To be an F1 driver, you need to be in peek physical condition. You not only need to be light enough to not ruin the weight savings made by your team on the car, but your body needs to be strong enough to withstand the forces of such a high performing vehicle. But there’s one thing a driver can’t change, and that’s their height.
This graphic, posted to Reddit by user u/Suwi_inc, compares the height of all the 2022 drivers, and commenters have spotted some interesting tidbits.
Just in case the image above is too small, here’s a table that also compares weight:
The Height and Weight of 2022 F1 Drivers
The tallest F1 driver:
The shortest F1 driver:
Maybe unsurprisingly, the shortest driver is Yuki Tsunoda, who’s height sits at 1.59m. Also unsurprisingly, he’s the lightest of the bunch at only 54kg.
- 4 of the 5 tallest drivers have driven for Williams (Alex Albon, George Russell, Nicholas Latifi, Lance Stroll)
- 1 of the 5 shortest drivers have driven for Williams (Valtteri Bottas)
- 3 of the 4 shortest drivers have driven for McLaren (Lando Norris, Fernando Alonso, Sergio Perez)
- Michael Schumacher, 7-time world champion, is only 1.74m tall, which would put him safely in the bottom half of this list
What are the rules behind F1 driver weight?
The FIA states that a driver and their seat must weight 80kg. If they are below this weight, then ballasts will be added to the car to bring the cockpit weight to 80kg.
Interestingly though, a driver will lose 2-3kg of water weight during a single race.