Top 10 Memes of the 2021 Formula 1 Styrian Grand Prix
Owing to the changes to calendar forced on F1 as the effects of COVID-19 still ripple through the world, the F1 community at least get’s a second visit to the lovely Red Bull Ring in Styria, Austria. Normally this old-school track throws up some great racing, though unfortunately for us, spoiler alert, uncharacteristically this year it didn’t.
That wasn’t the only thing to be out of character, as Lewis Hamilton struggled to keep pace with the commanding Max Verstappen. Given the fact that he probably is the next big thing for Formula 1, him and his current crop of ultra-young and ultra-fast drivers raising through the ranks, it only makes sense we look at the only form of humour they understand. Well, the only form we can write an article about anyway, let’s take a look.
Posted on Reddit by gok5604
Its seemed that either F1 fans have short memories or that F1’s nature is that of dominance by one team that hits its interpretation of the ruleset out of the park.
Rumour has it that it may well be both.
Posted on Reddit by RockBready
It was a torrid affair for Gasly’s first lap in Styria.
Tagged by Leclerc not 500m before the second real corner of the race, then struggling not to get caught in other driver’s paths.
What actually happened to him after turn 3 is something we’d love to tell you about, but for reasons that will become clear, we can’t.
Posted on Reddit by vibnn
There’s been some genuinely disappointing TV directing this season, admittedly by a TV crew who’d been forced on a 2 year sabbatical by the current state of the world.
The medicine we didn’t know we needed however, was catching the septuple world champion as the camera cut to him, mid-slide. Mighty impressive work from the person behind the desk if ever we’ve seen it.
Posted on Reddit by T_Blown_Diffuser
Given the situational awareness F1 drivers usually possess while testing the limits of adhesion dynamically over 90 minutes, all while balancing strategy and on-track battles will never cease to amaze us, who usually hit a wall if we even think about changing the F1 game’s brake bias settings while taking the gentle right of Curva Grande, this question from Lewis was a little concerning.
Those of you out there who do support the Brit, don’t worry, he was back to working out the implications of any pitstop he made by the end of the race.
Posted on Reddit by LucasHS1881
Oh to be George Russell. Even with what will be the fastest Formula 1 car available to drive for a long time he still suffered a setback from bad luck. This same luck struck again when he was painfully close to not just scraping points, but winning himself and Williams a good haul of the stuff that keeps the lights on at the end of the day.
Posted on Reddit by Jonnymalax
As we alluded to earlier, we’d love to tell you exactly what happened on lap 1 after turn 3 and exactly what happened to Gasly’s lower wishbone.
Was it just a failure from Leclerc’s contact, a spontaneous failure from a manufacturing error or Gasly bringing the car back too fast and ruining what little chance he had of a decent finish? We may never know.
Posted on Reddit by Lab_17
It’s happened again. Another race, another chance of rain, another set of drivers getting wet with both champagne and water from the sky rather then the track not half an hour before.
Given the hype that surrounds the weekend when there’s even a chance of rain, which is warranted to be perfectly honest, it seems the clouds hear about it and decide not to rain on anyone’s parade.
Posted on Reddit by BernhardDiener
Given the recent performances he’s shown and the behaviour of all team members involved with Bottas, a schoolboy error in the pitlane was the least the Finn needed. The antics cost him 3 places and a front row start, possibly shaking this race up entirely, and giving it the spice it sorely needed.
Posted on Reddit by HangmanAM
Making the best of a bad situation (and capitalising on an uncharacteristic Red Bull pitstop error) Bottas made good way into the race until Perez was unleashed with a fast Red Bull and fresh tyres.
The only luck the Austrian drinks maker seemed to lack this weekend was a safety car to bunch the pack and help Perez overturn the eventual half-second gap.
Posted on Reddit by Ikatcher
There’s been a number of gestures by each team looking to rub their rivals in their own successes (Formation Mercedes at Monza after a 1-2 come to mind) so this isn’t anything new for us. As you can probably guess from our tone, we won’t condemn it either, as Red Bull deserved the win and the celebration on at least partly home turf. They earned the celebration.
An unlikely, yet always possible, quiet affair by F1 standards in Spielberg. That’s the first of the Austrian double bill, can Milton Keynes step up and make it a double bull on the podium. They’ll certainly hope so. We just hope there’s more make fun of as only the internet can. Until next time.
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