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Webber is leaving the sport, but Hulkenberg will be among those affected
Drivers in excess of 70kg, mostly.
That does not necessarily include the tallest drivers either, as Lewis Hamilton has bulked up in the past 12 months (increasing his weight from 68kg to 71kg) and Valtteri Bottas, despite only being 173cm tall, is a rather stocky driver and weighs 70kg.
Mark Webber, who is 1.85m tall and weighs 76kg, would be the most handicapped driver on the grid, but he is heading out the exit door at the end of 2013 to race sports cars for Porsche.
What does that mean for those who remain? The likelihood is that Hulkenberg will be one of three drivers hurt most by the new regulations.
Hulkenberg is estimated to be the heaviest driver on the grid at 75kg (outrageous, isn't it?), and also stands at 1.84m tall. That's bigger and lankier than Jenson Button (1.82m and 72kg), and also means he outweights the slightly taller Paul di Resta (1.85m) by a full kilo.
This is why the German faces a serious threat of missing out on a race seat. F1 is a sport in which fractions of a second make a big difference, and those three kilos he loses to Button can translate into two-tenths of a second if the team cannot shed the weight in other areas.
Even if teams can make adjustments to counter that weight, there is an immediate loss in how much you can alter the car thereafter. The positioning of the weight in the car also has an impact. As Button said in quotes picked up by James Allen:
You can set the car up around yourself but you lose a lot of tools to adjust the car. You can’t move the weight distribution because you’re so limited.
- All figures correct according to FORIX