Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards – ‘Hamilton Verstappen Battle’ special – Hungarian Grand Prix 2019

Without any waffle, here are the ‘Hamilton-Verstappen Battle’ Special Funniest Tweet Awards:

10th place

@traceyp_03 with the latest strategy call on how close the race will get between Hamilton and Verstappen by the end of the race, as Verstappen is on old tyres, and Hamilton pitted for fresher tyres and is gaining apace.

9th place

@Harrison101D with live footage of Hamilton intiating ‘Super Hammertime’ after his first pitstop to catch up to Verstappen …

8th place

@fetrackchat as Hamilton attempts the off-road manoeuvre during one of his many attempts to pass Verstappen.

7th place

@XKitekid with actual footage of the battle for first …

6th place

@mrsspanner with live footage from the Red Bull pit wall as Max’s engineer answers his call that his tyres are shot and he needs to box …

5th place

@sootycorbett as Max sends another SOS to his engineer saying he needs more power.

4th place

@LBraking with the words on every F1’s lips as they watch the Hamilton-Verstappen battle unfold.

3rd place

@chob66 as Verstappen was caught cat-napping after the first round of pit-stops and Lewis suddenly appeared out of nowhere.

2nd place

@charliebartman with live on-board footage from Hamilton’s car as he chases Max down following the first pit stops.

1st place

@bbcf1 as Hamilton suddenly appeared in Verstappen’s mirror …

And that concludes this week’s Funniest Tweet Awards.

Again, which one was your funniest, let me know in the comments below.

The Funniest Tweet Awards will be back for the Belgian GP in 3 weeks time.

Hope you have a wonderful summer, see you in 3 weeks,


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Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards – Hungarian Grand Prix 2019

OK, let’s face it, today’s race wasn’t as crazy as last week’s German Grand Prix, but it still provided some great racing.

For the first time this season we didn’t have Williams locking out the back row. George Russell started in P15 (I think due to Giovanazzi’s penalty – please correct me if I’m wrong) and finished the race in P16. Could this be the start of Williams making progress.

With Verstappen starting for the first time on pole, all eyes were on his start, which was a blinder. The same, unfortunately, could not be said for Bottas and Gasly. Both of whom, it would appear are under pressure to keep their seats for next season. Neither made a great impression on this race as they both started the race in reverse gear losing places on the first lap. Indeed Bottas had to pit very early on in the race having had a slight incident with Leclerc. He never really recovered and spent more laps than he’d care for struggling to overtake Ricciardo before finally getting the job done. Whereas Norris managed to overtake Ricciardo within a lap or two.

Although Gasly lost places intially, he ended up where he started in 6th.

And finally, we had the fight that everyone has been waiting to see. Wheel-to-wheel, on track tussles between Hamilton and Verstappen. It was intense and a clever strategic call from Mercedes swung the balance their way.

As for Ferrari, well, it seems they started their summer break early, finishing 3rd and 4th and a full 60 seconds behind Hamilton!

And aside from all the on-track action there were, as always a plethora of funny tweets. As always, very difficult to judge, but judge I have.

There is a ‘special edition’ this week courtesy of the Verstappen/Hamilton battle so keep your eyes peeled after this blog.

But for now, here are the Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards for the Hungarian Grand Prix 2019:

10th place

@stargateoracle with live onboard footage of Kubica as Bottas passed him for track position

9th place

@f1_ds16 with onboard footage as both Lewis and Max try and find the ‘lesser spotted Ferraris’ in their rear view mirrors.

8th place

@XKitekid as Lewis reports smoking brakes following just one of his close encounters of the Verstappen kind during the race.

7th place

@F1Adam8 with live footage from the Haas garage as Kvyat and Albon produce some fantastic, close, wheel-to-wheel action without causing carnage or a safety car…

6th place

… although as @Blueshay3 points out, if this had been the old Kvyat Torpedo of 2016, the team-mate tussle could well have ended up like this.

5th place

@Mjwhizzle with accurate footage of the strategy battle that developed between Mercedes and Red Bull throughout the race. Check Mate to Mercedes … this time.

4th place

@VeloceEsports with an accurate description of Bottas’s race …

3rd place

@FilipCleeren … meanwhile in the Toro Rosso garage …

2nd place

@RJoseRazoJr with live onboard footage from Sainz’s McLaren as he keeps Gasly’s Red Bull behind him to finish in 5th.

