Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards – ‘Ferrari Special’ – Chinese Grand Prix 2019

Yes, a top 10 ‘Ferrari Special’, as Ferrari did it again.

And here’s the top 10 funniest tweets about it:

In 10th place is @Nick_vd_Boom with live footage from the Ferrari garage as they search for a strategy

9th place goes to @anuragdogra87 with live footage of fans everywhere when the scuderia issue team orders …

In 8th place is @TimeyWimeyDaffy with possibly the best description of the F1 strategists at this race

In 7th place is @sidgub wondering if Ferrari are the Williams of the front row? They’ve got the pace but no strategy, whereas William have no pace and some strategy. What do you think?

6th place goes to @sumukhkadekar with Leclerc’s internal monologue as Ferrari issue team orders and proceed to unravel his race …

In 5th place is @Travisty_22 with live footage of the Ferrari team debrief!

@timwagner66 is in 4th place with this tweet about the communication Leclerc was getting from the pit wall

3rd place goes to @toonsarmy for finding out who is behind Ferrari’s strategy …

In 2nd place is @stargateoracle with this tweet in response to @timwagner66 suggested Ferrari strategy …

And the winner of the ‘Ferrari Special’, in 1st place is @dibhayles … there are no words, this just made me giggle … a lot!

 

So that’s it. The Ferrari Special edition.

There were so many I just had to.

The Funniest Tweet Awards will be back in a fortnight when the F1 circus arrives in Baku. Looking forward to a great race there, the last two years have not disappointed.

Taking part in the Funniest Tweet Awards could not be simpler:

Follow me on twitter (@Pitlane_Girl) and during the race simply tweet something funny about it, not forgetting to tag me. Then cross your fingers that it makes the top 10.

You win nothing but kudos and bragging rights until the next race. However, if you do make the top 10, you are awarded points which are added up and an overall champion crowned at the end of the season.

Get practicing now and see you in Baku.

 

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Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards – Chinese Grand Prix 2019

Well, do you think the 1000th Formula 1 race was worth getting up for?

Aside from a couple of moments, to be honest, it wasn’t the best race this season.

Still, this did not stop you from producing some brilliantly funny tweets. So much so that I could have done this one, and two other special editions. BUT I thought that might be overkill (a bit like the 1000th mention that this was the 1000th GP), so I’ve just kept it at one special edition.

Yes, Ferrari made the cut … again, due to early team orders and a dubious race strategy.

So, look out after this article for the next installment of funny tweets.

Talking of, what a bunch there were this week and as always, incredibly difficult for me to whittle down to just 10.

However, whittled down they have been and here, without further ado are the Top 10 Funniest Tweets from the Chinese Grand Prix 2019:

In 10th place is @Josh_Lue with live footage of the Mercedes Pit Crew just before they executed that perfect double stack pit-stop. Did you see it? It was a thing of beauty….

Talking of ‘double stacks’ 9th place goes to @stargateoracle for another take on the Mercedes 2nd round of pit stops….

8th place goes to @fetrackchat with a sneaky look at who was actually behind all the dodgy camera angles during the race. Or was it just some of us that saw those??

In 7th place is @tvLAND3458 with this tweet following Hulkenberg’s retirement from the race …

In 6th place is @f1_ds16 as Hamilton and Bottas rejoin the track action after that amazing ‘double-stack’ pit stop

@emilyellaby is in 5th place with this tweet as Kvyat made a return to his torpedo ways and managed to shunt both McLaren’s on the first lap. (To be fair, I think it should have been put down to a racing incident, as everyone seemed to be struggling to heat their tyres up at the beginning of the race)

4th place goes to @timwagner66 with this tweet as Kvyat turns torpedo again ….

In 3rd place is @LaisneDeBiville with the first photo of the director of photography for today’s 1000th GP (haven’t mentioned that enough)

2nd place goes to @Flove_30 for this truly hilarious tweet about Gasly trying to keep up with the top 5. After all, he’s got the same package as Verstappen and so far this season has been sadly lacking the pace. Do you think he needs more time, or will we see him demoted back to Toro Rosso? After all, it wouldn’t be the first time, would it?

