Formula 1 drivers have used performance enhancing drugs claims expert

Cognex (tacrine)

Cognex (tacrine)

Even Formula 1 is not immune to doping, according to a French expert.

From 2003 to 2005, Marc Sanson was head of the Conseil de Prevention et de lutte Contre le Dopage, the French anti-doping council.

Recently, the French senate revealed an explosive report about doping, with particular attention to the troubled world of cycling.

But according to Italian media reports, the senate also paid attention to other sports, including the use of beta-blockers in golf.

Sanson is also quoted as claiming that Formula 1 drivers have also used performance-enhancing drugs.

“For many years,” he said, “drivers have used tacrine, a product used in the treatment of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, in order to remember the circuits more easily.” (GMM)

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  • McLarenfan

    Claiming is a BIG word, the proof would be more of a story this is more hear say. Marc Sanson worked for 2 years and now 8 years later spills the beans yea right

  • Dan

    What a load of balls, it’s easy as pie to remember any circuit, besides the Nurburgring perhaps, but I race of driving sims and such on all the circuits they do and know every single one off by heart and I don’t use Cognex. Circuits aren’t hard to learn, they’re hard to drive.

  • Matthias O’keeffe

    This is rubbish… They never used drugs…

  • mitchw

    I’d be inclined to believe drivers use a concentration aiding drug like Adderall or Ritalin so they can stay focused for lengthy races. Moss said he used speed for the Mille Miglia, so why not today’s versions?

  • jeff


  • Limey


    Is that where one talks out of ones butt? :-D

  • KevinW

    I’d wager that F1 drivers are all addicted to one substance – adrenalin. Not from fear, but the intensity of the activity. The stuff will focus you, dilate time, and give you the energy required to manage over an hour in the heat.

    There is a huge difference between a 1950’s Mille Miglia and today. During the day Moss admitted to using drugs to stay awake during long races and rally’s there were no rules against it, no tests, so the two eras are hardly relevant to one another.

    What I find screwy about this “Study” is its classification of beta blockers (heart pressure medication) as a performance enhancement drug. That seems a bit far fetched.

  • Joe Kinnear

    …“drivers have used tacrine, a product used in the treatment of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, in order to remember the circuits more easily.”..

    WTH? even a 15 year old trash talker on XBOX Live playing FM4 can memorize all the circuits!

    What a load of BS. Just trying to get into the news.

  • Jarkko

    “WTH? even a 15 year old trash talker on XBOX Live playing FM4 can memorize all the circuits!”

    I’m not saying he’s telling the truth, but are you seriously comparing games to real racing?

  • Jack

    If you were to play a racing video game then yeah absolutely you would be able to atleast know the circuit layouts in real life… But how to drive the race car with such speed and consistency in real life? That’s what separates us all from the pros

  • McLarenfan

    Totally utterly bullshit any drug has a major come down how could a driver as physically as fit as these fill their body’s full of poison that could cause them to crash half way through a race in the temperatures of around 50 degrees c, it just wouldn’t happen the error rate would be to high. Marc Sanson you are chatting sh!t

  • Torque

    It wouldn’t surprise me if drivers used something but I don’t care.

  • Rich

    The only thing a driver needs to retain concentration is the fact that he may DIE if his focus slips. No drugs needed.

  • Junkyman

    Gotta get me some of that tacrine! I hear it’s a groovy buzz

  • Nowhereman

    How about simulators girls?
    They practice circuits all the time on simulators.
    No superb athelete would use something that could cloud his thought pattern at 190 mph.
    That’s absurd.

  • jjpm

    This is journalism’s trash at its best!

    Sanson never mentionned Formula One, he said that in the era prior to 2005 some in motorsports used tancrine to help remember circuits. I believe this was probably applying to some Rallyes, Paris-Dakar’s drivers etc than F1 and if you get informed of the side effects of this product…

  • Tamburello_1994

    Wouldn’t surprise me at all if PED’s were being used by drivers.

    Not saying I believe this particular article, But after what I’ve seen over the last twenty years in sports as a whole it wouldn’t come as a shock to this reader if we found out that race car driver(s) were doping.

  • petes

    Slow (very slow) news day.

  • McLarenfan

    James hunt used weed and Tomas Enge failed a drug test for Weed the only modern driver to fail any drug test in F1 Tomas Enge.