Why do F1 drivers get weighed after every race? Relevance behind this practice and how does it affect the team, the Sportsrush explains.
One would have noticed that F1 drivers are constantly weighed before and after every race. However, it leaves many perplexed behind the purpose of this activity.
Why do F1 drivers get weighed after the race?
But in reality, the weight of a driver is very crucial ahead of the race. As per the Formula 1 rules amended in 2019, “The minimum weight of the car, without fuel, has gone up slightly from 733kg to 740kg.”
“More importantly, at least 80kg of that must be made up of the driver, his seat and driving equipment. Lighter drivers can bring themselves up to the 80kg threshold by adding ballast, but crucially this ballast must be positioned in the immediate cockpit area – and cannot be used elsewhere on the car to help improve its balance.”
Another regulation change for this year is drivers weight. The drivers weight is now weighed separately to the car. The minimum weight for a driver is now 80kg if a driver is below that weight that team will have to add Ballast. This will help drivers like Hulkenberg.#F1 #F12019 pic.twitter.com/ggmP7AYJtk
— XLFella (@xlfellas) March 6, 2019
This amendment also helped the heavier drivers on the grid, as they often complained about the previous F1 regulations, which counted the driver’s weight against the car.
Why Do F1 Drivers Lose Weight and by how much?
Many reports have published that an average F1 driver loses around 3-4 Kg per race to extreme heat in his cockpit and extreme force they face due to the speed of the car.
Hence, the drivers are also advised to take in large amounts of water before the race, even if they do not feel thirsty, to avoid dehydration through sweating.
Thus, even after the race, it is important to meet the least weight criteria if failing to match the team would be penalized or might not be allowed to participate.