Top 10 Memes of the 2021 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
What can we say about this that hasn’t already been said? Not a lot.
So we won’t. To try and make this regular feature a slightly safer haven from the silliness spouting from the mouths of some corners of the internet, we’ll see what memes we could find out there. Take a look.
Posted on Reddit by KarnaF1
9 years later and Alonso still loses out in F1 to Vettel at the final race of the season.
Granted it was for the highest number of overtakes rather than the highest number of world championship points, but that’s beside the point.
Posted on Reddit by Mako3232
That camera move has cropped up in a number of pitstops this season, but to this day we can’t work out why they decide to include it.
Potentially it’s a cheap, contrived attempt at increasing the show?
Posted on Reddit by MarinZG060
Given that Kimi has never been one for the spotlight of Formula 1, particularly when there’s not a prize he cares about at the end of it, perhaps it’s no surprise the Iceman retired halfway through the race when he was sure to get driver of the day.
Whether or not that was the case on Sunday we’ll never know, but either way it was sad to see Raikkonen leave without a last hurrah.
Posted on Reddit by CHarlieUhUh
The way F1 has run this season has seemed like the natural conclusion of the increased sensationalism of the sport since F1 and Netflix enacted their current partnership.
Concerns are now being raised over whether that’s necessarily a benefit to the sport but one thing is for certain. Drive to Survive will have plenty of material to work with come March.
Posted on Reddit by JuanFF8
The biggest target of the ire throughout the season, but particularly THAT last lap, was Michael Masi, the race director.
Personally, I’d like to make it clear I understand that the Race Director’s job is not easy, particularly with screaming from two team principles coming at you.
That being said, the disregard of the procedures set by the FIA themselves could be seen as a dangerous precedent where no rule is safe from the race director’s discretion. As with all the controversial decisions this season, that needs changing as soon as possible.
Posted on Reddit by JamesIcarus
Tension was high over the weekend. In the teams you say?
Sure, I guess, they’re going for a record-breaking world championship each.
Toto Wolff’s table though? It must have felt as worn out as Lewis Hamilton’s tyres at the end of the race after the torture it endured all season.
Posted on Reddit by kibollp
The way the FIA have investigated potential wrongdoing by one of their own appointees could be seen as incredibly shady. This feeling is exacerbated when you think the FIA has a vested interest in finding them and their representatives innocent.
We’ll not be explaining the story as there are many articles which do that better, and this is meant to be a lighter look at this weekend’s action, so much as we can take one.
Posted on Reddit by mdstwsp
The online discourse has been incredibly toxic through the yeah with every twist and turn taking the situation ever closer to devolving into outright mud-slinging.
You’ll notice a conspicuous lack of comment on the actual events that unfolded during the grand prix, and that’s deliberate.
Neither driver deserved to lose this world championship in our opinion. The contest between the two drivers has driven both their levels to unprecedented levels, as it always does and should for that matter when the title is this close.
There are concerns that should be allowed their time in the sun as we re-evaluate, as we periodically should, whether the rules are fit for purpose.
Posted on Reddit by EnvironmentalStop412
George Russell looks to be a star in the making as Max Verstappen was for Red Bull while at Toro Rosso all those years ago.
Not only is he fast on track and an excellent team player, but his PowerPoint skills rival even Apple in a tech keynote.
Mercedes brought their legal counsel to Abu Dhabi, in a move ridiculed by some, but what could they do? He was driving for Williams!
Posted on Reddit by pyattii
Lastly, and it’s a great shame to say that as I’ve had a blast making these meme reviews all season. And what a wonderful, intriguing, sometimes controversial and always entertaining season it was, right until the last 30 seconds.
Given that the gap between the two rivals was under 12 seconds across 22 races and over 3800 miles that’s akin to the Le Mans 2011 finish in both distance and gap between the leaders.
That race was what this race has been. A classic, one for the ages, and a tough act to follow.
Your move F1 2022.
So that’s it. F1 2021 (almost) in the books. Please do check out our previous meme round-ups over the off season, and also keep up with our Formula 1 coverage over the off-season before we see you all again in March to do this all over again.
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