THE red-hot team of the 2020s with a terrific superstar – world champion driver Max Verstappen is the Patrick Mahomes of his day. Oh, and Red Bull have their very own Andy Reid in the shape of genius car designer Adrian Newey. He still draws stuff up with a pencil, go figure...
A long period of dominance followed by a serious fall from grace. Mercedes won six titles in a sensational run and the Pats did the same. Now both are desperately trying to get back in a race after falling a long way behind.
The franchise doesn't have Tom Brady any more, and Toto Wolff doesn’t have a winning car. Pretty soon Mercedes could lose Hamilton too, just like the Pats lost Brady...and does Bill Belichick's exit say something about Toto?
Italy’s team = America’s Team. An iconic family-run brand which has been wandering in the wilderness for what seems an eternity, just finding new ways to lose. Tons of money and tons of history (and tons of media attention) but not nearly enough titles of late.
Aston Martin - Los Angeles Rams
Two teams who are backed by billionaire owners and are in ‘win now’ mode. The Rams traded the house for QB Matthew Stafford while Aston Martin have also spent heavily on big-name veterans Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso in a bid to win it all. 'F Them Picks'.
A cool brand with tons of potential, but so far frustrating results, and they have their very own Justin Herbert in the shape of young driving sensation Lando Norris. But there’s a feeling his talent is being wasted, and that ‘rookie window’ might be closing.
Alpine - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
A year or two back the Bucs were contenders, and Alpine were threatening to be just that too. But with Tom Brady retired, and Fernando Alonso gone to Aston Martin, those days are gone. Instead both teams had their own internal battle to be top of the pile last summer. Esteban Ocon vs Pierre Gasly = Baker Mayfield vs Kyle Trask.
Okay, maybe the options aren't quite that bad at Alpine…albeit Baker seems to be alive and kicking again.
Popcorn-packed drama with often spectacular crashes and a colourful front man who steals the show. Yep, Guenther Steiner = Dan Campbell.
Haas team principal Steiner became the star of the hit Netflix show ‘Drive to Survive’ with his constant F Bombs and iconic turn of phrase (“We look like a bunch of w***ers”).
Update: Guenther Steiner has left Haas, so you're just going to have to hope he's left some of those vibes behind.
Meanwhile, the Lions have Dan 'we're gonna kick you in the teeth, when you punch us back we're gonna smile at you, when you knock us down we're gonna get up, and on the way up we're gonna bite a kneecap off' Campbell. So yeah.
Visa Cash App RB- Houston Texans
While VCARB are very much the Red Bull junior team, that’s how it feels in the great state of Texas with the Texans and those Dallas Cowboys. While Jerry Jones and ‘America’s Team’ get all the publicity, Houston flounders in the shadows. Now they’re just waiting for their very own CJ Stroud.
Stake F1 Team - Indianapolis Colts
Two teams who right now are failing to deliver on pretty lofty expectations. Indy are coming off a horrific season while Stake F1 Team is struggling to crack the top 10 in F1 races. Oh, and both teams are fond of rolling the dice with ageing superstars – for Philip Rivers and Matt Ryan, read Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas.
Ah Williams, once a perennial winner with a long-standing great at the helm, but now fallen on much harder times. Sir Frank Williams was the Don Shula of his day, and now the team he built are trying to get back to former glories with a boy genius in the shape of James Vowles. Just like the Dolphins and Mike McDaniel.
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