Driv­ers face dan­ger of ‘heat shock’ dur­ing Sin­ga­pore GP

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Specsavers County Championship - By Oliver Brown in Sin­ga­pore

A warn­ing of “heat shock” has been is­sued to For­mula One driv­ers ahead of this week­end’s Sin­ga­pore Grand Prix amid fears that the race could be one of the most phys­i­cally gru­elling on record.

Tem­per­a­tures are fore­cast to nudge 86F (30C) for Sun­day’s night race un­der the arc lights of Ma­rina Bay, with 86 per cent hu­mid­ity. Add the length of the grand prix, which of­ten touches F1’s two-hour limit, and the un­even­ness of Sin­ga­pore’s street sur­faces and it is lit­tle won­der the av­er­age driver loses 6½lb in body weight in the 61 laps.

Ro­main Gros­jean of Haas dis­closed last night that driv­ers had been told to ex­pect even greater de­mands, given the in­creased cor­ner­ing speeds of this year’s cars. “Fit­ness has evolved, but there is a high prob­a­bil­ity that we could get a heat shock and be in a pretty bad sit­u­a­tion,” said the French­man, who ex­plained the great­est dan­ger would come at the end.

“Nor­mally your body man­ages to keep go­ing through the race, but when you get the che­quered flag, ev­ery­thing switches off. The key is to drink through­out the race, even though it isn’t easy. When you jump into the cock­pit, you’re sweat­ing and think­ing, ‘I’ve got to go in there for two hours and it’s go­ing to get warmer’. We know it’s one of the chal­lenges of the year.”

There has been a greater em­pha­sis on car­dio fit­ness to cope with the in­ten­sity of Sin­ga­pore. Toro Rosso’s Car­los Sainz Jnr, for ex­am­ple, spent part of his sum­mer ac­cli­ma­tis­ing in saunas with the dial turned up to over 120F (50C).

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