Interesting car-related things I learned this month – February 2018

Ah, the start of March, the beginning of spring, theoretically. Although at the moment the UK is shivering under a blanket of cold and snow from the East.

However, the beginning of the month also means another delve into some of the fun facts I discovered in February.

So, here goes:

  1. Ecomotus – ‘Pure Hydrogen System’

This small system fits into your vehicle and turns it from a gas-guzzling, emissions-belching monster into a cleaner, greener environmentally friendly vehicle.

By creating pure hydrogen to enrich the air going into the engine means the engine works more efficiently and there is less unburnt fuel to create noxious poisons and emissions.

On top of this, it doesn’t cost the earth and is certainly a cheaper alternative to buying a new electric car.

An in-depth article on this will be published very soon. Keep your eyes peeled.

  1. Dynamic Fuel Management

The word on the street is the 2019 Chevy Silverado V8s have a new fuel-saving technology that can shut seven of the eight engine cylinders off at once.

The main benefit to this system is improved fuel economy, potentially by up to 15 per cent.

The engine management system decides how many cylinders are deactivated and when they are, to reduce pumping losses, as it is more efficient to use one cylinder that many to create the same amount of power.

  1. Discount on your car insurance if you fit a dash-cam

Once a novelty, nowadays dash-cams are a must-have, least of all to help you provide evidence in the case of claims.

The police, courts and insurance companies all consider video evidence as part of their investigations and a dash-cam can be particularly helpful for a number of claims:

  • If the accident wasn’t your fault, dash-cam evidence helps you avoid ‘knock-for-knock’ claims and protects your no claims bonus
  • Crash-for-cash scams
  • Theft and vandalism

However, not all insurers are currently offering discounts and some still consider it just a marketing gimmick, but the discounts are out there. You just have to shop around!

  1. Jaguar is building the final 25, million dollar D-Types


The last ‘Le Mans winning’ D-Type was built in 1956 and 62 years later 25 will be built at Jaguar’s classic work facility in Warwickshire.

The cars will be built to the exact same specification as the originals and powered by the same six-cylinder XK engine.

But why only 25?

The reason is back in 1955 Jaguar promised to build 100 D-Types, but only 75 were ever made, so this is effectively the final production run. The customers for the final 25 will be able to choose from the 1955 short-nose or 1956 long-nose version.

  1. CarVi – an advanced driver assistance system for saving lives

CarVi is a little device that turns your car into a smart car, using advanced camera technology that talks to your smartphone.


The camera gathers data which it then analyses in real time and if it sense potential danger issues audible and visual warnings.

As well as acting as a dash-cam, it monitors:

  • Lane changes
  • Front end collision danger
  • Reckless driving and hard braking
  • Kangaroo starts

With the data it collects, CarVi, via your smartphone interface displays your driving data, gives you a ‘SKOR’ for the day and makes suggestions on how to improve your driving.

  1. Uber revealed more details about their flying car

With the big news being that the term ‘flying car’ is actually misleading!

According to Uber, the term conjures up images of vehicles taking off from the ground, the technology for which is difficult and a long way off. The best way to describe their ‘flying car’ is to think of it as a more efficient helicopter, as they will be moving from rooftop to rooftop.

Trips using UberAir would only cover up to 60 miles and you’d be told where your nearest ‘skyport’ is located and you would then travel to another ‘skyport’ near your destination.

So, it seems it’s not a flying car after all, but just a ‘cheaper for the masses’ helicopter service!!

  1. Yamaha’s AI-powered Motoroid concept bike …

… looks awesome.

yamaha motoroid

It’s fully electric and has all manner of coolness about it, including:

  • Lower centre of gravity
  • Active Mass Centre Control System
  • Image and gesture recognition
  • Haptic human-machine interface (HMI)
  • HUD projector
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What if your car could tell how you were feeling?

