F1 Fansite

F1 News

Button: Heavy drivers are deliberately dehydrating themselfs

Posted on by
Jenson Button signs autographs for fans.
Jenson Button signs autographs for fans.
Jenson Button

Jenson Button

F1 drivers are deliberately dehydrating in order to get their weight down at grand prix weekends.

That is the claim of the experienced McLaren driver Jenson Button, who said drivers are so desperate to be lighter that they are cutting out food and water even at sweltering Sepang.

"I am sure they are dehydrating themselves because that is what I was going to do -- go in a sauna, steam room, not drink or eat until after qualifying," he is quoted in Malaysia by the Mirror newspaper.

"I was going to do it and did all year until now, but it is a shame for the guys who have to do it."

Button admitted he has "luckily" managed to get his weight down to a point at which he is no longer worried about the sport's 692kg car-plus-driver minimum.

The problem of driver weight has been amplified for 2014 given the much heavier turbo V6 'power units'.

"It's hardcore what people are doing," agreed Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.

"You can go into qualifying a little bit dehydrated. I heard someone was doing that, exhausting themselves," he added.

Button revealed that, until he got his weight down, he was not eating any carbohydrates, including bread.

Hamilton said: "You don't want drivers being anorexic."

Book discounted tickets and reservate your hotel room in our F1 Tickets Shop.

Please share this article & subscribe to our FREE weekly F1 Newsletter

PinIt

Latest F1 News posts:

See older posts in our F1 News Archive »

Stay Updated by F1-Fansite!

Buy F1 MerchandiseBuy F1 Merchandise of your favourite driver or team.

Early Booking Discounts on F1 Tickets

Buy F1 tickets cheaper at F1-Fansite.com 2015 Formula 1 Season Early Booking Discounts are:
F1 Grand Prix
Discount

Book F1 Tickets Singapore F1 GP Singapore 15 Available
Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Italian F1 GP Italy '15 Available Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Hungarian F1 GP Hungary '15' Available Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Belgium F1 GP Belgium '15 Available Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Russian F1 GP Russia'15 Available Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Australia F1 GP Australia '16 Available
Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Spainish F1 GP Spain '16 20% discount Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Monaco F1 GP Monaco '16 Available Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Canada F1 GP Canada '16 Available Book Now

Polls

Do we need the German GP back on the calendar?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...