Perez rac­ing against time in weight re­duc­tion

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MEL­BOURNE: Mex­i­can For­mula One driver Ser­gio Perez has been on a crash diet ahead of to­mor­row’s sea­son-open­ing Aus­tralian Grand Prix af­ter Force In­dia asked him to shed some ki­los to com­pen­sate for an over­weight car.

“I tried so hard to lose weight in the last cou­ple of weeks since Barcelona (test­ing),” the 27-yearold told re­porters on Thurs­day.

“Ob­vi­ously I in­creased my weight from last year purely by train­ing harder, put­ting on mus­cle, but I was on an ex­treme diet all last week and still now...I am all the time very hun­gry.”

For­mula One driv­ers have worked on build­ing up­per body strength over the win­ter to adapt to new reg­u­la­tions that will sub­ject them to greater G forces in cor­ner­ing as cars lap sig­nif­i­cantly faster.

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