1st place

@TimeyWimeyDaffy with this … there are no need for words … it says it all!!!

Finally, we do have an honorary mention this week, courtesy of Crofty, brought to you by @Jontys_Corner, following Crofty mentioning the Kevin Magnussen is getting married next weekend:

That concludes this week’s F1 Funniest Tweet Awards.

Keep your eyes peeled for the special ‘Hamilton Verstappen Battle’ edition, landing on the interweb imminently …

Now it’s your turn.

Did you enjoy today’s race?

Which one of the Top 10 Funniest Tweets is your favourite?

Let me know in the comments right now.

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F1 Bake Off – Round 12 – Hungary

As I was running behind schedule a little bit, this week I thought I’d play it safe and keep it simple.

I found a super recipe for Hungarian Butter Biscuits and oh my goodness they are rather delicious.

The recipe I used was courtesy of The Baking Wizard and here it is:

Hungarian Butter Biscuits


  • 12oz (340g) plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4oz (113g) icing sugar
  • 8oz (225g) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 egg lightly beaten, to glaze the biscuits


  • In a large bowl combine the flour, salt and icing sugar.
  • Add the butter and work it into the flour with your hands or a pastry cutter until it resembles small breadcrumbs
  • Add the egg yolks and work it into the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon
  • Knead briefly by hand to make a smooth dough
  • Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour, or even overnight
  • Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas Mark 4 / 350F / 160C (Fan)
  • Roll the dough between two sheets of greaseproof paper until 3/4-inch thick
  • Score a lattice pattern on the dough with a sharp knife
  • Cut the dough into biscuits with a 2½ inch round cutter
  • Arrange the biscuits 1 inch apart on a large unbuttered baking tray
  • Brush with the beaten egg to glaze
  • You will have scraps, so re-roll and make more biscuits, until there is no more dough left
  • Bake about 30 minutes until biscuits are a deep golden brown all over
  • Do not underbake. Biscuits must be dry all the way through
  • Cool on wire racks and store airtight at room temperature where, if your kitchen isn’t too hot, they will keep well for at least 2 weeks


  1. I didn’t use cold butter straight from the fridge, I left mine until it warmed up a bit (really cold butter is a nightmare to work with) and it didn’t seem to harm the outcome of the biscuits.
  2. I rolled my biscuits out to less than 3/4 of an inch, which I thought might be a bit too thick. Plus side … more biscuits
  3. This recipe did not go wrong and the biscuits are really scrumptious
picture of Hungarian Butter Biscuits

And here’s how I made them:

I can thoroughly recommend giving these a go so you have something to munch during this weekend’s racing.

What do you think of this recipe? Does it look easy? Do you think you might give it a go? Let me know, right now, in the comments below.

The F1 Bake Off will be back after the summer break with more baking – both success and disasters no doubt.

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F1 Book Club – Round 12 – Hungary

So, we’ve reached the last book before the F1 summer break.

Book 12. Hungary.

And this time I chose ‘Metropole’ by Ferenc Karinthy.

Book:    ‘Metropole’

Author: Ferenc Karinthy

ISBN:     9-781-846-590-344

On his way to a linguists’ conference in Helsinki, Budai finds himself in a strange city where he can’t understand a word anyone says.

One claustrophobic day blurs into another as he desperately struggles to survive in this vastly overpopulated metropolis where there are as many languages as there are people. Fearing that his wife will have given him up for dead, he finds comfort in an unconventional relationship with the elevator operator in the hotel.

A suspenseful and haunting Hungarian classic, and a vision of hell unlike any other imagined.

Translated by George Szirtes.

In a nutshell, this book is weird.

Weird. Odd. Bizarre. Take your pick.

The big question I had was why would anyone take 230+ pages only to end the book with a conclusion that could have been written on page 20?

I felt the entire story was as vastly overpopulated as the city in the story itself. I felt lost reading it.

I get the idea of being somewhere that you can’t understand or be understood.

I get the bustling city where trying to find your way around is difficult.

I also get the herding of people. Let’s face it, these day’s it’s just like the London Underground in rush hour.

I also get that it was written probably in the 1950s behind the Iron Curtain where life was very, very different to either the West, at the time, or indeed today in the 21st century. So, I think I get the references in the book to the violence of the times.

