Top 10 Memes of the 2021 Formula 1 Qatar Grand Prix

After the drama and intrigue of Qualifying at the Losail International Circuit, F1 cars lined up for the first time at a circuit best known for the premier class of motorcycle racing. A couple of penalties for Bottas and Verstappen assured a big swing in the points towards Lewis Hamilton. As is so often found in Formula 1 however, the assured result is normally the one avoided by history when an F1 World Driver’s Championship is on the line. Let’s look at the memes that helped us process the move towards a showdown in Abu Dhabi.

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Posted on Reddit by paulricard

Given the state of the race up until this radio message, Ocon had a huge task keeping a fast Red Bull with Perez at the wheel at bay for any period of time.

Given that he did better than most and defended for 3 corners compared to 1 by his competitors, we’d say he did a bang-up job.

READ MORE – F1 2021 QATAR GRAND PRIX PREVIEW: WHO WILL MASTER THE LOSAIL CIRCUIT?

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Posted on Reddit by Its-foxtale

Given the worn nature of Ocon’s tyres, it’s a minor miracle he didn’t run into issues as some other drivers did.

The scrutiny at this point usually falls on Pirelli, but bearing in mind the Italian tyre manufacturer warned 2 stops were the strategy of choice, the feeling of vindication must have been immense.

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Posted on Reddit by raittussihteeri

One of the drivers who fell foul of the 1-stop strategy being marginal was Bottas who, to put it mildly, had a rollercoaster of a weekend.

Like any practical rollercoaster however it has to come back down to ground level. This ground level was last for Bottas, followed by his eventual DNF.

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Posted on Reddit by Confused_demon

Another driver who was going well, although in a less tumultuous manner was the AlphaTauri of Pierre Gasly. His performances this year have been excellent and it looked to be another surprise result thanks to penalties ahead and a P2 start.

Alas, whether an effort to aid Max by the Red Bull machine or just simply mind-bogglingly poor strategy, Gasly pitted so far outside the pit window it could have been a fastest lap attempt from Brazil delivered by Internet Explorer.

READ MORE 2021 QATAR GRAND PRIX: FP1 & FP2 REPORT: BOTTAS TOPS FP2, BUT LEWIS STUCK BEHIND VERSTAPPEN.

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Posted on Reddit by LBHJ1707

Winding back the clock 15 years was Fernando Alonso, lining up on the second row of the grid in a car built in Enstone with a French Engine.

Ok, admittedly that’s a bit of a stretch, but seeing Alonso be 3rd in 2021 is equally far-fetched. F1 raising the bar and proving us all wrong however, is anything but a stretch.

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Posted on Reddit by PS181809

Starting in 3rd in F1 and finishing in 3rd in F1 are two totally different animals.

Alonso should have been swallowed up with the car he had to deal with, however some beneficial events in front and behind him (Remember those tortured tyres?)

That said, the Spaniard is a seasoned racer. 2 World Championships are a testament to that and even without the help of Bottas, Ocon and Latifi, the Le Mans winner would have been a challenge to remove from the podium’s third step.

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Posted on Reddit by Dear_Delivery_5328

While Perez didn’t battle with Alonso, that doesn’t mean he didn’t have an easy time through copying his teammate’s strategy.

While the situations of the two teammates were similar, very quickly they parted ways putting Perez’s strategy in the situation where it would be sub-optimal.

This is what gave the Mexican a mountain to climb, one that he’d eventually be prevented from scaling despite his speed and race-management.

READ MORE – F1 2021 QATAR GRAND PRIX: HAMILTON DOMINATES TO POLE

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Posted on Reddit by svedkoviamemecovi

The biggest obstacle for Perez unfortunately was the harder job he had after a poor qualifying.

The race ended up unpredictable enough that it would allow him, along with a hell of a drive, to take 4th place. This could prove to be vital in the race for the less glamourous Constructor’s Championship.

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Posted on Reddit by Akutagawa773

It’s been a rough year for the Scuderia, preceded by a rougher year for the Scuderia and one of the main sources of ridicule has been the strategy and execution of it when the Rosso Corsa cars are in the pit box.

This time however, an uptick in performance on-track has been replicated when it comes to changing tyres, allowing the rare double stack to come off, sealing the final nail in the coffin for McLaren’s Constructor’s Championship hopes.

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Posted on Reddit by Paranoid_batman

Speaking of McLaren, Sainz’s departure from the team has seemed to upset the balance.

The WRC champion’s son initially adapted to the characteristics of the Ferrari better than Daniel Ricciardo could do the same to extract the speed from the papaya machine. Ferrari have taken a step in the last couple of races as McLaren have slumped, possibly in preparation for 2022, turning the tide from the start of the season.

All through the last few races it’s been a seesaw between Hamilton and Verstappen. Hamilton was approaching a point where he needed to win in Brazil to stop the championship slipping too far away. His phenomenal race in Sao Paulo and commanding win in Qatar has brought the fight back to 8 points, the same as a win with fastest lap, which would tee up a finale in the UAE perfectly leaving Saudi Arabia in a fortnight.

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