Ultimate 2008 F1 gifts guide: Clothes

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Buy a McLaren team victory shirt and you can look really cool like these guys
Buy a McLaren team victory shirt and you can look really cool like these guys

Kit yourself out in F1 team colours. Here?s a selection of some of the more eye-catching items from the teams? merchandise lines.

McLaren

McLaren F1 team victory shirt - are you brave enough to put one on?
McLaren F1 team victory shirt - are you brave enough to put one on?

McLaren?s bright orange ??victory? shirt is not for the faint-hearted but if you reckon you?ve got the fashion sense to make it work ?ǣ and you?re a McLaren fan ?ǣ then go for it.

The rest of McLaren?s range is a bit more low-key with its muted silver/grey tones.

Ferrari

Massa, Raikkonen and \'Scudetto\' Ferrari T shirts
Massa, Raikkonen and 'Scudetto' Ferrari T shirts

Ferrari?s red gear is loud, proud stuff and de rigeur if you?re planning a trip to Monza. I particularly like the classic Scudetto T-shirt design – no sponsors, just the Cavallino Rampante. Alternatively, Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa’s T shirts carry bright splashes of their national colours.

Renault

At Silverstone last year I met a group of Renault fans proudly kitted out in their team?s challenging colour combination of yellow, blue, orange and white. It?s not easy on the eye, and Fernando Alonso?s fans must miss the days of Renault being light blue and yellow, which conveniently matched the flag of Alonso?s home province of Asturias.

With Renault title sponsor ING now being propped up by the Dutch government, this might not be the most future-proof choice of apparel either??

BMW

Smart, simple blue-and-white (or white-and-blue) gear from BMW.

Red Bull & Toro Rosso

Red Bull T shirt and cap
Red Bull T shirt and cap

Uber-trendy Red Bull have predictably stylish kit. The logo cap and stencilled T-shirt are my favourite.

I?m not a fan of Toro Rosso?s bull motif though. And at this point it?s impossible to tell which drivers you?ll be supporting next year if you go to a race in Toro Rosso?s gear.

Williams

I especially like the clean design of Nico Rosberg’s logo and the unfussy Williams team T-shirt.

Toyota

I can’t pretend to like Toyota’s colour scheme on its team gear any more than I do on its car. I do, however, like the bold red cap – though if you wear it from a distance people will think you’re a Ferrari fan.

Force India F1 team

I like Force India’s bold ‘FI’ logo as on the back of their zipped sweater. Adrian Sutil’s fans can walk around with ‘Capri-Sun’ on their foreheads: in a sport populated with many grey corporate sponsors, there’s something appealing about an F1 cap with a children’s fruit juice manufacturer on the front…

Other F1 clothing

I got one of these Ayrton Senna ??Double S? logo T-shirts myself last year:

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