Former F1 doctor rubbishes claims that drivers do dope
30 October, 2013
Former Formula 1 doctor Gary Harstein has slammed suggestions even Formula 1 is not immune to doping.
From 2003 to 2005, Marc Sanson was head of the conseil de prevention et de lutte contre le dopage, – the French anti-doping council.
This year, the French senate revealed an explosive report about doping, with particular attention to the troubled world of cycling.
But Sanson was quoted as saying: “For many years, (Formula 1) drivers have used tacrine, a product used in the treatment of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, in order to remember the circuits more easily.”
According to The National newspaper, former Formula 1 doctor Harstein hit back angrily at Sanson’s claims.
He said the comments smack of a “loudmouth know-nothing looking for a headline”, adding that “tacrine is not and has never been on the prohibited list”.
But Hartstein said that even though tacrine is not prohibited, he doubts Formula 1 drivers take it anyway because “it has tons of side effects”.
“You may get a performance advantage, you may die, any number of things might happen, but it’s not doping – maybe stupid, but not doping,” he insisted. (GMM)
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