Si une écurie de F1 était un club de foot ? Partie 1 – FFL

Si une écurie de F1 était un club de foot ? Partie 1 - FFL

We are not going to lie to you, we miss Formula 1 Grands Prix so much. So, to pass the time, we thought about the possible similarities between F1 teams and football clubs. Eye, some are vertiginous.

Alfa Romeo

Crystal Palace.

At first glance, few dots unite them. But when you dig a little deeper, you quickly realize that these two sports entities share the same passion: the Francization of their workforce. At Alfa Roméo, the change came from Frédéric Vasseur. Appointed Alfa Romeo team principal since 2016, Fred didn’t think twice about bringing his compatriots. Jan Monchaux, technical director, and Théo Pourchaire, reserve driver.

Not forgetting Julien Simon-Chautemps, Kimi Räikkönen’s race engineer, now on Canal + to explain the behavior of the airflow in the open rear wing during a curve above 285 km/h. Base. Vasseur also did not procrastinate when it was necessary to sign Charles Leclerc, French-speaking but no more. What we would not do to speak the language of Molière at work.

But Frédéric Vasseur is not the only one who has had this brilliant 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 signings last season, three were French: Odsonne Edouard, Jean-Philippe Mateta and Michael Olise. In between, we call it the “Alan Pardew recipe.”

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


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, based on two acts. The first part of this duology involves navigating a monstrous panic around the transfer window.

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

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

The second act consists of not letting it pass, and showing the biscottos threatening to go to court to “defend one’s rights”. Get it from this: they are ready to fight.

“We are more than 90% sure of going to the National High Court, that is what we will do” O. Szafnauer

Should Alpine win the case, the Szafnauer – Piastri collaboration already promises to be great. We can imagine Otmar only selecting wet tires for Oscar all season. Even in the Bahrain oven. The same story for FC Barcelona, ​​which is willing to cancel the contract extensions made in 2020, because it is considered too expensive. For example, we feel that the environment in which De Jong develops is completely healthy.

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

alpha tauri

fc barcelona b

It is well known that playing sports is good, but with family it is even better. And this maxim has been taken literally 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 Alfa Tauri. The heart of Red Bull is very united, and it is not Pierre Gasly who will tell you otherwise. Impossible to get out of it 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 make a parallel with Barça, and its little brother FC Barcelona B. Like Alpha Tauri, Barça B lurks in the shadow of its older brother. Can you name a current player for the Barça subsidiary? Of course not. We reassure you, the Barcelona fans either.

But the parallel does not end there. If you want a fast and efficient elevator for your building, then we recommend that you turn to the Alpha Tauri and Barcelona B models. History remembers the winners, but Vettel, Ricciardo, Verstappen, Gasly, Xavi, Puyol and others have rarely moved. Iniesta. in these quasi-anonymous subsidiaries. We find such an ungrateful role in tennis, with the bearer of sweat-soaked towels. And who gets besides the blowers if it’s a tenth too long to bring.

Tiny flat in this comparison, Barça B is prohibited from promoting to LaLiga 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.


manchester united.

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

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

However, one can’t help but imagine a personnel swap between the two teams. Between mechanic Harry Maguire sabotaging the car just before the start and winger Lance Stroll spending more time off the pitch than on it, the choice is hard.



Who else but Paris Saint-Germain to be affiliated with Scuderia Ferrari? What other football club is so much fun to watch when it comes to finishing a big game? Without a doubt, the most obvious option on this list. Difficult to determine which of the two has the most 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 save 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 those of Mancun and Madrid for PSG.

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

In short, two sacred monsters of their sport.

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