Grosjean: If drivers pushed in races like qualifying we would be 'f**ked'

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If Formula 1 wants to make the racing harder for drivers allow them to push during races, Romain Grosjean claims.

Last weekend, Lewis Hamilton suggested completing a Grand Prix should be exhausting "like a marathon", however, instead, he could probably do two more race distances after he has finished one.

The Haas driver has now backed up that claim suggesting it is more demanding racing a go-kart than it is an F1 car.

“I recently ran a go-kart race with friends, 125cc with a gearshift, and I was more tired than after a Formula 1 Grand Prix," he was quoted by PlanetF1.

“Why? Because you are pushing all the time and you don’t have to save fuel."

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Currently, drivers are limited to 105kg of fuel per race as per the regulations which means even the fastest times during races are often 3-5secs slower than in qualifying.

“Today [in F1] we need to save fuel. Next and most important, we have to look after the tyres all the time," Grosjean continued.

“In Barcelona, it felt like we were driving at 50% of the car’s capacity. Therefore it is not difficult.

“If the race was like qualifying and we could squeeze the car the same way every lap, our necks would be totally f**ked in the end.

“We would be tired and our focus would disappear."

How does the Frenchman suggest F1 remedy the situation then?

“What we need are cars that we must push and a return to refuelling so we don’t have to run around with 100kg at the start but only 30-40kg,” he said.

“Then we would be a few seconds faster, if not more, and it would be harder.”