“We look like a bunch of fucking wankers.” Even if you’ve only seen the trailers, you’ll know that Lewis Hamilton’s dress sense isn’t the best thing about Drive to Survive, Netflix’s high-energy fly-on-wall Formula 1 docuseries – it’s Guenther Steiner. Ever since the potty-mouthed Haas team principal went full chicken oriental in season one, the Italian-American, who sounds like someone doing an impression of a German doing an impression of Gordon Ramsay, has been making a case for a spin-off series of his own. Hell, Guenther Steiner might just be the best thing on the box, full stop.
“Why you watch Formula 1?” asked the wild-eyed team boss in the first season. “Because you want to see action. You want to see drama. You want to see the underdog making a good result.” Actually, Guenther Steiner, we watch Drive to Survive for Guenther Steiner.
Some Steiner zingers from season two: “The car was not a piece of shit. So why did we develop a car that fucking goes slower?” (after engine ‘upgrades’ resulted in Romain Grosjean finishing in 14th spot and Kevin Magnussen 18th at the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix). “I’m not fucking going into who is right and who is wrong. I don’t want to get into ‘he moved, he should have moved’ and all that fucking wank” (after the Haas drivers took each other out at the British Grand Prix). “He smashed my office fucking door! I don’t know where he is but he can fuck off!” (after a riled-up Magnussen stormed out of Steiner’s Portakabin at Silverstone).
The fourth series of Drive to Survive dropped last week, and once again we found Steiner in scintillating form. “Fucking hell,” said our man with the perma-frown and poor-man’s Thomas Magnum moustache when addressing Haas’ since-dismissed Russian driver, Nikita Mazepin. “That’s why people hate you.” Classic Steiner.
Mercedes-AMG Petronas x IWC Replica Watches
Clever bit of marketing that, having your drivers wear a pair of racing gloves printed with one of your AAA UK replica watches on the left wrist. Probably guaranteeing yourselves more screen time than some of the team’s bigger sponsors – especially when the helmet camera of one of those driver’s is the POV producers like to cut to most. It’s high quality fake IWC Big Pilot’s watches, by the way, the watch you’ll see on the gloves of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell. At the inaugural (and suitably ridiculous) Miami Grand Prix, the IWC Schaffhausen and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team watch was unveiled. The first official team perfect copy watches, it’s 41mm, made of grade 5 titanium and is not a watch for tame racing drivers, which is just as well really.
Red Bull Racing x TAG Heuer Fake Watches
Before Rolex became the official timekeeper to Formula 1, and began wrapping race circuits in green-and-yellow hoarding the way Christo used to wrap buildings, it was Swiss made TAG Heuer replica watches that kept time on the track. The Swiss watchmaker followed Longines in becoming F1’s title sponsor in 1992, but even before then the companies that would combine to make the present-day brand were big into motorsport. Watchmaker Heuer had been associated with motor racing since the ’60s; while engineering firm Techniques d’Avant Garde (TAG) began manufacturing ceramic turbochargers for Formula 1 cars in the early eighties (TAG acquired Heuer in 1984).
The watchmaker, somewhat unexpectedly, switched from McLaren to Red Bull in 2016. This season, Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez will appear on podiums wearing the new-for-2022, yellow-blue-and-red TAG Heuer Formula 1 Red Bull Racing Special Edition super clone watches shop site, which, a little bemusingly, is powered by a quartz movement.