Well. Where the actual hecky thump do you start with that one?
How insane was that race?
OK. To be fair it was crazy all the way through … but still …
Verstappen drove a superb race and we witnessed some great wheel-to-wheel action between him and Hamilton. Leclerc powered his way through the field having started in 14th, following his 10-place grid drop.
We had undercuts, jostling for position and then … came … the start of the craziness.
Bottas had been following Leclerc so closely for so long that his engine broke, excess oil, or something like that. He parked the car off track, near an exit, out of the way, in a place that barely warranted a yellow, but no, the stewards, in their wisdom sent out a safety car .
Then, 5 laps from the end Ferrari deployed Plan C! The plan where Vettel and Leclerc take each other out causing yet another safety car. And bizarrely, Mercedes this time brought Hamilton in for a change of tyres, even though there was a possibility that the race could end under a safety car. Why did they do that?
As the safety car peeled off to give us two laps of racing we had three, yes three Honda-powered cars leading the race. Verstappen, Albon and Gasly. They’re certainly no GP2 engines now.
Hamilton passed Gasly for 2nd, then tried to overtake Albon only for Albon to close the door and for the inevitable contact to happen. Albon was left floundering and Hamilton chased off after Gasly.
At the chequered flag it was a Honda 1-2 with Hamilton third. One steward’s enquiry later, post-race, and Hamilton was handed a 5-second penalty for his contact with Albon promoting Sainz, yes Sainz who started all the way at the back, to third.
Is it any wonder then that I got so caught up in the drama on track? I completely lost all track of the many, many, many funny tweets that were hitting my timeline, which meant I was playing catch-up for a good half hour afterwards, before getting down to the judging.
So, major apologies for the lateness of the results. But without further ado, here are the Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards for the Brazilian Grand Prix 2019:
@TarasDemerson with a live action replay of the first restart of the Brazilian Grand Prix … how slowly were they going??
@StephenCole1984 … Honda with a 1-2-3? Certainly no GP2 engine now, eh Fernando?
@StargateOracle with a reminder of the number one rule for team-mates in F1 … a timely reminder for Vettel and Leclerc today methinks! What was your take on the incident? Racing incident? Vettel’s fault? Leclerc’s fault?
@ZeroPSII with live footage of the Sky F1 commentary box as Crofty desperately tries to keep up with the lead changes after Verstappen and Hamilton’s first round of pit-stops and the safety car restart.
@EnvisVirginFan with live onboard footage of what happened to Valtteri’s car.
@zigzagoog with sneaky footage of the Ferrari strategy team perfecting the execution of Plan C.
@Jontys_Corner … with all the drama that happened at the end of the race, you could be forgiven for forgetting the early lap incident between Ricciardo and Magnussen. Ricciardo went for the overtake and dinged Magnussen’s car. Ricciardo had to pit and the above tweet is actual footage of the Haas and Renault pit crews …
@WYLD_Wolfwin … with an insight into what Leclerc’s Plan C strategy actually was.
@XKitekid with live onboard footage of Hamilton before the first restart. This was the actual radio call he put through to Bonno. He was on medium tyres and the four cars in hot pursuit were all on softs.
@timwagner66 discovers the reason for the tailwind at Interlagos that the majority of the drivers were complaining about. Own up. Who had the spicy tacos last night??
And that concludes the penultimate Funniest Tweet Awards of the 2019 season.
The final round will be back in a fortnight, when the F1 season comes to a close in Abu Dhabi.
Once the Funniest Tweets have been announced, I shall reveal this year’s champion.
Joining in is super easy:
- Tweet something funny between lights out and the chequered flag
- Make sure your tag me or @ me, otherwise I will miss it
- Cross fingers
Why not give it a go in Abu Dhabi.
Now I want to hear from you.
What did you think of the race today?
Do you like this set of tweets? Which is your favourite?
Let me know in the comments below.