Nowadays artificial intelligence (AI) and data are the buzzwords. Data is constantly being collated, analysed and used to make our lives easier, theoretically. But AI can only analyse actual words, i.e., what you say only accounts for seven per cent. The remaining 93 per cent, is how you say it and is measured in terms of gestures, vocal tone and body language. This is not analysed at the moment.

So, if AI is to reach its potential, it has to develop and evolve to encompass this 93 per cent as well as just raw data.

Sensum is an empathic technology company building emotion AI solutions to measure, understand & respond to human emotions, physiology and behaviour. But how does this technology work and will it change the future of driving?

I spoke to Ben Bland, Chief Operations Officer for Sensum to understand their technology better.

He explained that at the core of everything that Sensum does is a powerful ‘emotion translation’ engine called ‘Synsis’ that extracts emotional, physiological and behavioural signals from data derived from sensors.

Ben also went on to explain what makes Sensum unique: “In order to increase the accuracy and reliability you would expect from just one single data stream, e.g. facial coding or heart rate, Sensum uses multimodal sensor fusion. By fusing the data from a wide range of sensors that detect physiological changes and correlating that with contextual data and media, e.g., location, speed, environmental factors, we can get a more dynamic and holistic picture of the user’s state. This is what Synsis does in real time.

“Having learned the hard way how to get over the headache of manually synchronising all the data and media together, we have created automated tools for this very purpose.

“We have also created a mobile solution and consider ourselves world leaders at measuring emotions outside of a lab environment, ‘in the wild’ so to speak. We’ve taken our technology to a huge range of environments from homes, shops and offices to extreme environments such as the Arctic, inside a volcano and in a range of extreme sports.”

But how does it all work?

At this stage of development, with the industry trying to understand the best uses for empathic technology, physical sensors are placed inside the car. Sensum’s research kit includes biometric sensors, video cameras and microphones so any vehicle can be rigged up with the necessary tools required to measure the driver or passenger’s current state.

With the capability to both measure emotions from these sensors and operate the equipment from an app on any standard smartphone, data can be collected at any time in the driving experience.

Ben explained: “Car owners might find it uncomfortable to be wired-up to sensors and recorded while they drive, but we find participants in our studies get used to it immediately.

“However, several top-tier companies are looking into sensors that are built into the vehicle, this has the advantage of being less intrusive than wearing the sensor. As this technology becomes increasingly embedded into the vehicle, we expect it will soon become part of everyday driving. With these sensors turning vehicles from passive to actively responsive empathic machines.”

Sensum have recently enjoyed collaborating with Ford, where they were asked to measure the ‘buzz moments’ experienced by drivers controlling a Ford performance car. Sensum then used the insights to supply the technology for a Ford ‘Buzz Car’ that generated visualisation displays around the car when the driver gets excited.

ford buzz

As well as being a successful PR campaign, this demonstrated the capability of modern technology to both measure and respond to emotions.

But can, and will this technology change the future of driving?

With vehicles becoming more automated and connected, this empathic development is not just about the vehicle’s own technology. It’s about how they will become connected into a wider data infrastructure from communicating with other vehicles, people and the road infrastructure itself.

So what’s next for Sensum?

Ben said: “The mobility sector is exploding at the moment with new developments and because that sector is uniquely savvy to the opportunities in empathic human-machine interaction this is where we are concentrating our focus.

“That said, Sensum can be applied to almost any scenario and environment. Ultimately, our vision is to be a major factor of the future ‘digital self’ that all of us takes with us everywhere we go.

“Everything we do relates to a better understanding of the emotions we, as humans, have.”

With AI making technology smarter and more useful, it seems that empathic AI is just the next step in smart technology.

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Grid girls, grid kids, what’s the issue here?

Why is everyone up in arms?

Formula 1 (F1), or indeed any other motorsport, will still, or should be about the cars, drivers and races, with or without the presence of grid girls, mascots or flag bearers, call them what you will.

