Formula 1 drivers have to deal with many things during the race, from frantic high speeds to extreme g-force and the risk of serious injury in the event of a collision.
Races can be finished in the blink of an eye, with one mistake that could lead to the end of the trip, so concentration is an art that everyone F1 the driver has to master – but what happens if nature calls when you’re halfway there?
If you’ve ever looked Formula one drivers dressed in their racing suits, locked in the cockpit and wondering what happens when they need to lighten up, you’re not alone because Google’s top search comes back when you enter ‘to F1 drivers’ ends the sentence with a ‘pee’.
So what’s the verdict? Well, the answer is simply yes, peeing in their suits, but many drivers have decided not to and have been asked about their toilet habits earlier in their careers.
In 2016, seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton appeared on American television and was asked a question, and he answered denying that he had ever done so, but revealed a big secret about his colleague, seven-time championship winner Michael Schumacher.
“I should go in my suit, but I can’t. I’ve never done that. But there are drivers who do. The driver who drove for the team was Michael Schumacher, I don’t know if anyone heard of him, but the legend is a racing driver, but my mechanics told me he peed every time he was in the car. “
Daniel Ricciardo was also asked a similar question in his career, where he said he never did, but admitted that you have to endure to the end to make things easier for yourself and to ‘sting every little curb you hit’.
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The Australian spoke more about his habits before the Portuguese GP, where he said: “If you need to go, it just stings. I heard some left [during a race], before. One is not. I could not. You know, you’re so tense, it’s just hard to leave.
“That’s why we all jump out when we get to the grate. We’re not going to like it, I don’t know, check Facebook or Instagram or something, let’s go use the bathroom and try not to be in that trouble when the race comes. You have to relax! You can’t relax at 300 km / h! [A pitstop] is too fast [too]. It takes 1.9 seconds. ”
For those who do decide to go in their suits though, there is only a small period of discomfort due to moisture as it will dry quickly due to the heat in the cockpit, and the wind blowing at high speeds will also help evaporate the moisture.