Do F1 cars have a minimum weight?

In 2009 (the last year of refueling), the minimum weight requirement was 605 KG (1333.8 lbs). Fast forward 10 years and the minimum weight in 2021 for F1 cars was 752 KG (1657.88 lbs). Now, for the 2022 Formula 1 season, the cars will have a hefty increase again to a minimum weight of 790 KG (1741.65 lbs).

Why does F1 have minimum weight?

Safety – lighter cars can corner faster, so having a minimum weight effectively lowers the cornering speeds thereby increasing driver (and spectator/race official) safety.

Do F1 drivers have a weight limit?

The Strategy Group has agreed that 80kg is a realistic upper limit for a modern F1 driver, but anyone who weighs more than that will still be at a disadvantage.

What is the lightest F1 car?

Benetton B186

Technical specifications
Weight 548 kg (1,208 lb)
Fuel BMW Wintershall
Tyres Pirelli
Competition history

Do F1 drivers lose weight during race?

On an average, F1 drivers lose about 2 to 3 kilos of body weight during a race. On a normal race day, the cockpit temperature of F1 car is around 45 – 50 degrees Celsius and they wear two layer of gears – innerwear & racing suit, socks & boots, balaclava & crash helmet because of which they sweat a lot.

Why do F1 drivers weigh in after race?

Throughout the weekend, the total weight of the car and driver must meet a minimum weight. If the total is below that weight, it means the car will be disqualified. The car is weighed after the race and so is the driver. If the combined weight is below the limit, the car will be disqualified.

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