And this week’s winner, in 1st place is @RJoseRazoJr following a radio communication from George Russell to the William pit wall, that he was struggling with his front left tyre … on top of struggling with the Williams car!  Hokey Cokey anyone??

 

And that concludes the Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards for the 1000th F1 GP in China.

Keep an eye out for a special ‘Ferrari screws it up again’ edition, hitting the internet soon…

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FE Vegan Bake Off – Round 7 – Italy

Italy. Culinary heaven.

Pasta, pizza, gelato. What’s not to love?

So, for the Rome EPrix I thought I’d keep it fairly simple (!) and make some biscotti.

I found this lovely recipe for vegan vanilla biscotti from The Iron You website:

Vegan Vanilla Biscotti

Ingredients

  • 250g whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons flax seeds
  • 100g firmly packed brown sugar
  • 175 ml vanilla almond milk (or soy milk)
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Vegan chocolate for dipping or drizzling as desired (at least 2 oz)

Method

  1. Preheat oven 180C / Gas MArk 4 / 350F /160 Fan
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside
  3. Place flax seeds in a grinder (or a blender) and process into a very fine powder, then transfer to a large bowl
  4. Whisk in the almond milk and mix for about 30 seconds
  5. Add the sugar and vanilla extract and mix until smooth
  6. Sift in the whole wheat flour, salt and baking powder
  7. Stir to mix until a dough comes together
    1. If the dough is dry, add some almond milk, one tablespoon at a time, until it comes all together
  8. Knead very briefly to form a stiff dough
  9. On the baking sheet, form the dough into a rectangle about 12 inches long 3 to 4 inches wide
  10. Bake for 30 minutes, until lightly puffed; the top may also be slightly crackled
  11. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes
  12. Transfer the baked dough to a cutting board
  13. Then with a serrated knife, slice the biscotti into ½-inch thick slices
    1. The best way to do this is in one pushing-down motion; don’t saw the slices off or the slices could crumble. Be gentle when handling the biscotti at this time, they are delicate
  14. Set the slices on the cookie sheet cut side down and bake for a further 20 minutes (flipping the biscotti at the 10-minute mark) until your desired level of brownness and crispness is achieved
  15. Remove from the oven and cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring the slices to a cooling rack
  16. When completely cool, dip or drizzle with chocolate if you want

Note

  • I didn’t have any flax seeds in the cupboard, so I substituted flax seeds for chia seeds
  • After 30 minutes the mixture was very crumbly – so you do need to be very careful
  • Even after the further 20 minutes – they weren’t that crispy … maybe that was just due to the lack of flax seeds.

They are super tasty – and perfect with the coffee for the race on Saturday.

And here’s how I made them:

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F1 Bake Off – Round 3 – China

A last-minute recipe change for this week.

I was, well I actually did attempt to make Coconut Snowflake Cakes.

I followed the recipe to the letter and yet, after 24 hours chilling in the fridge the gelatine infused mixture had yet to harden to a firm consistency. It was still liquid.

As Mr Revel-Horwood would say: “It was a complete disaster, darling!”

So, it was back to the drawing board and literally at the eleventh hour I found and made some Chinese Almond Cookies.

A much easier recipe. Quick to make, quick to bake, scrummy to munch.

