Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards – Imola Grand Prix 2021

Wowzers! Second race in, and we were treated to another corker. I’ve only just recovered!

Just before the pitlane opened, the heavens opened. Well, on half of the track at least! Tyres were quickly swapped to inters or full wets and the drivers tentatively drove round to the grid.

It was an eventful drive to the grid for both Aston Martin drivers as they both experienced brake issues. More specifically, hot brakes! Indeed, Stroll’s were on fire, and when he informed his engineer Brad of this fact, Brad’s response was: “Drive faster to put it out!”

This issue meant all Aston Martin mechanics had to work against the clock to get both cars ready for the race. Stroll’s engineers managed it, but Vettel had to start from the pitlane. (Mind you, with the rain and spray it was probably the safer place to be honest!)

Even on the formation lap there were a few spins, a sign of things to come maybe?

As the lights went out, both Red Bulls got away quickly, but it was Verstappen who overtook his teammate and then pole-sitter, Lewis Hamilton, into the first corner, which bizarrely is actually Turn 4! And then, a coming together between Mazepin and Latifi saw the latter drive into the tyre barrier and out of the race, bringing out the safety car on Lap 1.

As the rain abated and the track began to dry, it was all eyes on who would blink and be brave enough to put slicks on first. That honour went to Vettel. Of the 2 front-runners (Verstappen and Hamilton), it was Verstappen who pitted first, leaving Hamilton to deploy Hammertime as Mercedes attempted the overcut. It was all working out, until a slightly longer pitstop for Hamilton and having to wait for Giovanazzi’s Alfa to pass before he could be released, left him emerge back onto the track still just behind Verstappen.

Then on lap 30, within the space of 2 laps it looked liked game over for both Mercedes’ cars. Hamilton made a rare mistake, which on the still damp track saw him slide across the gravel and just kiss the tyre wall. Skillful control saw him gingerly reverse back across the gravel and back onto the track. And if that wasn’t bad enough, Bottas (who had started 8th and gone backwards) was being hunted by George Russell in 10th (yes, he was in the points). With George in DRS range, he pulled alongside to overtake the ailing Finn, but saw his right tyre slip onto the wet grass, which acted like black ice and saw both the 2nd Mercedes and the junior Mercedes’ driver collide. It was a powerful punt, and could have been nasty, but thankfully both drivers emerged injury-free.

Not surprisingly the race was red-flagged, and the restart saw the lapped cars unlap themselves. This meant Hamilton was restarting in 8th, the same place Bottas had started the race. At the off, Hamilton was on a mission and he picked off cars one by one, doing what Bottas had found so difficult in the first half of the race. Hammertime had most definitely been deployed, and Hamilton not only managed to finish 2nd, but nab fastest lap to boot.

But, kudos must be given to Verstappen who kept his cool and drove a great race. If these two races are anything to go by, this could be one of the most exciting F1 seasons for many a year.

Of course, what would an F1 race be without funny tweets? And funny tweets there were a-plenty. Having had a much-needed cup of tea after the race, I have now deliberated, cogitated and judged this week’s entries.

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

10th place

@MinxyD14 echoing the sentiments of many a fan during the race this afternoon. Especially those who thought it was safe to go and grab a cuppa!

9th place

@mtm686 with live onboard footage of Gasly as he was going backwards (not literally obviously) with a drying track on full wets and the Alpha Tauri not calling him in to the pits.

8th place

@pgillet2017 expressing what most of us must have felt when we realised the same thing. Mazepin hadn’t spun himself out. And this week he finished the race (albeit last)

7th place

@pitlanepirate with unseen footage of the Aston Martin mechanics working like stink to get Stroll’s car ready in time for lights out.

6th place

There was one Haas spinning today as this footage from @FvB2309 shows. After spinning Mick Schumacher had to drive a lap to get back to the pitlane to get his repaired, but the pitlane entry was closed, to retrieve his stricken car parts, so he had to go round for another lap before he could pit and his car repaired.

5th place

@timwagner66 with a sneaky peek at Netflix’s new poster campaign for Drive to Survive Season 4.

4th place

@TomTheMadHatter with Lando’s mantra as a fast Hamilton was closing in.

3rd place

Poor Perez, it really wasn’t his day. Time penalties, and at one point his steering wheel was driving itself … @stargateoracle reveals the reason why!!!

2nd place

There was more desk hitting by Toto (unshown). And after George and Bottas’s crash, @3Legs4Wheels reveal Ikea’s speedy launch of their new ‘Toto’ desk. (Looks like it multi-purpose, when the anger subsides you can use it as a place to lie down and meditate!)

