Eyecare Business April

APR 2017

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los nz J . Background. Professional Formula One racing driver from Spain, and son of double former World Rally Champion Carlos Sainz. The 22-year-old progressed quickly in his winning career from kart racing and car racing (Formula BMW, Formula Renault 2.0, Formula 3) to Formula One. Sponsored by Smith Optics. What do you love most about racing? First of all, it is my dream come true! I have worked very hard to be an F1 driver and, as for anyone else, achieving your goals in life comes with a huge satis- faction. The thing I love the most is knowing that I am competing every race against the fastest drivers in the world, the elite of motorsport, and I am thrilled about the opportunity. What are your sport's unique visual needs? Motorsports, and more specifically F1, demand a special ability to make critical decisions in millisec- onds based on what you see on the track. Therefore, having "360º" vision is definitely important. At 350 kph, anticipating an overtake, avoiding a broken piece on the track from another driver's car, or braking on the limit of a corner, for example, can be the differ- ence between having a severe accident or winning a race. As F1 drivers we do very specific exercises when training to improve our reflexes and panoramic vision. Favorite Smith style? All the Smith products are awesome and really make a difference…if I have to choose one, it would be the Lowdown model. The lenses provide an incred- ible clarity in different light conditions. Best tip for getting in the right mind space for racing? First, you need to have confidence in your work and the effort you have put into the preparation for the season and each race. Along with the confidence comes relaxation methods and routine, nothing very special, but respecting your own timings and rou- tines is important to stay calm and focused. On top of that, technology is also starting to play a role, like for example, using the new Smith Lowdown Focus glasses, which measure brain waves and help the mind to stay focused. 64 E y e c a r e B u s i n e s s . c o m April 2017 F E A T U R E P R O V I S I O N EB Carlos Sainz Jr. in the Smith Lowdown matte tortoise sunglass Photo courtesy Smith Optics

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