As if Princess Nico would ever allow his real beard to be so untamed.
That is exactly what happens. Except this year they were all woken up with a bucket of ice water.
F1BEARDWATCH is, obviously, on Team #facebadger, and we’re not the only ones. We’d like to see more density and perhaps a little more length, but there’s serious potential in them there facial follicles. Could we perhaps have a War of the Pitwall Ginger Beards on our hands…?
F1BEARDWATCH believes the popular phrase to be “on it like a car bonnet”.
Each year the F1 summer break sees the teams down tools for two weeks as part of the factory shutdown. Some team members take that to the extreme, as seen here (just about) on known Dane and bright young thing Kevin Magnussen. Razors do enable a more optimal aerodynamic efficiency in the facial area, after all.
While we at F1BEARDWATCH do appreciate a brand new beard to watch in this inhospitable, Webber-less era, as a friend of the ‘WATCH once put it, "facial hair on blond men is merely a cloud of possibility, often invisible to the naked eye." We humbly suggest that Kevin persevere with his gentle dusting of hair so that he may one day emulate Danish beard idol Steffen Nørgaard.
Timo Glock didn’t win, or indeed race, in the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours last weekend, but he did go fishing using only the pulling power of his mighty chinrug, so that’s nice.
Shortly after this photo was taken, he descaled his impressive catch by rubbing it on his face.
F1BEARDWATCH would also like to congratulate Giancarlo Fisichella and the #51 AF Corse team on also finishing P1 in class at the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours. It proves that even a beard of such persistently poor quality can propel you to success.
All hail Beard Power.
We at F1BEARDWATCH would like to congratulate DAS BEARDKING on bearding up the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hour podium good and proper. Rebellion Racing’s #12 finished P1 in class and P4 overall with a brand new car.
Timo Glock at the DTM Champions photo shoot
At this point, what we at F1BEARDWATCH want to know is, where was this Proper Beard when you were in F1, Timo? Were you too afeared to challenge DAS BEARDKING?
Thank you kindly! After we sighed with relief at the return of the gingery goodness and basked in its glory, we at F1BEARDWATCH took our sweet time detailing Rob’s folkular adventures. Apologies for the delay.
Rob “I’ve been dead poorly, me” Smedley, Qualifying, 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix.
Well well well. Well well well well well well well. Rob Smedley’s well-documented struggles as a folk musician continue.
During his transition from the red team to the stripey team, Rob became lost in the wilderness with naught but a mandolin for company. He busked, he gigged, he tried his hand at the accordion, he sang I Will Wait at the open mic night of a dusty middle-class pub more times than he can count. Caught in a smart/casual maelstrom of tweed, cardigans and fedoras, he was rescued on Thursday and quarantined in his Bahrain hotel room until the worst effects of his odyssey had worn off.
Still hasn’t had chance to nip to a barber, though.
Charles - Friday practice, Bahrain
There’s an auburn elephant in the room which we’ll get to in a moment, but first we’ll point out that former Caterham driver/current garage loiterer Charles Pic is trying his best to look like a grown up. Or a singer/songwriter.