The F1 Fanatic Cool Wall is back! Read on for who’s where and why…
Seriously cool: Williams
The car’s been quick in testing and their cracking young driver Nico Rosberg spurned a big-money move to McLaren to stick with the team that gave him his F1 break – and to take the outfit his father won the championship for in 1982 back to the top. Their second driver is quick but a bit wild, the way Japanese F1 drivers tend to be. This is all rather cool.
Everyone likes Williams at the moment. Apart from David Richards, who’s in a huff with them because their opposition to customer cars stopped him getting in F1. Which is a bit uncool of them, but also cool in an F1-is-a-mean-business kind of way.
Cool: tyre smoke
Traction control is banned this year and I’m hoping we’ll see big clouds of tyre smoke as the first race gets underway.
Cool: Red Bull
Now some people wanted Red Bull deeming ‘uncool’ for their: “ugly, ugly fin we saw earlier in testing.” But in true Jeremy Clarkson* fashion I’m going to over rule them and shout loudly so no-one else can hear me.
I think the fact that they have parts on the car that actually make them look substantially different from other cars is cool, when F1 cars increasingly look the same. Fins are cool, just ask Kimi or Heikki.
Uncool: Vijay Mallya
Milos put Force India F1 boss Vijay Mallya forward for the ‘uncool’ spot:
He is kind of a cool guy, he should spend some time on the uncool wall for not knowing how to pronounce names of his drivers
Uncool: Formula One Management
Nico Savidge said it best:
Is the 10-second video of Kimi Raikkonen I took at the USGP really gonna destroy the sport? I didn’t think so.
Seriously uncool: Honda
Just like when I did the first Cool Wall it’s hard to find a less cool team than Honda – so the Seriously Uncool spot is still named after them. Two arguments were put forward for keeping them in the pit of total uncoolness. Dan Brunell said:
Honda’s treatment of Super Aguri… Really either pull the plug or help them find some sponsors this year. To keep them out on a string this long is unfair to the team, their sponsors, and all of us.
And Nico Savidge marked them down for their paint job. Honda are represented here by Rubens Barrichello. Anyone want to make a case for him not belonging in the Seriously Uncool section? Thought not.
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*For anyone out there who doesn’t watch Top Gear, the whole Cool Wall idea is ripped off from the motoring TV show presented by the opinionated and loud Jeremy Clarkson.