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Racer With Macho Name Not Manly Enough To Drive Pink F1 Car

Photo credit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images; Screencap via Nico Hülkenberg
Photo credit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images; Screencap via Nico Hülkenberg

Clearly, pink isn’t Renault Formula One driver Nico Hülkenberg’s favorite color, which I can empathize with. Either way, I’m not sure anyone who’s stuck wearing Renault’s odd yellow-pants race suits for the year can really say much about another team’s livery. Seriously, man, what are those?

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But he did! Shots fired.

Here and we thought Hülk made the move because Renault was pouring money into things like hiring away 2015 Le Mans winner Hülkenberg from Force India and building its first all-new car since 2012. Goodness knows, it wasn’t Renault’s performance last year, where they got soundly beaten by Force India in the constructors’ championship—not to mention by perpetually troubled McLaren, Red Bull’s b-team Toro Rosso and newcomers to the sport Haas, among several others.

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Maybe it was the threat of pinkness at Force India after all? (Probably not.)

Regardless, don’t slam the use of color. Pink is fine, and I think it’s time we moved on from the squeamishness around it as a lesser or “girly” color. I got so tired of having “50 Shades of Grey” be an adequate description of the grid last year, so don’t mess this up! 2017's grid is a rainbow of easy-to-spot wonderfulness and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

UPDATE: The team responds!

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I mean, who can hate on Hello Kitty?

Moderator, OppositeLock. Former Staff Writer, Jalopnik. 1984 "Porschelump" 944 race car, 1971 Volkswagen 411 race car, 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS.

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F1 car is F1 car, you could coat that fucker in pink glitter and make it shoot rainbow confetti out the exhaust and I dare say plenty of us normal humans would still sign up to take a lap in it.