It’s a tough life in Formula 1. So what’s new? It’s meant to be. Nobody said it would be easy. And nobody said it would be fair. Spare a thought for hapless – though well-sponsored, and well-connected – Sauber team driver Marcus Ericsson who has been complaining this week that his personal 10kg weight disadvantage compared to physically smaller team-mate Pascal Wehrlein, has been harming his prospects for a drive with a more competitive team.
Doug Nye: When the lap‑times are slower, are the drivers fatter?
Doug Nye began writing about racing cars at ‘Motor Racing’ magazine in 1963-64. Today he is a multiple award-winning motor sports journalist and author of over 50 years’ experience, with some 70 books to his name. He is Goodwood Motorsport’s founding Historian and consultant and fulfils similar roles for Bonhams Auctioneers and the Collier Collection/Revs Institute in Naples, FL, USA. He is a member of the National Motor Museum Advisory Council at Beaulieu, Hants, and is a regular columnist for ‘Motor Sport’ magazine, while contributing to many other specialist periodicals worldwide.