Happy Birthday, Lewis Hamilton

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To celebrate the Mercedes ace’s 32nd birthday, we rate Formula One’s five most stylish drivers.

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

The British driver might have been dubbed the worst-dressed man in sport by some London tabloids — and sure, we can’t say we were fans of his platinum blond phase — but Hamilton’s style career has been more hits than misses. Regularly snapped alongside celeb pals Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Naomi Campbell, the photogenic birthday boy rocks the luxe streetwear look — we’re talking baggy tees, thick-rimmed glasses, well groomed facial hair, and plenty of tats and bling.

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Jenson Button (McLaren-Honda)

Another Brit with effortless good looks (can’t you just imagine him foppishly stuttering his way through Hugh Grant’s part in a late ‘90s rom-com?), Button earned his playboy reputation by appearing in the front row of Dolce & Gabbana fashion shows alongside David Beckham, maintaining a long-term relationship with Hugo Boss, and residing in super stylish Monaco, where he’s a regular in the annual Amber Lounge charity fashion events. Lost some style points by appearing in an iffy Head and Shoulders dandruff shampoo commercial, though.

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Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

Another Monaco resident with a long-standing association with Hugo Boss, the recently retired Rosberg gets all his formalwear custom fitted by a tailor in Bologna, Italy, and is also a brand ambassador for luxury Swiss watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen — IWC even unveiled a 250-piece limited edition chronograph named after the Finnish driver in 2014. Plus, there’s nothing more stylish than a winner — Rosberg is the F1 reigning champ, following in the footsteps of his dad Keke, who took out the 1982 championship.

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Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)

Of course we had to include the Australian on this list! Following in the footsteps of style-conscious countryman Mark Webber, Ricciardo was thrust in front of the camera modelling Pepe Jeans 2015 menswear line the moment his joined Red Bull and looked every bit a natural in front of the camera with his Italian stallion good looks and that trademark set of pearly whites. Still only 27, one of the glamour sport’s most marketable stars will only continue to rise in the style stakes. Stay tuned for more Ricciardo in Men’s Style!

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From the vault: James Hunt

Immortalised by Chris Hemsworth in the 2013 film Rush based on his rivalry with Nicki Lauda, 1970s British playboy Hunt was the charismatic, womanising, golden-haired boy of Formula One in an era when men were men and the champagne (and plenty of harder stuff) flowed freely. Hunt was an eccentric, casual dresser — wearing bright retro prints to formal occasions was a favourite move, as was famously sewing a badge that said “Sex: breakfast of champions” to his race uniform. Tragically passed away of a heart attack in 1993, aged just 45.

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