Their brains literally process visual input in the fraction of the time it takes a normal human to do the same.
The racing scenes of Fast and Furious make driving look awesome. You get a close-up of Paul Walker’s brow furrowing, a quick clip of a rapid gear shift, another close-up of the exhaust as the engine resumes its climb to the redline—and that’s only a few seconds worth of action! In reality F1 drivers don’t see those things, but that doesn’t make their view any less amazing. Still more extraordinary is how this experiment, which tracks where a driver looks during a race. These guys process visual input rapidly.
Like any skill, F1 drivers attain mastery with enough practice to literally reshape their brains to work on the cutting edge of human capability.