Weight concerns for Button as F1 Grand Prix nears

ANI| Updated: Mar 09, 2014, 18:18 PM IST

London: McLaren driver Jenson Button has reportedly revealed that both he and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton are facing a weight battle ahead of the upcoming Grand Prix.

Formula One Grand Prix, which kick starts in Australia in March, rule makers have imposed new weight restrictions allowing only 49kgs for the heavier turbo hybrid engines this season amongst other changes.

According to the Mirror, the taller and heavier drivers are struggling to be competitive with their shorter, lighter rivals and Mark Webber , who has departed from Red Bull, has warned drivers over 64kgs that they will not be competitive.

However, Button who is reportedly the lightest of his life at 70kgs, said that if he does not lose weight McLaren would be limited in weight distribution and this is the `slimmest` he has ever been before a season.

Button also added that he talked to Hamilton and said that Hamilton`s `taller` haircut makes him look tall but he is `skinnier` than ever.

The six-foot tall racer also said that being slim is part of the job for all athletes but the problem is that the other athletes are very `slim, fit and healthy` whereas the Formula One racers are `slim` because they are `restricted` on how much they can `eat`.

Button further added that though his weight loss may sound small but in qualifying it could be a position or two and in the race it could be five or six seconds.