Webber and Hulkenberg too tall for Ferrari
31 October, 2012
Ultimately, Mark Webber is staying at Red Bull next year, while German Nico Hulkenberg has signed to switch from Force India to the Ferrari-powered Sauber team.
But earlier, rumours linked them with Ferrari, who in the end decided to re-sign the resurgent Brazilian Massa for 2013.
Auto Motor und Sport said that Webber and Hulkenberg’s height might have been the problem.
The pair are both 184 centimetres tall, (just over 6 foot).
Massa and Alonso, on the other hand, are considerably smaller; Alonso is 13cm shorter than Webber and Hulkenberg, while Massa is a diminutive 1.66m, (5 foot 5).
The German magazine said that Webber confirmed in India that he does not fit behind the wheel of this year’s Ferrari.
With the 2013 regulations staying essentially the same as this year’s, most teams will not be making fundamental changes to their chassis layouts for next season, due to the radical changes set to debut just a year later in 2014.
Hulkenberg did not comment on whether he would fit in this year’s Ferrari, but AM&S said that the German had admitted that his height is an issue.
He is quoted as saying that designers “need to make compromises in the chassis” to accomodate tall drivers, like himself or his 2012 Force India teammate Paul di Resta, who like Webber and Hulkenberg also stands at over 6 feet.
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