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

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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Add a comment… 22 April 2010

Re: F1 driver is 'too heavy'

Uncle Mellow wrote:
How much does he actually weigh ?

This was my thought as well?

Come on Autocar, we need some key info.

david RS 14 April 2010

Re: F1 driver is 'too heavy'

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.

Uncle Mellow 14 April 2010

Re: F1 driver is 'too heavy'

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.