Bahrain race will be thirsty work for Sutil

Thu Apr 3, 2014 2:15pm EDT
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MANAMA (Reuters) - Adrian Sutil will be racing in the Bahrain desert without a drop to drink on Sunday after deciding to remove the water bottle from his Sauber Formula One car in a bid to shave off weight wherever he can.

The German is one of the biggest drivers on the starting grid and has also complained his car is overweight compared to others.

After slimming down as much as he can, he is now resorting to other measures.

"No drink bottle in the car is one thing for Bahrain," he told reporters at the Sakhir circuit, where daytime temperatures can soar to 45 degrees celsius although the race will be held in the evening under floodlights when conditions are cooler.

"So Bahrain is one and a half hours with no drink.

"Normally you have one liter, or even one-and-a-half liters in Malaysia, so you can drink during the whole race," added the driver.

"But in this situation now we are talking about 300-400 grammes and you also have to count the bottle that has an empty weight of 0.5kg."

The bigger drivers are at more of a disadvantage than previously because the new V6 power units and energy recovery systems are heavier than the old V8s but minimum car weights have not been increased significantly to compensate.

While Sutil, who is 1.84 meters tall, started the season weighing around 77kg - three or four kg less than 2013 - he is up against drivers such as Brazilian Felipe Massa who is a mere 1.66m and 60kg.   Continued...

Sauber Formula One driver Adrian Sutil of Germany takes a corner during the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit outside Kuala Lumpur, March 30, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said