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If Villa were...a Formula 1 team

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If Villa were...a Formula 1 team

Our latest 'If Villa were' offering sees us in the Grand Prix world, where we take the form of an F1 team.

Ahead of this weekend's 2017 Championship finale in Abu Dhabi, we've taken a punt at how we may look if we swapped footballs for state-of-the-art steering wheels, goalposts for front and rear wings and corner flags for chicanes.

Here's a little more detail on our hypothetical entry onto the Formula 1 grid...

The car

Predominantly claret and blue, of course, our chassis incorporates the club's identity and official partners across it's bodywork.

If Villa Were an F1 Team

The eagle-eyed among you will notice the number 74 on the nose and side pods of the car – a small nod to our 1874 birthday.

Our colours mean we would have a unique presence on track, with no recent constructor having opted for a claret-based colour scheme.

Which driver and constructor would we be?

Multiple titles in the bag? Check. Desperate to get back to the top after a few years off the pace? Check. Still a one of the sport's great names? Check.

Our current situation has many parallels with two-time F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso and his McLaren team.

The Woking-based outfit have endured a tough three years since they reunited with their once-dominant engine partner Honda, but still have the infrastructure of a Championship winning team.

Fernando Alonso

They switch to Renault powered engines next year in the hope of climbing back up the grid amongst the frontrunners – just like us.

Alonso himself is in the twilight of his career, but is still considered by many as fast and wily enough to win a third title if given the right car.

Williams would also be a shout for a constructor. They also have a glittering history in the sport, yet have struggled for wins in the past decade.

Dan Connor
By @danconnor 24th November 2017