Top 10 ‘Vettel’ Funniest Tweet Awards – Japanese Grand Prix 2018

Welcome to another special edition of the Funniest Tweet Awards, this time in honour of Sebastian Vettel who saw a little bit more red mist and had a little bit more impatience during today’s race.

Unfortunately, this was at the expense of his championship title fight, but definitely not for the good folks of Twitter, who rose to the occasion and produced some truly hilarious tweets,

Without further ado here is the Top 10 ‘Vettel’ Funniest Tweet Awards:

In 10th place is @SimonGBrooks for on board footage of Vettel as he attempted to overtake Max Verstappen, despite knowing Max had a 5-second time penalty for his incident with Kimi earlier. Definitely a case of red mist!

9th place goes to @MostlyWriting asking what most F1 fans were asking too as Vettel’s championship hopes are fading quicker than the early autumnal morning mist

8th place goes to @PitCrew_Online with the conspiracy theory of Vettel’s easy passes on Leclerc both times during the race…

7th place goes to @Planet_F1 with an image of Vettel’s biggest enemy this weekend, the spoon curve. Did anyone else lose track of the number of times it proved a little tricky round that corner?


In 6th place is @SkyF1Insider showing accurate footage of Ferrari and Vettel’s championship chances following this race…

In 5th place is @ParthP77 with live footage of the Ferrari pit wall folloiwng Vettel’s incident with Verstappen that left him near the back of the grid with a monumental hill to climb

4th place goes to @TarasDemerson for track footage of the Vettel/Verstappen incident

In 3rd place is @dibhayles as with every incident there’s always a witness and this weekend it’s a Haiku inspired Kimi

2nd place goes to @RenaultSportF1 saying what everyone else was thinking during the incident…

And the winner, in 1st place is @Jontys_Corner with this tweet about Vettel’s championship title hopes following this race … talk about throwing it away!

And there you have it, the Vettel special edition of the Top 10 Funniest Tweet awards following a very eventful Japanese Grand Prix.

If you’re on Twitter and fancy playing along, it couldn’t be simpler. All you have to do is follow me and then during the race tweet something funny. Tag me on the tweet, so I don’t miss it, and I then judge the ones I collect.

You win kudos and bragging rights until the next race and awarded points towards the Funniest Tweet Award championship which run during each F1 season.

I can’t believe there’s only four races left this season.

See you in Austin, where we’ll do this all over again.

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Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards – Japanese Grand Prix 2018

Admit it, who thought that race was going to be boring?

It wasn’t though, was it? It was certainly worth setting the alarm for “Oh My God it’s early” o’clock and by the end of the race with all the thrills and spills we were certainly awake.

Due a certain incident, I am having to do another ‘special edition Top 10’ this time dedicated to a certain Sebastian Vettel and the antics surrounding him on track today. So keep an eye out for that which will be published about 10 minute after this one.

As well as track action, Twitter was certainly on fine form, despite the early/very late hours of people watching around the globe.

So, without further ado here are this week’s Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards for the Japanese Grand Prix 2018:

In 10th place is @fbn_gmnwsr wondering if anyone else missed the early alarm call this morning? This was me way back in March at the Australian Grand Prix and was never so pleased that F1 changed the start time to 10 past the hour!

9th place goes to @dibhayles for a behind-the-scenes sneak peek of the Sauber debrief meeting after Ericsson hit his team-mate

8th place goes to @timwagner66 for all of us trying to understand the Ferrari strategy this half of the season


In 7th place is @Jontys_Corner with this footage of the early scrap between Verstappen and Kimi, resulting in a 5-second time penalty for young Max. Was it deserved?

In 6th place is @F1_Jordan with exclusive footage of the Mercedes pit wall during the latter stages of the race as their boys were cruising in P1 and P2

5th place goes to @Krustylicious pondering whether or not Ferrari would issue team orders, despite Kimi being 40 seconds ahead of Vettel. (By the end of the race Vettel had clawed his way to 20-25 seconds behind)

In 4th place is @Planet_F1 showing precisely what Bono (Hamilton’s engineer) got up to during that long radio silence

3rd place goes to @PatrickSikler showing Verstappen pulling a Verstappen in today’s race

In 2nd place is @f1trackchat with this tweet about Verstappen’s penalty following his on/off track ‘incident’ with Kimi

This week’s winner, in 1st place is @_SHEVYWOOD with his track footage of Kevin Magnussen on the first lap, as he limped round with a puncture shredding tyre and carbon fibre all over the track


So, that concludes this week’s Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards, but we’re not done yet.