But for the story to have the ending it did I felt it was just a bit lame. After 230 pages for it to end the way it did, I just felt cheated.

By the end of the book, I have to confess I was skim-reading somewhat due to boredom.

Still, I would recommend it so you can make up your own minds. After all, just because I didn’t like it, doesn’t mean that you won’t

Now it’s your turn.

Give it a read and let me know your thought?

Or, if you’ve already read it, what did you think?

Alternatively, do you have any recommendations for other Hungarian writers?

Either way, let me know in the comments below right now.

The F1 Book Club will be back at the end of August in time for the Belgian Grand Prix.

In the meantime have a wonderful summer holiday.

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Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards – German Grand Prix 2019

Oh. My. God! What a race!

Did you all enjoy that?

For the third race running we’ve been treated to an absolute blinder, and this time we had the added bonus of rain.

For anyone who thinks F1 is boring, it was a case of the German Grand Prix saying:

Hockenheim 2019 will certainly go down in the history books as one of the best. And, if this is to be the last German Grand Prix, for a while at least, it certainly went out with a bang! (In some cases, literally)

So, the race.

Wet start, behind the safety car on tyres that no one has used this year, at all, what could possibly go wrong? After several formation laps, we were, thankfully, treated to a standing start, and as the lights went out there were a few hesitant starters on the grid, including second place Verstappen, who went backwards … but not for long, as it turned out.

A drying track, more safety cars, cars on slicks, cars on inters and one barrier that clearly had a magnetic attraction to the cars, judging by the number of cars that hit it, made for a thrilling 2 hours of full-on racing for F1 fans everywhere, who spent most of the race, like this:

There were also a plethora of funny tweets, I seriously had trouble keeping up. So thank you, to everyone who tagged me and sorry if I missed any.

One gallon of tea later, I felt refreshed and ready to judge this week’s tweets. So, without further ado, here are the Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards fof the German Grand Prix 2019:

10th place

@iGPManager with this tweet revealing what Hockenheim will be used for after this season …

9th place

@craig_wollard with everyone’s reaction when Ferrari FINALLY made a good strategy call …

8th place

@Charliebartman with live footage from the Mercedes garage as Hamilton’s pit crew desperately fumble to change his front wing and tyres following his brush with ‘that’ barrier. (In their defence, the turn in question was the one before the pit entry, so Hamilton came straight in, giving them little warning)

7th place

@RJoseRazoJr with everyone’s reaction when they see the top 3 after the umpteenth safety car. Racing Point certainly brought their strategy A game to Hockenheim.

6th place

@drummerJoshG with live footage from the Safety Car driver’s office. He certainly had a busy day today …

5th place

@TarasDemerson as Daniel Ricciardo purred along, before he came to a smoking halt.

4th place

@Senna58DW with live footage as Hulk smashed into ‘that’ barrier, making it a double DNF for the yellow team today.

3rd place

And as if it was bad enough for Mercedes, with Hamilton’s spin and subsequent disastrous pit-spot, did @Jontys_Corner put the tweeter’s curse on Bottas? Who a few minutes later, spun and crashed out leaving Mercedes bereft of a points haul.

2nd place

@timwagner66 with onboard footage from Vettel’s car. With Vettel having started from 20th position and Leclerc crashing out, who would have thought in the last dying laps of the race, Vettel would come to the rescue and nab 2nd place?

1st place

@XKitekid with the real reason behind all those cars crashing out at Turn 16 … now we know …

So, there you have it. The top 10 funniest tweets for this week’s race.

I hope you liked them. Now it’s your turn.

Let me know which one of these was your favourite. Or did you find another tweet on twitter that was funnier?

What did you think of the race today?

Leave me a comment below, right now.

The Funniest Tweet Awards will be back next Sunday after the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Taking part is simple.

Follow me on Twitter (@Pitlane_Girl), tweet something funny during the race, i.e., from lights out to the chequered flag, don’t forget to ‘@’ me or I may miss it. Then cross your fingers I choose it.

You win nothing but kudos and bragging rights until the next race. However, you do also score points (as per the F1 WDC) and all these points are tallied up, with an overall champion being declared after the final race in Abu Dhabi.

Til next week.


