F1 stars facing 60-DEGREE heat in cockpits at sweltering French GP and could lose up to THREE KILOS during Sunday’s race | The SunJuly 23, 2022
DID you struggle with the UK heatwave earlier this week?
Spare a thought for F1 drivers in this weekend's French Grand Prix where they will be cooked in the cockpits by temperatures reaching 60C.
McLaren's Lando Norris is bracing himself for the 53 laps in the blazing sunshine east of Marseilles.
And has been glugging back water and taking sodium tablets to help him retain fluids and electrolytes during his time in the cockpit.
He said: "Is it dangerous? I don't know.
"Under normal racing conditions, the hottest ones like Singapore in my first year, Budapest – Miami this year – a lot of people struggled in Miami, so we will see.
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"I am sure the extra 20 laps or something starts to take its toll, but I wouldn't say it's dangerous as drivers are hydrating and we all have experts to help us stay on top of it.
"The main thing you can do to prepare for this sort of weather is heat chamber work but Monaco has been very warm lately.
"Just going for a run and getting used to sweating and working in an unpreferred state where you're losing a lot of hydration and nutrients.
"Trying to make your body a little bit more used to that is so important, so it knows the stages of what it is like when you're in a race.
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"From going from being very hydrated and overloaded with nutrients and then to stage two and maybe a little more normal to stage three of feeling a bit more tired and losing weight."
Traditionally, the humidity of the Singapore GP has been F1's hottest race where drivers suffer from a combination of dehydration and heat stress.
During the race, drivers can expect to lose as much as three kilos of body weight through sweat over two hours – with the same expected for this weekend.
While dehydration leads to reduced concentration levels and fatigue, heat stress relates to how the body copes with the extreme heat with symptoms including a throbbing headache or nausea and vomiting.
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Norris will be reverting to a drinks bottle in his car for Sunday's race, which is limited to 1.5litres, although usually just 500ml in size.
But its location in the car next to the engine means the contents get extremely warm very quickly with Norris looking at options to keep it cool.
He added: "I am going to use a water bottle again. I used it last in Barcelona [when Norris had tonsillitis].
"We are going to have to come up with some ideas though because by lap six it was like boiling water.
"We will freeze it. It is hard to keep it cool because the cockpit is so hot, and the water bottle sits under the seat so it cannot breathe much.
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"Some people freeze it so it is solid for the first few laps but then a bit later on is more drinkable because it is horrid.
"I am also taking these things too – sodium capsules – to help me store a load more water, but the heat is going to play a part, when it is as hot as this."
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