Choosing a dream team is not the easiest task in any sport. What a ‘Dream Team’ consists of, is the best of the best individuals in that sport and who are terrific in their own fields with the hunger to reach for perfection.
While we keep on hearing about a dream XI in cricket every now and then, Formula One per say has never really had a dream team.
Even though the drivers remain in much of the spotlight, there’s a lot of work that goes behind the scenes to build a competitive car which makes Formula One a team sport rather than an individual sport.
While individuals fight for the drivers’ title, it’s the team that helps them reach the ultimate glory. A win and a loss is not just for the driver but for the whole team.
Before choosing the ‘Dream Team’, I penned down a few rules for deciding who would be a part of the team.
a) Constructor – A team which has a history in Formula One. A team which has been competitive, is always hungry for success and has the ability to bring out fast and reliable cars year-on-year.
b) Race Driver – A race driver is measured by his driving skills, attitude, race acumen and his determination to outperform himself rather than the competition. Not to mention the ability to win races no matter what car is given to him.
c) Test Driver – A test driver has a major role to play in the development of a competitive race car and it is he who passes on the critical information to the race engineers. He puts in the hard work on the tracks lap after lap. Hence, it is important to have a driver with a lot of experience, and who knows the formula one car like the back of his hand.
d) Team Principal – A man who is responsible for giving his driver the best chance to win with the best possible car. Add to that designing a race strategy that would help him win races.
Another rule that I followed was to choose the ‘Dream Team’ from the past 20-year period. While there have been Formula One legends before that, I thought it was better to stick to the era that most of us have grown up watching and can relate to.
So, here are my thoughts on my Formula One dream team along with the options I had to choose from. Trust me, it’s easier to read than to write about it.
Constructor – Scuderia Ferrari
I was able to shortlist three constructors which have been in Formula One long enough to be considered in a dream team. Ferrari, McLaren Mercedes and Williams were my choices. But I had to choose one among them and it had to be Ferrari.
When you have been in the sport for more than 60 years, you are supposed to be the best. Ferrari continue to be, by far, the best team in Formula One with 15 drivers’ titles and 16 constructors’ titles.
While the team has a big history behind them, they surely believe in creating history. With the likes of Juan Manuel Fangio, Niki Lauda and Michael Schumacher in the drivers’ list, Ferrari are probably the most glamorous and most talked about team in Formula One, so much so that they continue to hold most of the records in the constructors’ table.
An incredible 8 constructors’ and 7 drivers’ championships in the last 20 years speak volumes about the team apart from having some of the best drivers drive for them.