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F1 Bake Off – Round 11 – Germany

Another Formula 1 race, another Bake Off.

I found so many great tortes for the German Bake Off, I was spoilt for choice. My favourite, just for the name alone, was Beinenstich Kuchen or Bee Sting Cake, but I had to discount that one as it had nuts in … and small boy has a slight allergy.

So in the end I plumped for ‘Alexander Torte’, which is an East German cake that has its roots in Latvia.

Super simple, very easy to make, a bit disastrous when it comes to getting the pastry together so be warned but all in all very tasty …

It literally is two pieces of shortbread sandwiched together with raspberry jam, and topped with lemon icing.

I used the recipe from the ‘German Foods‘ website, and here it is:

Alexander Torte


– 225g cold butter
– 576g flour
– 4 tbsp sugar
– 1 egg
– 2-3 tbsp raspberry jam
– 320g powdered sugar
– 2 tsp lemon juice
– 4 tbsp cold water


  • Combine chilled butter, flour, and sugar in bowl
  • Cut with two knives or pastry cutter until mixture resembles coarse meal
  • Beat in egg, and work mixture with fork or fingers until smooth
  • Shape into ball, wrap, refrigerate 1 hour or until firm
  • Divide the dough in two
  • Roll out each half to form a rectangle and place on a greased baking sheet
  • Bake at 125 C / 250 F / Gas Mark ½ / 105 C (Fan) for 40 minutes
  • Spread the raspberry jam evenly over one warm cake sheet
  • Place the second sheet of cake on top and press down carefully
  • Mix the powdered sugar with the lemon juice and about 4 tablespoons of water until smooth
  • Ice the cake while it’s still slightly warm


  1. I used room temperature butter to make it easier to rub together and I didn’t use a pastry cutter
  2. BE CAREFUL – 1 egg really doesn’t bind the dry ingredients together all that well, it will be very, very, very crumbly
  3. After an hour in the fridge, the moment you cut the pastry it crumbles, so basically forget about rolling it out. I divided it in two and then gently lifted it into the baking trays and moulded in situ
  4. The pastry will still be fairly delicate when it comes out of the oven … be prepared for the second sheet to break up as you attempt to pop it on top of the sheet covered in jam
  5. Once it’s completely cool (and yes, it is a good idea to pop it in the fridge) it is far more stable


Truly scrumptious in every sense of the word and definitely something to munch on during this weekend’s racing

And here’s how I got on making it:

Does it look like something you would enjoy cooking?

Why not give it a go and let me know how you get on in the comments below.

The F1 Bake Off will be back next week…

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F1 Book Club – Round 11 – Germany

This week’s F1 Book Club:

Book:    ‘Death in Venice’ and other stories

Author: Thomas Mann

ISBN:     9-780-099-428-657

“Death in Venice is a story of obsession.

Gustave von Aschenbach is a successful but ageing writer who travels to Venice for a holiday.

One day at dinner, Aschenbach notices an exceptionally beautiful young boy who is staying with his family in the same hotel.

Soon his days begin to revolve around this boy and he is too distracted to pay attention to the ominous rumours that have begun to circulate through the city.

Translated and introduced by David Luke.

I have wanted to read ‘Death in Venice’ for ages.

I had the film on video for years and never got round to watching it … loved Dirk Bogarde films, just never managed to find time to watch this film.

So, when I thought about doing the F1 Book Club, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity for me to read ‘Death in Venice’.

This particular book is a collection of stories of Thomas Mann which represents a period of 15 years from the turn of the 20th century up until the star of the First World War.

I have only got less than halfway through the book, and haven’t even got to ‘Death in Venice’ yet.

The stories are beautifully written. There’s no denying Mann was a master wordsmith. The problem is, they’re all so bloody depressing!!

Seriously, of the ones I’ve read, the subject of the stories either kill themselves, or die.

So, I’m having to pace myself, and intersperse them with stories that are slightly more upbeat.

I promise I will get to the end and finally read ‘Death in Venice’ … or maybe I’ll just cheat and just read that one and forget about the rest, for now,

Now it’s your turn.

Give it a read and let me know your thought?

Have you read any Thomas Mann? Do you agree with me?

Alternatively, do you have any other recommendations for German writers?

Either way, let me know in the comments below right now.

The F1 Book Club will be back next week …

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