Are you playing rapid chess? Blitz chess? Bullet chess? How about F1 speed chess! Here we have F1’s Mick Schumacher enjoying a chess game with the team of Haas. It is becoming popular for sports stars to keep their mind sharp. A few to mention: Tennis star Carlos Alcaraz is using chess to up his game / Novak Djokovic plays chess with Boris Becker / Basketball NBA star Shane Battier / PAOK FC football players taking chess lessons etc. But have you ever thought How fit do you really need to be to sit still and move pawns around?
Earlier this year Motorsport.com commented, “A chess board has become part of Schumacher’s essential kit to take with him to races, giving him the chance to sit and play to unwind. Schumacher typically plays with Kai Schnapka, a physio who worked with Michael Schumacher towards the end of his F1 career before linking up with Mick in junior categories. “
More F1 players playing chess
Leclerc and Sainz, the two Ferrari pilots, are also big fans of chess. Here they are waiting in the paddock, fully concentrated on an online chess game.
Lewis Hamilton himself also shared that he is an avid chess player.