Max Verstappen has filled a request with the Formula One Management in order to get a new abbreviation.
For the first two years of his Formula One racing career the young Dutchman was reffered to, on televisionscreens, as ‘VES’.
This was because ‘VER’ was being used for Jean Eric Vergne. Even when the Frenchman wasn’t active in Formula One anymore, he still held the rights to that particular abbreviation. In 2017 those rights won’t be his anymore. Therefore Verstappen wants to drive under the ‘VER’ label.
The young racer, and his management, have officially filled a request at FOM. But the commercial rights holder of Formula One have not responded to the request. Yet.
It could be argued that there should be more departures from the First Three Letters rule. It works for Verstappen, but often the First Three Letters are not always the best, most representative, way to indicate the the drivers name. Actually leaving out a vowel will provide a better abbreviation of the drivers full name than just using the first three letters. Especially with short names.
Some good examples are Esteban Ocon. OCN approximates his full name more closely than OCO. You get the syllables by doing that.
Another is Jordan King. KNG is superior to KIN, again because it approximates his full name. “NG” is more important than the vowel.
Alexander Rossi. They were forced to use RSI because Rosberg already had ROS, but RSI would have been better to begin with. Again, two syllables for the price of one.
The Schumacher family subscribe to leaving out vowels too. Michael had to use MSC when his brother Ralph joined F1 under RSC. Incidentally Michael’s son Mick uses SCM.
We cannot finish thus article without mentioning the best combination of TV abbreviations we’ll sadly never see again. Button leading ahead of Grosjean and Perez bringing up the rear produces the internet legend that is BUT GRO PER.
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