The trio of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix podium finishers expressed doubts and concerns over Formula 1’s new logo, which was revealed on the podium after formalities were concluded.
None of Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton nor Sebastian Vettel addressed the new logo on the podium itself but were asked about it in the post-race press conference, and all offered frosty responses.
“I kind of like the old one. I only saw it very quickly,” Bottas said.
“Just say you don’t like the new one!” Vettel replied.
“What’s wrong with the old one? I don’t know. I think it’s quite cool,” Bottas answered.
“I liked the old one better,” Vettel concluded.
Hamilton took it a step further, noting how so many brands and companies retain their iconic logos and rarely switch.
“The problem is logos… I think the one that we already had was an iconic logo I think,” he said. “Just imagine Ferrari changing their logo, or Mercedes changed their logo. I don’t think the new one is as iconic but maybe it will grow on us.”
As one might expect, the quick and immediate “hot take” outrage erupted on social media in the aftermath of the logo’s release.
Logo designers Wieden+Kennedy London explained the process in a post on CreativeReview.co.uk following the release.
Dublin, Ireland’s Keith Donegan claimed a $200K scholarship from Mazda after emerging victorious at the second annual Mazda Road to Indy Shootout. The 20-year-old Donegan earned an at-large nomination for the scholarship based on his performance at this year’s Formula Ford Festival, in which he finished second in the final, and emerged from a pack of 17 drivers from across the globe to claim the scholarship.
“It really hasn’t hit me yet,” said an emotional Donegan, who earlier in his career actually spent two years away from racing as he focused on academics. “The weekend was really good and I enjoyed it. I have to say a huge thanks to Mazda and Cooper Tires and everyone at the Mazda Road to Indy. I enjoyed every moment. Throughout the weekend we were consistent and I kept the small things in check. I didn’t make any stupid mistakes and kept my head cool and that really paid off in the end.”
The two-day shootout was held at the Bondurant Racing School in Arizona and saw the nominated drivers tackle the school’s 1.6-mile circuit in Formula Mazda race cars before facing on and off-track assessments. Donegan was selected by a panel of judges that included former driver and current Verizon IndyCar Series TV analyst Scott Goodyear, Mazda drivers Tom Long, Andrew Carbonell, and Jonathan Bomarito, as well as Victor Franzoni – the current champion of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires – and Oliver Askew, the current champion of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.
Donegan was humbled to be in the presence of drivers who have won scholarships and championships previously, and added that he is grateful to have the opportunity to continue his racing career.
“You see all these champions here today that will go on to great things in the future and I’m sure the names you see here today aren’t going to disappear,” Donegan added. “They will be back up there and I’m sure I will be racing them again some day. It is an unbelievable opportunity to be given and for Mazda to provide that for any young driver. It just gives that bit of motivation that you need because the [U.S.] is where you need to go to become a professional these days. It is such a boost to my career.”
Donegan is now slated to join the 2018 USF2000 championship, with further announcements regarding the team with whom he’ll be racing to come in the future.