2009 Formula One World Champion Jenson Button has spoken out about the lack of testing being undertaken by the sport’s anti–doping system, claiming that he can’t remember the last time he was tested despite providing WADA officials with his location each day as requested.
The British driver said: “They used to test during the winter but random testing seems to have stopped.
"I have not had a random test for three or four years. We used to do urine tests after the races but that stopped too.
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“We have to employ PAs to do our schedules. Every day we have to tell WADA where we are and for one hour each day, we have to be exactly where we say we are.
“We cannot keep travelling. We have to give them the address of our hotel rooms between 6-7am in the morning.
“We have to religiously stick to that and sit there and wait, so if we are going to the bother of employing people to do the WADA schedule, then we should at least be tested.
“Otherwise it is a waste of money and it is an unnecessary waste of our time.”
Button then went on to add that none of the other drivers he had spoken to had been tested recently either.
“I have not been tested this year. I don’t know of any drivers who have been tested recently.”
The 36-year-old has stated that he believes that the sport is clean, but that testing within the sport had to be significantly increased heading into 2017.
New changes in the sport commencing next season mean that Formula One cars will become more troublesome to drive, and Button believes that drivers could look to build up muscle over the winter to gain an advantage which, in turn, could lead to competitors turning to the use of banned substances.
He added: “To be honest, there is nothing to help a racing driver at the moment that I know of.
"I suppose next year it could be more physical, so they should test next year for drivers who wanted to beef up a little bit.”
Button, who competes in the Mexican Grand Prix today, is nearing the end of his F1 career, and this could be his last season behind the wheel.
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