection Event, Melk, Austria. 6th February 2011 Alex Wurz, FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy Selection Event, Melk, Austria. 6th February 2011 The FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy, Melk, Austria. © FIA The FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy, Melk, Austria. © FIA

Following the selection event in Austria earlier this month, the 12 successful drivers in the FIA institute Young Driver Excellence Academy will begin their training with a fitness-based workshop in Edinburgh, Scotland from Sunday, February 27.

The fitness tests, an extension of the field-based tests carried out in Austria, will be tailored to each of the 12 drivers' individual needs. They will examine body composition, movement screening, core and neck muscle endurance and a running test to scrutinise blood lactate and heart-rate response.

The drivers will undergo both temperature extremes; working outside in February in Scotland means temperatures close to zero, while the university's heat chamber offers 40 degrees and high humidity. In addition to the physical work, there will be further classroom-based tasks to complete as a follow-up from the profiling at the selection event.

The first workshop will be led by Elite Sports Performance's Dr Tony Turner, who is a lecturer in sports science at Edinburgh University.

Turner said: "The first workshop is much more about development of fitness and attitudes to training. We will do some more in-depth training and combined with the results from Austria we will be working to develop individualised training programmes to help push the drivers forward. Part of this is about education and giving the drivers the tools to use for a long and successful career. For example, we will bring in sessions on nutrition and hydration. They will also hopefully use the information with future teams and colleagues, as well as feed back to their National Sporting Association's to help promote professional development and safety in motor sport."

FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy performance managers Robert Reid and Alex Wurz will be present during the workshop, along with the whole Elite Sports Performance team.

Due to the drivers' busy schedules, the first workshop session has been split into two, with Kevin Abbring, Albert Costa, Alon Day, Philipp Eng, Egon Kaur, Andreas Mikkelsen, Alex Rossi and Richie Stanaway training from Sunday to Tuesday (February 27 - March 1) and Paul-Loup Chatin, Robin Frijns, Timmy Hansen and Stoffel Vandoorne (who are involved in a Eurocup Formula Renault test) running through the same programme from Wednesday to Friday (March 2 - 4).

To go to the Academy interviews page, featuring interviews with all 12 drivers as well as the Academy trainers, click here.