“We [larger drivers] have to lose so much weight,” he said. “There is not much we can lose anyway, so we can’t even train because we have to lose the small muscles. It is a difficult situation and I don’t think it’s fair. Small drivers can eat what they want but we are just naturally heavier and we get a penalty of half-a-second a lap, or more, just like that. Not because the smaller ones are better drivers, they are just lighter. That is not how it should be in F1. No drinks bottles in the car is one thing,” he continued. “For Bahrain it’ll one and a half hours in the car, no drink. In Malaysia I had a little bit of tea, but no more. There is a danger [of fainting and dehydration]. We are driving more than 300km/h on the straight, so it’s not so easy any more. You can’t guarantee that every driver is 100 per cent from a physical point of view.”
Adrian Sutil has branded his weight disadvantage compared with other F1 drivers as ‘unfair’, claiming the pressures on drivers to keep their weight down is forcing them into compromising situations.
However, while the issue has been raised in drivers’ meetings, Sutil, who says he lost four kilos over the winter, reveals a selection of the lighter drivers have blocked attempts to change the regulations: “[Some of] The lighter drivers have a problem with it. They block it and think differently. I think it’s unfair. I wouldn’t like to win against a driver who is 20kg heavier. If you are here because of the sport because you want to win and be the best driver, this cannot be the case. This is not fair, this is not sport.”