If an F1 team were a football club? Part 1

We won’t lie to you, we really miss the Formula 1 Grand Prix. So to pass the time, we thought about the possible similarities between F1 teams and football clubs. Be careful, some are dizzy.

Alfa Romeo

Crystal Palace

At first glance, few points unite them. But when you dig a little deeper, you quickly realize that these two sports entities share the same passion: franchising their staff. At Alfa Romeo, the change came from Frédéric Vasseur. Appointed Alfa Romeo team boss since 2016, Fred did not think twice about bringing compatriots. Jan Monchaux, technical director, and Théo Pourchaire, reserve pilot.

Without forgetting Julien Simon-Chautemps, Kimi Räikkönen’s racing engineer, now on Canal + to explain to us the behavior of the air flow in the open rear wing during a turn past 285 km/h. the base Vasseur also did not procrastinate when it was necessary to sign Charles Leclerc, French-speaking but nothing more. What we wouldn’t do to speak Molière’s language at work.

But Frédéric Vasseur is not the only one who has had this great idea. In the Premier League, Patrick Vieira has been inspired by the Alfa Romeo team manager since his arrival at Crystal Palace last summer. Of the seven recruits last season, three were French: Odsonne Edouard, Jean-Philippe Mateta and Michael Olise. In the middle, we call it the ‘Alan Pardew recipe’.

We can only appreciate Jean-Philippe’s Franchoullard accent when he arrived. Impossible not to remember Claude Puel’s famous press conferences. Like the impression that he answered in French to the English journalists.

alpine

FC Barcelona.

During this summer break, these two institutions marked their sport for many years. Each one has left an indelible mark following the same logic, starting from two acts. The first part of this duology is about navigating a panic monster around the transfer period.

For Barça, we continue to claim that there is no longer a weight on the coffers. But that doesn’t stop it butts to register debutant after debutant: Raphinha (€58M), Jules Koundé (€50M) or even Robert Lewandowski (€45M). A bluff worthy of the great Bruel. So much so that the owner of Leeds United, Andrea Radrizzani, is directly threatening Barça in case of non-payment.

As for Alpine, the Fernando Alonso surprise exit – Oscar Piastri denial sequence was quick, but terribly effective. Alpine’s situation is now simple; they just lost their flagship pilot and still haven’t found anyone to replace him. A wonderful holiday for them.

The second act consists of not letting it go, and showing the biscotti threatening to go to court to “defend the rights”. Understand this: they are ready to fight.

“We are more than 90% sure to go to the High Court, that’s what we will do” O. Szafnauer

If Alpine wins the case, the Szafnauer – Piastri collaboration already promises to be great. We can imagine that Otmar only selects rain tires for Oscar throughout the season. Included in the Bahrain oven. The same story for FC Barcelona, ​​​​which is ready to cancel the contract extensions made in 2020, because it is considered too expensive. For example, we believe that the environment in which De Jong evolves is completely healthy.

While waiting for the court decisions, one thing is already certain, these two sold us dreams during this “break”.

Alpha Tauri

FC Barcelona B.

It is well known that playing sports is good, but with the family it is even better. And this maxim has been taken lightly by some institutions in many sports. For Red Bull, what could be better than finding an Italian namesake for its little sister? Toro Rosso, now Alpha Tauri. Red Bull’s chest is very tight, and it’s not Pierre Gasly who will tell you otherwise. Impossible to get out once you set foot in it. If you get out of it, you can almost say goodbye to F1. A bit extreme, we know.

In football, we can draw a parallel with Barça, and its younger brother FC Barcelona B. Like Alpha Tauri, Barça B hides in the shadow of its older brother. Can you name any current players from the Catalans’ subsidiary? Of course not. We also assure you, Barcelona fans.

But the parallelism does not end there. If you want a fast and efficient elevator for your building, we advise you to turn to the Alpha Tauri and Barcelona B models. History remembers the winners, but rarely have Vettel, Ricciardo, Verstappen, Gasly, Xavi, Puyol and Iniesta moved . in these almost anonymous subsidiaries. We find such a thankless role in tennis, with the sweat towel carrier. And who takes more than the blowers if it takes a tenth of the length to carry it.

Small floor in this comparison, Barça B is prohibited from promotion to the League due to its status. On the other hand, for Alpha Tauri the story is quite different. And we would have preferred never to meet her.

Aston Martin

Manchester United.

Two prestigious names that inspire millions of fans around the world. One for his trophy haul with Sir Alex, the other for his legendary association with James Bond. Two entities that make money so that they no longer know what to do with it. Two institutions that do not hesitate to use their cash to steal high names at the end of their careers. And it is not Ronaldo, Cavani and even less Vettel and Alonso who will tell us otherwise.

But the main point in common between Manchester United and Aston Martin lies in the fact that their recipe is not taken. Like a mayonnaise that doesn’t rise, or a tartare cooked to perfection. The recipe is not good and the result is indigestible.

However, one cannot help but imagine a personnel exchange between the two teams. Between the mechanic Harry Maguire who sabotages the car just before the start and the winger Lance Stroll who spends more time off the field than on it, the choice is difficult.

Ferrari

PSG.

Who else but Paris Saint-Germain is affiliated with Scuderia Ferrari? What other football club is so fun to watch when it comes to finishing a big game? Definitely the most obvious choice on this list. It is difficult to determine which of the two has the more chaotic strategies at crucial moments. We all remember Laurent Blanc’s 3-5-2 against Manchester City, or Charles Leclerc’s hard tires in Hungary. Not to mention his fatal double stop at home in Monaco. The list is long.

But perhaps the funniest thing of all is the fact that these two giants refuse to learn from their mistakes year after year. The Catalan comeback followed that of Manchester and Madrid by PSG.

For Ferrari, every weekend is a new challenge to achieve another clear in terms of strategy.

In short, two sacred monsters of their sport.

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