Weight limit concerns van der Garde
16 October 2013 – Giedo van der Garde says Formula 1 would find itself in an "outrageous" situation if drivers are at a disadvantage, or even forced out of the sport, because of their weight.
With the introduction of new powertrains, the FIA has increased the weight limit from 642kg to 690kg for the 2014 campaign, but there are still concerns that drivers such as Nico Hülkenberg and Paul di Resta, who both weigh in at 74kg, will be too heavy.
"I'm on the limit at 73kg. It wouldn't be good if Hülkenberg and di Resta can't drive in F1 anymore because they are considered to be too heavy," Caterham driver van der Garde told GPUpdate.net when quizzed over the matter. "That would be outrageous.
"Next year's rules state that a car and driver can't weigh less than 690kg. Of course teams would like to be as close to that weight as possible, preferably exactly on that weight. And ideally they would have some room left to play about with the weight distribution. So having a heavier driver in your car is a little bit of a disadvantage."
Earlier this year, di Resta expressed his own fears over the proposed weight limit, claiming he is already "three or four" kilogrammes below what he feels is healthy.
"It is a concern for a driver like me," explained di Resta. "I am at the upper end, to the point where I am three or four kilos under what I would like to be healthy. It's a little bit of an unfair advantage to be a smaller guy because not only can they move the weight [ballast] in the right place [in the car] but they can get themselves in a healthier state.
"I'd like to see the weight limit raised because it would make no difference to them."