F1: After the revolution, the stars of the paddock are annoyed
As the years go by, Formula 1 cars become heavier and heavier. This season, the single-seaters are even heavier by 46 kilograms. A substantial weight for the pilots who did not hesitate to get annoyed about this subject as is the case of Max Verstappen, George Russell or Lance Stroll.
Since the start of the season, the Formula 1 weigh at least 798 kilograms, without of course a full tank of fuel, whereas with a full tank, the single-seater can weigh up to 900 kilograms, or 110 kg of gasoline. A huge figure when you compare a few years ago when the weight in 2008 was 595 kg and in 2013, 632 kg. Figures that keep increasing. In the columns of Motorsportthree pilots made a point of expressing themselves on this subject in order to express their dissatisfaction.
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“I don’t see a solution to this problem in the short term”
While large numbers of pilots complain about the weight of single-seaters, Max Verstappen spoke about it. The pilot from Red Bull believes that the Formula 1 are too heavy, but that it would be too difficult to remedy this problem quickly. ” Of course, the weight of the cars is very high, which is not good, and I don’t see a solution to this problem in the short term. But overall, the efforts that have been made so that the single-seaters can follow each other is a real plus, much better than I expected, it gives a better chance of racing. On the other hand, on certain circuits, it is still difficult to follow each other, and there are also problems with overheating of the tires, so there are other things to watch out for. “, assures the reigning world champion.
“I think the cars have become too heavy”
On the side of Lance Strollthe pilot Aston Martin Is he much firmer on this subject and would like solutions to be found as soon as possible to make the single-seaters lighter but also more agile: “I think the cars have become too heavy, and I would like to see that change in the future. There are a lot of things that can be changed to make it better in Formula 1, but the first thing that comes to mind would be to make the cars more fun to drive and more agile. »
“It is difficult to choose between more comfort in driving or more safety”
Whereas george russell totally agree with Max Verstappen and Lance Strollthe pilot mercedes is all the more lenient on this subject. He specified that with the new security measures put in place by the FIAit would be more difficult to reduce the weight of single-seaters. “As Lance and Max explained, having lighter cars would be better, but you can’t have it all. The reason cars are heavier has to do with safety. It is difficult to choose between more comfort in the piloting or more safety, there are too many compromises. » We also recall that in recent years, the FIA has significantly changed the regulations with the aim of guaranteeing more safety to the pilots. Among these new rules, the addition of the halo had often been the subject of debate before the pilots adopted it due to the numerous accidents which had recently taken place.