1st place

Just in case you missed it, to be honest I did, I blinked, @motorsportweek give us a replay of the aftermath of Bottas and Russell’s crash.

And that’s it. As always, let me know your favourite one(s) in the comments below.

The Funniest Tweet Awards will be back in 2 weeks time as the F1 circus rolls in to Portugal.

Until next time.

x

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What climate issues were Extreme E raising awareness of in Alula?

“The health of humanity depends on the health of the planet”

(António Guterres, Secretary General United Nations, 2020)

The main goal of Extreme E is to highlight the devastating effects climate change are having in some of the most remote places in the world, and demonstrate the positive steps that can be taken to protect the environment.

However, the coverage over last weekend’s inaugural race left me wondering what they were trying to raise awareness of in Alula. Yes there were plenty of videos about the general effects climate change is having already and the disaster set to befall us if we don’t all step up and do things to help save the planet. But, unless it was aired when I switched off, what was missing were the specifics about why they were racing in Alula.

And it seems I wasn’t the only one, as many comments on my Twitter feed confirmed.

So, I did a little digging, and found out exactly what issues Extreme E were trying to highlight during the first race, and that was, the issue of ‘desertification’.

Say what now!

Desertification. It is a real word, and it is a real problem.

The official definition is where previously fertile drylands becomes more dry and barren due to natural processes and human activity.

Drylands are typically areas in the world that get very little rain or snow each year.

Map showing global dryland areas

You can see the drylands (arid, semi-arid and sub-humid areas), in the image above identified by orange and red areas, and they make up over 40% of terrestrial land mass.

Why is this a problem?

Land degradation is nothing new and has been happening throughout time. The problem is, that the speed at which it is occurring has increased significantly. According to the United Nations land degradation is happening at a rate of 35 times that of the historical rate.

Even worse, the European Commission’s World Atlas of Desertification found that 75% of the earth’s land mass is already degraded, and by 2050 the estimate is that over 90% will have degraded.

Land degradation is driven by a number of factors including urbanisation, over-farming, deforestation and even climate change. Collectively, this contributes to erosion of the soil erosion, which means any rain that does fall cannot be retained by the soil and plants can’t grow.

Of course, it is possible for rain to fall and vegetation to return after a few years if some of the factors that have caused the degradation are removed or changed.

However, desertification is, according to scientists when degradation cannot be reversed and the land is lost forever.

But what does this mean for humans?

Currently, there are approximately 2 billion people living in dryland areas around the world, and they already have a lower quality of life and live below the poverty line before factoring in the risk of desertification.

It is estimated that if land degradation continues at its current rate, by 2050, 50 million of these people could be displaced and forced to move into already crowded urban areas.

What is being done to help prevent more land being lost to desertification?

Prevention is always better than the cure, and certainly approaches that promote sustainable conservation and alternative livelihoods are more cost-effective than waiting until it’s too late and then trying to reverse the impossible.

However, like anything new these approaches require everyone affected to ‘get on board’ from governments to population.

Perhaps the biggest, and most well-known project to help prevent desertification is the ‘Great Green Wall of Africa’ which “aims to grow an 8,000km natural wonder of the world across the entire width of Africa”.

Image of the Great Green Wall in Africa from National Geographic
Great Green Wall (credit National Geographic)

The project’s website states: “The Wall promises to be a compelling solution to the many urgent threats not only facing the African Continent, but the global community as a whole – notably climate change, drought, famine, conflict and migration.”

Aside from this, other strategies being used to prevent desertification include:

  • Encouraging farmers to use their animal’s manure to fertilise the crops being grown, which is a more sustainable farming approach as it not only improves the quality of the soil but helps protect it from erosion
  • Implementing water management policies that collect and store water during the wet seasons and use that water to water crops during the dry seasons
  • Investigating alternative livelihoods that are less demanding on natural resources, such as tourism and alternative farming methods

Extreme E’s Legacy Programme

As well as highlighting global issues, Extreme E aims to “leave a long-lasting, positive impact through its Legacy Programmes” in each area they visit.

In Saudi Arabia, the Legacy Programme will help turtle conservation through beach fencing, beach management and monitoring, careful nest relocation, education programs, and improvements such as raising the level of beaches to a suitable height with imported sand to allow for successful turtle nesting and egg hatching.

