Webber says F1 is discriminating against heavier and taller drivers

Mark Webber

Mark Webber

Formula 1’s smaller drivers should stand up for the big guys to prevent the larger men being frozen out of the sport because of their size and weight, lanky Australian Mark Webber said ahead of the Korean GP weekend.

The regulations are changing next season with the introduction of a new V6 turbocharged power unit with energy recovery systems which will weigh considerably more than the current V8 engines.

At present the car and driver – in overalls – must weigh a minimum of 642 kilos but while that will go up to 692 kg next year to compensate for the new unit, some drivers argue it is not enough and gives the lighter men a significant advantage.

They would like a further 10 kg to be added on to the combined weight.

“Everybody’s been asking me why I look so skinny but you have to be skinny because it’s to your advantage to be as light as possible,” Red Bull‘s Webber told reporters at the Korean Grand Prix. “It’s a car performance advantage.

“The lighter drivers should be pushing as well [for an increase in the minimum weight] but they don’t, because obviously it’s nice for them,” added the Australian, who is leaving Formula 1 at the end of the year and whose triple-champion team mate Sebastian Vettel is considerably shorter and lighter. (Reuters)

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  • fools

    Well so is fashion models Mark. But I understand your point.

    I drive really good but I am to tall as well for an F1. Shame.

  • fools

    Well so is fashion models Mark. But I understand your point.

    I drive really good but I am to tall as well for an F1 car lol. Shame.

  • Red Bull Cheats

    So easy to fix. A set driver weight of 85kg and those under put a lead weight either side of them in the car to mimic their missing body weight.

  • Boycottthebull

    In the old days a skinny weedy short driver wouldnt have had the physical strength and stamina to haul the car around a track consistently lap after lap. With this and Vettels secret engine mapping system determining the races now, fuel watching and tyre saving for ext season, you wont need a driver anymore just a petite service technician to monitor systems. What next drone F1?

  • Kimi4WDC

    So is swimming towards people with shoe size less than 42 :)

  • jurrabi

    …and poor. But no body moved a finger about that.