Top 10 Memes of the 2021 Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
It couldn’t have finished any other way, could it? 21 races down, 1 to go and Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are neck and neck on points after a highly controversial Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
We’ll not say too much about what happened, that’s already been said in about a million different ways by a million different people and I’ll not be saying too much on that beyond when it comes into the memes. That said, let’s get into them.
Posted on Reddit by muhreddistaccounts
This is probably a factor most people have forgotten (We’re not blaming you if you did, there was about 1000 years of red flag time), but Verstappen’s medium tyres were blistered quite severely after only 10 laps.
Add in Hamilton’s pace which Verstappen had to match to have a hope of winning, it was highly probable that Max wouldn’t have held on for the remaining laps even with all the VSC’s.
Posted on Reddit by Mkb_95
Steward’s decision aside, we’ll not be wading into that here, Lewis probably should have taken the place bearing in mind there’s no yellow flags, light boards or notification on his steering wheel.
All that suggests that it’s safe to pass Verstappen, and if he had done at racing speed he’d be well out of DRS range.
Posted on Reddit by chippykay
As a viewer in the UK, the amount of plugging the Sky TV service that happens during the coverage of the races now is pretty intrusive.
It’s unclear to us whether that makes it into the international coverage using Sky commentary but if it does it’s got to be annoying. Back to the meme though, pretty ringing endorsement for Bose quality if the headphones survived that.
Posted on Reddit by BrainJuice_13
It’s almost certain that this kind of thing was happening between the race director and teams before we were privy to it.
In a race full of bad looks however, this wasn’t the image of fair play that F1 needs to have the FIA help portray. It’s a slippery slope between full-on bartering.
Posted on Reddit by Redspirrit
To quote myself during the race in a group chat with other F1 fans “AND WE MISSED THE OVERTAKE”.
As a more seasoned F1 fan, I’m used to watching the gaps on the TV timing tower to see potential overtakes brewing. That doesn’t mean that when the race is completely finished, I don’t want to see the battles play out behind.
Too many times this season have piss-poor decisions be made regarding what to show on-screen and what to leave to a replay.
Posted on Reddit by MioAkiya
Given the damage already sustained by Lewis colliding with Ocon, it’d be fair to say that Hamilton had got off lightly with small endplate damage when the whole structural integrity of the mounting could have been compromised. Whole wings have been lost in less contact.
Add the loss of the full endplate when Max and Lewis collided, and it’s like the Mercedes’ damage was set to cosmetic with how Hamilton was able to continue to fight and pass Verstappen without falling back into the Flying Dutchman.
Posted on Reddit by Lv_Mortarion_vl
Author’s note: I’m not a neutral fan by any stretch of the imagination, but I do try to put aside my personal biases beyond saying things like that I’m disappointed Lewis didn’t finish in Italy for example.
The level of toxicity and animosity that now exists between the fans of particular drivers is reaching unnecessary levels, and it’s not helped by the amount of rivalry that seems to pervade even Red Bull and Mercedes at all levels of the team.
The management of both teams is adding fuel to the fire and going into the final race it’s looking increasingly dicey between every party involved.
Posted on Reddit by Kselli
The amount of sensationalism within the Drive to Survive season has always been suspect, but given how the FIA are seeming to kick the metaphorical hornet’s nest, it’s starting to get silly and honestly quite dangerous.
Liberty Media will be happy with that, but the fans are starting to get tired of it when it’s affecting the integrity of the racing.
Posted on Reddit by beansbrewsbikes
Of all the outcomes that could happen, a good clean fight at the last race that’s a little more sensible than has been the case this year is all we can hope for.
That’s all we have to say about this beyond the fact we don’t think that’ll happen.
Posted on Reddit by Aegon_2108
Right, now we’ve got past the huge gravitational pull of Verstappen vs Hamilton, you’ve got to feel for Ocon, losing out to Bottas at the very last second, within the last 200m. The only small consolation is that the podium will have been mighty tense, and we certainly wouldn’t have wanted to be up there with the two main contenders.
We started to preview this in the Qatar meme review, but it’s only fitting that a phenomenally close, high stakes, narrow margin rivalry and season would come down to the closest championship decider since 1974. We’re equal parts excited and nervous and we hope you’re ready to unpack it all with us next week.
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