Drivers tackling 2014 races without drinks to save weight

Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Practice, Sepang, Malaysia, Friday 28 March 2014.

Adrian Sutil will go the entire duration of the Bahrain Grand Prix race on Sunday without a sip of water.

The tall and therefore heavy German lost almost 4 kilograms over the winter and is now complaining that, given the heavier 2014 engines, the 692 kg car-plus-driver minimum weight is unfair.

Sutil claims he is barely training in order to further shrink his muscles, and eating and drinking so little that – tapping his head – “you don’t work well up here”.

Not only that, Sauber’s car and Ferrari engine are both overweight, so the Swiss team is cutting corners in every area – including taking away Sutil’s half-kilo drinks bottle.

But Ferrari’s super-fit cycling enthusiast Fernando Alonso has revealed that, even in stifling Malaysia, he raced comfortably without a drink.

“In the past, Malaysia required a specific training programme,” he said in Bahrain. “But this year I told the team I didn’t even need a drinks system. The cars are much less physically demanding.” (GMM)

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