Which 10 teams? Pick a team, any team

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Let’s pretend shall we? It’s a new season and the Formula 1 championship is transcending time and space like a Star Trek Next generation episode and in my case, replete with Captain Picard hair styling but that’s how Dr. Ulrich and I roll.

You can look back through time and pick the ten F1 teams you would like to have on your grid for this imaginary season. Which teams would you pick? You can base it on performance, panache, resources, color the car, team bosses, drivers, engines…whatever.

My grid:

  • Ferrari- because they are Ferrari and no season should be ran without them.
  • McLaren- Because no season should be without Ronspeak
  • Williams- Because who doesn’t love them some Sir Frank?
  • Jordan- Because Eddie kept F1 cheeky and fun and we need yellow cars again.
  • Lotus- The real Lotus with Colin and maybe even in Gold Leaf colors for a change.
  • Sauber- Because Peter is a true racer like Sir Frank.
  • Tyrrell- Because a season with a proper froth job from Ken is awesome!
  • Brabham- Because HISTORY man! Bernie owned them!
  • Hesketh- Because a chubby, wealthy Brit running a team is just perfect for the series.
  • Benetton- Love the spunk and grit and while Arrows or Toleman would be right there, I give the nod to Benetton. Including my buddy Steve Matchett of course.

Just in case these new engines would force one of these teams into bankruptcy, like F1 is want to do, I would offer the following as a potential stand-in for any team that couldn’t make the grid:

  • Red Bull circa 2007- Because before the got their big boy pants on, they were pissing off entire countries like France.
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Derek

My Grid: Ferrari – F1 wouldn’t be complete without Ferrari. I love seeing Ferrari red flying around the track. McLaren – I love seeing how McLaren and Ron push and develop their team over the course of the season. Mercedes – The polished silver livery with the unmatched brains at this team has made them very interesting to have on the grid. Renault circa 2005 – 2007 – I want Flavio and Renault blue and yellow back. Red Bull – They have brought some good youthfulness and clever engineering to the grid that I want, minus the complaining. Sauber (w/… Read more »

Negative Camber

Hey, threw spyker in there too? OR is that Midland? :)

Lord Yllsacky

My Grid: Ferrari: Because duh. Mclaren: They really should be running a orange livery though Williams: In their Rothmans livery. BRM: First British team British driver combo to ever win the driver’s world championship in 1962. Really important for a sport that is now so dominated by British engineering. Lotus: In the classic John Player livery with Chapman at the helm, really important to the sport with all their innovations. Alfa Romeo: Even though they got most of their wins in 51′ and 52′ their dominance really kickstarted the sport, plus their car just looked really cool. Arrows: the eternal… Read more »

Negative Camber

BRM and Cooper, two teams I struggled not having on my list. :)

Paul KieferJr

If I’m going to set up a grid like that, then I only want the best of the best, so that makes it the ten best teams of all time. I had to do some research for this, so the field pretty much looks like this: 1. Scuderia Ferrari: 16 titles. 2. Williams: 9 titles 3. McLaren: 8 titles: 4. Lotus (including the original): 7 titles 5. Red Bull: 4 titles 6. Cooper: 2 titles 7. Brabham: 2 titles 8. Renault: 2 titles 9 and 10: There’s a slew of teams with just 1 title each, so I’ll go with:… Read more »

jakobusvdl

I agree with your question Paul, 10 teams is way too few. More teams, more cars, all good :-)

João Jorge

Bennetton has 2 titles with schummi.

MIE

I’d go for:
Brabham
Lotus
Cooper
Honda
Ferrari
BRM
Eagle
McLaren
Tyrrell
Matra

This is a combination of the teams / constructors racing in1967/68, the last era before wings took effect, and in my opinion the best looking cars F1 has had.

jakobusvdl

Nice approach Dave

Dmian

This would be my list:

Ferrari
Maserati
Benetton
Williams
McLaren
Lotus
Tyrrell
Brabham
Honda
Mercedes
Minardi

Yes, these are 11, but I don’t want to leave Giancarlo’s team out. He deserves to be there, always.