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E said: ““The Red Sea is home to some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world and we have worked closely with the Ba’a Foundation to identify this important project based around endangered sea turtle conservation; a truly worthy and exciting initiative that will start receiving our support immediately.”

Ras Baridi, the focus of this first Legacy Programme, centres specifically on conserving and protecting the habitat of the endangered green turtle and critically endangered Hawksbill turtle.

Picture of a green sea turtle
Green Turtle
Picture of a Hawksbill Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle

According to the World Wildlife Foundation: “Hawksbills declined globally by over 80% during the last century. There are difficulties in accurately assessing population size, but a recent estimate of adult nesting females of 8,000+ has been made. There are only 5 populations worldwide with more than 1,000 females nesting annually.”

The prognosis for green turtles is not as bad. They are currently endangered as their population has dwindled over the years due to them being exploited for their fat, meat and eggs. However, there are an estimated 85-90,000 nesting females globally.

The current threats to turtles include plastic debris, getting tangled up in fishing equipment, coastal developments and climate changes which have increased sand temperature and sea levels, the latter of which floods their nest.

Bader Al-Rabiah, Executive Director at the Ba’a Foundation, said: “We are delighted to collaborate with Extreme E on this exciting project which demonstrates our commitment to the Kingdom’s values in embracing the future while also preserving our culture and protecting our environment.

 “This initiative is part of a full program at Ba’a Foundation to conserve marine life on both Saudi coasts, Red Sea and Arabian Gulf.”

Following the Legacy Programme reveal, many of the Extreme E drivers visited Ras Baridi and took part in a beach clean.

We’re all aware of the plastic in our oceans and the need to keep our beaches clean. So, let’s make a pledge to take our litter home with us this year.

Keep your eye out for the next Extreme E ‘climate issues’ article after the next race in May.

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So, what did you think of Extreme E??

Hmmm, it was interesting, that’s for sure.

Extreme E sees 9 teams competing in electric SUVs in remote parts of the world to highlight the problem of climate change.

This weekend was inaugural race in the desert of Saudi Arabia, and it was OK.

What I liked

I loved the high spec electric off-road sand buggies. They looked like so much fun, and I’m still waiting for my passenger ride in one.

I also liked the fact that each team has a male and female driver.

And I kind of get what they are trying to achieve by using ‘environmentally friendly’ motorsport to increase awareness of the problems that climate change is having on the world. And visiting the parts of the world that don’t directly affect us, but ultimately and indirectly will, by increasing global temperature, sea levels, etc.

The tagline ‘race without trace’ and their attempts to leave the landscape as they found it, with no litter. (Which to be honest could be a great new slogan for littering in the UK. Don’t get me started on the litter that was left after one beautiful spring day earlier this week, totally disgusting)

What I didn’t like

First off, qualifying. 3 hours!! Seriously, it was way too long. Each team ran their qualifying session with no one else on the ‘track’, and it just slowed the process down to a snail’s pace.

Stupid penalties! 17 seconds for speeding in the pitlane, and one team even got a 2-minute penalty. It rated up there with that spate of ridiculous grid drop penalties dealt out in F1 one season.

The actual coverage. I watched on Sky Sports Action, not the Extreme E You Tube channel, so I can’t comment on that. As I was on my daily early morning constitutional both yesterday and today, I missed the 6am slot, but switched on for 11am. Now the thing is, I got a bit bored with qualifying yesterday, so I switched off. Today when I switched on at 11, I thought I was watching the final, but I was actually watching the ‘best bits’ from yesterday and also from the earlier 6am coverage. This was not, however, noted on screen. So again, I got a wee bit bored. And when it did get going, the actual final lasted all of 20 minutes. So we sat through 3 hours of qualifying, 3 other ‘races’ before getting to a final of 3 cars. Did I feel a bit cheated? Yes.

That said the plus side of the coverage were the commentators. They were excellent, and giving as much information as they could, without having a Crofty apoplectic fit!

The last thing that they kind of went overboard on was the ‘eco-friendly’ aspect. Yes, it’s important, and the main reason for doing it, BUT mentioning it every 5 minutes, and showing the same video every half an hour was a little bit much!

Conclusion

Good idea? Yes.

Racing format – needs a major overhaul. At the moment it’s not so much a race, but an exhibition of extreme rally driving.

Coverage – needs sorting out. If it’s not going to be broadcast live on Sky, but a pre-recorded, edit then (1) Split it into smaller ‘programmes’ and label them and (2) at least show the good bits.

Commentary – great considering what they had to work with.

