Sam Bird has stripped off for a saucy photoshoot in the February 2015 edition of Cosmopolitan magazine.
In a move that will have women swooning across the planet, the Virgin Racing driver shows off his athletic frame, with his modesty concealed by his helmet (please, no puns).
The shoot was set up in conjunction with Cancer Research UK, and is ostensibly to raise awareness about testicular cancer. (It’s not likely to hurt the Brit’s chances of winning Fanboost for next week’s Argentina race, of course.)
“People think racing drivers are just chilling out in their cars during races, but we’re not! We withstand G-force and temperatures so extreme you lose up to three litres of fluid in sweat, plus your heart rate is over 160 beats per minute for two hours, so I have to train extremely hard. I enjoy pushing myself; looking OK in swimming trunks on the beach doesn’t hurt, but that’s not my goal. Taking care of your body and going to a doctor if you think there’s a problem could mean the difference between life and death.”