Niki Lauda in Helmet
Every driver I spoke with said concentration was the most important skill in racing. Each had developed techniques to shut out all distractions, often describing it as a switch that was flipped in the mind. Frequently putting on the fireproof balaclava and helmet was the act that changed them into the focussed, single purpose racer. Repeatedly I saw the transformation taking place and in no one more clearly than Niki Lauda.