With racing these days more down to who can manage tyres better, pitwall strategy and lack of overtaking (a sweeping generalisation there as I realise that some tracks allow more overtaking than others), surely the bigger issues are the problems within F1 itself?

Apparently not, according to social media over the last couple of weeks.

Reaction has gauged between “it’s objectifying women and portraying that the only role they have in motorsport is looking pretty” to “hopefully by removing them it will pave the way for more women in other motorsport roles” to ‘thank goodness, it’s so out dated”.

Let’s face it (generalisation number two coming up) in life there are always going to be men who only see women as objects. No, it’s not right, it’s not PC, but unfortunately nothing society does will ever change that.

Will removing them pave the way for more women in other motorsport roles? Really? Is that even a question?

The presence of grid girls is hardly the main focus of F1, and looking around the paddock during the broadcast programmes you see plenty of women working ‘behind the scenes’.

The problem isn’t grid girls, its education and girls, especially, being turned off STEM subjects at school.

Is it out dated?


The first grid girl was, apparently Rosa Ogawa. She appeared at motor races in Japan in the late 1960s to represent the winners. As such, she cemented the grid girl as a symbol at race tracks.

rosa ogawa

According to a blog post I read on the Austin Grand Prix website, grid girls, unofficially, were the ambassadors for both F1 and the races’ host countries. As well as holding the racer number before the race their job was to welcome and cheer the drivers on their way to the podium. This firmly placed grid girls as a promotional asset for the sport.

grid girls 1

But 50 years ago the only ladies you were likely to see at a race track were the wives or girlfriends of drivers and the grid girls, feminism was in its early infancy and a woman’s place was still seen to be as firmly ‘in the home’.

Today, women can and are able to do anything they want. Thanks to the feminist movement we are actively encouraged to reach for the moon. Whatever we want, we can achieve.

However, some of the reaction to grid girls also included “I wouldn’t want my daughter to aspire to that”!

Oh really? Isn’t that just a little bit of reverse feminism? It’s OK for you to shoot for the moon sweetie, but just not that particular moon.

Grid girls, might not be everyone’s dream job, but who are we to be judge and jury?

grid girls 2

I digress, so to get back to the point, yes, maybe the place of grid girls in today’s world is an outdated practice but what, if anything could replace them?

Enter, the concept of grid kids.

This seems to work in Formula E and you’d think this would be a great thing for F1, but no.

Cue a barrage of outrage ranging from child slave labour to some very dark suggestions as to the type of people that would attract!

By offering the opportunity for kids to attend the Sunday race in the paddock, with their immediate family and have the chance to stand alongside their favourite driver seems a great move by the F1 organisation. I’d have loved it.

grid kids

But, reading the official blurb it seems that the only youngsters who will be in with a chance of getting put into the lottery to be a ‘grid kid’ are those who are already participating in junior motorsport series.

This has been seen, rightly or wrongly, as fuelling the ‘elitism view’ about the sport. Only those rich enough to take part can get the chance. Forget little Robbie, who sits at home with his parents every race, cheering on his favourite driver, wishing that one day he could attend a race.

There were also rumblings about the risk of having unsupervised children on a race track.

Not to mention the fact that before a race most drivers are trying to ‘get into the zone’, how easy would that be with a child desperate to converse with their hero. Can you imagine the media frenzy the first time a driver tells a child to ‘shut up’?

Grid girls, might be seen as just an adornment, but they had strict rules to adhere to including not interacting with the drivers. If the driver talked first they were allowed to be cordial, but that’s it.

Could an over-excited child do that?

So, does this then exclude children under a certain age?

Personally, and this is my personal opinion why not have both, grid girls and grid kids working together. This would ensure that etiquette standards are maintained and the children would have a responsible chaperone.

If it’s the name that is the offensive weapon, simply rename them to something more 21st century?

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Will Nissan’s brain-to-vehicle technology redefine the future of driving?

