F1 » Mansell: F1 drivers are not jockeys!

1992 F1 World Champion Nigel Mansell backs calls for a 'sensible' minimum F1 weight limit

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October 21, 2013 11:33 AM

It's a touchy subject for our Nigel.

He was famously too fat to fit in the McLaren so they made a special "wide body" version for him. It was made funnier by the fact he was on TV at the time advertising Cadburys Twirls.

He does make a very valid point though.


October 21, 2013 11:43 AM

It is ridiculous, I see Mansell has also come out today expressing his dis-pleasure at the whole thing. Hulkenberg should be driving in F1, irrespective of his weight. We knew the FIA were an embarrassment, this just cement's that view. F1 needs to reduce costs, so what do they do? They get more expensive engines, more expensive drive-trains, more testing & want to add more races to the calendar, which adds more cost. Puzzling. The more I think about next year, the more I actually worry. I mean, it has the possibility, although the teams are drastically downplaying it, that next year could be a complete joke. The amount of conserving next year could be truly frightening to watch, ranging from the usual tyre debate to the expected 40% less fuel usage. Five engines over a season due to cost......oh dear.

This season's been bad, what's to come could be worse.


October 21, 2013 12:39 PM

jamal. there should be little problem with fuel next year. the teams know what the max permitted flow rate is and can thus calculate how much fuel they will carry. ok, some will miscalculate, as has happened with both macca and merc , but I cannot forsee any problem.

also with weight of driver. this should be no problem and has already been confirmed by lotus. the cars are all underweight and so the ballast can be varied to suit the driver. the only difference may be to the c of g, but even that will be minimal.


October 21, 2013 5:59 PM

Think Nige has a point this time around. Since the FIA pretty much decides which are the areas of car performance the teams are allowed to compete in nowadays more than ever (no tyre competition because single tyre supplier, no real engine competition because frozen rev limited engines), it's kind of odd that they would make driver size/weight an area of competition.

Even if the teams still manage to marginally stay below the minimum weight it's a disadvantage for drivers 'on the limit' cause lighter driver can use the additional 'free' weight to play with the weight balance and get the center of gravity as low as possible.


October 21, 2013 11:36 PM

For once I can agree with moaning Mansell, when the FIA changed the weight limit to include the driver it was a huge error. However Mansell even in his day was a rarity, most of the other drivers were much smaller than him, this has always been the way ever since mankind decided to compete in sports against each other. The reason that more races are to happen is so that Ecclestone can make even more millions. It is time to get rid of him and Todt as that pair are only interested in lining their own pockets and fleecing both the teams and the fans.

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