Ken Block was prepared to suit up for some seat time in Pirelli's Toyota TF109 Formula One test car. Problem is, the car wasn't prepared to suit Block. The man is too large for the seat, which typically holds diminutive F1 pilots. No, he's not too fat, Block is just too tall to fit inside the car.

According to Autosport, Block was able to wrangle his Gymkhana-built body into the cockpit of the slim racer, but once team members tried to attach the steering wheel, fit issues became clear. Those who helped organize the test are looking into alternative vehicles for Block to drive. His test date was scheduled for August 5 at Monza's Italian Grand Prix. No word on whether the test has been pushed to a later date pending further modifications to the car or.... umm... Block.


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      David
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Report: Ken Blocked..." I see what you did there...
      Sweetz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why are people talking about whether or not he can win? They're not evaluating him as a competition driver. They were going to have him "hoon" an F1 car as part of some promotional thing.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's not an F1 test, just a promo.
      Ralph Waldo Emerson
      • 3 Years Ago
      How tall is he? From looking at him, not very. That particular car must have just had a short driver in it's previous life...
      Drew
      • 3 Years Ago
      If Tony Stewart could fit....
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Drew
        Tony Stewart can fit. He raced around Infineon in McLaren's F1 car.
      Matt Clare
      • 3 Years Ago
      Robert Kubica was (still, but is injured this year) 6' he fit. No mentioned of Block's height here or in Autosports' article.
      razrrick13
      • 3 Years Ago
      F1 teams builc their monococque around the tallest driver, so Red Bull builds theirs to make Mark fit and the rest is easy since Sebastian is smaller. The TF109 was built around Timo and Jarno, neither of whom are big guys at 5'6.5" and 5'8" respectively.
        P
        • 3 Years Ago
        @razrrick13
        Exactly, and those quoted heights are, ahem, "generous." I'd guess that the Renault (most designed around the lanky Kubica) would fit best. McLaren had to work around Button -- 5'11 I think -- for this year's car (last year's was "snug" apparently).
      the.ting
      • 3 Years Ago
      Odd that no one thought of this before the scheduled event.
      polishlanman
      • 3 Years Ago
      It seems like it wasn't meant to be.
      benzaholic
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fatty, Fatty two by four! Can't fit through the F1 door!
      mike m
      • 3 Years Ago
      "No, he's not too fat..." Yes, he is. Put him next to someone like Hamilton, Schumacher, Rosberg, Vettel, Alonso, Massa, Perez, Alguesueri, Liuzzi, Buemi, Sutil, Kobayashi, d'Ambrosio, di Resta, Trulli, Petrov, Heidfeld, Kovalainen, Moldanado, Karthikeyan, Glock and even the taller Button and Webber, Ken Block is fat. Barichello is as stocky but made up for it by being shorter.
      Javanese
      • 3 Years Ago
      I never get the fascination that US public has over Ken Block. He's at best a 3rd rate driver. He's got good discipline (which is why i guess he's good at showboating in gymkhana videos) but not a very good driver. Evidence? Look at all the WRC round that he entered, even the drivers we make fun all the time matt wilson is better than this guy.
        Dan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Javanese
        He's the only American in WRC currently. That is a pretty big deal. He placed top 10 last year. I would say that's a pretty big deal. Ken Block has also given the WRC a huge boost in America. He is making the sport cool again here. So I would say that he should be a pretty big deal. Im very happy for what he has done for the sport in America.
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