In a sport that boils down to thousandths of a second, Daniel Ricciardo’s team goes to great lengths to solve their weight problem.
Daniel Ricciardo has revealed the extreme measures taken by McLaren to save weight on his car, even limiting the amount of water in his drink bottle during races.
It is believed that most F1 teams are running their cars above the minimum weight after new regulations were introduced this season.
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And they go to great lengths to save weight – some teams, including Aston Martin and Williams, have even stripped paint from their cars to reduce weight by around 350 grams.
The drivers were exhausted after enduring sweltering conditions and temperatures above 30C at the Miami Grand Prix last weekend.
Now Ricciardo has revealed he was forced to finish the race with less than the usual amount of fluid, leaving him dehydrated at the end of the Grand Prix.
“We don’t have the luxury of putting three liters in the drinking system,” he told Motorsport.com.
“So we have a bit of that, and it’s never smooth enough. So naturally, you will become dehydrated. And yes, this heat was quite real.
“They are the hardest, obviously. I mean everyone obviously worked hard, it’s hot, the drivers, the mechanics, everyone is feeling the heat.
“It’s also difficult because everyone is obviously fighting for that last bit of weight.”
It was a race to forget for McLaren, with Ricciardo finishing 13th and teammate Lando Norris crashing out of the race.
The Australian crossed the line in 11th but was demoted two places after being given a time penalty for running off the track in the closing stages of the race.
It is the fourth time in five races this season that Ricciardo has failed to finish in the top 10 and score a world championship point.
And in a cruel twist, the 32-year-old initially thought he had done enough to secure a point at the end of the race.
“Actually when I crossed the line I honestly thought I was 10th,” he said.
“It’s hard to know, obviously (there are) battles and cars exploding here and there.
“But I was kind of doing a math in my head thinking that enough cars had somehow exploded, or I had passed, to be somewhere in the points.”
The F1 season continues with the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona on Sunday May 22 (AEST).