Nissan’s brain-to-vehicle technology (B2V), unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month is designed to deliver more excitement and driving pleasure by detecting, analysing and responding to a driver’s brainwaves in real-time.

The B2V technology is in a relatively early development stage and a good decade away from being released to consumers if that is indeed Nissan’s intention, if not, at the very least it will serve as a catalyst for future innovation.

So, how does it work?

In a nutshell, the driver wear a specially designed helmet with sensors that measures brain wave activity. The B2V system then interprets the data received to anticipate the driver’s movements. This could, in theory, improve the vehicle’s reaction times by up to half a second.

B2V technology has two main benefits according to the Nissan website: enhancing driver performance and providing real-time personalisation to the autonomous driving mode.

By measuring the brainwaves the B2V technology will be able to anticipate a driver’s movements ahead of time and, to a certain extent read their emotional state and anxiety levels.

In manual driving mode, B2V can predict that the driver is about to initiate a movement by identifying signs from their brain wave activity. This improves reaction times, helping drivers feel more confident behind the wheel. The system can even assist highly skilled drivers outperform their own ability on difficult roads, such as mountainous winding roads.

In an autonomous driving mode B2V can detect, evaluate and alter driving style and configuration, to make the driver feel at ease. By picking up a pattern from the driver’s brainwaves, the system will begin to drive in a way that aligns with the driver’s expectations.

With most manufacturers heading towards full driving automation, Nissan’s B2V technology could well bridge the gap, by allowing the driver and car to work together, delivering a smoother journey on the road and making driving more enjoyable.

Nissan B2V Technology Video:

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10 car-related things I learned this month – January 2018

I thought, it being a new year and all that malarkey that I would try to find out some new, interesting things each month relating to anything with an engine.

So, here goes:

  1. Brain-to-Vehicle technology could be available within 10 years

This technology would enable your car to interpret signals from your brain making road travel safer, apparently.

Wonder if it will send telepathic messages when you’re tired and/ or in need of coffee?

  1. Forget electric, hydrogen is the future

Hydrogen cars could be the new front-runners in ‘green vehicles’.

A hydrogen car takes the same time to fill-up as a petrol car and the only emission is water. The impact on the environment to produce a hydrogen car is also less than the production of an electric car.

Wonder how long it will be before Formula H is the new race series?

  1. Motorbike airbags are a thing!

Hidden inside the motorbike jacket airbags offer full protection for back, neck, spine, chest, ribs, pelvis and abdomen, etc.

It takes less than a tenth of a second to inflate the airbags following a crash. The airbags then stay fully inflated for about 10 seconds, protecting the vital organs of your upper torso.

What a fabulous thing.

  1. Travel/Motion sickness can be reduced by a pair of sunglasses

OK, so this is not a ‘new thing’, but I’ve only just discovered it.

Motion sickness travel shades apparently really do work. They are a special pair of wrap around shades that can be worn over a normal prescription pair of glasses.

By using a special lens which blocks the ability of one eye to track movement reduces your brain’s confusion over whether you are travelling or not. This special lens also allows light to pass through so the covered eye can still see an image and relay it to the brain but with no indication of movement.

Because the brain is receiving fewer conflicting messages, you feel better.

  1. Robocop could be coming to a street near you in the future

If Ford have their way.

They have applied for a patent for an autonomous police vehicle that can act on its own or alongside a human officer. The robot cop can determine when a traffic violation has occurred on the road and take various actions.

Let’s just hope Ford don’t call the new vehicle ‘Murphy’ or programme it to say: “Come quietly or there will be … trouble!”

  1. Earn money by charging your car

In the first vehicle-to-grid technology trial to take place anywhere in the world, Newcastle University are trialling electric car chargers that have the ability to return power back to the grid network.

The aim of the project is to improve grid capability and make renewable sources more integrated and affordable.

