For decades, Formula One drivers have reigned as stylish, charming, thrill seekers testing the boundary of what is humanely possible with a single, modified automobile.
It’s this ‘risk’ that has attracted moto enthusiasts and sport fans alike to follow this gruelling sport. But it’s also the personality and style of the said drivers that has made the sport what it is; a rich man’s sport. We take a look below at the most stylish Formula One icons of the past and present, and how they have shaped the sport to what it is today.
The stylish Brit who was twice a Formula One World Champion and the only driver ever to win the Triple Crown of Motorsport—the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix – is also hailed as one of the greatest drivers of all time. Synonymous for his image of a ‘trier’ – a man who made it to the top through hard work, rather than relying on pure talent – Hill didn’t start racing until his mid 20’s.
His image was quite distinctive; with his thick long hair, moustache, easy charm and great sense of British style, Hill came to personify Grand Prix racing in the 1960’s. But his received fame was based on substance as much as style.
What he wore: Representing British style to a tee, Hill was often seen in fine tailored knits, supported with tailored chinos or pants. He was a very classy individual who kept his appearance extremely manicured.
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Sir Jackie Stewart
The three-times Formula One World Champion (years 1969, 1971 and 1973) is still exuding his unique and somewhat patriotic style, today, at the age of 78. Nicknamed the “Flying Scot”, Stewart was a ferocious driver on the track, and a stylish gentleman off it. Often seen sporting his tartan beret on race days, it was Stewart's unique accessorising pieces such as his Rolex watch that exemplified his sartorial prowess. It was his notion to always dress to perfection that was all but humble, rather than intimidating.
What he wore: Jackie’s statement pieces included loud print shirts, which somewhat resembled his Scottish heritage, but was also a front-runner for the trend in the 70’s, which has made a resurgence today.
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The playboy of the Formula One circuit, Hunt was notorious for his boyish good looks, cheeky charm and often reckless and action packed driving skills, earning him the nickname “Hunt the Shunt” and a Formula One World Championship in 1976. Girls loved him; guys wanted to be him; Hunt was more than just a race car driver – he was a style icon. With his beach-blonde hair and chiselled jaw, his style proceeded him both on and off the track.
What he wore: Hunt looked effortlessly cool in his leather jacket, pairing it with jeans and a tee.
Hailed as one of the greatest and most influential Formula One drivers of all time, Ayrton Senna was the Brazilian who shook up the racing world from the 1980’s until his untimely death in 1994. A three-time Formula One World Championship winner for McLaren, it was also Senna’s unequivocal sense of style that attracted both men and women to the charming Brazilian.
What he wore:Senna was always seen dressed in Riviera-styled tailored outfits, particularly pique polos. Paired with his tan complexion, wavy black hair and staunch appearance, Senna was undoubtedly a style icon in his own right for the Formula One sport.
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Representing the new-age of drivers in the Formula One, Hamilton has been untouchable with team Mercedes AMG Petronas, winning three out of his four Formula One World Championships with his powerhouse team. Considered the best driver of his generation, and widely regarded as one of the best of all time, Hamilton has as much style and grace off the track as he does on it.
Constantly in the tabloids exploiting the lavish lifestyle he leads (supermodel girlfriends, luxe clothing, sport cars and anything in between) Hamilton represents a new type of style in the evolved sport of Formula One racing.
What he wears: Hamilton is always seen looking stylish yet casually cool. Accessories play a massive part to his look, but his statement pieces are what encompass his complete style.
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One of Australia's best Formula 1 Drivers to grace the track, Daniel Ricciardo is set to have a stellar year driving for Red Bull Racing team, as he takes on the skill of Mercedes AMG and the finesse of Ferrari. However, among his undeniable charm, charisma and talent, Daniel is a stylish man about town, be it Melbourne, Monaco or Barcelona.
What he wears: Daniel is often seen dressed casually, pulling of the 'effortless' look quite easily. Daniel dresses with comfort in mind but doesn't compromise on quality or style.
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