With Typhoon Hagibis (or Haggis as it was lovingly renamed) meaning that Saturday running was completely cancelled, Super Sunday certainly lived up to its name.
Qualifying and the race all on the one day. Some fans were pulling all-nighters, personally, I opted for a two-stop strategy to watch both qualifying, at 2am, and then back to bed with an alarm ready to be up in time for lights out at ten past six.
Weirdly I felt so awake at 2am, couldn’t and didn’t fall back into a deep sleep, and was wide awake at 5, ready for the race build up.
Because it didn’t appear during the race, this tweet from @Jonty_Corner gets an honorary mention, summing up F1 fans everywhere as they tuned in for Super Sunday:
And we were not disappointed.
Ferrari took an unexpected 1-2 and looked like they could, once again take the race to Mercedes. This was before lights out and, as ‘3 Legs 4 Wheels‘ put it, they managed to Ferrari it up!
There was overtaking a-plenty, some close shaves akin to Mario-Kart, but it seems that’s OK these days.
In the end Mercedes emerged triumphant, claiming the top spot and enough points to secure them the Constructor’s title for the sixth consecutive year. No matter which team you support, they have to be applauded for such an amazing feat.
I thought, due to the early hour that funny tweets might be few and far between. But, oh, how wrong I was.
There were a plethora, which certainly kept me busy.
Judging and one cup (extra large) of tea later, I now present this week’s Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards for the Japanese Grand Prix 2019:
@tpot211 and this tweet following the ‘hard’ racing and overtake between Albon and Norris. What are your thoughts on this new, very close, rubbing racing that the stewards seem to be turning a blind eye to these days?
@MinxyD14 with a shout out to Daniel Ricciardo who started the race in 16th and coolly made his way through the field, with some classic ‘honey badger’ moves to finish in 7th.
@RedBullUK with this tweet on how to explain the race, strategies and what happened to those who didn’t get up to watch the race.
@timwagner66 with live onboard footage as Magnussen reports issues with his car seat…
@TarasDemerson with a sneak peak of a brand new exhibit in the offing at Suzuka for next year, following the opening lap collisions/racing incidents/occurrences of hard racing and mirrors dropping off.
@toonarmy with live footage of the Ferrari pit wall at the beginning of the race. Toto has that ‘Tactics’ button, this appears to be Ferrari’s version. To be fair, the opening didn’t reflect the results of the race. P2 and P6 were not to be sniffed at. That Ferrari has got a great package as can be observed with Leclerc’s route through the field after he found himself near the back following his collision (steward’s are still deliberating) with Verstappen on the first corner.
@StephenCole1984 with live footage from the steward’s room as they backtrack on decisions. What is your opinion on the Leclerc/Verstappen collision on the opening lap? Was their first decision of ‘no further action’ the right one, or should they have investigated straight away? Also, what about the Albon/Norris incident?
@dibhayles with live footage from the pitlane as Vettel slammed on the brakes to reach the maximum pit speed limit, during his first pitstop.
@stargateoracle with a replay of the start of the race …
@RJoseRazoJr with live, onboard footage as Leclerc overtook Gasly on the ‘Spoon’ corner.
And there are the Top 10 Funniest Tweets for the Japanese Grand Prix.
There were so many to choose from and, as always, I really had a difficult choice.
All of the entries are on my Twitter feed (@Pitlane_Girl).
Now I want to hear from you.
Which one of these is your favourite?
Or did you find another tweet that I may have missed?
Either way, let me know in the comments below.
The Funniest Tweets will be back in a fortnight for the Mexican Grand Prix.
If you want to take part, get practising.
The rules are very simple:
- Follow me on Twitter
- During the race (lights out to the chequered flag) tweet something funny
- Tag / @ me (or I will miss it)
- Cross your fingers
And that’s it.
Right now though, I’m going to have another cup of tea and maybe a little snooze.