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Which F1 Drivers Also Love Poker?

It may not necessarily compare to the high-speed rush of adrenaline that racing cars tend to deliver but poker has been known to attract a number of F1 drivers in recent years. This is mainly due to the fact that both sports command a great deal of physical and mental focus, concentration, and grit. If you are a fan of F1, continue reading to find out which drivers have taken to the felt and sharpened their skills during online as well as in-person poker tournaments over the years.

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Michael Schumacher

If you have so much as heard of the phrase F1, you have more than likely also heard of Michael Schumacher. He climbed the ranks throughout the course of his professional career to win the most championships in F1 history and, as a result, is widely regarded as the greatest F1 driver of all time today. In addition to driving, however, he also dabbled in poker prior to a skiing accident in 2013 that led to him sustaining a traumatic brain injury. He didn’t participate in any major matches or tournaments during this time but regularly confessed his love for the game and was known to sharpen his skills by playing alongside fellow drivers Robert Kubica and Nico Rosberg.

Giancarlo Fisichella

His F1 career may have been frequently overshadowed by the success of his teammate, Fernando Alonso, but Giancarlo Fisichella was also busy carving out a pretty impressive poker playing career at the same time as he was pushing the pedal to the metal. As a result of his hobby, he was recruited as an ambassador for a number of online casinos and even participated in several global poker tournaments both online and in-person, such as those found on GGpoker.co.uk. In doing so, he has encouraged a growing number of F1 drivers to try their hand at poker to find out for themselves how much it compares to the sport of F1 racing.

Jaime Alguersuari

When it comes to F1, Jaime Alguersuari’s career was relatively short-lived. His passion for the game of poker, however, was anything but. From the second he exploded onto the scene in 2009 until he bid farewell to F1 in 2011, he was referred to as the youngest driver in the history of the sport at just 17 years old. By following in the footsteps of a number of older, and more experienced, drivers, he was also selected to be an ambassador for an online casino and has even participated in the World Poker Championship and EPT in recent years. In doing so, he has led many fellow drivers and fans alike to believe that there are several similarities between physical sports, such as F1, and mind sports, such as poker.

Robert Kubica

In addition to being Michael Schumacher’s poker playing opponent during off-season, Robert Kubica was also a keen poker player himself. In fact, he has earned a reputation as one of the greatest poker players in F1 despite commonly downplaying his performance during major tournaments. It was his devastating crash in 2011, however, that led to him exploring the game in greater detail and practicing if and when he could after fellow driver Timo Glock reportedly provided him with some much-needed stimulation to keep his mind and body active in the form of poker equipment.

In recent years, a number of famous faces in the F1 circuit have admitted to enjoying a game of poker, both amateurly as well as professionally, if and when they can or during off-season. This includes Michael Schumacher, Giancarlo Fisichella, Jaime Alguersuari, and Robert Kubica.

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