Hi, I’m Ania Kielbasinska and I’m an athlete, a sprinter. – The legs are a proof!
– Thanks. The 400 m, it’s a killer! And I’m Robert Kubica. I drive a bit. Now I’m in F1, I was a rally driver,
and F1 before that. I wanted to ask you, because I’m always curious
about other disciplines. What about mental training? Do you do it? Do you use visualisation? Do you use prompts? – Yes.
– On your own? I guess it’s changed in any kind of sport, over the last 15, 20 years. There is a lot of emphasis
on mental aspects. Previously, it was nonexistent. It’s similar for us. I guess it’s true
for every sport. Everyone’s looking for new tricks, new advantage. And mental training, I used to do a lot of that. Actually, it was the greater part
of training. It’s the same for you we all know, you have your,
how to call it, your centres where you practice. As to tracks,
obviously, we’ve got that. But there are also special centres where only drivers practice. There’s one in Italy,
another in England, Red Bull has one where I guess most of
their people practice. In general, we practice concentration,
reflexes… but we do it mainly
during practice sessions. So when there’s pressure. Because what matters to us, for example for us, reflexes on a rest day
are not important, – but reflexes in…
– In the heat of action. That is why we do a lot of
mental training. Reflexes are important, for you too, I guess? Sure it is for a sprinter. It is a common thing for our disciplines. Precisely. And speed, too. Well, I’m not
as fast as you. But we do what we can. What’s your top speed? For women, it’s 30, up to 32 km/h. So I’d really need
to go fast on my bike not to get overtaken by you. Probably I’d be winning
for a bit – …in the beginning?
– But later you’d beat me. Probably. Cool. And tell me, do you do such things, you said you need
action to pracise. You don’t have these moments – Before?
– …when you try to relax and just visualise the race in your mind? Can you plan it? Or is it dynamic? It’s rather dynamic. We can’t plan it, because you can’t control
other drivers. Some visualise the track. For example
if you don’t know the track or after the first laps. There are two aspects: there’s repetitiveness. It’s very high because
you know exactly what’s ahead. Sure, there is some leeway, and some differences. For example wind direction. – For you too, I guess?
– Sure. The same for us. The braking point
can shift 30-40 m, depending on wind direction. The grip changes, too. But there’s the second aspect. So the start and racing other drivers, who you can’t control. You can’t predict anything. So, that’s why your heart rate is the highest at the first turn. Not because you’re tired, – …and you have two hours to go…
– It’s the emotions? Concentration and… you need to control everything, a car to your right,
to your left, behind, ahead… sadly, this year
not many of those behind. So the heart rate icreases very fast. And at the first turn
we saw it go up even to 200. So it goes up real fast. – I know that.
– You do. In my case
it’s the referee’s whistle when you need to undress
before the run. It begins? You know there’s
no coming back. That’s it. And when you practice do you run long distances? No? Well, in general, the longest distance is 500 m. Of course I do longer runs that take 20-30 minutes, but it’s more like ‘pig’s trot’. – ‘Pig’s trot’? – That’s what we call it unofficially. But well, 500 m it’s the longest distance with maximum effort. And you do it everyday? I do. Twice a day. Sure, I’ve got rest days. – I’m human, after all.
– Sure. I’m not a machine, and sadly I can’t go
and see a mechanic to get everything done
in a few hours. You need time to regenerate. Sure you do. But well, that’s life. Every sport is different. Precisely. But there’s a lot of stuff we can compare
in our disciplines. We talked about the start, about training… Actually, I’d like to know can you make a false start? Sure you can. – How many’s OK?
– There’s a penalty. A penalty? – Straight away?
– No. But you may drive? You may, but you need to go
through the pit lane so you lose 25 seconds. Everyone’s looking at you. But false starts happen rarely. They used to,
but very rarely. Right. Because it’s really important. Nobody wants to make
such a mistake. – You’re screwed…
– You’re out. The first one is easy, right? No, not anymore. Unfortunately. You’re out after the first one. No matter how well
prepared you are, it’s goodbye. But earlier the first one was OK, and you were out
after the second one. I thought you guys were screwed,
it was unfair. I don’t know
what we can call it now. If you think
we were screwed then. Now it’s much worse. Definitely, yes. So you must be
very well prepared. Damn, that’s hard. You need to have it all. You’re in the starting blocks… – …and you must accumulate the energy.
– It’s different for us. The silence… – In sprint it’s silent, too.
– In F1 it isn’t. It’s not silent? Right, and that’s hard. You’re there, there’s silence… Because we have the lights
turning on. First, second, third,
fourth… and fifth. And before the fifth light goes out, because we start
when the lights go out, it can take 3-8 seconds. There’s no pattern?
It’s not always the same? No. – So there’s an element of surprise.
– Yes. For example in Canada, during the last race, the lights went off very quickly. And it was surprising. It’s the same for us. It depends on the referee. As in ‘Today I feel like starting quick’ or ‘We can wait’. And this moment
is like eternity for me. – The same for you?
– I feel the same all the time. As if someone stopped the time. See? Another similarity. So, we gonna invite them
to Verva Street Racing? Will you be there? I hope to come on the last day, because earlier we’ve got
the Polish Championships. All the best for you, good luck! For you, too. Come to Verva Street Racing
in Gdynia. Maybe we can race each other? Well, not 400 m, but me in my car… And just the start? Just the reaction time. We could do that. I believe you’re better at that. – I’m not so sure.
– You’re not? We’ll see. You’re all invited. You’re all welcome.