Who thinks the beard should stay?

The off-season inevitably leads to a bit of harmless self-indulgence and let-go for F1 drivers, and Valtteri Bottas is no exception.

The Finn has adopted a rugged look for the new year thanks to a short beard which will perhaps be part of his aggressive 2019 package destined to challenge Lewis Hamilton.

Mind you, the add-on might prompt a radio message from the Mercedes pit wall.

"Valtteri, it's James. Shave it off mate, it's adding weight!"