Matrix takes partnership with the Renault Sport Racing team up a gear

Matrix Fitness, the commercial brand of Johnson Health Tech, have announced the renewal of their long-term partnership with Renault F1 Team.

Having signed the original official supplier agreement with the Enstone-based team in 2006, this is the longest standing partnership that Matrix holds within its portfolio.

The partnership will involve continued support of the teams’ Human Performance Centre (HPC); a purpose-built training and sports science facility wherein Matrix have supplied fitness equipment including cardiovascular equipment from their leading 7xi Series and products from Matrix’ Magnum and Ultra strength ranges. Latest instalments include the new Matrix S-Drive and S-Force Performance Trainers, the Matrix CXP Indoor Cycles and Connected Solutions, which include an in-built workout tracking network and personal trainer portal.

Matt Pengelly, managing director at Johnson Health Tech UK, said: “This has been an extremely successful, collaborative partnership for us. We understand the physical demands that F1 drivers face and are proud to provide them with the equipment to enable them to train to meet the physical demands of their job.

“We are proud to retain such a long-lasting partnership with the team, it’s testament to the quality of our equipment and programming that we are able to support sport at the most elite level, as well as help power potential future F1 champions. We look forward to continuing to work with Renault F1 Team to ensure that we provide the most effective equipment for their sport-specific training.”

Formula One is a team sport, and as well as the drivers, Matrix have been able to support the whole team at Renault F1 Team’s Technical Centre and in particular the Race Team. The Pit Crew have to be incredibly fit; moving at rapid pace, they are expected to perform pit-stops in little more than two seconds, lifting tyres and equipment under pressure and in a high temperature environment. The whole team works as an engine, all elements have a vital input and therefore must all be performing at their optimum.

Matrix will also continue to provide equipment to the Renault Sport Academy, Renault’s own development programme aiming at the nurturing of young drivers who are expected to contend with the physical demands of top-level motor racing, including average heart rates of over 180bpm for a race distance of 90 minutes or more, the extreme heat of a cockpit and sustained G Forces.

Daryl Coombes, HPC Manager at Renault F1 Team, added: “Health and fitness is such a vital aspect of our sport, and is relevant for all the team personnel, not just the drivers. Our HPC is arguably one of the best facilities of its kind in Formula 1 and we’re continuing to work with Matrix to ensure it remains the very best, showing the tangible benefits, it brings to our team’s performance.

“Matrix have contributed to our success over the last 12 years and we’re looking forward to broadening this partnership. We have high ambitions in all our racing programmes and the improved fitness levels our teams will achieve thanks to the Matrix equipment available in the HPC will play a vital role in this continued progression.”

Expecting the highest standards of performance, Renault F1 Team have chosen to continue to work with Matrix to equip their drivers, team and staff with the tools and the very best training facility to help them achieve and maintain their optimum performance and promote workplace wellness.

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