I could see Kimi as a casual smoker, a couple here and there when he’s out with friends. Chain-smoker? Nah. My guess for the chain-smoker would be either Pastor or Pedro – with no evidence at all to back it up. Pure speculation, like everyone else :)
Funny how noone’s said a French driver yet, given the stereotype
Or a Russian, for that matter.
But I don’t think it’s Petrov. When he was at Renault, he was put on a strict exercise regimen because he is the tallest driver on the grid, and is therefore naturally the heaviest. They wanted him to shed whatever weight he could so that he wouldn’t be at a disadvantage.
Just curious but would smoking actually be a hindrance for a F1 driver?
I can see Schumacher smoking, don’t ask me why:-) If it helps keep the person away from performance-enhancing and recreational drugs, then it’s not something that I would not view negatively for someone who undergoes such stress on a daily basis.
Off topic, I am 400% against smoking in general and I’d prefer that no one lights a cigarette within a radius of 5,000 miles from my family or wear perfume or do anything else that may trigger an asthmatic reaction.
@katederby No doubt it would hurt their fitness especially compared to them not smoking, but at the same time they are not sprinting where smoking would obviously prevent them from competing.
Plus we’ve seen a lot of F1 drivers do well with smoking.
this article from howstuffworks, nicotine’s short-term effects are actually not necessarily negative and could actually have positive effects depending on the person and situation which I imagine would be more true of F1 drivers.