I’m not dissing it, far from it. I appreciate any new series is bound to have teething problems, and I will be tuning in to the next race in Senegal at the end of May.

But, I’ve a feeling that if it carries on like this, it won’t take off and fail to get the message across that it wants.

What did you think?

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Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards – Bahrain Grand Prix 2021

First off, who’s happy F1 is back? It’s felt like a long winter, hasn’t it? Although, in reality it hasn’t been, I’m guessing lockdown has made it feel like an eternity!

Secondly, WOW! Who else enjoyed THAT race? It had thrills, it had spills, a spin and all in all some cracking racing.

Following winter testing, it seems like Mercedes are starting the season in an unusual position, for them at least, and that’s slightly on the back foot. They appeared to struggle during testing, and only appeared to really look like the Mercedes we know during yesterday’s qualifying session. Even so, it was Verstappen and Red Bull who nabbed pole by 0.6 seconds. Is it any wonder then that the Sky commentary team were really milking it?

Or was that just me that got annoyed by it? I mean it’s not like Mercedes haven’t not been on pole before, so why now is it a major thing? Yes, it’s great that the field seems to have bunched up, especially if we’re going to be treated to races like today’s, but it’s not like Mercedes have found themselves going from top dog to plum last in 3 months, is it? Anyway my little tantrum over, let’s get back to the race.

Red Bull’s newest sacrifice driver for their second seat for their second seat had troubles on the formation lap, meaning the whole pack had to go round again, while Checo limped to the pitlane to start from there.

Lights out, Verstapen held the lead from Hamilton, Bottas got overtaken by Leclerc, and the rest of the grid made it safely through, all except Mazepin, who lived up to his new nickname, ‘Mazespin’ and spun himself out of the race by Turn 3.

Safety car deployed and by about lap 9 we finally got a lap of racing, before a virtual safety car as Gasly made contact and found himself going backwards.

Then it was strategy that came into play. Undercut, overcut, hard tyres, medium tyres, 2-stop, 3-stop, which way would the game of strategy roulette fall? It was difficult to keep up to be fair.

By the end of lap 56 though I felt as though I had gone through the ringer. My nerves were shattered, I was hyper-ventilating, and I needed an enormous mug of tea!

With all that was going on on track, it would be easy to ignore all the funny tweets that were flooding my notifications. It’s a darn good job I can multi-task 😉

But ignore them I did not. And after that gigantic cup of tea, I have now deliberated, cogitated and reached a verdict.

So without further ado, here are the Top 10 Funniest Tweets for the Bahrain Grand Prix 2021:

10th place

@pgillett2017 reminiscing about the good old days with Vettel fighting Alonso, albeit this time at the back of the pack, rather than the front!

9th place

@stargateoracle for live onboard action of F1 Rookie, Yuki Tsunoda, passing the other F1 2021 ‘Rookie’, 2-time F1 champion and Le Mans winner, Fernando Alonso. Is it just me, or is anyone else excited about Tsunoda? He’s a little firecracker, and I think one to definitely watch out for.

8th place

@_DavidBroad_ with onboard footage of Hamilton as he was reminded by Bono to stay within track limits at Turn 4. I think I’m with Martin Brundle and Crofty on this one, the FIA need to make a decision at the beginning of the weekend where the track limits are and that’s it, rather than what happened this weekend: Practice we won’t bother, qualifying we will, no mention of the race … until Red Bull did!!!

7th place

… talking of Red Bull making a call about track limits, @TarasDemerson has a sneaky peak of Christian Horner making the call.

6th place

@gijs_lagerweij with live onboard footage of Verstappen eating into the time between himself and Hamilton in those closing laps.

5th place

@FvB2309 with footage of F1 fans everywhere during the last few laps of that race. Was anyone else’s heart beating out of their backside??

4th place

@3Legs4Wheels with a behind-the-scenes look at Haas’s new simulator they had made especially for their new driver … you saw it here first folks!!

3rd place

@Jontys_Corner with unseen footage of Vettel, Alonso and Sainz trading places. So, if I remember correctly, the former Ferrari driver and the current driver over the the other former Ferrari driver who retook his position for the first former Ferrari driver, whilst the current Ferrari … oh, I give up!

2nd place

@timwagner66 with the team strategists trying to work out out which cut was better to use today. In the end, I think everyone threw their hands up and made it up as they went along! You??

1st place

This week’s winner are the @HaasF1Team with this tweet, that summed up the response to one of their drivers spinning out at the first corner!

As always I hope you liked this week’s offering of sillliness.

Let me know in the comments which your favourites are?

