F1 racer admits that the Qatar track is excessively hot.

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F1 racer admits that the Qatar track is excessively hot.

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Caption: “Lando Norris from McLaren, Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, and FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem stand on the podium during the trophy presentation after the Qatar Grand Prix at the Lusail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar. Sunday (8/10/2023). ANTARA/REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari


Formula 1 drivers have voiced concerns over the scorching conditions of the Qatar circuit, with some experiencing fainting spells, dehydration, and nausea due to the extreme weather.

As reported by Reuters on Monday, Esteban Ocon of Alpine revealed he experienced nausea inside his helmet at the start of the race due to the intense heat and humidity. Meanwhile, Lance Stroll from Aston Martin stated he came close to passing out while behind the wheel.

Williams’ Alex Albon was taken to the circuit’s medical center after the race due to acute heat exposure. His teammate, Logan Sargeant, admitted feeling too unwell to continue and was subsequently treated for severe dehydration.

“Today, we may have found our limit. It’s very sad that we had to experience something like this, where some people had to be treated in the medical center or fainted. It’s a very dangerous situation,” said Lando Norris of McLaren.

Furthermore, he emphasized that this is a matter that needs to be addressed, as it should not have happened in the first place.

According to Pirelli, the track temperature during the night race illuminated by the circuit lights never dropped below 36 degrees Celsius, while daytime temperatures soared above 40 degrees on the track.

Even the newly crowned three-time world champion, Max Verstappen of Red Bull, stated that the track’s weather was too hot to drive in.

On the other hand, Mercedes’ George Russell described the incident as “absolutely brutal” and mentioned feeling on the verge of fainting.

“I felt unwell during this race. The heat was unbelievably intense. It felt like you were inside an oven,” Russell remarked.

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