Formula 1 is one of the sports that has won the most for Mexican fans in recent years, due to the great step taken by Sergio Pérez from Gu
Formula 1. This is how the drivers drink water and go to the bathroom during the race
Formula 1 is one of the sports that has won the most for Mexican fans in recent years, due to the great step taken by Sergio Pérez from Guadalajara with the Red Bull team, who on more than one occasion has shown his talent in the Great Circus.
However, not everything is laughter and fun in Formula 1 races, as the drivers are subjected to great physical and mental exhaustion, so each Grand Prix must be prepared in the best way.
Here we will tell you some facts that you may not have known about the ‘sacrifices’ that drivers must make during each Grand Prix until they reach the finish line.
HOW DO THE PILOTS DRINK WATER DURING THE RACES?
It has already been reported on several occasions about the wear and tear suffered by the pilots, from the heat of the climate, as well as that which can accumulate inside the car and with the suits that each one wears, as well as the helmet and gloves.
During a race, your heart rate can go up to 182, have caloric energy equal to that of a marathon runner and the temperature in your car can rise up to 50 degreesfor which their dehydration can reach up to the loss of 4 kilos of pure water.
Before and after the race, the pilots consume isotonic drinks that provide them with carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and salts, but what happens during the race?
Each of the cars has a hydration system, which connects a bottle with liquids and a supply pump to the drivers’ helmet.
This hydration system is activated by a button located on the steering wheel of the car; the pilots pressure him to be able to drink water without major distractions during the race.
However, sometimes these measures are not effective, as it is enough to remember the 2021 United States Grand Prix, where the Mexican driver Sergio Checo Pérez pointed out that during the entire race the drinking device of his car did not work.
HOW DO YOU GO TO THE BATHROOM IN THE RACES?
Formula 1 races last approximately two hours each, without taking into account the details that could be given in it, so another of the doubts that may arise is about how the pilots go to the bathroom.
In Formula 1 there is no break for hydration or recovery that the drivers could use to go to the bathroom, since the only times they stop is in the pits and they want it to be for a short time.
For this reason, some drivers have confessed that -sometimes- they don’t even feel like going to the bathroom due to the adrenaline of the race, however this same factor has sometimes led them to having to relieve themselves while running, that is, in their suit and inside their car.
“You’re supposed to be in your suit, but I can’t do it. I have never done it but there are drivers who do itLewis Hamilton stated during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres in 2016.