Rio Haryanto’s religious beliefs may need to take a back seat to safety in the Canadian grand prix on Sunday.
The Indonesian rookie is a strict Muslim, and therefore currently fasting – including not drinking water – between dawn and sunset (Ramadhan or Ramzan – It is a time when Muslims around the world focus on prayer, fasting).
But the Mirror newspaper quoted Haryanto’s manager Piers Hunnisett as admitting that Ramadan might need to take a back seat to safety when it comes to Sunday’s long and high-speed race on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
“It’s more of a safety issue,” he said.
“He has been following his faith in Montreal this week but we will see what the advice of the team doctors is. It is a long race and there is a worry about dehydration.
“Drivers lose a lot of body fluid during a race and we don’t want him losing concentration when he is driving at 350kph,” Hunnisett added.