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Yuki Tsunoda height and weight

Yuki Tsunoda arrived into F1 in 2021 as one of the sport's smallest-ever drivers. But how tall exactly is the AlphaTauri man?

Tsunoda Australia © Getty Images/Red Bull Contentpool

F1 rookie Yuki Tsunoda is primarily known for two things: driving very fast, and being rather on the short side. In fact, some fans, as well as the man himself, have made jokes at the driver's expense regarding his stature.

When the official Formula 1 Twitter account asked fans the question "in 2021 Yuki Tsunoda will____", the man himself responded by tweeting: "Grow".

It's no secret that Tsunoda is one of the shortest drivers to ever race in the championship, but he is also very light. This can come with many advantages and disadvantages, but the weight is particularly interesting when put in some context.

For 2019, rules were introduced that roughly stated that the maximum weight a driver should be is 80 kilograms. The most important thing is for both car and driver collectively to weigh under a certain amount, but it is still notable how much lighter Tsunoda is than the maximum legal limit

Tsunoda first entered F1 for the 2021 season, having impressed in Formula 2 the year prior. His skills certainly aren't in question, but for those who are still wondering how tall he actually is, all the answers you need are provided here.

How tall is Yuki Tsunoda?

Yuki Tsunoda is 1.59m (5ft 3 in) and he weighs 54kg.

This makes him the shortest F1 driver on the grid, and by some margin. The next smallest is McLaren's Lando Norris, who comes in at 1.70m, swiftly followed by veteran Fernando Alonso, who is one centimetre taller than Norris.

Why could Yuki's height be a problem?

Some may think that there is a benefit to being small in F1, and in certain cases that is certainly true. In days gone by, it was advantageous for a driver to be as light as possible in order to make the car quicker, but in the modern age, rules have been introduced to make sure that taller (and therefore heavier) drivers are not punished.

This essentially means that the FIA now weighs the car and driver together, so any weight advantage a driver has is made up for with a heavier car.

The same can be said of aerodynamics, as newer F1 cars are built with taller drivers in mind.

"First, I have to put a lot of foam inside the monocoque to make my seat position higher to see the view clearly," Tsunoda has explained.

"And also, we made a quite special pedal case [for me] to reach the pedals."

The AlphaTauri driver added: "I have worked hard on my physical preparation, training every day and focusing on those areas where I saw I needed to be stronger."

Hence, any advantages that come from lack of weight are essentially wiped away by the obvious inconveniences of being too short to drive the car.

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