Taller F1 drivers should figure out some kind of harmony between being sufficient and light to the point of arriving at max speeds.
Alex Albon and his trainer spoke with Insider about what it takes to get through a season.
Even drivers not as tall as Albon face challenges of making weight and remaining competition
You could be the greatest race car driver in the world, but you will never make it in Formula One if you aren't the right size and weight
Too tall or too big, and you simply won't fit in the undersized cockpits. Too heavy, and you slow the car down.
and you might not be strong enough to endure the grueling nature of 90 minutes in an overheated car while experiencing extreme G-forces
Insider spoke with Williams F1 driver Alex Albon and his trainer about the challenges drivers face to keep their weight at the optimum level
Now, to be clear: When talking about "taller" in F1, we don't mean the 6-foot-6 or 6-foot-8 athletes you'll find in other sports.
In our sport, being taller only hinders you," Albon told Insider. "These cars are built to be as compact as possible.
They're designed for 5-foot-7, 5-foot-8 preferably. [Those drivers] fit much better in the car right now.
So, it's all tricky. You get put in a position that's, to be honest, very uncomfortable.
The tougher challenge is the weight
According to Albon, he's used to shoving his long frame into the tiny cockpit; it's something he has done since he was 16
F1 recently changed the minimum weight for drivers to 80 kg (176 pounds), including what they wear.
That means the drivers' actual minimum weight is 73 kilos (161 pounds).
Carrying extra weight, of course, slows the car down, so teams want the ir drivers as light as possible.