Coming up, this week’s second installment of funny tweet in a special ‘Vettel Edition’.

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F1 Bake Off – Round 17 – Japan

I can’t believe we’ve reached round 17. Only 4 more recipes to go after this one.

But here we are in Japan and for this week I have made a ‘Castella’ sponge cake.

It’s a very simple recipe which was brought over to Japan by the Portuguese traders in the 16th century and is now a speciality in the Nagasaki region.

This cake has a lovely taste due to the honey. This is the 2nd recipe I tried because, well, let’s just say the first recipe went a little bit wrong.

Can’t think why that doesn’t surprise you?

Anyway, without further ado, if you fancy having a go here is the recipe I used, courtesy of the ‘All Recipes’ website:



  • 85g plain flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of milk


  • Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas Mark 4 / 160 Fan
  • Put eggs and sugar into a bowl and beat with electric mixer until the size doubles – this will take a good five minutes
  • Add the milk and honey and mix until you get a smooth mixture
  • Sift in the flour and mix
  • Pour the mixture into a greased tin (I used a large loaf tin)
  • Pop in the oven and bake for 20 minutes
  • After 20 minutes, lower the heat to 160 C / Gas Mark 3 / 140 Fan and bake for 20 more minutes.
  • Take it out, let it cool and enjoy!
  • You can add Chantilly cream to make a decadent treat, otherwise just enjoy with a nice cup of tea.


  • The original recipe I used said this cake needed to be wrapped in cling film immediately after taking out of the oven and left for 12 hours.
  • The longer I left this cake, the better the texture became, so next time I make it I’m going to try with the cling film – apparently it makes the cake more moist!

…and here’s the one I made earlier:


Next up America, I’m going to enjoy that bake off. There’s always time for cheesecake!!!

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Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards – Russian Grand Prix 2018

After all the drama and excitement in Singapore, to say that this week’s Russian Grand Prix was a bit flat would be an understatement.

It had its moments, but they were few and far between.

Someone had obviously switched the fuel in Max Verstappen’s car with actual Red Bull, because he flew through the field on the first couple of laps and ended up being the driver who lead the race for the most laps!

There was some actual honest-to-goodness wheel-to-wheel racing courtesy of LeClerc, Hamilton and Vettel before we had that radio message for Bottas to let Hamilton through sending Twitter into virtual meltdown.

I’m not going to say it’s right, and it certainly dampened any celebrations at the end of the race. Apparently, Hamilton did ask to let Bottas back through before the end of the race, but was told to hold position:

missed message

However, despite the lack of action on track, Twitter certainly didn’t disappoint in terms of laughs off track.

As always, so many funny tweets to choose from, but there can only be 10. So after deliberating, cogitating and a cup of tea here are this week’s Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards:

In 10th place is @F1Racing_mag for this tweet after Hamilton’s pit stop (after he’d got caught behind back markers as Vettel was on his out-lap) brought him out just behind Vettel, and the radio communication of: “What happened there?” It didn’t last long as Hamilton took back the place.

9th place goes to @RenaultSportF1 as all the pitstops seemed to happen at once

8th place goes to @_chrisUK for this tweet of Perez’s reaction to being told to hand the place back to Ocon after several laps of attempting to overtake Hulkenberg, but not quite getting close enough to do so. Mercedes were not the only team implementing orders today it seems!

