These Funky Sculptures Represent Each Driver On The F1 Grid

These Funky Sculptures Represent Each Driver On The F1 Grid

Mexican Grand Prix organisers have commissioned these striking animal sculptures to accompany the drivers during the pre-race parade

Called alebrijes, they’re a form of Mexican folk art which takes a selection of animals, mashes them together into a mythical creature and is then painted in bright colours.

For this year’s race, Mexican GP organisers commissioned artists to make 20 alebrijes - one for each driver. They’re based on the favourite animals of each driver as well as the national animals of their respective countries, with the vibrant colours being based on the drivers’ national flags, helmet designs and their teams.

The results are brilliantly surreal - here’s the entire grid’s worth of alebrijes and the animals behind them:

Lewis Hamilton - Lion, Deer, Dog

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Valtteri Bottas - Dog, Elk, Siren

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Sebastian Vettel - Lion, Tiger, Fish

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Kimi Raikkonen - Elk, Dog, Flying Squirrel

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Max Verstappen - Lion, Dog, White Swan

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Daniel Ricciardo - Kangaroo, Honey Badger

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Nico Hulkenberg - Goat, Eagle, Llama

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Carlos Sainz - Meerkat, Penguin

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Kevin Magnussen - Pig, Eagle

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Romain Grosjean - Giraffe, Eagle, Rooster

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Fernando Alonso - Parakeet, Penguin, Bull

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Stoffel Vandoorne - Bear, Lion, Hedgehog

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Sergio Perez - Monkey, Lion, Eagle

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Esteban Ocon - Rooster, Cheetah, Eagle

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Pierre Gasly - Rooster, Lion

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Brendon Hartley - Kiwi, Lion, Dolphin

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Charles Leclerc - Hedgehog, Rabbit, Field Mouse

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Marcus Ericsson - Elk, Dog, Wolf

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Lance Stroll - Beaver, Eagle, Dog

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Sergey Sirotkin - White Horse, Lion, Dog

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There’s a real range of stuff going on there, from ‘that’s seriously cool’ (Hulkenberg’s) to ‘what the `f**k is that!?’ (Sainz).

They’re all awesome in their own ways, though. Large versions of these will accompany the drivers during the parade before the race on Sunday and drivers will also get given a small replica of their alebrije.

`All images (c) MexicoGP