The Funniest Tweet Awards will be back, as always at the next F1 race in, I believe, 3 weeks times.

xx

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Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2020

Has everyone woken up?

Goodness me, that was rather dull, wasn’t it?

To go from the prospect of no racing at all in March to scheduling 17 races in 23 weeks, this season of Formula 1 will go down in history as a season that contained some of the most exciting races in many years, but also one that ended with probably one of the most boring races in its 70 year history. (I’m sure there have been others, but when even the Sky commentators run out of things to say, you know it’s bad!)

All cars, surprisingly made a clean start, Verstappen drove a controlled and measured race from pole to take the win. Bottas kept second and Hamilton kept Albon at bay in the last few laps to take third.

Perez came to halt on track on lap 11 resulting in a virtual safety car, at which most of the grid dived into the pits for their one and only pit stop. This turned into a full safety car deployment, but there were no surprises at the restart, and the procession continued.

The only other excitement was the tussle for places 7 to 10.

After 55 very long laps and one very large cup of tea to revive my energy levels, I have judged and compiled the final Top 10 of the season.

So without further ado, here are the Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2020:

10th place

@TomTheMadHatter with live onboard footage of Max Verstappen as he increases his lead over Bottas.

9th place

@FvB2309 with a behind the scenes look at the on-track battle for seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth

8th place

@Travisty_22 with live scenes of F1 fans everywhere as Perez came to a halt on track during the race, his last in Formula 1 (at the time of writing).

7th place

@itsthatginga with live video footage of the Sky F1 commentary box during that race.

6th place

@AlphaSpookster with live footage of Vettel the Ferrari pitwall told him he was doing a great job and to keep going. Seventeen races too late this season, but I guess the sentiment was there!

5th place

Both Mercedes’ were struggling for pace today, but @OfficialDB reveals who Lewis called in to help out …

4th place

With everyone questioning why Leclerc had not been shown the black and white flag, or a penalty after violating track limits for the 4th time, @Jontys_Corner gives us a sneak peek into the steward’s office.

3rd place

@MercedesAMGF1 prove that they can do a perfect double stack pit stop, much to the amazement of F1 Twitter following last week’s debacle. (Just don’t tell George)

2nd place

@timwagner66 with live pitlane footage as Sainz apparently drove slowly as McLaren did a double stack. (This is still pending Steward’s enquiry I believe)

1st place

Talking of Sainz’s potential penalty, @MotorsportWeek are the final winner of the season, with live footage from the steward’s office showing the real reason the penalty was not due to be investigated after the race. It appears they had nodded off too.

And that’s it. The final Top 10 of the season.

Let me know, in the comments below, which ones are your favourite.

The Funniest Tweet Awards Champion 2020 will be revealed on Twitter later (in about 30 minutes once I’ve updated my spreadsheet)

And the Funniest Tweet Awards will be back next year, in 96 days time.

xx

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Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards – Sakhir Grand Prix 2020

Goodness me! I don’t know about you, but that was like watching a new Fast and Furious film called ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy’.

With sub-1-minute laps this race had the potential to provide some thrills, upsets and chaos.

It did not disappoint.

With only four hours and a qualifying session in the car, Russell got a good start and jumped Bottas at lights out and took the lead, and kept it going through the first couple of corners.

Norris, who started at the back having taken a grid penalty for a new power unit, also had a great start and stormed up the grid.

Leclerc and Perez had a coming together, managed to avoid Verstappen who drove himself into the wall. Lerclerc followed and Perez ended up at the back of the pack.

This bought out the first safety car. Russell again bolted at the restart and Bottas nearly got overtaken by Sainz who was running in third.

Perez started climbing up the orders, and Russell maintained his lead through the pitstops, making him the third driver after Hamilton and Bottas for the most laps led in 2020.

But then …

… Aitken (Russell’s sub at Williams) had a coming together with a barrier and lost a piece of his front wing. The safety car was deployed again.

Mercedes, for reasons unknown, decided to bring both cars in to swap tyres, they had the time. Russell’s pitstop went well, but there was a problem with Bottas’s. Tyre mix ups, so Bottas had his old hard tyres put on. Some of his new medium tyres had been put on Russell’s car. Bottas re-emerged in P4, Russell had to come back in to get the right set on and went back out in P5.

At this point Perez was leading the race with Ocon in second and Stroll in third. What a turnaround!

At the restart it took 2 laps for Russell to overtake Bottas, he then quickly dispatched Stroll and Ocon for P2.

