Aki Hintsa
Oskari Saari
Publication date
March 2015
Format info
348 pages

The Core – Better Life, Better Performance

Aki Hintsa - Voittamisen anatomia

-   Aki Hintsa
The journey towards success begins with a simple question: Who are you?


The Core – Better Life, Better Performance is a unique story from the top of the Formula 1 world, where Aki Hintsa, a Finnish F1 coach and a doctor, had for years guided drivers towards success, but more than anything, towards mental and physical well-being.

Later, top managers and companies from all over the world had taken to Hintsa’s model of holistic well-being, and now these groundbreaking methods are available to all of us. The book portrays Hintsa’s practical guidelines on better performance and comprehensive well-being and tells his fascinating story from the African plains to the F1 paddocks and the highest level of business – a journey, which made him realise what is important in life.

Dr. Aki Hintsa (1958-2016), a specialist in Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, worked for eleven years as a coach and chief medical officer at the Formula 1 paddocks. Hintsa also ran a unique clinic in Geneva, with clients including prominent figures and top athletes. The aim of the clinic is to improve the client’s physical and non-physical performance and quality of life in a comprehensive, individually tailored manner. His philosophy is based on the idea of preventive measures, in other words, preventing ailments before they even occur.

Oskari Saari (born 1975) is a journalist, producer and a non-fiction author, who has been an F1 commentator on Finnish TV since 2004.

The Core – Better Life, Better Performance has been topping the bestseller charts with over 170.000 copies sold in Finland!

”To be able to focus and give your maximum, it is important to have the right people around you. Aki is certainly one of these people. He is honest, calm, loyal and independent… all characteristics that define an ideal working relationship.” – Sebastian Vettel, a four-time Formula One World Champion


Reading material

Finnish edition
English edition


Praise for the work

“The Core is chock-full of information that can be applied by anyone seeking to improve their performance, whatever they do with their lives. But it is by no means a dry or unengaging read – I inhaled its 300+ pages in a matter of hours, and put the book down feeling enthused and inspired by Hintsa’s methods. Be it a biography, a user’s guide, or a self-help manual, Saari and Hintsa have together achieved the seemingly impossible – advocating for change without preaching.” – Kate Walker,