“Oh my goodness, oh my goodness! Have you seen a more freakish drive in Formula 1 History?”

Hold up, that doesn’t sound right? And so might this list, where The Football Sack’s Ngau Kai Yan imagines A-League teams as the current season’s Formula 1 drivers.

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Adelaide United > Carlos Sainz 

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Capable and consistent of delivering performances on a good day, will never get their big break in the sport because of resources on hand. Hardly gets into trouble, perhaps a bit too polite. A concise definition of a midfielder.

Brisbane Roar > Daniil Kvyat 

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Plagued with inconsistencies and very ill-treated by higher management. Needs that occasional result to remind everyone that they’re not the worst in the pack. Doesn’t have that extra bit of mental willpower to take them far in the competition.

Central Coast Mariners > Robert Kubica

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Achieved great things in the past, but that seemed aeons away. Sometimes, you have to step back and take in the hardships they’ve been through, and wonder : just how far the great has fallen. Just here to tide out another year in the sport.

Melbourne City > Lance Stroll 

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Not one of the favourite faces in the sport. Party due to the fact that they have been bankrolled to the hill, a practice frowned upon in the world of sports. Backers might’ve brought more to the sport in general in the process of attempting to buy trophies. Have yet to produce results despite massive backing and huge potential, and they’ve pretty much set themselves up for implosion ; perhaps much sooner than we expected.

Melbourne Victory > Sebastian Vettel

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Dominance can be sometimes exaggerated with a lack of inner rivalry, and its swagger can easily unrobed by worthy opponents. Adored by many, they conduct themselves very cool and composed on the outside. Can sometimes baffle with communication strategies. Blessed with wise and astute management, they are still considered one of the greats. The one that always seems to cop flak after a bad run, despite their consistent dominance. An easier target of such practice in recent times: is their eminence in the sport about to be overshadowed?

Newcastle Jets > Kimi Raikkonen

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They perhaps shared their most magical moment within the decade in the very same year (2018), and it looks like a moment they should cherish for some time. Never far away from the media’s spotlight. Has adequate talent to pull off performances, but set themselves up to be the easiest pushovers. Deplorable higher management to blame as well. Goes about their business in the most predictable and unattractive fashion to only a small degree of success.

Perth Glory > Daniel Ricciardo

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Steered by their own innovative ideas, they’ve always believed that Glory doesn’t come by chance ; it comes down to hard work. Never one to stick within comfort zones and outdated practices. They’ll always get past you (even late on). Show a non-sports fan what they’re about, and they’ll fall head over heels in love with them. The Perthlings are about to step foot into unknown territory in the near future, and regardless of results, you’ll more than likely admire them even more for who they are.

Sydney FC > Max Verstappen

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Known to cop flak, sometimes for even the smallest details, simply by being themselves. Both are entering an age of transitions, and given their past successes, are expected to deliver. Already winners in their own rights. Unstoppable on their best days, but so clumsy in way too many situations.

Wellington Phoenix > Nico Hulkenberg 

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Generated hype in its early days. Everyone’s been holding their breath for way too long for what they could offer, but it looks like success will remain something of a pipe dream. Some say they’ve used up nearly all of their opportunities to be in the sport, and should be shafted out. Well, at least they tried.

Western Sydney Wanderers > Sergio Perez 

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Will snatch the most unexpected results when everyone least expects it. Enjoyed a bright start and attracted the most ardent fans the sport has seen. Easily divides loyalties because of their place of origin. A tough fighter cursed with ill-luck.

Feature Image Credit : Ngau Kai Yan

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Journalism undergrad at Monash University, Kai is a multimedia journalist covering Melbourne Victory. Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund. Once "stole" Shinji Kagawa's plane ticket.