March 11, 2008

F1 Preview - Simpsons Style

The Formula1 season starts this weekend in Australia. Most American sports fans aren't familiar with F1, so ECB is providing a guide to F1 based on something familiar to almost every sports fan: The Simpsons.

Bernie EcclestoneMontgomery Burns

The most obvious comparison, Ecclestone is the CEO of Formula1 Management. Like Mr. Burns, he's a weird old man with way too much money and power.

Kimi Raikkonen Bumblebee Man

Raikkonen is last year's F1 Champion. Like Bumblebee man, he's a bit difficult to understand when he talks and is fond of dressing up in costumes. Raikkonen has a famously dry sense of humor, but I think he's hilarious. He doesn't say much in press conferences, but he has a reputation for being a wild partier.

Lewis HamiltonRod Flanders

Lewis Hamilton was the runner up in the drivers' championship last year, his rookie season. He seems to be a bit of a boring, clean cut guy whose dad hangs around him just a bit too much (a little like Rod Flanders).

Ralf SchumacherPoochie

Ralf (Michael's brother) is out of F1 this year. Just like Poochie, he's a short-lived, poor imitation of the real thing who will be forgotten quickly.

Flavio BriatoreDuffman

Flavio Briatore is the managing director of the Renault team. He's loud, over-the-top, and a fan favorite, just like Duffman.

Jarno TrulliWaylon Smithers

Trulli is a driver for Toyota. He's Italian and very - ummm - flamboyant. Kinda like Smithers, if you catch my drift.

Jaques VilleneuveDr. Marvin Monroe

Apparently each of these guys was something of a big deal a long time ago. They both have been gone for a few years now, but no one seems to miss them.

David CoulthardHans Moleman

Both strike me as a little old to still be doing what they're doing. Coulthard is too old to be racing F1 anymore, and Moleman is too old to still be alive.

David HobbsJebediah Springfield

Hobbs is the color announcer for Speed's coverage of F1 in the US. "A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man" sounds like something he'd say.

Jenson ButtonGil Gunderson

Both these guys just can't seem to catch a break. They seem to be born losers.

OK, so maybe this preview didn't make you any smarter about F1, but hopefully if you watch the race this weekend you'll have a little bit of a frame of reference. If you have any other comparisons, I'd love to hear them in the comments.

4 Responses:

Anonymous said...

Ron Dennis = Mayor Quimby?

Michael Grant said...

Fernando Alonso = Moe Szylak after the plastic surgery. Devastatingly handsome, but still d’baggy enough to blackmail his own team once it was clear they were going to give Hamilton a fair chance to win.

Anonymous said...

Rubens Barrichello = Dr. Nick Riviera. The "B" in Barrichello stands for bargain, he'll race any F1 car for $19.99, and he enters every race debrief with "Hi, Everybody!"

Anonymous said...

Max Mosely = krusty the clown...

Alonso & Hamilton = Itchy and scratchy