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Formula 1 drivers are doping, claims expert

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Formula 1 is not immune to the idea of it's drivers doping, that is the claim of French expert Marc Sanson, former head of the French anti-doping council.

With drugs in sport a hot topic at the moment with recent scandals in over Jamaican athlete Asafa Powell, New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez baseball and cycling's Lance Armstrong, Sanson says Formula 1 is no different when it comes to the susceptibility of drivers using drugs.

Recently the French anti-doping council revealed a scathing report about doping particularly focusing on cycling, however according to Italian media the council senate also looked into doping in other sports including the use of beta-blockers by golfers.

Sanson also claimed F1 drivers have used performance enhancing drugs in the past.

"For many years," he said to reporters, "drivers have used tacrine, a product used in the treatment of diseases such as Alzheimer's, in order to remember the circuits more easily."

Motor-sport's governing body the FIA takes a very strong stance on doping, the most recent case of a former F1 driver banned for doping is Tomas Enge, the Czech driver drove three races for Prost in 2001, last year while racing in the Le Mans Series he tested positive for a banned substance and is currently a year into an 18-month ban.

The FIA runs a scheme called 'Race True' which educates drivers about the use of drugs in motor-racing and is currently offered by 22 national governing bodies but that list is quickly expanding.

All current F1 drivers are on the FIA's registered test pool and must make their whereabouts known to the FIA at all times to allow a test to be taken place at any time.


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