Marcus Ericsson has kicked off his F1 career with a diet. The Swedish rookie, set to make his debut in 2014 for the backmarker Caterham, revealed that his engineers have tasked him with losing weigh...

Marcus Ericsson has kicked off his F1 career with a diet.

The Swedish rookie, set to make his debut in 2014 for the backmarker Caterham, revealed that his engineers have tasked him with losing weight before Melbourne.

"They haven't said I need to be any particular weight," said the 23-year-old blonde, "but I'll go down as much as I can, ensuring I can still race for two hours."

Eurosport Sweden reported that Ericsson, 180cm tall and 69 kilograms, has entered a diet programme with a specialist Italian clinic renowned for helping single-seater drivers lose weight.

"We will work closely making sure I am at the right level," he said, "as you still need the highest concentration for two hours.

"It is extremely hot and with high G-forces, so it's impossible to be a skeleton.

"I won't be eating burgers for lunch and dinner but I still need to eat, because I train hard every day."

Ericsson lamented the situation in F1, where a significant increase in the weight of the cars for 2014 has not been greeted with a corresponding minimum weight-limit change.

"It's a shame the FIA and F1 can't just make a decision and increase the weight by 10kg," he said. "Then it wouldn't be a big deal and everyone would have the same opportunities.

"But what can you do? I can't chop off a leg. Three kilos is a tenth per lap in this game, and my teammate (Kamui Kobayashi) is 7 or 8kg lighter than me."

 

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