Nico Rosberg Explains Why F1 Racers Basically Drive Lying Down

By Sam Gibbs on at

Have you ever wondered just how the drivers, who aren't exactly that tiny when stood up, just appear as a small section of their helmet poking out of the cockpit? It's because they're basically flat on their backs in there, and as you can see, Rosberg can barely even see over the steering wheel.

I can't imagine how crushed the man-sized Mark Webber must be in there if the tiny Rosberg looks cramped in his car. I know it's all about reducing drag, but surely giving the drivers a slightly better view of the track would help a bit? They basically can't see where they're going when turning a corner because the steering wheel blocks their view.

And there we thought F1 drivers worked hard for their oodles of money -- they basically lie down and take a nap for two-plus hours. [YouTube via Autoblog]