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GP Week : Issue 194
F1 >>> FEATUrE 10. Fernando Alonso Unlike his distinctive eyebrows, Fernando’s facial fuzz has gone through several iterations over his long Formula 1 career, and he’s worked his way from being completely clean-shaven right the way to a full beard and back again. We had the little bit of chin fluff in his Renault days, followed by some experimentation with goatees and even the odd van Dyke. Occasionally there has been an almost full beard, before it was quickly whipped off by a razor. But perhaps nothing tops the effort witnessed during the 2012 pre-season, where, at Ferrari’s annual Wrooom! ski event (yes, there are three ‘o’s), he presented to the press with a monstrous part matador/wizard/villain van Dyke effort, capped off with a Puma toiletry bag for headwear. Fact: Fernando has an alopecia patch on his right jawline shaped like a duck. 9. Maurice Trintignant France’s Maurice Trintignant was certainly one of the men who set the hairy upper lip trend in modern-era Formula 1. Over a 15-year career which spanned from 1950 to 1964, Trintignant’s face and his distinctive moustache raced without the fettering of unsightly visors against lesser, clean-shaven opponents. Perhaps proving that his furry features were something of an aerodynamic hindrance, his only two Grand Prix victories both came at Monaco. 8. Vijay Mallya Even a beard is capable of looking like it’s gone through the design skills of Adrian Newey, and perhaps no one’s face follicles exemplify this more than Force India team principal Vijay Mallya. Since he burst onto the Formula 1 scene in 2008 after buying out the Spyker Formula 1 team, Mallya has sported one of the most immaculately groomed Van Dyke facial creations ever witnessed. Of late, Mallya has seemingly done away with the full Van Dyke, and instead opted for a moustache-and-chin-fluff approach – perhaps he was trying to avoid his creditors and his airline’s unpaid employees while attending the Indian Grand Prix... Others before and after have tried to copy the burly beer baron – Rubens Barrichello, Mike Gascoyne, Damon Hill, to name a few – but none cam match the sheer perfection of that beard. OK, this is getting a little obsessive now... 7. Keke Rosberg Perennially nicotine-stained on account of his many years spent smoking through his racing career, Keke Rosberg’s moustache could usually be found planted firmly above the filter of a heavily- sucked Marlboro cigarette. People used to joke that Keke had a little hole drilled in the front of his helmet so he could have a smoke mid-race, but it also served to keep that droopy Asterix- like face fuzz in perfectly symmetrical condition. continued over page ... Today’s Formula 1 drivers are typically manscaped to within an inch of their lives, and there an assortment of different looks up and down the grid, with a number of drivers sporting beards or some stylised facial fuzz at many a Grand Prix. Of today’s breed, Jenson Button, Giedo van der Garde and Jean-Éric Vergne are regularly seen to be sporting beards a few millimetres long. Mark Webber will be clean-shaven in the morning and have a near full beard by lunchtime. Lewis Hamilton alternates between horrific sideburns, a chinstrap and a very precise goatee. Rewind the clock a huge sideburns were all the rage, Jackie stewart and emerson Fittipaldi rivalled each other for the fastest sideburns in Formula 1. But with Movember under way globally and with the pit lane set to be awash with moustaches of various lengths, colours and textures, RICHARD BAILeY names his Top Ten Formula 1 most famous (or infamous) furry faces ... It's 'Movember' so it's time for ... TOP TEN FORMULA 1 'TACHES 25 GPWEEK.com // 25 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: