Renault driver Vitaly Petrov told to lose 10kg to get on the pace
14 April 2010

Renault F1 driver Vitaly Petrov has been told to lose weight by his team, according to reports.

The 25-year-old Russian driver is one of the tallest drivers in the F1 paddock and weighs 10kg more than his team-mate, Polish racer Robert Kubica, acording to German publication Auto Motor und Sport.

With the introduction of the new refuelling rules leading to heavier fuel tanks, the weight of the driver is more critical than ever.

If a driver is lighter, the car is further below the permitted maximum weight, and the team can use ballast to balance the car’s handling.

Petrov has retired from all three races so far and has been outqualified and outraced by Kubica.

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14 April 2010

In the picture Kubica looks taller than Petrov.

14 April 2010

[quote Autocar]The 25-year-old Russian driver is one of the tallest drivers in the F1 paddock and weighs 10kg more than his team-mate, Polish racer Robert Kubica, acording to German publication Auto Motor und Sport.[/quote]

Renault could make a statement and just replace him with Piquet...

14 April 2010

He needs to see Mark Webber's train did you see him at the last press conference he's even got concave cheeks. Not a good look. They should have a minimum weight limit as they do with Ski jumping?

14 April 2010

I cannot beleive Autocar have published this story. This was on the BBC F1 website over a week ago and it was a stocking filler then. Come on autocar, come up with some current and relevant editorial!

14 April 2010

Agreed - as usual Autocar F1 news is late and available elsewhere well before it is seen on Autocar. I think Autocar should consider stopping F1 coverage all together.

14 April 2010

They should replace him with Juan Pablo Montoya.

14 April 2010

How much does he actually weigh ? Has he put on weight since they hired him ? Did they expect him to shrink after a few races ?

Maybe he could cut a leg off , that would make him lighter.

14 April 2010

It must be because he's too expensive to feed, no?

Limited budgets in F1...

It's true nowadays the teams prefer pilots thin, without character and surrounded with several spin doctors.

You know the pilots (jockeys?) went on strike in Sepang against a decision (a good one this time) of Mr Bernie forbidding the presence of their physiotherapist on the starting grid.

22 April 2010

[quote Uncle Mellow]How much does he actually weigh ? [/quote]

This was my thought as well?

Come on Autocar, we need some key info.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/d70w7/4462888140/

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