Why We Need Smooth Inputs
One of the most common mistakes new drivers make is being too aggressive on initial turn in. We all watch our favorite professional racecar drivers on tv and see how fast their hands are, and we want to emulate them on track. But their cars are much lighter and have much stiffer springs, this allows the weight of the car to move much faster and more efficiently.
In pretty much any car an amateur driver may be driving it will be heavier, which means the weight needs more time to move. When the weight moves it will eventually take a set, we call this “finding its platform.” Once it has found that platform we have the grip to turn in more sharply and carve down into the apex.
To put it simply we want a gentle initial turn in, and once the car has taken a set we want to add more steering as we approach the apex. Once we get to the apex and start accelerating we want to be sure to start opening our hands! As always we are making sure our eyes are looking far enough forward during all of this!