Heavy F1 drivers deliberately dehydrating warns Button


Formula 1 drivers are deliberately dehydrating in order to get their weight down at Grand Prix weekends.

That is the claim of the experienced McLaren driver Jenson Button, who said drivers are so desperate to be lighter that they are cutting out food and water even at sweltering Sepang.

“I am sure they are dehydrating themselves because that is what I was going to do — go in a sauna, steam room, not drink or eat until after qualifying,” he is quoted in Malaysia by the Mirror newspaper.

“I was going to do it and did all year until now, but it is a shame for the guys who have to do it.”

Button admitted he has “luckily” managed to get his weight down to a point at which he is no longer worried about the sport’s 692kg car-plus-driver minimum.

The problem of driver weight has been amplified for 2014 given the much heavier turbo V6 ‘power units’.

“It’s hardcore what people are doing,” agreed Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.

“You can go into qualifying a little bit dehydrated. I heard someone was doing that, exhausting themselves,” he added.

Button revealed that, until he got his weight down, he was not eating any carbohydrates, including bread.

Hamilton said: “You don’t want drivers being anorexic.” (GMM)

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  • karlich

    Oh Button, as much as I like you, you’re becoming a two-faced, second rate, fawner and whistle blower… what was it you said? “Go and race something else if you’re not happy”.

  • http://darrenstuart.com RetroRaceCars_ninjamonk

    I think they should fix this, this season, you don’t want a driver passing out at the wheel and killing someone. They should add more weight for the driver and allow ballast to make the weight up so all drivers weigh the same.

  • =El Presidente=

    you can also notice, Lewis Rosberg and hulk (and prolly some other) really losing bdymass, i saw rosbergs wrists yesterday, and they looked like matchsticks.

  • Jerry Holloway

    This is a legit concern and not a surprising one, either. Highschool wrestlers used to do this crap before their weigh-in when I was a teenager. Maybe they still do. But it’s really bad for you and unnecessary – just raise the weight limit on the car.