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Razor Boy

Posted 12 April 2014 - 06:27 PM

Not an easy thing to fix. Remove the driver from the total minimum weight and you still have an advantage if you are a short arse like me.
On the other hand porkers like me are out !

I think it was more interesting when there was a "turn over" of new driver when the rules were less safety conscious.

Just my 2d worth.

maryportfuncity

Posted 12 April 2014 - 11:26 AM

View PostRotten Ali, on 11 April 2014 - 10:04 PM, said:

Lewis has lost 6kg over the winter period just to be as competitive as is possible. Until now, I had not herd which of the drivers was said to have fainted at a sponsors event some time soon after the Australian GP. Speculation was that it was one from a minor team. Jean Eric Verne is a good driver but it shows just how far some are going to to get any slight edge, because of the need to be mindful of the such full on training and careful diet needed.
In other regards, it does make it favourable to have fit strong female driver because of these weight discrepancies. So in one respect I think the rules are not so onerous as some make out.
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themaninblack

Posted 11 April 2014 - 10:29 PM

It's funny that. I was watching the GP with my brothers the other and we were commenting on how thin all the drivers looked...

Rotten Ali

Posted 11 April 2014 - 10:04 PM

Lewis has lost 6kg over the winter period just to be as competitive as is possible. Until now, I had not herd which of the drivers was said to have fainted at a sponsors event some time soon after the Australian GP. Speculation was that it was one from a minor team. Jean Eric Verne is a good driver but it shows just how far some are going to to get any slight edge, because of the need to be mindful of the such full on training and careful diet needed.
In other regards, it does make it favourable to have fit strong female driver because of these weight discrepancies. So in one respect I think the rules are not so onerous as some make out.

the_engineer

Posted 11 April 2014 - 07:58 PM

View PostDr. Zorders, on 11 April 2014 - 01:44 PM, said:

Asking drivers to be in shape isn't ridiculous, is it. Asking them to emaciate themselves is. And basically making it impossible for anyone who is over 5 ft 7 to win anything...

Maybe that's their plan , and they want racing car drivers to go down the same road as jockeys .

Dr. Zorders

Posted 11 April 2014 - 01:44 PM

Asking drivers to be in shape isn't ridiculous, is it. Asking them to emaciate themselves is. And basically making it impossible for anyone who is over 5 ft 7 to win anything...

maryportfuncity

Posted 11 April 2014 - 01:38 PM

Yeah, lardsteres like Nigel Mansell (who was the heaviest driver on the grid the year he stormed the championship) wouldn't get a sniff now.

Dr. Zorders

Posted 11 April 2014 - 01:31 PM

View PostBibliogryphon, on 11 April 2014 - 12:56 PM, said:

This is an interesting article which suggests that the minimum weight restriction for drivers is too low and may be putting the driver's health at risk

Yes. Apparently this has been a problem for a few years now but it's being really talked about now because it has become markedly worse this year - the huge car design rule changes they've had this season means the limit has become even more taxing, especially for taller drivers like Jenson Button.

Bibliogryphon

Posted 11 April 2014 - 12:56 PM

This is an interesting article which suggests that the minimum weight restriction for drivers is too low and may be putting the driver's health at risk

Octopus of Odstock

Posted 05 April 2014 - 09:56 PM

Very, very sad news. Poor Clive (Dan's dad) has had a miserable few years.

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