With the Lance Armstrong scandal still very much in the public eye, WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency) has targeted three F1 drivers in early morning tests. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, McLaren’s Sergio Perez and Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo were woken up early Tuesday morning.
Ricciardo was the first to break the news to the world, cheekily tweeting ”
“Got drug tested early hours this morning.” Adding, “All of a sudden pissing in your own home becomes difficult with someone staring over your shoulder.”
He wasn’t the only one tweeting. Alonso simply tweeted “06:42h. Control antidoping.” while his new rival Perez bemoaned an early morning “Pff early morning , they just came to do Doping Test”.
While anti-doping tests aren’t common in F1, they aren’t completely unheard of. Nico Rosberg, driving for Williams at the time, was targeted by WADA while holidaying in Ibiza in 2009.
The drug tests may be a spin off from Mark Webber’s comments to the FIA, calling for a stricter and more regular anti-doping system within F1 after MotoGP rider Anthony West was banned from MotoGP for a month having tested positive to Methylhexaneamine, a stimulant.