There are few professional sports as glamorous as Formula 1. When we picture the life of an F1 driver, we see private jets, high-end Monaco apartments and supercars, but Ferrari’s driver pairing likes to keep things a bit more modest.
Germany’s Auto Motor Und Sport did some investigating at the recent British Grand Prix and Hungarian Grand Prix and found out what F1’s stars were driving to the track. A lot of their findings are expected (Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg drive AMG Mercedes, Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer drive Renaults) – but there were a few surprises.
Instead of turning up in a GTC4Lusso, F12 or another new Ferrari model, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen frequently turn up in Fiat Chrysler products. In Britain they arrived in a Jeep Cherokee, and in Hungary Vettel came in a Fiat Freemont. Raikkonen got a bit more fancy in Hungary, showing up in a Maserati Ghibli. Vettel is also frequently seen on his own motorcycles or a Vespa.
The Cherokee and the Freemont are company vehicles, of course, but not all F1 teams have such pedestrian transport to and from the track. Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo can be seen in Aston Martins, while Force India’s Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg turn up in matching Mercedes GLE63 AMGs. Still, the Ferrari pairing gets a better deal than Toro Rosso’s Daniel Kyvat – he showed up to the British GP in a Volkswagen Sharan.