By having a bi-directional power flow, the car chargers would allow car owners to charge their vehicles during times of low electrical demand, eg, during the night and feed power back to the grid at times of high demand.

By selling power back to the energy network it could enable car owners to make money from their vehicles.

  1. Byton reimagines the smart car

Byton seeks to modernise the driving experience above and beyond its actual motor power.

The prominent feature of the car is how the user interacts with its ‘Shared Experience Display’, a full-width, curved screen that replaces the centre console and enables content to be shared with other passengers.

The car is equipped with biometric identification and gesture control along with revolutionary sensors enabling both front and rear passengers to control the display – I can see major league distractions caused by music choices!

Byton also has a ‘Life Cloud Platform’ to link your device apps to the display for both work and leisure activities. Guess we’ll all be able to catch up on emails when stuck in traffic jams then

  1. Emotional artificial intelligence in transportation

Sensum Technologies, if I understand what I’ve read correctly, have produced sensors that, when placed within vehicles provide emotional and behavioural insights into the user’s physiology, activity and mood throughout their entire journey.

This then allows custom actions to be triggered at key moments in both the physical (vehicle) and/or digital (app) environment.

Innovation or a bit too much ‘Big Brother is watching you?

  1. Forget optional extras, nowadays it’s all about the ‘app-tional’ extras

A decade ago haggling over optional extras such as a multi-CD changer instead of the standard one-disc player or floor mats were the norm when buying a new car.

These days with cars being so much more ‘connected’ it’s more likely going to be more about the price those app-tional extras are going to cost.

BMW announced at the Detroit Auto Show that from 2019 Apple CarPlay would be available through a subscription service.

Whilst this may be OK for a choice of music stations, what would happen if more and more vehicle ‘features’ are reliant on apps?

  1. Roborace is coming

Imagine a racing series with no racing drivers?

A totally driverless electric street racing series, using the same tracks as Formula E.

According to Wikipedia ‘The first race was intended to take place during the 2016–17 Formula E season. Ten teams, each with two driverless cars, will compete in one-hour races over the full season. All teams will have equal cars, but will have to develop their own real-time computing algorithms and artificial intelligence technologies.’

Would you watch it?

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The Girlie Guide to … Endurance Racing (Part 1)

Endurance racing, that’s just cars driving round a circuit for a long time, right?

Well, that’s what I thought and how wrong I was.

The first thing that struck me when I watched endurance racing for the first time was the number of different cars on the track. There were some that looked like an enclosed F1 car and some that looked like a souped-up ordinary road car.

Then it was the number of drivers – yes I’d already worked out one driver couldn’t drive the entire race on their own, I mean even I need a break when I do the 5 hour drive down to Cornwall, especially if the traffic is horrendous. But what I couldn’t work out is how long they each drive, who decides how long each driver drives and would the more able driver drive longer than a not so able driver to make up places?

I could go on, such were the questions that filtered into my brain.

In comparison, Formula 1 with its one car, one driver and set number of laps is really rather straightforward.

So, the question is where does a ‘newbie’ begin?

Aside from turning to Twitter to ask questions, I visited the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) website to find out a little bit about the rules and regulations, because there’s only going to be one world endurance championship, isn’t there?

Looks like I was wrong on that front too, however I’m going to stick with the WEC for this article otherwise with all the different combinations and classes, etc., I’d end up writing a book.

Right, here goes.

First question: what is the deal with the different cars?

The cars that look like an enclosed F1 car are called ‘Le Mans Prototypes’ (LMP) and according to the FIA WEC website “these cars are developed exclusively for on-track competitions, fulfilling the requirements of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s technical regulations. Because of their superior performances and level of technological development, they have a star status within endurance racing.”

Effectively the top of the tree when it comes to endurance racing.

However, these LMP cars are sub-divided into two categories: LMP1 and LMP2.

