Is Formula 1 the most difficult sport?

What say you OG? You have to be incredibly skilled. It takes a surprising amount of strength. You have to be in the zone at all times, completely focus or you DIE! I can't think of any other sport that would be more difficult.

On before "hitting a major league pitch is the hardest thing a man has ever accomplished. " Phone Post 3.0

All motor racing is very dangerous. Indy just a death less than 3 years ago. Phone Post 3.0

Well, it might be Nascar by those standards.

In Nascar, the other cars often times are trying to MAKE YOU CRASH!!!

Also, Rally Sport driving is tougher and more dangerous. And Moto GP and even Supercross is no joke.

So, lets just say Auto Racing, and not pick a specific one.

Another one on the list has to be golf.

Motocross is tough.

Have to be in great shape, control your heavy motorcycle, and be a highly skilled rider.

Not much protection if you drop your bike on top of you or another rider does.

It takes a shit ton of skill to be a professional driver but athleticism is not needed.

http://nascarlive.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/fat-ass-smokeless-tony-stewart.jpg

http://www.thewuf.com/images/Team%20Fat%20Boy%20Racing_opt.jpg

and you gotta come from money...... Phone Post

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It is a very difficult sport to be successful in. There are only 22 spots on the grid, and most drivers only last a few years if they are lucky. To have a long F1 career is to dramatically defy the odds.

Oh, and you absolutely have to be fit to drive F1. Strong too. Those G forces are no joke.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBtKSGvVxw8


Isle of Man TT races. Craziest racing I've ever seen.

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F1 is more about the car and technology. Skilled but not most difficult

BRZ - All motor racing is very dangerous. Indy just a death less than 3 years ago. Phone Post 3.0
Auto Racing is one of the safest sports on the planet. Phone Post 3.0

the financial barrier to entry in the sport is high, so the truth is that very little of the potential talent gets developed, unlike something like soccer, or basketball in the US, where pretty much any kid who is good is set aside early on for additional instruction, even if their parents are of modest means. Guys like Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson were racing motorcycles and quarter midgets when they were 5 years old. How many kids even have that opportunity? None of the kids I knew growing up did.

Boxing has to be the most deadly pro sport. Almost every year there are at least 1 or 2 boxing-related deaths.

Its beyond comprehension difficult, the aptitudes are staggering. That being said, to answer the question "Most difficult sport?", its a collective and resounding "No".

There's quite a few legitimate criteria and relative importance to which facets of sports weighs the most in answering that question. And its likely a combination of various factors.

If you got by statistical size of pool of practitioners, skill set prior to even compete in said sport, constant pressure, body endurance or resilience from outside forces...


For example F1 requires reflexes to adapt to speeds and environments changing beyond what human bodies can do moving around you. However the proprioception ( being aware of where your body parts are in relation to space and to itself ) is higher in say someone driving for a layup through 2 defenders in pro basketball.

Danica Patrick did it and she's a woman so must not be that harf. Phone Post 3.0

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HARF!

Random Moniker - It is a very difficult sport to be successful in. There are only 22 spots on the grid, and most drivers only last a few years if they are lucky. To have a long F1 career is to dramatically defy the odds.

Oh, and you absolutely have to be fit to drive F1. Strong too. Those G forces are no joke.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBtKSGvVxw8


You mean lots of money. Its not a fitness aspect its a funding issue.

Racing isn't a sport, its racing. Phone Post 3.0

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Random Moniker - It is a very difficult sport to be successful in. There are only 22 spots on the grid, and most drivers only last a few years if they are lucky. To have a long F1 career is to dramatically defy the odds.

Oh, and you absolutely have to be fit to drive F1. Strong too. Those G forces are no joke.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBtKSGvVxw8


You mean lots of money. Its not a fitness aspect its a funding issue.

Racing isn't a sport, its racing. Phone Post 3.0

Nope. Pay drivers don't last. It's not and accessible sport like soccer, but there are only 22 spots with only a couple of rookie signings a year. Kart clubs all around the world are full of kids who want to be the next Schumacher, but only a handful of them will get the chance to even try. No doubt it takes cash, but that's what sponsorship is for.

It's definitely not a fitness competition, but you won't last a race unless you're incredibly fit.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/30864-formula-1-are-f1-drivers-considered-athletes

That article is talking about another driver who wasn't good enough to have a long F1 career, but it's a good demonstration at the physical demands of the sport. You still have to be able to race like a freak to be successful, a high level of fitness and strength is just a prerequisite to be able to operate the car. Balls too.

Racing is sport.