In 7th place is @StephenCole1984 with actual on-board footage of Max Verstappen as he sped through the field on the opening laps

In 6th place is @LightsOutF1Blog with a behind-the-scenes picture of Toto Wolff at the end of the race


5th place goes to @dibhayles for this scene from the Ferrari pit wall after Vettel jumped Hamilton on the pitstops only for Hamilton to overtake on the next lap

In 4th place is @PatrickSikler with this accurate portrayal of Max Verstappen having stormed through the field from the back to P5 and hoping that his Renault engine holds out this race

3rd place goes to @f1trackchat with live scenes from the Toro Rosso garage after the retirement of both cars on lap 6

2nd place goes to @Jontys_Corner for live on-board footage from Vettel’s car at the start as he tussled with Hamilton for 2nd place on the first couple of corners

This week’s winner, in 1st place, sneaking in just as the chequered flag came down is @MichaelGierula showing us exactly what Toto and Bottas would be discussing after the race

And there you have it, this week’s Funniest Tweets from the Russian Grand Prix.

Next Sunday morning, very early, will be the next round as the F1 circus hits Japan.

And despite the early start, there will be some awesomely funny tweets as usual.

Taking part is easy, simply follow me on Twitter (@Pitlane_Girl). I will follow back and then simply tweet something funny during the race and tag me in.

You win nothing but kudos and bragging rights until the next race, but you do win points in my Funniest Tweet Awards Championship which runs during the season. Fancy being the next champion? You know what you have to do, so get tweeting.

Look out for the next F1 Bake Off video and blog which will be out on Thursday.


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F1 Bake Off – Round 16 – Russia

When I think of Russia, the cold weather automatically lets my mind wander to food that is dense, stodgy and heavy.

This week’s F1 Bake Off challenge, however, proved to be anything but.

After drooling over several gorgeous looking recipes, I plumped for a simple apple cake, called an apple sharlotka.

It has five ingredients, none of which is fat!

So, here you go, courtesy of Natasha’s Kitchen blog the recipe for an apple sharlotka:

Apple Sharlotka


  • 6 large eggs at room temp
  • 200g granulated sugar
  • 160g plain flour cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp pinch baking powder
  • 450g (approx 6 golden delicious) apples
  • Icing Sugar to dust the finished cake


  1. Preheat the oven 190C/ Gas Mark 5/ 375F/ 170 fan
  2. Grease a 9″ springform tin
  3. Peel, core and dice the apples
  4. Crack the eggs into a bowl and add the sugar
  5. Beat on high-speed for 6 minutes until thick and fluffy
  6. Put the flour and baking powder into a separate bow
  7. Sift 1/3 of the flour into the foamy egg mixture and fold it in with a spatula
  8. Then sift another third, fold and then the final third and fold
  9. Don’t overmix!
  10. Fold in the half of the diced apples until combined
  11. Pour the batter into the greased baking pan
  12. Sprinkle the top with remaining apple
  13. Pop in the oven and bake for 1 hour
  14. The top will be golden brown
  15. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for 15 minutes
  16. Then slide a knife around the sides of the cake to loosen it
  17. Once cake is near room temp, dust with icing sugar
  18. When cool, cut and serve


  • This cake was really easy to prepare
  • Be careful with the apples – I think, no I’m pretty sure that by keeping the apples in water to stop them from going brown whilst I was making the batter, actually made them too wet, and that is why they sunk to the bottom of the cake, and I suffered from the dreaded GBBO curse of a soggy bottom
  • Keep an eye of the cake when cooking — not sure if it’s my oven, or it could have been the apples being too wet, but the top ended up too cooked and the bottom not as much
  • As for taste, to be honest there really wasn’t make taste to it. The original recipe called for cooking apples, which I didn’t have so substituted for sweeter golden delicious. Maybe the cooking apples would have given it a sharper flavour. But aside from that there really wasn’t much taste at all… oops!

… and here’s the video


Japan’s up next. Surely, I can get one recipe right, can’t I?

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Top 10 ‘Perez’ Funniest Tweet Awards – Singapore Grand Prix 2018

Welcome, to a special second edition of this week’s Funniest Tweet Awards dedicated, in its entirety, to the calamity that was Sergio Perez this race.


In 10th place is @RJoseRazoJr with live footage of the Force India garage

In 9th place is @JamesWagnerTW with onboard footage from Perez’s car as he tried to pass Sirotkin


8th place goes to @TarasDemerson drawing comparisons between Sirotkin and another Russian driver who is rumoured to be on his way back to F1 next season!!

