Webber says F1 is discriminating against heavier and taller drivers
3 October, 2013
Formula 1′s smaller drivers should stand up for the big guys to prevent the larger men being frozen out of the sport because of their size and weight, lanky Australian Mark Webber said ahead of the Korean GP weekend.
The regulations are changing next season with the introduction of a new V6 turbocharged power unit with energy recovery systems which will weigh considerably more than the current V8 engines.
At present the car and driver – in overalls – must weigh a minimum of 642 kilos but while that will go up to 692 kg next year to compensate for the new unit, some drivers argue it is not enough and gives the lighter men a significant advantage.
They would like a further 10 kg to be added on to the combined weight.
“Everybody’s been asking me why I look so skinny but you have to be skinny because it’s to your advantage to be as light as possible,” Red Bull’s Webber told reporters at the Korean Grand Prix. “It’s a car performance advantage.
“The lighter drivers should be pushing as well [for an increase in the minimum weight] but they don’t, because obviously it’s nice for them,” added the Australian, who is leaving Formula 1 at the end of the year and whose triple-champion team mate Sebastian Vettel is considerably shorter and lighter. (Reuters)
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