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Formula 1 drivers can come in all shapes and sizes, although you won’t necessarily see an overweight champion. If you’ve ever noticed the drivers getting weighed at the end of a race, you may be wondering why this is and how much the F1 drivers actually weigh.
Weight is one of the most vital factors in Formula 1. This is why the average weight of F1 drivers ranges between 65–75kg. The lightest driver is Yuki Tsunoda, weighing 54kg, while the heaviest driver is Antonio Giovinazzi, who weighs 75kg.
Due to the implementation of new FIA regulations, the driver’s weight must be a minimum of 80kg. This protects the driver’s health by ensuring they do not go through extreme measures to lower their weight. Drivers that weigh less than 80kg must attach a fitted ballast under their seat to reach the minimum weight regulation.
How Much Do F1 Drivers Weigh?
In earlier years, drivers used to adhere to strict diets to make themselves as light as possible, which is a significant advantage in racing. However, with the implementation of the new FIA regulations mandating an 80kg minimum driver’s weight, F1 drivers can now focus more on their health and come in a wide range of sizes and weights.
Below is a list of the 2021 Formula 1 drivers’ height and weight:
|Name||Height (metres/ ft & in)||Weight (kgs)|
|Lewis Hamilton||1.74m (5′ 8.5″)||73kg|
|Valtteri Bottas||1.73m (5′ 8″)||69kg|
|Max Verstappen||1.81m (5′ 11″)||72kg|
|Sergio Perez||1.73m (5′ 8″)||63kg|
|Sebastian Vettel||1.75m (5′ 9″)||62kg|
|Lance Stroll||1.82m (5′ 10″)||70kg|
|Fernando Alonso||1.71m (5′ 6″)||68kg|
|Esteban Ocon||1.86m (6′ 1″)||66kg|
|Daniel Ricciardo||1.80m (5′ 10″)||66kg|
|Lando Norris||1.70m (5′ 6″)||68kg|
|Charles Leclerc||1.80m (5′ 10″)||69kg|
|Carlos Sainz||1.78m (5′ 10″)||64kg|
|Pierre Gasly||1.77m (5′ 9″)||70kg|
|Yuki Tsunoda||1.59m (5′ 2″)||54kg|
|Kimi Raikkonen||1.75m (5′ 9″)||70kg|
|Antonio Giovinazzi||1.85m (6′ 0″)||75kg|
|Nikita Mazepin||1.76m (5′ 9″)||68kg|
|Mick Schumacher||1.76m (5′ 9″)||67kg|
|George Russell||1.85m (6′ 0″)||70kg|
|Nicholas Latiffi||1.85m (6′ 0″)||73kg|
As you can see, Antonio Giovinazzi weighs the heaviest at 75kg. However, he no longer needs to worry about being at a disadvantage due to the new FIA regulations.
The Importance Of Driver’s Weight In F1
Weight is one of the most essential factors in Formula 1. Even with the new FIA regulations, Formula 1 drivers train just like any other competing athlete to ensure they stay in great shape with minimal body fat.
The car’s overall weight is essential to provide track grip, which allows the car to go much faster as it sticks to the track. Driver weight influences the car’s overall weight, which is why it’s so important for drivers to stay within a certain weight bracket. The more weight a vehicle has, the more grip it will have on the track.
However, the car’s weight can be a delicate balancing act, as a heavier car can lead to a more significant amount of wear on the tires, fuel, and brakes. This makes balancing the power-to-weight ratio a crucial part of racing.
The car’s weight is also accompanied by another critical factor – aerodynamics. The ultimate shape of an F1 car with its wings is quite intricate, with all the different components in place to allow a greater track grip. The car’s aerodynamics works to expand the force with which the vehicle is pushed against the track without raising the overall weight of the vehicle.
With each of these factors in play, it is easy to see why the driver’s weight is such an essential part of Formula 1, as the driver’s weight affects the car’s overall weight, and therefore the maximum speed they can achieve. Many elements that can influence whether a driver is at a disadvantage can be attributed to their personal body weight.
FIA F1 Minimum Driver Weight Regulation
Since weight is such an essential component for F1 racing, the FIA mandates a minimum weight rule for all competing vehicles. Through the Formula 1 technical regulations, all cars and drivers go through a weighing procedure at the end of every race.
In 2021, the car’s minimum weight (including the driver) was 752kg. This number excludes the 110 kilograms of fuel required for vehicles to cover the Grand Prix distance. This means that Formula 1 cars are now a total of 152kgs heavier than when they were competing in 2000.
Out of the total 752kgs of vehicle weight, FIA regulations stipulate that 80kgs must be from the F1 drivers themselves. If the driver’s weight is below 80kgs, a ballast will need to be added to the driver’s seat to reach the 80kg minimum.
At the end of each race, the driver and car are weighed to ensure they meet the required minimum weight. This can sometimes cause issues, as drivers are known to lose between 2-4kgs of water weight per race. To avoid this scenario, drivers are encouraged to drink plenty of fluids before a race to avoid dehydration which could exacerbate weight loss after a race.
A minor flaw in this system is that sometimes a team will attempt to decrease the car’s weight during the race so that the weight of the driver and the vehicle are under the minimum requirement. To prevent being disqualified, drivers pick up rubber from the track, which will stick to the tires and increase the car’s weight, ensuring it meets the required minimum weight at the end of the race.
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F1 2022 Weight Regulations
The new 2022 FIA weight regulations stipulate that F1 vehicles, including the driver’s weight, must reach a minimum of 795kg – an increase of 43kgs! This number excludes the fuel needed to complete a Grand Prix distance.
An FIA representative will calculate the total weight of the car and the driver’s weight after the fuel from the vehicle has been drained. The result stands if the weight is over the minimum mandate of 795kgs.
With weight being the most critical factor in Formula 1 racing, it’s easy to see why the average river weight ranges between 65-75kgs. However, the new FIA regulations, which mandate a minimum driver’s weight of 80kg, help to level the playing field. Nowadays, drivers do not have to compromise their health to weigh less and gain an advantage over their competition.