Nelson Piquet is another current formula one driver who this winter embarked on a weight-loss programme ahead of the forthcoming 2009 season.

Nelson Piquet is another current formula one driver who this winter embarked on a weight-loss programme ahead of the forthcoming 2009 season.

Numerous of the Brazilian's rivals also attempted to shed pounds, on the eve of the debut of heavy KERS systems but an unchanged minimum car-plus-driver weight limit of 605kg.

Kimi Raikkonen, Rubens Barrichello and Nico Rosberg have revealed they lost weight, while 23-year-old Piquet's Renault teammate Fernando Alonso is believed to have shed some 4 kilograms.

But according to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, the frustrated Piquet managed to lose just 1kg.

"I have nothing more to lose. I am simply bigger than Fernando," he said.

 

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