Christopher Gleason suggested “A look at cars the driver’s love outside of work” as the topic for an article.
I’ve had a scour around the internet to find out what cars F1 drivers own and here’s what I’ve found, from supercars to superminis…
Renault Megane Coupe
Fernando Alonso visited Renault’s Enstone factory last week in a brand new Renault Megane Coupe. Having spent five years on Renault’s F1 race team he’s used to having to drive some of their – shall we say – less exciting models….
Renaultsport Clio 197
Here’s Alonso in his pre-McLaren days taking delivery of a Renaultsport Clio 197. He might not miss driving for Ron Dennis, but surely he misses some of the four-wheeled perks of driving for McLaren such as…
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722
Not just any SLR McLaren, but the limited edition tuned version named ’722′ in recognition of Stirling Moss’s victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia (722 was Moss’s starting time and number). I wonder if Alonso had to hand this back after leaving the team last year?
Renault Vel Satis
Similarly I wonder if Fisichella had to give the keys to his Vel Satis back? He can’t have been too upset to – it’s a whole different kind of ugly and Renault don’t even make it any more.
Mercedes-Benz GL Class
Lewis Hamilton is very cool you see. So cool that when Mercedes asked what car he’d want he didn’t pick something obvious like an SLR McLaren or a C63 AMG, he plumped for a pimp-tastic GL Class.
Hmm. I hope for his sake the only reason he got this was it was the most expensive Mercedes he could get insured on. I know he’s a world champion and everything but getting a 23 year-old insured on an SLR can’t be cheap, especially if Direct Line saw what he did at Montreal this year.
Smart Roadster Brabus
Before he got into F1 Mercedes gave him a Smart Roadster to drive. A Brabus-tuned one, yes, but still a Smart Roadster.
McLaren F1 LM
Hamilton has big dreams now – his sights are set on a McLaren F1 LM. The price to him? Two more world championships…
Very classy choice of ride by Felipe Massa. Hooning around in a Ferrari would be a bit obvious, a Quattroporte is a stylish, classy choice. Of course I’m sure he does plenty of hooning as well though…
Iceman 2 bike by Marcus Walz
Raikkonen has a custom-built bike called “Iceman 2″ created by Marcus Walz of Hardcore Cycles. Now, my automotive tastes are ‘four wheels not two’ and ‘performance above looks’ so this is really not my type of thing. But the style is typical Raikkonen – right down to the cheeky Cavallino Rampante on the rear wheel. What would Enzo have said…
Coulthard is with Massa in in the Maser club – but he’s got something a bit more special as well…
1971 Mercedes 280SE
Not just any 280SE, this one was built in the month Coulthard was born. But with a wife and son to look after now perhaps Coulthard should see if Alonso has any second-hand superminis he’s trying to get rid of…
Porsche Carrera GT
Sadly for Webber, it will be a while before he gets to drive his Carrera GT again. And the same goes for Lewis Hamilton’s dad Anthony, who crashed on earlier this year…
Toyota Aygo Crazy
Glock drove this Aygo Crazy (geddit?) concept car as a promotional stunt for the British Motor Show earlier this year. If only Toyota actually sold cars half as interesting is this, Glock presumably thought to himself…
Another F1 driver with a taste for the classics – Jarno Trulli has an original Fiat 500, as does this man:
As well as retro Fiats Schumacher gets to have a little fun as well and has done a lot of work on developing Ferrari road cars. The pinnacle of that work must be the Ferrari Enzo-based FXX, a special track day car of which only 30 were built and the last went to Schumacher.
Fiat Stilo Schumacher GP and Seicento Michael Schumacher
Ultra-exclusive 217mph supercars are all well and good but in exchange for that Ferrari’s parent company Fiat got to slap Schumacher’s name onto some less exciting machines. Step forward the Stilo Schumacher GP (above) and Seicento Michael Schumacher (below). I wonder if he has one of each stashed in his garage somewhere?
All of which leaves us with one inevitable question: which F1 driver has the best taste in cars? And are there many more out there I’ve missed? Post your comments below…
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