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Who’s your team? American comparables for all 10 F1 outfits

Who's your team? American comparables for all 10 F1 outfits

As team after team launches new livery after new livery, we are constantly being reminded that the 2024 Formula One season is just around the corner. Preseason testing will wrap up in two weeks, and three weeks from now the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix will be underway.

If you’ve been watching the sport for decades or you’re a recent “Drive to Survive” convert, chances are good that you have your team. What if you’re new to all of this, though? How can you be expected to know which outfit is worthy of your fandom?

We’ve scoured the American sports landscape to find fitting comparisons for all 10 teams on the grid this season. Whether your NFL team is blessed with an MVP, your hockey club hasn’t sported playoff beards in a decade or your NBA franchise is staring down a potential almighty rebuild, we’ve got just the right F1 team for you.

Like the Chiefs, Red Bull is the dominant force in its sport right now. One has two-time MVP Patrick Mahomes, the other has three-time world champion Max Verstappen. Both stars have picked up the mantle as the best in the business from each sport’s GOAT (Tom Brady and Lewis Hamilton) and are pulling their teams along with them.

Much like the Super Bowl-bound Chiefs this season, who will fight for a third NFL title in five seasons, Red Bull has cultivated an air of invincibility and inevitability around everything it does. It has won two straight constructors’ crowns, and there’s little reason to believe it won’t add two more before a new set of regulations are introduced for the 2026 campaign.

Fans devoted to certain teams have to ask themselves: Will it ever get any better? That’s as true for Alpine as it is for the Red Wings, each of whom have underperformed for years with few signs of things changing for the better.

Alpine is a team that has tasted success, evidenced by back-to-back world championships with Michael Schumacher in 1994 and 1995 and with Fernando Alonso in 2005 and 2006, but barring Esteban Ocon‘s win at the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix, the Enstone-based French outfit has been kicking the same can down the road for nearly a decade. Detroit refers to itself as “Hockeytown,” which makes sense considering the Wings’ four Stanley Cups between 1997 and 2008, but they have failed to take advantage of the talents of captain Dylan Larkin and have missed the playoffs in seven…

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