In episode four of Michael Fassbender: Road to Le Mans, we see the a-list actor finally find some success and sustained confidence in racing.
In preparation to racing at the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Porsche RSR, Fassbender is given a chance to drive a previous generation RSR. As a vehicle with much more downforce than his Porsche Cup car, they require different lines and techniques to work at their maximum. Fassbender is able to work this out quickly and within a few laps he gets the RSR close to a competitive pace of a professional driver.
Upon return to his Porsche Cup car, Fassbender is immediately on pace for his race weekend. Saturday was a clean day of racing but in the second endurance race on Sunday is where Fassbender saw the mental fatigue required to hold position on track. Many people are unaware of the mental, and even physical, challenges that surround racing. It’s literally like having someone hunting you down as you try your best to run away – think of the panic you’ve seen in any horror movie when the character is running away – it’s not easy. Unfortunately this fatigue got the best of him when he made a small mistake that resulted in a penalty for the team.
It seems Fassbender is picking up the confidence and talent but needs to find the mental fortitude behind racing.
Stay tuned as we bring you Episode 4 of Michael Fassbender: Road to Le Mans on November 8th.