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How do F1 drivers deal with that urge to use the bathroom?

It may not be a question many of us have considered; however, with the average Formula 1 race lasting two hours, whether and how the drivers urinate during races is something the drivers themselves need to consider each time they sit in the driver’s seat.

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Racing is thirsty work

Keeping hydrated is essential for brain function; in addition, concentrating can cause excessive sweating. Drivers are also surrounded by heat generated from the car and wear fire-protective clothing that generates heat. Combined with the extremely physically demanding sport of racing, it is no wonder that Formula 1 is such thirsty work and that Formula 1 cars have a drink system installed. This involves a liquid bag that can pump fluid directly into the driver’s mouth through a feeding tube attached to the helmet. This is controlled by a button on the steering wheel.

The solution

Stopping for a comfort …