Left field

The Reuters global sports blog

F1 worries about the size zero heroes


MOTOR-RACING-PRIX/Formula One drivers are usually to be found with their arms around ultra-thin supermodels, rather than being compared to them.

However the parallels being drawn at the Spanish Grand Prix this week have been less alluring — more to do with size zero health concerns than sexy looks or fashion sense.

Williams’s Nico Rosberg is concerned that some drivers might be pushing their weight loss programmes to dangerous extremes just as models caught in the size zero controversy.

“I can see that some drivers are very, very thin now, me included,” he said. “Dangerous levels are always down to the person and the pressure you have from behind but in the conditions that we are racing, it opens up the possibility that you do go to dangerous levels.