The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) are set for talks with the bosses of Formula 1 after Jenson Button exposed the sport's severe lack of doping checks to The Sun.
The former World Champion spoke to the newspaper last month, and when questioned regarding the regularity at which he was tested for banned substances, revealed the shocking truth about F1's failures in this regard.
The Brit said his last test had been 'three or four years ago' and although there are no real suspicions that the elite of motorsport has been taking banned substances, Button's words uncovered a real issue that WADA are now looking to address.
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The 36-year-old campaigned for increased random testing and told The Sun: “I have not been tested this year. I don’t know of any drivers who have been tested recently.
“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.”
WADA have since responded to The Sun's article and say they will be urgently speaking to the FIA to “ensure its anti-doping program protects the integrity of its sport and the rights of clean athletes”.
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo also expressed his concerns at the lack of testing, adding: “If I am honest, I have not been tested this year but it is always random, so it could happen. You have to give them an hour time slot every day.
“Most athletes do it in the morning from 6-7am because you are most likely to still be in bed or their hotel room...They once knocked on my door on Christmas Eve, but that was a while ago, it might have been in 2014."
This backed Button's claims that random testing in the sport has been absent for some time now, but even with a lack of testing, Ricciardo wasn't even sure that drivers would have many options available to them in terms of banned substances that would increase their ability to drive a car.
The Australian said: "I am a novice in performance enhancing stuff, and knowing how to drive a race car, I don't know what could help you, but I am sure there is probably something out there.
"At the same time it is good we are tested. I supposed it is random, so they keep you guessing, so maybe they are doing enough.
"Could they do more? Random keeps you guessing, it is good we are part of it, but whether we gets tested as much as cyclists, is up to the FIA."
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