Do Formula 1 drivers pee in their suits during a race?
Formula 1 drivers have to deal with a lot in the course of racing, from breakneck speeds to extreme g-force and the risk of serious injury if they crash.
Races can be over in the blink of an eye, with one mistake potentially ending the ride, so concentration is an art every F1 driver must master – but what if nature calls you when are you halfway through the track?
If you’ve ever watched Formula 1 drivers kitted out in their racing suits, locked in the cockpit, and wondered what happens when they need to relieve themselves, you’re not alone because the search Google main returns when you enter ‘do F1 drivers’ ends the sentence with ‘pee’.
So what’s the verdict? Well, the simple answer is yes, they do pee in their suits, but many drivers have chosen not to and questioned their toilet habits earlier in their careers.
In 2016, seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton appeared on US television and was asked the question, to which he responded by denying ever having done so, but revealed a big secret about his fellow seven-time world champion. Michael Schumacher championship.
“You’re supposed to go in costume, but I can’t. I have never done it. But there are pilots who do. The driver who drove for the team was Michael Schumacher, I don’t know if anyone has heard of him, but a legendary racing driver, but my mechanics told me he peed every time he was in the car.
Daniel Ricciardo also asked himself a similar question in his career, where he said he had never done it but admitted that he had to hold on until the end to relieve himself and that “every little pavement that you hit spades”.
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The Australian opened up more about his habits ahead of the Portuguese Grand Prix, where he said: “If you have to go, it stings. I heard that some are gone [during a race], before. We do not have. I could not. You know, you’re so tense, it’s just hard to go.
“That’s why all of us, when we get on the grid, we jump. We’re not going to like, I don’t know, checking Facebook or Instagram or something, we’re going to use the bathroom and try not to be in this tight spot during the race. You need to relax! Impossible to relax at 300 km/h! [A pitstop] is too fast [too]. They are at 1.9 seconds.
For those who decide to go in their suits there is only a small period of discomfort due to the humidity as it will dry out quickly due to the heat in the cockpit and the wind blowing at high speeds will help also the evaporation of moisture.