What cars do F1 drivers use on the road?

Renault Megane Coupe, Fiat 500 and Mercedes GL-Class

Renault Megane Coupe, Fiat 500 and Mercedes GL-Class

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…

Fernando Alonso

Renault Megane Coupe

Fernando Alonso with a Renault Megane Coupe (click to enlarge)

Fernando Alonso with a Renault Megane Coupe (click to enlarge)

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

Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella with a Renaultsport Clio 197 (click to enlarge)

Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella with a Renaultsport Clio 197 (click to enlarge)

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

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 (click to enlarge)

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 (click to enlarge)

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?

Giancarlo Fisichella

Renault Vel Satis

Renault Vel Satis (click to enlarge)

Renault Vel Satis (click to enlarge)

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.

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes-Benz GL Class

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes GL Class (click to enlarge)

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes GL Class (click to enlarge)

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

Smart Roadster Brabus (click to enlarge)

Smart Roadster Brabus (click to enlarge)

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

McLaren F1 LM (click to enlarge)

McLaren F1 LM (click to enlarge)

Hamilton has big dreams now – his sights are set on a McLaren F1 LM. The price to him? Two more world championships…

Felipe Massa

Maserati Quattroporte

Maserati Quattroporte (click to enlarge)

Maserati Quattroporte (click to enlarge)

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…

Kimi Raikkonen

Iceman 2 bike by Marcus Walz

Iceman 2 bike for Kimi Raikkonen by Marcus Walz, Hardcore Cycles (Click to enlarge)

Iceman 2 bike for Kimi Raikkonen by Marcus Walz, Hardcore Cycles (Click to enlarge)

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…

David Coulthard

Maserati GranSport

Maserati GranSport (click to enlarge)

Maserati GranSport (click to enlarge)

Coulthard is with Massa in in the Maser club – but he’s got something a bit more special as well…

1971 Mercedes 280SE

Mercedes-Benz 280SE (click to enlarge)

Mercedes-Benz 280SE (click to enlarge)

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…

Mark Webber

Porsche Carrera GT

Porsche Carrera GT

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…

Timo Glock

Toyota Aygo Crazy

Timo Glock, Toyota Aygo Crazy (click to enlarge)

Timo Glock, Toyota Aygo Crazy (click to enlarge)

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…

Jarno Trulli

Fiat 500

Fiat 500 (click to enlarge)

Fiat 500 (click to enlarge)

Another F1 driver with a taste for the classics – Jarno Trulli has an original Fiat 500, as does this man:

Michael Schumacher

Ferrari FXX

Ferrari FXX (click to enlarge)

Ferrari FXX (click to enlarge)

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

Fiat Stilo Michael Schumacher GP (click to enlarge)

Fiat Stilo Michael Schumacher GP (click to enlarge)

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?

Fiat Seicento Michael Schumacher (click to enlarge)

Fiat Seicento Michael Schumacher (click to enlarge)

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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29 comments on What cars do F1 drivers use on the road?

  1. Interesting article but I just wanted to point out that, in an interview with Alonso. The reporter pointed out that Ron Dennis said he Alonso was the only driver to purchase a Mclaren SLR out of his own pocket. In which Alonso replied “Well Ron didn’t give me one. He should give it for free!”

  2. According to his biography, DC drives a Smart car as his daily drive.

  3. Great article. I love the Renaultsport Clio 197 picture.

  4. Love the classic Fiat 500

  5. Aldes said on 9th May 2009, 8:12

    that was something unexpected and really intresting. just kooool……… A great topic

  6. Merc 280 – well nice.

  7. Marilia Compagnoni Martins said on 22nd August 2009, 23:11

    Nice post, and the best is Kimi’s “car” lol

  8. sato113 said on 23rd October 2009, 14:45

    especially if Direct Line saw what he did at Montreal this year.

    lol

  9. Wesley said on 24th October 2009, 0:41

    Isn’t Schumacher’s Ferrari FXX black?I believe he owns the only one that is black.

  10. Timo Glock recently bought a Nissan GTR: http://www.facebook.com/TimoGlockofficial#!/photo.php?pid=4132344&id=263973091626

    He also posted a video of him driving the car on Facebook, if I remember it correctly

  11. Fixy (@fixy) said on 2nd December 2010, 14:18

    It’s time to update/write a new one!

  12. Anagh said on 2nd December 2010, 16:42

    didnt clarkson have interviews with F1 drivers in TG? he usually spoke about the cars they own… :-?

  13. Fixy (@fixy) said on 22nd March 2011, 14:42

    I prefer Coulthard’s Maserati to Massa’s…

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