I like where this football/PL analogy is going.. here’s my opinions:
Force India has to be Everton….. :D Challenging 25 years ago, like Jordan did half that time ago, now run efficiently (on the driver and technology buy in front), usually strapped for cash (despite the thought that they should have lots/be okay on that front).
Lotus are Spurs??? I’ll back that…. they had one of the best drivers who is now moving to the ‘ultimate team’! Lots of support and style, if not the official space in the ground/secure finance in the back room, for this moment, soon to be resolved. Occasionally able to break the top 4.
Sauber… West Ham? Always midfield, they brought on a great (Schumi, in a previous series) and now have gained significant assets with the old BMW investment for the wind tunnel (like how we paid for West Ham’s new ground at the Olympic stadium, which they will pay us back for in instalments over the next 100 years…… Another British planning balls-up, naturally by someone non-elected to the Olympic deciding committee)
Toro Rosso.. Swansea? From the bottom up, now with style playing with the big boys, won their first race recently. Had a time in the 80s where they were near the top, only lasted one year though (Ferrari engines).
Caterham.. Newcastle? Big fan support for their operation, but failing to live up to the hype? Actually run like a business (as is Newcastle) and rumoured to have the smallest budget (although Marussia have even less people, and their significant debts only just got wiped out).
Marussia.. West Brom? Now run on a tight budget and staff, managing to punch above their weight. Formerly great in a lower series (read: old Football League First Division) as Manor Motorsport.
Aston Villa – the rumoured new 13th team that never arises. But their wind-tunnel facility is well used (like Villa Park for internationals and cup matches). Could be the return of a former great manufacturer, like Renault or Honda.
Toyota would have to be a team that got close, spent a lot, and never won anything.. I’m thinking Leeds United (and they are also now out of the PL picture). Maybe Lotus (original iteration) could be Brian Clough/Notts Forest/Derby County etc. and now with Colin Chapman gone sadly out of the picture.
I feel Southampton could be someone like the Epsilon Euskadi operation that never got an F1 shot (they have the facilities, just needed the funding and chance, and heck they’d be better than HRT), yet could do well if they got secure funding. In contrast maybe HRT could be Portsmouth? Or Coventry? Sadly there are many football teams its situation could be compared to.
The former Lola, March etc. could be Sunderland – a fallen great, now in total disarray. Lets hope it can survive, and not befall a fate similar to the one that happened to Rover etc, but the cards don’t look great at the moment. Considering the massive Nissan car plant in Sunderland, they could also be a huge manufacturer that never entered F1, I’m thinking GM? Sheffield sides could be other fallen teams like BRM etc.
The other PL teams, like Stoke, would have to be the lower league GP2/3, F3 etc. teams, that get by with the funding of drivers coming up the ladder, and occasionally have the chance to join the big-time but don’t get let in by the FIA. Although, Tony Fernandes would disagree with that, as the football equity distribution is a lot more even than the F1 prize money funding. Perhaps Caterham could be QPR then, if they are successful next year/second chance!
PS. I feel Vettel is more of a Sir Alex – He won a league title in the Toro Rosso, against the big boys McLaren and Ferrari (pre-2009 rules) and is now Red Bull till they quit. He’d rather have the glory of being statistically the best ever, than the glory of driving/winning in the Ferrari. Hamilton will stick to Mercedes/McLaren, as he can’t get in at RB due to the Marko production line, and Ferrari will start bringing up their own talent like Bianchi and Marciello, after Kimi and Alonso depart I’m sure (but you never can be sure with Ferrari – if they suddenly want a top driver then one could magically appear in their line up), unless someone like Hulkenberg is left out of the picture at the top teams (say HAM/ROS stick at Merc and McLaren still don’t take him and get Alonso instead). I think Schumacher is more like Guardiola – and probably on and off the pitch (skills, hard work, attention to detail, although Pep doesn’t have controversy like MS, there Ferguson and Guardiola can swap).