LMP1 cars are generally for manufacturers such as Porsche, Toyota, etc., but there is also a ‘private teams’ category for teams independent of manufacturer support other than the supply of engines. The LMP1 cars also have two sub-categories: hybrid LMP1 with energy recovery systems (ERS) and LMP1 with no ERS, this category however is reserved purely for the ‘private teams’.

LMP2 cars are the same design as LMP1 cars, as in single seater, closed cockpit, however this category is for team independent of manufacturers and/or engine suppliers. The other difference is that there is a maximum budget cap that the selling price of the complete car without engine or electronic equipment must not exceed €483,000.

The ‘souped-up’ road cars are classed as ‘Le Mans Grand Touring Endurance’ (LMGTE) cars and these, according to the FIA WEC website are “cars having an aptitude for sport with 2 doors, 2 or 2+2 seats, opened or closed, which can be used perfectly legally on the open road and available for sale thanks to the dealer network of a manufacturer recognised by the Endurance Committee.”

Once again, this car class is also divided into two sub-divisions: LMGTE PRO and LMGTE AM.

Do you want to hazard a guess as to what ‘PRO’ and ‘AM’ might stand for?

You got it: professional and amateur.

Hmm, if amateur drivers can ‘have a go’ I wonder what kind of driving licence they’d need. Would my standard full licence suffice, or would I need a special racing category one instead?

Right, we now know what cars are what, but the second question is how on earth do you recognise them as they whizz along the track?

This is where the colouring of their number panels comes into play.

  • LMP1 cars have a red panel with white numbers (they may also have a red HY if they are a hybrid car)
  • LMP2 cars have a blue panel with white numbers
  • LMGTE PRO cars have a green panel with white numbers
  • LMGTE AM cars have an orange panel with white numbers

That seems fairly straightforward – although it can get a bit difficult to spot when combined with the car’s paintwork.

Now on the races I watched, the cars had little red or green light indicators on the side, my third question is what on earth are they for?

The lovely people of Twitter inform me that the lights indicate position the car is in the race and the colour indicates the class type.

Red for professional class and green for pro-am.

Well, thank you lovely Twitter people, that was simple – but I’m not sure if these lights are on WEC cars, I’m pretty sure I was watching an American race that wasn’t in the WEC calendar. Oh well, at least I know now.

On to my fourth question: how many drivers can each team have and what licence do they need?

The answer to the first part of the question is easy, each team can have a maximum of three drivers. So I’m assuming this means that teams could have a team of just two, if they so wished?

But could I enter the LMGTE AM with my standard driving licence?

No. Drivers are categorised and issued licences based on meeting certain criteria. The lowest licence is bronze and the highest is a platinum licence.

The minimum licence required is a bronze licence which is an amateur racing licence for those over 30 who have little or no single seater experience, those who have been downgraded from a silver licence due to poor performance or those under 30 driving for the first time. (Oo, looks like I could get a bronze licence easy enough though. Where do I sign up?)

The only category that Bronze drivers are not eligible to drive in is LMP1.

  • LMP2 – crew must include at least one silver or bronze driver
  • LMGTE PRO – free choice of drivers
  • LMGTE AM – crew must include at least one bronze and a silver or bronze driver

If you’re interested in reading up on what you need for each licence click here and open up ‘FIA Driver Categorisations regulations – 090317’

Fifth and final question for part one: How long can each driver in the team drive for?

Again, this varies with car type.

  • LMP1 and LMGTE PRO drivers must drive a minimum of 40 minutes but no more than 4½ hours in total.
  • LMP2 drivers must drive for a minimum of 1¼ hours but no more than 3½ hours in total
  • LMGTE AM bronze and silver licence drivers must drive for a minimum of 1¾ hours, other drivers a minimum of ¾ hours with no driver exceeding 3½ hours in total

With the minimum time between drives being 30 minutes.

Well, that seems simple.

But here’s where my geeky maths brain went into overdrive.

If you think about it each team only has three drivers, and each driver has maximum time they can drive for.

