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Why do F1 drivers get weighed after a race?

F1 drivers lose weight during races due to dehydration. After the race, they are weighed. But why? We explain.

Why do F1 drivers get weighted after the race

This is why F1 drivers get weighed after a race

Within Formula 1, the weight of a car is a crucial factor in team performance. Naturally, the lighter the car, in all likelihood the better its performance. Additionally, the weight of the driver affects the total weight of the car. Hence, there is a minimum weight for both drivers and cars to encourage fair competition on the track. Weighing the drivers after a race ensures they still meet the F1 minimum weight requirement. Moreover, weighing F1 drivers is also for health reasons.

Is there a minimum weight for F1 drivers?

There is a minimum weight restriction on F1 drivers. This regulation was implemented in 2019, setting a minimum weight limit of 80kg for all drivers. This weight limit encompasses not only the driver's body weight but also factors in the weight of their helmet, race suit, and shoes. If a driver weighs under 80kg, additional weight will be added to the car. If a driver does not meet this minimum weight requirement he will be penalised.

The minimum weight of an F1 car

The minimum weight regulations of an F1 car can change from year to year. In 2023, it was set at 798kg, an increase of three kilograms. This change was made because some teams had difficulty meeting the previous weight requirement. The minimum weight of an F1 car has remained unchanged for 2024, and will do so for 2025. Changes are expected in 2026 due to the new rules for the next generation of cars. It is assumed their weight will be reduced.

F1 driver weight loss per race | sweat

What's the average weight loss of F1 drivers during races?

During races, F1 drivers typically lose approximately two to three kilograms due to sweating. However, this can vary from race to race depending on the weather conditions. For example, the 2023 Qatar Grand Prix experienced extreme heat, which posed significant challenges for the drivers. After the race, drivers were exhausted, with Logan Sargeant even retiring through illness. To prevent such dangerous situations in future races, the FIA decided to allow cooling systems in the cockpit to help manage the heat. This will make driving in warm conditions safer for the drivers.

Why do F1 drivers have to weigh themselves after a race?

Within F1, there is a minimum weight requirement. If a driver weighs below this limit, additional weight is added to the car. After a race, the FIA checks the weight loss of a driver to ensure he still meets this minimum weight requirement. Additionally, the weight loss is analysed for health reasons.

Do F1 drivers lose weight after every race?

F1 drivers lose approximately two to three kilograms. This amount can differ depending on the weather conditions. For example, in Qatar, the drivers lost more weight than in other GPs due to the extreme heat.

Is there a weight limit for Formula 1 drivers?

Yes, there is a weight limit for Formula 1 drivers. In 2019, F1 introduced a minimum weight limit of 80kg for all drivers. This includes their helmet, race suit, and shoes.

Why do Formula 1 drivers drink through long straws?

After a race, drivers are often dehydrated due to sweating, resulting in weight loss. It is crucial to rehydrate promptly. However, if an F1 driver consumes too much water too quickly, they can experience overhydration. To mitigate this, drivers use long straws to limit the amount of water intake per sip, thus reducing the risk.
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