Posted 24 October 2021 - 18:53
Historically, Enstone. Originally because I thought their liveries were beautiful. The green and yellow Camel livery from 1993 was the first one I noticed, just that combination of colours as a kid, I thought they were great. No other team on the grid looked like them. Reignited my love for them in 1998 after a few less pretty years - I loved those baby blue cars, Fisichella and Wurz, underrated quick car, that car could have won a couple of races in 1998, easy. But the whole team by then seemed young, fresh and fun. The opposite of ultra-professional, serious outfits like McLaren and Ferrari, them and Jordan were the fun and personality on the grid. Followed them through their difficult tears after than then their Renault rebirth and bam another gorgeous colour scheme, probably my favourite of all time. Them and Alonso represented, FINALLY, a combination to overthrow Schumacher and Ferrari’s tedious dominance and then their Lotus rebirth, Kimi….all over again.
But I have to admit that their recent era as Renault and now Alpine, I’m kinda missing that spark from them that attracted me in the first place. I can’t put my finger on why, but they don’t inspire me as much anymore and I’d struggle to claim them as my favourite. It’s probably McLaren these days.