In 7th place is @VLP3S for his footage of the on track scrap between Perez and Sirotkin

6th place goes to @_DavidBroad_ – this needs no explanation!!

5th place goes to @BSzoverfi for succinctly summing up Perez’s race

In 4th place is @PapayaOrange16 for succinctly also summing up Perez’s race

3rd place goes to @dibhayles showing Perez on his way back to the hotel and navigating Singapore’s tricky metro system.

In 2nd place is @Jontys_Corner for this footage of Perez making his way through the field…

In 1st place and the winner of the special ‘Perez edition’ of the Funniest Tweet Awards is @idennisjones for this response about Perez picking his girlfriend up after the race. I laughed way too hard at this….


Well, there you have it. I hope you enjoyed this special Perez edition of the Funniest Tweet Awards.

After today’s excitement, I’m going to be glad of the two-week break until we re-assemble in Russia.

As always, taking part in my Funniest Tweet Awards is super easy to do.

Simply follow me on Twitter, and during the race tweet your funny tweets (don’t forget to tag me, @Pitlane_Girl, so I don’t miss them). You win nother but kudos and bragging rights until the next race.

See you in Sochi.


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Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards – Singapore Grand Prix 2018

OK, so street circuits don’t usually provide the best races on the calendar, but sometimes they can throw the odd spanner into the works and give us some surprising results.

An easy Ferrari victory was being predicted, as this track favours their car much more so than the Mercedes. But, after a jaw-dropping blinder of a qualifying lap yesterday it was the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton that took home the spoils under the bright lights of Singapore.

There were definitely some thrills and spills this race. None more so than the antics of one Sergio Perez, which lit up my Twitter timeline so much I have made the decision to publish a separate Top 10 Funniest Perez Tweet Awards, for this race only.

Other surprises included Vettel finishing about half a minute behind the time of Hamilton and the best of the rest, another 30 seconds behind being led home by one Fernando Alonso. But perhaps the biggest surprise of the race was Kevin Magnussen getting the fastest lap and finishing in 18th!

Perez tweets aside, there were still a plethora of funny tweets to choose from. Soo without further ado, here are this week’s Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards from the Singapore Grand Prix 2018:

In 10th place is @ChillerKiller22 for showing everyone’s reaction to the news of Kevin Magnussen setting the fastest lap of the race

9th place goes to @PatrickSikler for the first time eyebrow’s were raised as Alonso set the fastest lap, before being beaten, later on in the race by Magnussen

8th place goes to @Jontys_Corner as everyone got woken up as the second half of the race proved to be somewhat, rather exciting…

In 7th place is @benjhunt with a sneak peek into this weekend’s Ferrari strategy team in action. *spoiler alert* they pitted Vettel early, to try the undercut, and put him on purple tyres and expected him to complete the race on them. He did, but that’s probably why he ended the race 30 seconds behind Hamilton.

In 6th place is @HeyloLP translating the radio communication between Verstappen and the pit wall after he, and Hamilton, were held up by the racing battle between Grosjean and Sirotkin

5th place goes to @dibhayles for showing us the onboard camera replay of Ocon being punted into the wall on the first lap, which resulted in the deployment of the one and only safety car of the race

In 4th place is @timwagner66 for this tweet about the Force India first lap incident. Who remembers this film? I loved Clyde…

3rd place goes to @StephenCole1984 with this tweet about that wily old fox, Alonso, who always manages to grab some points…

2nd place goes to @JaitkenRacer with live footage of both Williams’ and Force India’s pit wall as Sirotkin and Perez battled each other on track … again!

And this week’s winner, in 1st place is everyone’s favourite team Twitter account @RenaultSportF1 for this tweet following Perez’s drive-through penalty announcement… the pitlane walk of shame, that just creased me up

And that concludes this week’s Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards…

Oh, hang on! Wait a minute! I’ve got to do the Perez Top 10 Funniest Tweets.

Hold on to your hats folks, this isn’t over yet …. more laughs to come with the Top 10 Perez Funniest Tweet Awards

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