But then …

… came the radio call that he had a slow puncture. Another pitstop saw him emerge in P14.

On soft tyres however, Russell was like a rocket and picked off cars one by one, ending the race, which, had it not been for Mercedes’ mistake, he should have won, in P9. Bottas, went from P5 and finished P8.

The biggest surprise was that Perez who ended up at the back of the pack on lap 1, won the race.

With such a thrilling race, it was hardly surprising that I was inundated with funny tweets.

However, I have now deliberated and judged them, so without further ado here are the Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards for the Sakhir Grand Prix:

10th place

@timwagner66 with live footage from the Mercedes pitwall as the first safety car was deployed. Thankfully, a repeat of Imola was avoided.

9th place

@Steckelton_OnF1 with live footage of the Ferrari strategy team working out how to make their pitstops even worse for Vettel.

8th place

@stargateoracle with the reaction of F1 fans everywhere when the AWS tyre graphics come up on the screen. Graphics say tyres shot, drivers say: “Nah, they’re fine!”

7th place

@BykerWallv2 with his response to Racing Point’s question as to how Hamilton’s car was still leading the race.

6th place

@Charliebartman with an action replay of the first lap incident that took out Verstappen and Leclerc.

5th place

@_DavidBroad_ with live onboard footage from Russell’s car as he lapped one of the Williams’ cars.

4th place

@ThePinkStig with an accurate description of THAT Mercedes double stack pitstop.

3rd place

@TarasDemerson with another accurate description of George Russell’s performance this weekend (THAT pitstop aside). Would you agree?

2nd place

An early tweet from @Jontys_Corner with the Bottas excuse Wheel of Fortune. Which one do you think he would have chosen? (Although, to be fair, this was a tweet that didn’t age well due to Mercedes monumental mistake.)

1st place

This week’s winner if @mrsspanner echoing the feelings of many George Russel fans, with this response to a tweet by @timwagner66 about the tyre fudge.

And that’s your Top 10. As always, let me know which one(s) are your favourites.

The Funniest Tweet Awards will be back, for the final time this season at next week’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards – Bahrain Grand Prix 2020

That was a tough race, wasn’t it?

An absolutely horrific crash on the opening lap saw Grosjean’s car crash into the barriers and burst into flames. Thankfully, he managed to clamber out of the flames and according to latest FIA report, was conscious at all times and has been taken to hospital for evaluation.

An hour and a half later, the lights went out again under the dark desert sky and by the end of the first lap we had a safety car. Lance Stroll hit one of the kerbs, his car launched itself into the air and Lance found himself dangling upside down on the track.

Finally, on lap 9 we managed to get the first full lap of racing, without incident.From then on, the race was a little bit dull. There were flashes of excitement as Sainz overtook Leclerc (at least twice), the Renault pair jostling for position and George Russell keeping Sebastian Vettel at bay. (Now who’d have thought that would be a sentence I’d be writing this year?)

Three laps before the end, Perez’s Racing Point decided to start smoking and came to a halt at the side of the track, meaning the race finished under the safety car.

Not too many entries on the Funniest Tweets this week, but I have cobbled together a top 10. So without further ado, here are the Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards for the Bahrain Grand Prix 2020:

10th place

@tarasdemerson for bringing our attention to yet another great name combination … almost as good as BUT GRO PER …

9th place

@FormulaUno summing up Bottas’s race in one tweet, where, after a disastrous start which saw him slide down to p6, an equally bad restart saw him pick up a puncture, pit and spend the majority of the race out of the points before managing to climb to the heady heights of P9.

8th place

@timwagner66 with live onboard footage of Ricciardo’s car during the first part of the race.

7th place

@AlphaSpookster with a sneak-peak at Ferrari’s car manual for this year’s car!

6th place

@MotorsportWeek playing the Vettel spins drinking game …

5th place

@reg_666 with live footage of Max Verstappen’s car as he complained it was jumping around like a kangaroo…

4th place

@Rone11e with an accurate description of the Halo’s day at the office today.

3rd place

@CharlieBartman with unseen, live onboard footage of the fight between the Renaults.

2nd place

@andersonglenn05 with live footage of Kvyat at the beginning of the race.

1st place

This week’s winner is @TomThe MadHatter with live footage of Stroll extricating himself from his upside-down Racing Point … as you do

And that’s it for this week. Hopefully some of these made you laugh. Let me know in the comments which ones were your favourites.

The Funniest Tweet Awards will be back next week after the next Bahrain GP.

