Driver weight dominated headlines before the start of the 2014 Formula 1 season, and is still very much a hot topic as Sauber driver Adrian Sutil revealed that he went without food for two days to reduce weight.
Speaking in Barcelona Sutil told journalists, “I was testing it a little bit here and there. Two days, no food, only drink…I tried. It was not easy but interesting what the reaction is. I’m eating now again, it’s better.”
Heavier drivers have had to slim down as in conjunction with the new power units and chassis they have to weigh-in at 691 kg.
“I couldn’t do much sport because the power was missing. I do it because I want to go on the limit just to make sure I did my maximum. I don’t want to be in the car and say: I could have done more,” explained Sutil.
“I could feel there was a limit where I hadn’t the power anymore, the strength in my mind – you get stressed quite early – and you don’t want that. It’s just important to know your body quite well. I tried it but I’m still alive so don’t worry too much. It was my own decision, this is most important,” said the 31 year old.
Sauber have done him a huge favour by carving out some wight from the C33 chassis. Sutil will run the new ‘lightweight’ version of the car in Spain.
The German is fired up ahead of the weekend in Barcelona, “It’s a very good step I think in every area: the weight, the aerodynamics and also the power train has improved.
“I believe in it and especially [Friday] will be an important day to test it all to make sure everything works fine and I expect a good performance improvement throughout the race weekend.”
“Our expectation is normally always to score a point or more and I want to be back in this area. So hopefully it’s enough,” added Sutil. (GP247)
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