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Friday Fun - North West, South or East? // Naming our future F1 stars

Published by Mr. C

Kanye West on stage
The only way is up (and left a bit)Credit: NRK P3 / CC

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have apparently named their first child North, full name North West. No middle names, just North West. Plainly the single greatest name of all time, and only likely to be bettered if the next one is named Go.

However, this news does throw open the doors for the future of baby names, all bets are off, anything goes.

Given that it's a Friday, it's the longest day of the year and the F1 world is still in a tailspin over tyres, lets have some fun re-imagining the world of motorsport through Kanye and Kim's eyes.

Which drivers past, present or future have earned a more appropriate name?

Real life has already given us a few to get started, including Scott Speed and the inexplicably named Will Power (who's parents were way ahead of their time), but can we do any better?

What would you name a future F1 star, whose name could be improved with a bit of tweaking and if you already named your kids after one of motor racing's greats, what did you call them?

Let us know in the comments below, on Facebook or on Twitter.




  • You could do worse than picking any name from the grid of the great Commodore 64 racing game "Revs"

    "Mad" Max Throttle

    Gary Clipper

    Desmond Dash

    Johnny Turbo

    Percy Veer

    Davey Rocket

    Gloria Slap

    Wilma Cargo

    Sid Spoiler

    Harry Fume

    Hugh Jengine

    Dan Dipstick

    Willy Swerve

    Billy Bumper

    Roland Slide

    Rick Shaw

    Miles Behind

    Slim Chance

    Peter Out

  • You could do worse than picking any name from the grid of the great Commodore 64 racing game "Revs"

    Along those lines, from Wacky Races, how about Penelope Pitstop.

  • I remember writing a what-if on Chris Amon winning an actual F1 race. If you chanced apon the full entry list of the event you would come across the names of a hopelessly made up team that is the direct literal translation into German of "Side" 'Pod" and "cast". The Drivers are "Franck Friesen" and "Amadeus Berger". Whereas I am pretty sure that Amadeus is a pretty old-fashioned Germanic first name it also happens to be the name of a type of cheese found in Austria. Closest I could come to for French Fries and Cheese Burger....

  • I feel sorry for everyone who asks where the kid is. They are never going to find him.

    Where is North West?

    It is up and to the left

    It's just like Who's on first

  • The first driver I can think of who earned a new name was Andrea deCesaris who had 1 major accidents in one 16 race season and became Andrea deCrasheris

  • The first driver I can think of who earned a new name was Andrea deCesaris who had 1 major accidents in one 16 race season and became Andrea deCrasheris

    How about 3 of the current/recent carnagemeisters:

    Romain GROAN-jean

    Pastor Maldona-DON'T

    Kamui Kobay-BASHI

  • Will Power's young-un, Max, naturally. (Name you've got to touch, etc etc)

  • Anybody with the last name Gordon is missing out if they don't name their kid Flash.

  • It's just like Who's on first

    With "Hu" on first do we leave in the right handed starter "Tomorrow" or do we yank him for the lefty "Certainly" from the Bull-pen?

  • The first driver I can think of who earned a new name was Andrea deCesaris who had 1 major accidents in one 16 race season and became Andrea deCrasheris

    Does "Hunt the Shunt" count?

  • How could I forget about Michael Who?

  • How could I forget about Michael Who?

    ♥ ♥

  • - chase bentley

    - austin grandprix

    - jack pitman

  • If people are naming fictional drivers we need to add Skid Solo. I always thought that was a great name when I was a kid.

  • If people are naming fictional drivers we need to add Skid Solo. I always thought that was a great name when I was a kid.

    yes! also: ryder solo :)

  • Han Solo?

  • How long till the guy who plays Wolverine in the films comes to F1 and is used to prop cars up during pit stops? #NominativeDeterminism

  • Han Solo?

    always needed a co-pilot. a rally driver then.

  • How long till the guy who plays Wolverine in the films comes to F1 and is used to prop cars up during pit stops? #NominativeDeterminism

    Or Anakin Skywalker turns up driving a Ferrari to see if Adrian Newey is more powerful that the force

  • If my last name was...

    ...Button, my kids would be named Panic, Ejection, and Start/Stop (twins?).

    ...Marko, the child would be named Polo, but we could only say her name at a swimming pool.

    ...Brawn, I would give the first name Werner and the second name Fawn, and encourage he/she to be a rocket scientist. Or maybe I'd go for Brayne Sover.

    ...Pic, the kids would be called Glossi, Matte, and Lurid Action.

    (I tried. How about Drift and Draft for racer first names? Too soap opera-y?)

  • great stuff via twitter:

    @deepalir: How about Justin Time? :)

    ‏@sinha_j: My son is named Ayrton and his surname is Sinha..!

  • Mark Webber will call his son Slow-off-the-mark Webber

  • :) :) :) :)

  • ...Brawn, I would give the first name Werner and the second name Fawn, and encourage he/she to be a rocket scientist.

    :)

  • ‏@sinha_j: My son is named Ayrton and his surname is Sinha..!

    Amazing.

  • Amazing.

    In a good way. I think.

  • Pastor Maldona-DON'T

    Lewis SLAM-ilton

  • The best names in racing history:

    Joe Tanto

    Jimmy Bly

    Beau Brandenburg

    Memo Moreno

    ...

  • I remember I used to have a game back in the commodore 64, maybe amiga era which had names based on f1 names at the time, I remember crash hard banger and nijel mainsail, but I had to look up the rest. ayrton sendup, nelson pickets, mickey louder, alain phosphate. t hairy boutsen.

    and ofcourse there was pitstop 2 with the names earl sump, dierdre dipstick, tina turbo, sheila strut. lamont lugnut, Terrence tierod, Penelope pitstop, Raymond rollbar, those were the days.

  • Mickey Louder is good :)

  • Best racing driver name I ever heard was not a proper racing driver. Many years ago Marlboro ran a competition for people who had never had a racing licence to win a fully sponsored season of racing. A bit like the Nissan GT Academy/Playstation thing except it was for a season of Formula Ford rather than Le Mans. The had a thousand people go to Silverstone to find out who should get the drive. I decided a free season's racing was worth trying for and the guy next to me at the start of the day was called Mario Ferrari. How he never won with a name like that I will never know.

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