Negative Camber

YES! How can we ignore Minardi?

jakobusvdl

How about a grid based on teams who have brought innovation to F1? 1 – Cooper – putting the engine in the middle (years after Cisitalia, but they get the credit) 2 – Lotus – wings, ground effects, active suspension, twin chassis, sponsorship, and many many more 3 – Renault – turbo charged grenade engines, pneumatically operated valves, mass damper, the current hybrid power units…… 4 – McLaren – composite chassis, carbon fibre chassis, CVT gearbox & twin brake pedals, F duct 5 – Brabham – fan powered ground effects (borrowed fron Chaparral), mid race refuelling 6 – BMW -21,000… Read more »

Negative Camber

Nice list and concept. :)

runnah

I had 10 teams but 2 had to drop out due to lack of funding. :(

jiji the cat

Don’t know if you can remember but Subaru actually had an engine in F1 for 1 season, perhaps 2 but they pulled out to focus on the wrc

runnah

Yup Carlo screwed the pooch. The flat 12 made 100hp less than the v10’s.

Subaru is hit or miss, some engines are bulletproof and others are made of glass. The ej25’s are tough as nails whereas the h3’s are just brittle. I’ve so heard good things about the ej22 and I can speak from experience about the ej20.

The International

1.Arrows-Warsteiner & Patrese!
2-Shadow- UOP best logo ever
3.Ferrari- V12 any era
4.Mclaren- James era of course
5.Lotus- Ronnie!
6.Tyrell -6 wheel wonder
7.Brabham- Martini -Bobby Deerfield
8.March- Monza Gorilla
9.Wolf- won first race-joint best logo ever
10.Alfa Romeo-

Negative Camber

I struggled with Arrows too as well as March and ended up not picking March because it was a customer car and we know how all current F1 bosses feel about that. :)

MIE

They did run a works entry as well as selling customer cars.

jakobusvdl

Ah, the P34 Tyrrell, that was a stunning looking car. How about a grid of teams who tried six wheels. Tyrrell – P34, two sets of small wheels at the front the well known 6 wheeler March – neatly named 2-4-0 with two sets of smaller diameter wheels at the rear Williams – FW07D, super long ground effects, also two sets of small rear wheels , and FW08B, sucessor to the 07D, same layout Ferrari – 312 T2 – 1970s ran smaller diameter tandem rear wheels on the single rear axle Running out of F1 cars, so some other racers…..they’d… Read more »

jiji the cat

I am making my list purely based on livery and I no particular order it is
Lotus: JPS edition
Lotus: Gold leaf
Jordan: 7 up livery
Jordan: Benson and Hedges
McLaren: Marlboro edition
McLaren: The black west livery
Spyker: bold enough to be orange
Minardi: because black and yellow works well together
Ferrari cause they’re red
Williams: current martini

jakobusvdl

The grid would look awesome

jiji the cat

always love a good livery, i have loved many others in the past as well, The Leyton house march comes straight to mind with that nice turquoise scheme and the (i think) Newey designed front wing.

jakobusvdl

You’re right, there have been some very good looking F1 cars. I really liked the green and yellow of the caterhams, the pre-sponsorship era green and yellow Lotus cars. The green and white Jaguars, The light blue of the Matra’s and dark blue of the Tyrrel’s, so many over the years.
But at the end of it, for me a beautiful car is one with innovative engineering, even more beautiful when it wins ;-)

jiji the cat

I agree, and generally a good looking car is fast

MIE

When you could tell the cars apart by the sound alone.

jiji the cat

My favourite sound were the 12’s, do you have a favourite?

MIE

I liked the early years once turbo’s were banned (1989-90) when there was still various engine configurations. Once everyone moved to V10s it became harder to tell them apart.

jiji the cat

Same era, 8’s, 10’s, and 12’s. Loved it.

João Jorge

My grid:

Mclaren Honda – Because highly developed integration of competitive sinergies
Ferrari – Because Ferrari
Benneton Renault – Because Flavio
Lotus – Because JPS
Ligier – Because French powered drama
Minardi – Because we all love them
Honda – Because they crazy and/or genious
Penske – Because ‘merica!!
Tyrrel – Because Uncle Ken Could
Toyota – Because Kayzen