Hamilton: I weigh 71 kg and I am not going to be 65 kg unless I cut my nuts off!

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton on the scales in the FIA parc ferme area

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton on the scales in the FIA parc ferme area

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.

Lewis Hamilton speaks to media in Korea

Lewis Hamilton speaks to media in Korea

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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  • vipernas

    so hamilton admits that his balls weigh 6 kgs equating a 3kgs of each :)

  • Izham

    @vipernas, hahahahahahaha….your comment just made my day

  • creepy Neighbour

    hahahaha that’s my boy!!! gifted by nature.

  • Giant E

    Lol, it’s ok Lewis… Nicole has a pair you can share.

  • Gh

    F1 cars weigh 690kg but back in the early 90’s they weighed 505kg.

  • bert jr

    6KGs of balls, that’s a lot of useless meat even for a cow.
    I advise Lewis to chop it off either way…

  • Boycottthebull

    If he does chop them off at least they can still hang out at the pool Fridays!

  • Murphious

    The idea of drivers needing to weigh 65kg or 144 lbs seems ridiculous. I would think the idea of “fit” should be applied and not necessarily “lightweight”. I can see some skinny driver getting out of an F1 car after a long test session and collapse from burning so many calories. A world-class road cyclist may be able to do it but to combine that with world-class race driver skills would be rare indeed.

  • KC

    How crass! How rude! How disrespectful! How arrogant of him!

    No, not really, but people would be saying all of those things if Vettel had made the same remark.

  • Uh

    creepy Neighbour, you know your comment is very homosexual right? Nothing wrong with homosexuality but just saying.


    Nicole said if your balls weighted 6 kg she would still be with you.

  • aberracus

    Aha, Vettle is cheating again, his secret is revealed, the real only weight he carries around is his massive ego.

  • Tinto

    Rude remark from Lewis, but very efficent. Selecting only small individuals is ridiculous, the sport is becoming a caricature.

  • LotusFan

    The likes of Nigel Mansell and Keke Rosberg wont get a drive in this era then