As the matter of Formula 1 drivers’ size and weight captures headlines, and it becomes apparent that the next generation of drivers will have to be wafer thin and diminutive, Lewis Hamilton has come out and declared that he may have to chop of his nuts to make the weight.
Speaking to English media Hamilton joked, “I weigh 71 kg and I am not going to be 65 kg unless I cut my nuts off! And I eat really healthily.”
The percieved ideal weight of 65 kg is discriminating against some of the ‘larger’ drivers such as Nico Hulkenberg, Mark Webber and even super-fit Jenson Button.
Although Webber is departing F1 at the end of this season he is fighting the cause for fellow drivers who do not fit into the sub 65 kg bracket.
The Australian said in Korea, “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. 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.”
Button, who is also lobbying to change increase the weight restrictions, explained, “A very talented driver could be missed for his height and weight. If he is over the weight by five kilos that is two tenths a lap and it is the end of your career.”
“It needs to change now. To be fair, we [drivers] should have pushed harder [for a rule change],” added the McLaren driver.
GMM reports that the drivers will raise the issue at forthcoming Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA) meetings and pre-race briefings. But it appears a change for 2014 is now almost impossible, given the need for full unanimity along the pitlane. (GP247)
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