New Formula One weight limits for 2014

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The latest news in Formula One is the proposed weight limits, which have been increased to take into account the introduction of new and improved engines. The problem is the new engines are heavier than what was previously envisaged, which naturally leads to an issue with drivers that carry more weight than their competitors. Over the years, Formula One has been trying to make the sport more competitive, with an emphasis on spreading the factors that win races. Recently, it has had a huge amount of focus on tyres and how their management influences pit stops and actual driving strategy. There has been an adverse reaction to some of these changes, with quite a large section of the Formula One world insisting that we going away from driver ability and car performance, which is what after all, is what the true essence of Formula One. I am betting that fans will see these proposals as just another factor taking precedence over drivers.

This season the allowed weight for driver and car has been set at 642kg. With the introduction of the new 1.6 litre V6 turbo engines and energy recovering system being incorporated in 2014, the minimum weight has been revised to 690kg. The unfortunate issue is that most of the additional 48kg will nearly all go towards accommodating the new engines. As a result drivers will have far less kilograms to play with in terms of how much they weigh. It is now a fact that as it stands, every kilogram will equate to approximately 0.035 seconds per lap on an average circuit – relatively quite huge chunk of time.

This ultimately means that smaller drivers will have a definite advantage. For example, Fernando Alonso weighs 68kg and will then have an advantage over Nico Hulkenberg who weighs 74kg. One of the greatest drivers in the sport, Nigel Mansell, is just one the many that voiced their concern over the weight limitations. McLaren’s Jenson Button has also commented on the proposed changes, admitting that he already struggles to meet the current weight limit, as he always has to maintain 74/75kg.

We can only hope the powers-that-be listen to the people on the ground, and give their comments and concerns serious consideration.

 

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