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Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards – Turkish Grand Prix 2020

Wowzers!

The Turkish Grand Prix was another classic track that didn’t fail to provide an exciting race. Hands up if you reckon Formula 1 should permanently put some of these ‘old school’ tracks back on the calendar??

For the first time this season, newly crowned 7-times Constructors’ Champions, Mercedes were not on the front row of the grid. Instead, in tricky qualifying conditions, the honours went to Lance Stroll. (OK, you could say it was a Mercedes, but a pink one).

As the lights went out, there was an awful lot of spinning up and down the grid. Unfortunately, Bottas was one of those who spun, and as he slid down the order he saw the prospect of taking the title fight to Bahrain slipping through his fingers.

Hamilton moved up from P6 to P3, but a lock-up further on saw him slide back down again.

Vettel made a great start, and it was great to see him and Hamilton fighting for track position again, albeit down in 5th and 6th.

There were so many amazing battles, position swaps and spins, like the tweets I struggled to keep up with the pace. (On a side note, tomorrow’s ‘F1 in 60 Seconds’ podcast will be completely manic, God help me!)

However, the day belonged to Lewis Hamilton. Over the 58 laps he slowly, but surely crept up the order and took the lead. With a ‘safety’ pitstop in hand he overrode his team’s instructions on lap 56 to come in and pit, and stayed out for the remaining 2 laps to claim victory. Not only for the race, but sealing his 7th World Drivers’ Championship to boot.

How emotional was that watching him trying to hold back tears? Parking his car, he sat there giving himself time to let the enormity of what he had just achieved sink in, and then this happened:

‘Raccoon time again!’

The craziness of the race also spilled over into my Twitter timeline with many, many funny tweets. Having has a well-earned cup of tea, I have now chosen my favourite 10.

So without further ado, here are the Top 10 Funniest Tweets for the Turkish Grand Prix:

10th place

With so many cars spinning today, @stargateoracle poses a question asked by many F1 fans …

9th place

@HeureuseViajera with the reaction of Vettel fans everywhere when his 2nd pit stop did not go according to plan. (Spoiler alert – he clawed his way back to 3rd, overtaking Leclerc on the last lap)

8th place

@TarasDemerson with the reaction from F1 fans as they finally get to see Vettel and Hamilton fighting for track position.

7th place

@traceyp_03 with live, onboard footage from Hamilton’s car at the start of the race as he moved up to P3 and then back to P6.

6th place

@biggiet17 with live footage from Vettel’s car as he passes Leclerc to nab 3rd place. Anyone else feel a sense of satisfaction at this too??

5th place

@AlphaSpookster with track action as Verstappen, who had been going great guns during the race, tried to overtake Perez and managed to take himself out of podium contention by channelling his inner Vettel and going for a rather hefty spin.

4th place

@Travisty_22 with live footage of Hamilton radioing to his team and calling off his ‘safety’ pit stop on lap 56.

3rd place

Maiden pole, and confidently leading the race, Lance Stroll was having a fantastic weekend until … that pit stop … when it all began to unravel. @_DavidBroad_ found behind-the-scenes onboard footage of the young Canadian driver as he tried desperately to cling on after his pit stop.

2nd place

Poor Bottas. The afternoon went from bad to worse. Channelling his inner Massa and going for the world record of ‘How many times can I spin during 1 race?’ he simply couldn’t believe it when he saw his team-mate coming up close behind him. Despite blue flags, he took a while to move over, and @timwagner66 found stunning footage of Valtteri watching Hamilton lap him.

1st place

This week’s winner is @drummerJoshG with this look at Norris’s McLaren halfway through the race. With the amount of rain that has fallen over the track during the course of the weekend, it’s hardly surprising most cars were in need of a good wash. But, it was the McLaren that the commentators noticed.

And that’s the Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards for the Turkish Grand Prix.

Hope you enjoyed the race, and these tweets?

As always, let me know which ones are your favourites in the comments below.

With both Constructors and Drivers Championships wrapped up with 3 races to go, will this crazy season finish with a bang or a whimper?

The Funniest Tweet Awards will be back in 2 weeks for the 1st Bahrain Grand Prix.

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Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards – Imola Grand Prix 2020

Imola, not the best place for overtaking and even Hamilton said the race would be a bit of a procession after the first corner.

But, like a game of football, the Imola Grand Prix proved to be a race of two halves. Well, 50 laps and 13 laps.

Bottas kept his lead after the first corner and Hamilton slipped down to third. Magnussen spun after a little tussle with Vettel and Giovanazzi made up many places.

