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What a Formula 1 Driver Sees When He’s Going 220 MPH

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - OCTOBER 30: Niko Hulkenberg of Germany and Force India Mercedes drives during a practice session prior the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Hermanos Rodriguez Circuit on October 30, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/LatinContent/Getty Images)
Niko Hulkenberg of Germany and Force India Mercedes drives during a practice session prior the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Hermanos Rodriguez Circuit on October 30, 2015, in Mexico City, Mexico. (Hector Vivas/ LatinContent/ Getty Images)

Elite athletes are different from regular people. Case in point: Most of us drive cars, but we don’t do it the way race car drivers do. German professional race car driver Nico Hülkenberg of the Sahara Force India Formula 1 team recently put on a special pair of eye-tracking goggles before racing around a track while being filmed by Sky Sports F1.

Any F1 fan would expect quick reflexes—this is a sport where cars can go over 220 mph—but it’s still astonishing to discover how much information a driver like Hülkenberg can process in a 10th of a second.

Watch the video below for a newfound appreciation of speed.