The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is upon us! No, not Christmas, silly. It’s Movember, the follicular fundraising juggernaut with an emphasis on men’s health and facial furniture. This year
McLaren MocLaren and GP3 team Koiranen GP Moiranen GP have embraced the ‘tache with these fine, if fake, stickered efforts. (As we all know, cars cannot grow hair, facial or otherwise, so we’ll let them off. Also, it’s for charideeeeeeee!)
Dear Team Ferrari, this beard/moustache competition is going too far…….
Looks like the larval form of Mothra fell asleep on his face in Suzuka and hitched a ride all the way to Noida.
Sergio Pérez seen here in India at the mercy of F1BEARDWATCH’s nemesis Gillette. While we’re not certain if Checo would have preferred to keep his low-slung stubble, we do believe Bollywood stars Aditi Rao Hydari and Neha Dhupia deserve better than to be window dressing at a sponsor event.
Unless Checo’s face fuzz is the source of all his strength, and his arms have been rendered limp and useless by the application of shaving foam.
Damn you, Gillette. Damn you.
"I don’t think the girls like this fuzzy face, you know. A lot of girls out there fancy you and they’re not liking it, that’s the Twitter I’m getting."
So, we have our answer: it’s a fangirl deterrent. Not a very successful one, we’d say.
"Something I have noticed at Ferrari is that Movember seems to have come early! A lot of the mechanics are sporting rather impressive moustaches, not least Rob Smedley; he’s gone for the whole ‘ginger pirate’ look. […] There does seem to be some sort of Ferrari related joke, because there are a lot of Sauber mechanics with very pronounced moustaches as well."-Ted Kravitz spots what F1BEARDWATCH has been on the case of for weeks. Perhaps now he can finally start asking the hard questions; is it for a bet? Is it a protest? Isn’t it a bit itchy in the heat? Have they all forgotten when Movember is (November)…?
OOF. The Smedley beard is taking on a life of it’s own!
We at F1BEARDWATCH find it hard to believe that Rob Smedley would forget to pack his razor two F1 weekends in a row, so we can now safely assume the auburn facewarmer is deliberate. We have a few suggestions for his next move:
- Buy an acoustic guitar and join a folk rock band.
- Buy an acoustic guitar and become a busker.
- Buy an acoustic guitar and record a delicate, heartbreaking cover of a hit from the 70s or 80s, to be used in this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert.
Our nemesis Gillette is doing its best to keep Bruno Senna’s face as smooth as a baby’s bottom, but we have to admit that this is a natty little kit. Meanwhile, fellow Brazilian Nelson Piquet Jr offers a ‘shopped look at his world-shaking beardliness.
Well, well, well. Not that we at F1BEARDWATCH think it was built by HRT or anything, but we are surprised it made it to the end. How did he cope with the itchy sweatiness, or sweaty itchiness, of the Singaporean night? We may never know. Rob’s beardinho, we salute you.
Rob’s nearlybeard/beardinho/protest beard/breakdown beard has made it to Saturday. It’s on the home straight. Will it take the chequered flag? And other tortured motorsport metaphors.
Shhh! We at F1BEARDWATCH are whispering this entry, because we’re afraid we might scare away the nascent beard that has appeared on Rob Smedley’s face, the likes of which we’ve rarely seen on him. If allowed to flourish beyond this weekend, the full coverage indicates that it has the potential to be quite the auburn Boro beauty, rivalling that of our own Das BeardKing. Hide your razors!
This evening, F1BEARDWATCH had the pleasure of watching Rush, the much-touted Ron Howard film detailing the battle between James Hunt and Niki Lauda for the 1976 world championship.
We are delighted to report that both Clay Regazzoni’s moustache and - in our opinion, more importantly - Harald Ertl’s beard-and-‘tache combo are well represented on-screen. The meticulous research that went into the making of the film is clear to see, particularly in the delightful curl of Harald’s moustache.
However, we would’ve appreciated it had Harald’s name been spelt correctly in the credits. We really would have.
There must be something hairy in the water in Italy, because the Monza paddock is seeing a lot of facegardens. The ever reliable Enzo Ferrari Jr. [above] brought his caterpillars and, though F1BEARDWATCH does not usually cover non-motorsport guests, Italian singer Jovanotti’s [below] beard is so staggeringly tramp-like it deserves attention. Fernando must be consumed with envy; look at him, glaring in the background…
P.S. Former Dallara/Williams/Ferrari/Lotus designer Enrique Scalabroni is in Monza as well, looking like Santa’s South American cousin. Beard fever!