Formula 1 Drivers Favorite Cars
On the British television show Top Gear, host Jeremy Clarkson often interviews notable people, politicians, actors and athletes before sending them around a race track in a car.
In all of these interviews, Clarkson asks the guests what cars they have owned and driven.
Of all the guests, perhaps the Formula One drivers give answers which surprise or shock the audience the most. It’s often hard to picture race car drivers driving anything other than their race cars. At the end of the day, however, they must leave their high performance machines at the track or in the team garage.
So what do Formula One drivers drive? You might be inclined to believe that because they spend their careers going fast, they naturally want to have a garage filled with fast performance cars. On the other hand, it could very well be plausible that someone like Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton or Fernando Alonso desires less speed and more comfort when driving away from the track. This doesn’t mean you’re going to catch any of them driving a 1988 LeBaron convertible, but it suggests that less exotic and more practical cars may be found in their driveways.
A quick look through the cars of Formula One drivers shows a wide range of tastes and function. The exotic cars of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti and Pagani are balanced off against the more practical cars of BMW, Mercedes, Infinity and Mini. At the ‘lower’ end, even Toyota, Nissan, Volkswagen and Fiat are represented.
Overall, among the variety of cars available, certain models have become favorites within the Formula One community, being owned by more than one or two drivers. These range from affordable sporty hatchbacks to rare and pricey exotic cars. These are ten of the more popular cars among the Formula One drivers.
10. Fiat 500 Abarth: $22,700 (base)
The Fiat 500 is probably not what comes to mind when you think of Formula One. Launched in 2007, the Italian designed 2-door hatchback is small and lacks the aggressive look we associate with F1. Despite this, the car has a large fan base thanks to its small size, good handling and reliability. The 500 comes in a variety of models with an assortment of engines ranging from 0.9L to 1.4L.
There are several specialized Abarth versions of the 500. Most of these come turbocharged with additional upgrades to the interior or brakes. Ferrari has even created a special edition for its customers to use while their Ferraris are being serviced. Engine power on the turbocharged model ranges from 130 to 180 hp, depending upon edition.
Formula One drivers who have a 500 in their garage include Felipe Massa, two-time champion Sebastian Vettel and one-time champion Kimi Räikkönen.