Formula One Driver and Team Trivia

As is typical in this sport, the two-week break between racing can often be filled with hot-air, dull analysis and pointless gossip within the paddock. Before we turn our attention to Montreal and the 2017 Canadian Grand Prix this weekend, here's some top trivia, shamelessly taken from this Reddit thread, featuring facts, figures and tidbits from the current field of drivers and beyond. 

  • When Sergio Perez joined McLaren in 2013, in the wake of Lewis Hamilton's departure to Mercedes, big things were expected of the gifted young Mexican. However, some journalists couldn't help but wonder how fruitful his McLaren career would be, or indeed how long it would last, after he was politely told off or having his shirt untucked at the launch of that year's car.
  • Juan Pablo Montoya joined McLaren in 2005 following a bust-up with BMW Williams' Patrick Head. McLaren chief Ron Dennis capitalised on the falling out by securing Montoya almost overnight. What a coup that was.
  • Before Lewis Hamilton made his debut for McLaren in 2007 and set the world alight with a quite unbelievable rookie season in which he almost took the World title, the team's bigwigs initially wanted to place him in Spyker for a year. They thought it safer to place him in a back-marker, earn his stripes and allow Pedro De La Rosa to be number 2 alongside Fernando Alonso. How things could've panned out differently. 
  • The origins of Red Bull Racing is not exactly a story befitting of an epic film. Instead, the decision to create a RBR team stemmed from a falling out between Peter Sauber and Red Bull's Helmut Marko over the decision to hand a young Kimi Raikonnen a seat and not Enrique Bernoldi. Not getting his own way, Marko upped sticks, bought Jaguar racing, rebranded it as Red Bull, and the rest is history. 
  • When Brawn GP came into existence in 2009, from the ashes of Honda Racing, such were the constraints and limits of the team that they only had 2 cars for the season. A serious crash would've meant they would only have been able to field 1 car for large parts of the season, so the decision was made to recruit an experienced pro to guide them through safely. Hence Ruebens Barrichello was chosen as Jenson Button's teammate and not then-rookie Bruno Senna.
  • The three most decorated drivers of their generation, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton have competed against each other in 181 races and counting, and scored a combined 297 podiums in that time. Somehow, though, the trio have only ended up on the same podium on three occasions.


Philip Boeckman

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