Top 10 Memes of the 2021 Formula 1 French Grand Prix

Someone recently called Paul Ricard the world’s largest kaleidoscope, not sure who would do that, certainly not this author. Normally that’s the most notable about the circuit just outside Marseille. This year however, we were treated to a spectacle or the most pressure filled variety, the race result decided right at the death.

Given it’s not always been the most interesting race, before being subjected to that whirlwind of a grand prix, we were dreading putting this together. Not today. The meme gods were smiling on us as is was all happening out on track. Let’s get into it.

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Posted on Reddit by RKoke

What with broadcast equipment being so reliable, even in the weight-obsessed theatre of Formula 1, it’s rare to see radio fail. The last time that comes to mind is painfully enough, Brazil 2013 for Red Bull.

Max Verstappen however struggled through and pulled through to take victory.

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Posted on Reddit by tuxooo

After the last 2 years of racing at Paul Ricard, another uneventful weekend of running was to be expected.

However, such is the nature of Formula 1, the racing gods found a way to have people on their edge of their seats at the world’s largest physical manifestation of a stress headache.

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Posted on Reddit by LahithPragada

Again, with the praise on the circuit at Le Castellet.

Given that it’s only been back on the calendar for 2 years and Azerbaijan, a race heaped in praise, has only actually had a hit rate of 50% when it comes to exciting race.  

Maybe the French Grand Prix just needed time?

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Posted on Reddit by monachia

It was a tough day at the office, particularly when you consider he had managed to get ahead of the Red Bulls.

That may well have been due to the strategy calls he himself was calling for, ironically.

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Posted on Reddit by Caydeon

Given the rumours making their merry well round the paddock (and the news cycle for that matter) this could well be not far from the truth.

It’s not exactly the first time Bottas has been ignored on strategy, and yesterday’s race will have done nothing for the rumours he’s forcibly making way for Russell in 2022.

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Posted on Reddit by Vin684

A pit stop, with 20-ish laps to go? A prodigious talent tasked with making his way back past in a short space of time on a high degradation circuit.

Where have we seen that before? In all seriousness, Red Bull played a blinder to pull off what Hamilton and Bottas were asking to be protected from all along.

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Posted on Reddit by Gocommitf1online

Red Bull really stole this style of win out from under Mercedes, who in contrast, have looked quite uncomfortable and hitting a number of stumbling blocks.

The once well-oiled operation has started to seem a little like it’s got a spanner in the works. Metaphors, similes and other literary techniques aside, the silver arrows really need to get back on track next time out. If not, this championship may run away from them.

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Posted on Reddit by THCRIMSONIFY

Lewis specifically asked to be the first team to make a move and was left struggling out front as the charging Bull came flying back past with little hindrance from a floundering Bottas.

To be left without that happening when the Merc pit wall is usually so adept must have been a hell of a shock.

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Posted on Reddit by L14M_F1

2 cars that had absolutely no hindrance in front of them on their way to fly through the pack and into best of the rest territory were the rampant McLarens.

Giving a performance Mansour Ojjeh was probably smiling on from the heavens, the two made the whole F1 circus wonder “What could they do starting from that kind of position?”

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Posted on Twitter by @olafurw

You’ve probably seen it as it’s made it out of the F1 meme circles and onto mainstream media, very impressive if we do say so.

The best part about this one is that it makes you laugh even if you say zoom rapidly, or in a cultish chant. Top stuff.

Another year, another Well Done Baku. Of all the tracks within the street circuit offensive F1 has seemed to be on during Liberty’s time at the reigns. We get it, it’s easier to monetise and attract spectators for an F1 race through a city centre rather than a small village where it rains a lot. Speaking of small villages, Le Castellet in France, home to Paul Ricard. We’ll be back in 2 weeks time to find humour in the world’s largest kaleidoscope.

A pleasant surprise, isn’t that nice? France delivers again, just took a while. 2 top drivers duelling, flat out, and not just in qualifying like we saw back in 2005. (Look it up between Schumacher and Alonso, it’s ridiculous and excellent).

We’ll be back in just a week to collect up the next 10 memes that take our fancy, see you then.

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