I got the recipe from The Spruce Eats website:

Chinese Almond Cookies

Ingredients

  • 240g flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 113g butter
  • 113g shortening
  • 150g white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2½ teaspoons almond extract
  • 30 whole almonds (blanched)
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)

Method

  1. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a bowl and set aside
  2. In another bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the butter and shortening, and sugar
  3. Add the egg and almond extract and beat until well blended
  4. Add to the flour mixture and mix well
    1. Note: The dough will be crumbly at this point
  5. Use your fingers to form the mixture into a dough, and then form the dough into 2 rolls or logs that are 10 to 12 inches long ***
  6. Wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours (this will make it easier to shape the dough into circles)
  7. Take a log and lightly score the dough at 3/4-inch intervals so that you have 15 pieces and cut the dough
  8. Roll each piece into a ball and place on a lightly greased cookie tray, approximately 1 1/2-inches apart
  9. Add an almond in the center of each cookie and press down lightly. Repeat with the remaining dough
  10. Brush each cookie lightly with a beaten egg
  11. Bake for 15 minutes to 18 minutes, until golden brown
  12. Cool and enjoy or store in a sealed container

Notes

*** to be honest I tried using my fingers to make the dough, but it was incredible sticky, so I ignored this bit and didn’t chill it either. I found it was much easier to just create dollops of cookie dough on a greaseproof paper. To be honest they tasted just as scrumptious.

And here’s how I made them:

 

Give the recipe a go and let me know how you get on. Is your dough easier to work with, or is it, like mine and totally sticky!

Enjoy the finished result.

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F1 Book Club – Round 3 – China

Welcome to China and this delightful book, ‘Bronze & Sunflower’, that is suitable for both adults and children.

Book:    Bronze and Sunflower

Author: Cao Wenxuan

ISBN:     9-781-406-348-460

Bronze has not spoken a word since a terrible fire swept through his village when he was small, and he is often alone.

Sunflower had moved to the countryside with her father, but there are no other children nearby and she too is lonely – until she spies Bronze on the far side of the river.

As they become friends, new worlds open up for them both. However, life in rural Damaidi is hard – and Bronze and Sunflower must work together to survive.

Translated from Chinese by Helen Wang.

 

Although technically a children’s book, it was a beautifully written story and gave you a glimpse into what life was like in rural China during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976).

I loved this book.

The back of the book tells you Bronze and Sunflower become friends, but they become so much more than that. They become brother and sister, inseparable.

I had never heard of cadre schools before I read this book. They were essentially labour camps, where professional, educated people were sent from the cities to work the land and spend the evenings at political meetings.

Obviously the main focus was with Bronze and Sunflower and all the scrapes they got into, how they helped each other out: Sunflower taught Bronze to read and write, Bronze made sure Sunflower was always safe, no matter where she was.

If I had one minor moan, and it’s a very tiny whinge, it is the end of the book.

Yes. It was sad. Yes. I did cry. But, it just stopped and I felt like I’d been left hanging by a thread. What actually happened?

I must have read the last chapter six, seven, eight times and I was left still none the wiser. Maybe it was just me. Maybe I was trying to read too much into it.

Here’s a challenge for you. Read the book and let me know what you think happens at the end.

Deal?

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Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards – ‘Vettel edition – Bahrain Grand Prix 2019

… as promised here are the top 10 funniest tweets, following Vettel’s unfortunate spin on track as he was passed by Hamilton…

In 10th place is @MBlaze31 with live onboard video footage from Hamilton’s car …

9th place goes to @KellyBone9 as Vettel channels his inner ‘Chuckle Brothers’

In 8th place is @StephenCole1984 with a video replay of Vettel’s spin

7th place goes to @timwagner66 with more video footage …

6th place goes to @RJoseRazoJr and the news that Vettel is now leading the F1 Spinning Championship …

In 5th place is @Bc1906Trader with live onboard footage of Vettel’s car when under pressure from Hamilton

In 4th place is @MichaelGierula as F1 turned into Mario Kart …

3rd place goes to @GvanderGarde and the new season 2 opener for ‘Drive to Survive’

2nd place goes to @LastLapPodcast and this action shot when Vettel hit the ejector button …

In 1st place is @JontysCorner suggesting a new name for Vettel …

So, there we are a double win for @Jontys_Corner and the conclusion of this week’s Funniest Tweet Awards.

They will be back in China for the 1000th F1 Grand Prix.

Taking part is simple.

