Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has devised a unique solution to prevent sweat dripping into his eyes while driving in this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
The 56-lap race around the Sepang circuit on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur is one of the hottest and most humid on the calendar and it is not uncommon for drivers to lose as much as four kilogrammes of weight in sweat over the course of the one-and-a-half-hour race.
“I have an issue with my eye when I sweat a lot so that is what the headband is for,” Rosberg told Sky Sports referring to when he wore a headband while running up the stairs to the top of the Petronas towers ahead of this weekend’s race.
“It would help here. Actually I do have a sort of a headband in my helmet. It’s my trick but I can say it, why not?” Rosberg continued before dropping his bombshell.
“I put a woman’s… erm … what do you call them, the thing you put in your underwear, inside the underwear?” Rosberg said searching for the right phrase before the term sanitary towel was offered to him.
“Sanitary towel? That’s what it’s called? So I put that on my forehead in my helmet to take up the sweat.”
Rosberg’s solution would have come in useful on Friday with track temperatures touching a searing 60 degrees Celcius in the afternoon practice session. Rosberg ended that session third behind team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen, after having gone quickest of all in the morning.