Formula One's driver weight problem

Published 1457 GMT (2257 HKT) October 23, 2013
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Tall Formula One drivers like Red Bull racer Mark Webber work hard to keep trim to help the car stay as close to the minimum weight as possible. "Everyone asks me why I look so skinny but you have to be skinny because it's to your advantage to be as light as possible," he said. Mark Thompson/Getty Images
All F1 drivers are weighed throughout the race weekend as the car and driver must meet a minimum weight of 642 kilos - in 2014 this will rise to 690 kilos to take account of the heavier engines. Here Red Bull's world champion Sebastian Vettel faces a public weighing in India. Ker Robertson/Getty Images
The 2009 world champion Jenson Button stays super fit by competing in triathlons but says he has struggled to meet F1's weight limit for the last three years. Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images
There has been speculation that Sauber driver Nico Hulkenberg missed out on a top seat in 2014 because at 1.84m he brings a greater weight disadvantage to a team than a smaller driver. Mark Thompson/Getty Images
Space is at a premium in an F1 cockpit as Caterham driver Giedo Van Der Garde - another of the taller drivers on the grid - finds out in his seat fitting for the 2013 car. Caterham F1 team
Trainer Carlos Corell (left) keeps Van Der Garde on a strict diet and fitness regime to help the Dutch racer maintain his weight. "If you want to be in F1 you have to train harder than the rest, you have to take care of the diet more than the rest," Corell says. Caterham F1/Charles Coates/LAT Photographic