Australia

Last Race: 15th Mar Australia

Australian GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Nico Rosberg
3 Sebastian Vettel
Australia

Next Race: 29th Mar Malaysia

Hulkenberg weight not an issue for Lotus

2013-10-10 09:26:00

 RSS

Share:

Hulkenberg weight not an issue for Lotus

Nico Hulkenberg's hopes of landing a Lotus drive has received a boost with the team insisting his weight will not play a major role in their decision...

Nico Hulkenberg's hopes of landing a Lotus drive has received a boost with the team insisting talent rather than weight will play a major role in their decision.


Although the weight limit for drivers and cars have been increased by 50kg for the 2014 season, the switch to 1.6-litre turbos engines means the powertrains will be heavier and teams will rather opt for lighter drivers.

McLaren have already admitted "heavier drivers will be less attractive" and team principal Martin Whitmarsh has ruled out signing the German next year.

However, that won't be an issue with Lotus, who are looking at the Hulkenberg as a replacement for the departing Kimi Raikkonen.

"We're more interested in the talent and potential of a driver rather than the difference of a few kilos," Lotus team principal Eric Boullier said.

"We have confidence in our development team to be able to produce a car for the 2014 regulations which should be competitive in the hands of any driver we consider for next year."

Hulkenberg, who is coming off another impressive display in Korea where he finished fourth, is 184cm tall and weighs 78 kilos, but Boullier feels he is not overweight despite the new regulations.

"For me he is not overweight. He is at the limit, but not overweight."

Kimi Raikkonen signs his way in

Editor's Picks

Only Tifosi Understand...

Only Tifosi Understand...

It's not easy being a fan of the oldest and most successful F1 team but here's a guide to help those who don't understand you...

This Week In F1 History

This Week In F1 History

Nigel Mansell, Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, Nelson Piquet and Juan Pablo Montoya all made history...

Winners & Losers: Australia

Winners & Losers: Australia

It only took one grand prix for Sauber rookie Felipe Nasr to bag his first points and his first Star of the Race...

German GP Is Bernie's Failure

German GP Is Bernie's Failure

Andrew Davies asks, has Bernie's failure to secure a German GP deal brought the sport into disrepute?

PF1 Fantasy Racing

PF1 Fantasy Racing

Are you a Ross Brawn or a Paul Stoddart? Can you manage money like Bernie or Caterham? Let's find out...