Follow me on Twitter (@Pitlane_Girl)

During the race just tweet something funny and tag me in, or I might not see it

Cross your fingers that I pick it for the top 10

You win nothing but kudos and braggin rights until the next race. However, all the top 10 are awarded points which go towards the overall Funniest Tweet Awards Championship.

See you in China

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Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards – Bahrain Grand Prix 2019

Hands up who thought that was a cracker of a race?

Not so much a duel in the desert but all out combat in the desert.

I don’t think there was anywhere on that grid where jostling for position and overtaking did not happen.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc took his maiden pole in qualifying and at lights out slipped back a few places, only to claw them back. Vettel returned to form when attacked by Hamilton and ended up spinning off into infinity.

And then Ferrari reliability struck again as Leclerc’s engine started slowing down, meaning Hamilton overtook, and then Bottas. It seemed inevitable that Verstappen would claim the final podium place when both Renault cars gave up the ghost on the 55th lap.

The race finished under a safety car, and Leclerc scored his first (of many) podium. Third place clearly no consolation for what should have been the win, and I don’t think anyone watching could not feel gutted for him.

But, that’s motorsport and there will definitely be many, many more chances and wins for him.

On top of all this of course, there were all the funny tweets that filled my timeline. With Vettel seemingly starting this season as he finished last, I have decided to do an early ‘special edition’ top 10 as well.

After deliberating, cogitating and digesting all the tweets, I have come up with a top 10. These were the ones that made me snigger, giggle, or properly laugh out loud.

So, without further ado, here are the Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards for the Bahrain Grand Prix 2019:

In 10th place is @PlanetOfTheApex for parodying The Cure song ‘Friday I’m in Love’ following Hamilton’s need to pit for a 2nd time to change his soft tyres which were ‘falling off’ rapidly, with help and inspiration from @timwagnerr66’s original tweet channelling Robert Smith of The Cure…

9th place goes to @StephenCole1984 for live footage of the moment Lando Norris overtook Kimi (yes that’s right a McLaren overtaking) for 7th position (if I remember correctly)

8th place goes to @iGPManager for this tweet early on in the race when Carlos Sainz was trying to overtake Max Verstappen for 5th place, when the inevitable happened, he got ‘maxed out’ and sustained damage to his car which left him at the back of pack, before he retired on lap 54/55, around the same time the Renault’s lost power. (But how many of you were willing that McLaren passed?)

In 7th place is @ChrisJKenworthy for this tweet early on in the race after Leclerc having slipped back to 3rd at the beginning of the race, slowly but surely crept back up and overtook Vettel…

In 6th place is @timwagner66 for this retro tweet when Crofty mentioned brown flares and vintage 70s fashion at one point in the race …

5th place goes to @FranssonTova for onboard footgae of the Gasly’s Red Bull, struggling down the field as he desperately tried to get away from the ensuing Haas and Toro Rosso … (I know it’s only 2 races in, but is anyone else feeling a little bit disappointed with Gasly’s performance so far?)

4th place goes to @F1Tricky as a new meme alert went out to the F1 community following a celebrity spotting in the Ferrari garage …

In 3rd place is @RJoseRazoJr following Hamilton’s radio call, mid-race, that he was a sitting duck on the rapidly eroding soft tyre.

In 2nd place is @LastLapPodcast and the thoughts of McLaren fans everywhere, as Stroll went to unlap himself against Max (and we all know how that ended last time a pink car tried unlapping themselves) Verstappen following Sainz’s unfortunate incident earlier in the race

This week’s winner, in 1st place is @JontysCorner and live onboard video footage of Sainz limping back to the pits following his clash with Verstappen

There were some brilliant tweets this week, and I’m sorry if yours didn’t make it into the top 10. Every single tweet I find, I like and retweet, so you can view all of the candidates on my Twitter timeline (@Pitlane_Girl) and let me know what your favourite was.

Keep your eyes peeled for the Vettel Special Edition Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards, heading this way very soon…

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