The race then settled into the predicted procession.

Gasly retired on lap 8, and there were a flurry of pitstops from lap 13. Of the top 3 runners, Verstappen pitted first with Bottas then coming in to cover off a potential undercut.

This left Hamilton out in front. He decided his tyres were fine and that he could go on for longer and Bono advised he needed to do another 10 laps. The gap to Bottas was increasing, and he needed 26.5-27 seconds to ensure he kept the lead following his pitstop. 27 seconds plus achieved and then on lap 27 Ocon came to a halt causing a virtual safety car, leaving Hamilton free to pit and comfortably retain the lead. (How lucky was that?)

Normal procession resumed with the odd glimpses of excitement as cars tried to overtake. Bottas, with damage to the floor of his car, fell backwards into the clutches of Verstappen, who following an error by Bottas took advantage and sailed passed to grab 2nd.

But then, on lap 50 Verstappen’s car stopped causing a full safety car. Many car’s dived into the pits to change onto soft tyres, but the safety car had caught Hamilton after the pit entry. Would he be a sitting duck on hard tyres at the restart?

Um, that would be a no. With time in hand, next time round he ducked into the pits and fitted soft tyres, and still managed to retain the lead.

Meanwhile, George Russell, running in the points, behind the safety car managed to channel his inner Grosjean, and with cold tyres spun and smashed into the brake boards. Oops!

On the restart with 6 laps to go, Kvyat got off to a flyer and Hamilton sped off.

Of course, Twitter was having a field day and there were so many funny tweets, I struggled to keep up. But keep up I did, and have finally managed to compile a top 10.

So without further ado, here are the Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards for the Imola Grand Prix 2020:

10th place

@RJoseRazoJr with live footage from Kvyat’s car at the restart … did he have beans for lunch??

9th place

@mtm686 with footage as Hamilton pits under the virtual safety car

8th place

@timwagner66 with on-track footage of Seb and Kimi finding themselves driving alongside each other again this season.

7th place

@Jontys_Corner – with the aftermath of Russell’s crash. Not only did he channel his inner Grosjean and crash, he further channelled him as he looked despondent afterwards. Send him to the Grosjean step, or find him a deckchair quick!

6th place

@seawildearth with live footage from Stroll’s pitstop where he knocked over a mechanic. (I hope the mechanic in question is OK, and didn’t get hurt too much)

5th place

@wearetherace with the reaction of Gasly fans everywhere when he retired on lap 8. Although I do hope they didn’t turn the channel over, the race did get better!

4th place

@ChrisJKenworthy with footage as Twitter, like the last 13 laps of the race get a little bit interesting.

3rd place

@andersonglenn05 sums up Red Bull’s race day succinctly. Following Verstappen’s retirement, Albon with cold tyres hit the throttle and ended up spinning as he was overtaken on the safety car restart. Although, I feel Vettel might have something to say about that. Talking of which …

2nd place

@TarasDemerson sums up Vettel’s pitstop perfectly. Vettel was running a cracking race. Both he and Kimi were, at one point running P4 and P5. Ferrari were managing his strategy perfectly, and then, came THAT pitstop. Both back tyres took an absolute age to go on, meaning that alll Vettel’s hard work and effort went swirling down the pan and he ended up finishing the race out of the points … again!

1st place

There could only be one winner this week as @MarcusEricsson broke the internet with this tweet following George Russell’s crash. Because of course, when anyone crashes behind the safety car, it’s always Ericsson’s fault!

I hope you liked this week’s selection. As always, let me know in the comments which ones were your favourites.

The Funniest Tweet Awards will be back in 2 weeks time after the Turkish Grand Prix. But don’t forget to keep an eye out tomorrow for my new F1 in 60 seconds podcast where I attempt to recall the race in 60 seconds.

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Lance Stroll’s Portuguese Grand Prix – summed up in a series of tweets

Lance Stroll didn’t have the best of afternoons in the Algarve.

Track limits have been causing a few issues all weekend, and continued during the race.

Lights out, and within a few laps Lance was being shown the black and white flags.

As the race continued, turn 1 was still causing a problem for Lance.

Even after a 5-second time penalty being given Stroll was like:

As the race wore on, and Stroll tried to carve his way through the field

However, he managed a little coming together with Norris and the stewards issued another 5-second time penalty.

When Stroll finally pitted to serve his penalties

Eventually, Stroll’s car begins to suffer from damage and the team decide to retire the car.

Better luck next time Lance.

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