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.

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