The FIA WEC races are six hours long, for which the maths works out.

Three drivers each racing for 3½ hours equals a maximum driving time of 10½ hours.

BUT, the Le Mans 24 hour and 1500 miles of Sebring (12 hours) happen to feature in the FIA WEC calendar.

So, how do three drivers, who can, in total, only drive for 10½ to 13½ hours in total complete these races?

Well, I believe the technical term would be that the rules are slightly tweaked for these races.

During Le Mans, the driving times follow a completely different set of rules as set out by ASA ACO and they can drive for a minimum of 6 hours, but no more than 14 hours in total.

For the Sebring race no driver, irrespective of category and licence, can drive a maximum of 8 hours.

Brain hurting yet? Believe me, the more I delved into it, the more questions I had.

So, to recap, here’s ‘Girl in the Pitlane’s’ handy cheat sheet to endurance racing:

endurance classes

By George! I think I’m beginning to understand it, a little.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Once my brain has recovered, part two will be about qualifying, the race and scoring points.

[Editor’s note: a BIG thank you to all my lovely Twitter friends who helped me when I asked some questions. You know who you are and I am truly grateful. Xx]

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Top 10 Funniest Tweets – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2017

Well, that’s it.

The season is over. The fat lady has sung, the fireworks have lit up the sky around the Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi, a new logo has been revealed and we have seen racing cars without halos for the very last time.

The race wasn’t exactly one to write home about, the only thing that lit up the track were the fireworks at the end. But even with a lack of action on-track, the action on my Twitter timeline was fast and furious.

So, here for the last time are the Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards for 2017:

In 10th place is @micky_h76 with the breaking news on Renault’s new wheel nut handler for 2018, following Sainz’s unfortunate incident when his tyre wheel nuts were not put on properly during his pit stop causing his retirement from the race:


In 9th place is @Smokin_Rebel for this tweet. Next season, whether we like it or not, halos/flip-flops will be on the cars…maybe we will get used to them, like Crofty says:


8th place goes to @F1onNBCSports for this tweet showing how Verstappen was moving his way through the back-marker traffic. Let’s face it, this was pretty much the only overtaking being done on track today!


In 7th place is @dibhayles with live footage from Abu Dhabi airport and the rogue wheel from Sainz’s car finding its way onto the runway…


In 6th place is @TarasDemerson for this tweet following Daniel Ricciardo’s retirement due to hydraulic issues:


And here’s your top 5. In 5th place is @timwagner66 for a live view of Kevin Magnusson’s crew getting ready for a quick underwear swap following his lap one spin:


4th place goes to @ChrisMedlandF1 for the shots we didn’t see of the track marshalls trying to remove Sainz’s stricken Renault:


In 3rd place is @stargateoracle on the difficulties of trying to find the Ferrari’s during the race. Due to Mercedes’ dominance on this track, the Ferrari’s were nowhere to be seen:


In 2nd place is @iGPManager for this tweet following Daniel Ricciardo’s retirement, as he was caught asking for directions to the post-race hospitality:


And here we go, the final winner of the season, in 1st place is @andersonlaura12 for this tweet following Daniel Ricciardo’s retirement. It says it all:


So, that wraps up the 2017 Funniest Tweet Awards.

But, this is a competition, so who has come out on top? Who is the 2017 Funniest Tweeter?

Funniest Tweet Champion 2017

Are you ready? Drum roll please…

This year’s winner of the Funniest Tweet Championship is @timwagner66 who scored 163 points over the course of the season.

Runner-up is @tarasdemerson with 151 points, and in 3rd place with 125 points is @stargateoracle

The championship will be back next season, so get practising over the winter if you want to take part.

But have no fear, keep your eyes peeled on my Twitter account (@pitlane_girl) as I will be running the ‘Ultimate Funniest Tweet of 2017’ in the next couple of weeks, to help with the F1 withdrawal symptoms.

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