Rather going against the typical trend of drivers trying to lose weight, Sébastien Buemi Sebastien Buemi has gained weight ahead of the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix has actually been working on gaining weight ahead of the 2011 Formula 1 season.

The Swiss driver has engaged in a wholesale cleanout of his support crew following disappointing end to his 2010 season – where he was outqualified by Toro Rosso team-mate Jaime Alguersuari in each of the last five races – including a new race engineer and trainer.

Drivers typically try to keep their body mass as low as possible in order for their teams to maximise the amount of ballast they can use to enhance the weight distribution of their respective cars. This is particularly important this season, where the sport sees the reintroduction of KERS – despite the minimum weights of the cars being increased – which are heavy and difficult to package.

Buemi’s Finnish physio, Antti Kontsas, has confirmed that his 22-year-old charge has gained three kilograms since the last race in Abu Dhabi.

The 175-centimetre-tall Buemi confirmed: “I am now 66 kilos.

Buemi is also reportedly under serious threat of losing his seat in the team to the team’s reserve driver-in-waiting, Australian Daniel Ricciardo, if he doesn’t deliver some serious results for the Faenza-based team.

“In Bahrain, I have to be ahead of Alguersuari in qualifying and the race,” he is quoted as saying.

[Original image via Made In Motorsport]

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