Having been pointed towards a great photo for this week’s Caption Contest, I happened across some rather bizarre shots of the Formula One drivers arriving in Bahrain on Thursday. I find it interesting to see the drivers looking relaxed and carefree as they wander into the paddock, all dressed in their usual clothes with little sign of sponsor’s logos and the rest (okay, maybe a few logos). But what did strike me, and what made the following set of photos bizarre, is the range of sunglasses these wealthy athletes chose to put on their faces…
Now I will be the first to admit that finding a pair of shades that look half decent on my face is an arduous task at minimum, but I do tend to stay away from the 1980s throwbacks, a time when some of the drivers were barely even born. The retro look may work for some people, and it may even be a requirement of some of the sponsors, but there is a limit. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the full extent of Formula One eye-wear fashion.
Heikki Kovalainen – To be honest, not that bad.
Fernando Alonso – Can get away with the aviator look, just.
Felipe Massa – Cannot get away with the aviator look. But you do have to respect his authoritah!
Robert Kubica – A slightly updated Terminator look?
Timo Glock – A funky version of the ‘slightly updated Terminator look’?
Nick Heidfeld – Nick chose to ignore Glock Wan’s advice and instead consulted with Sebastien Bourdais’s daughter.
Sebastian Vettel – By the way Seb, Don Johnson wants his shades back.
Mark Webber – Takes his UV protection seriously.
Maybe I don’t understand fashion, maybe I am the absurd one. But even so, I think most of the drivers look pretty humorous wearing what they’re wearing.
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