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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.

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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.

READ MORE – F1 2021 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX PREVIEW: SHOWDOWN IN THE DESERT TO DECIDE THE TITLE

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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?

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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.

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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.

READ MORE 2021 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX – FP1 & FP2 REPORT – HAMILTON FASTEST, BUT GAMES ARE AT PLAY

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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.

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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.

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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.

READ MORE – 2021 SAUDI ARABIAN GRAND PRIX: HAMILTON WINS AS TITLE BATTLE ENTERS WARFARE

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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.

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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!

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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.

Grid Talk Podcast

To help recap this race and the whole season in general, along with this race, do take a look at the Grid Talk Podcast as our exceptional panellists break down this an every week’s action.

The Grid Talk crew produce a preview, qualifying analysis show and race review for every Grand Prix weekend. You can check out the latest show on our Podcast section.

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.

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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.

READ MORE – F1 2021 SAUDI ARABIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW: WILL JEDDAH DECIDE THE CHAMPIONSHIP?

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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.

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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.

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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.

READ MORE 2021 SAUDI ARABIAN GRAND PRIX: FP1 & FP2 REPORT – HAMILTON IS FASTEST AS LECLERC STOPS THE SHOW EARLY

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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.

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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.

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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.

READ MORE – 2021 SAUDI ARABIAN GRAND PRIX: FP1 & FP2 REPORT – HAMILTON IS FASTEST AS LECLERC STOPS THE SHOW EARLY

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Top 10 Memes of the 2021 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix

Gifted an opportunity that’s notoriously bad for on-track overtakes, Lewis Hamilton looked to completely turn the tables on title rival Verstappen. As F1 re-wrote the script for Sochi, a well earned podium by Red Bull leaves Hamilton in the lead, but not by much, with just 2 points separating the two going into Istanbul.

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Posted on Reddit by Tj0ektj0ek

After a frankly underwhelming Qualifying for Hamilton, the champion’s aim for the Russian Grand Prix will have been to score as many un-answered points as possible.

Initially cautious, starting P4 and going backwards, the champ made use of excellent tyre wear and well-timed pitstops to take a well-earned win…with one small problem, Max Verstappen’s podium. The championship battle continues.

READ MORE – F1 2021 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX: LEWIS HAMILTON TAKES WIN AHEAD OF MAX VERSTAPPEN IN A DRAMATIC WET FINISH IN SOCHI

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Posted on Reddit by Oli258

As we’ve established, Hamilton took the win today, and now we have the horrible job of breaking the news of who it came at the cost of.

While he can only blame himself for the scenario in which it happened, eschewing intermediate tyres that almost immediately became the de-facto compound to use, that will be of little to no comfort to himself and his fans. While his time will come, Norris needs to remove these incidents from his races to stand on the top step.

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Posted on Reddit by stephennedumpally

The championship fight between Hamilton and Verstappen is now tight enough with so few races left to l swing the odds in your favour, both teams are now wont to do whatever it takes to try and gain a usable points advantage. This now means sacrificing the second driver in the team if you’re a Mercedes team with a 20 point advantage in the Constructor’s championship. That lead is now extended by another 15 points so expect that to only continue.

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Posted on Reddit by eggheadking

The aforementioned strategies only work however, if the second driver is willing to play ball.

As a driver with a seat somewhere else, Bottas has no incentive to do much to help Mercedes’ plans even with a faster car and a predisposition to success at Sochi.

READ MORE 5 DRIVERS WHO NEED A GOOD RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX TODAY

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Posted on Reddit by Summerof1974

Normally Sochi is a bland affair with little in the way of excitement or action. This year this was not the case and we almost feel like we’ve been robbed of a “Strike it from the calendar” hit-piece article. Better luck next year.

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Posted on Reddit by Lucid_Night

As much as we may grumble about not being able to criticise Sochi, we are glad the race was interesting for once, and hope the same is replicated for years to come.

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Posted on Reddit by Oli258

This meme works so well with the driver position tracker and a heartbeat, but the rain added a huge amount of variability and, more importantly, skill to the end of the race.

Teams and drivers having to manage the situation changing by the second as the best tyre type to use ebbed and flowed, finally moving towards the intermediates.

READ MORE – F1 2021 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX: QUALIFYING REPORT: NORRIS TAKES HIS FIRST POLE IN TRICKY CONDITIONS

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Posted on Reddit by christopher_msa

That wasn’t to say the race was boring otherwise, the rain was more of a cherry on top of a very tasty Grand Prix. A mixed-up grid, free tyre choice for everyone and unseasonably cool weather all culminated in a tension filled race from start to finish.

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Posted on Reddit by Ikcatcher

The race did have a more mundane section in the middle, as is to be expected and more importantly, a trait a lot of the good races have.

Azerbaijan 2017 was held up as a shining example of a thrilling race and yet that too had a slower middle section as the pitstops unfolded. What’s important to remember is that the race needs stakes and tension to become a classic.

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Posted on Reddit by Unfunny_Gamer

It’s inevitable with the former team-mates battling in the early stages of the race and at other times during the season that there’s going to be some artistic license in DTS’ editing to cultivate drama and a story next spring. Get ready for it, you heard it here first.

With the gap in the championship as narrow as it’s been since Bahrain, Lewis Hamilton will look to replicate his 2020 win, hopefully with more favourable track conditions.

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It was never going to simmer down was it? After the gamesmanship of the qualifying session, the events of the race were almost guaranteed not to be a dull affair, particularly with the eagerly awaited rain to just add that little extra to the the proceedings, something that ended up not being needed, as it all happened and produced the following reactions.

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Posted on Reddit by Rageoffreys

Well, we’ll start with the controversy right off the bat as Bottas really spiced up the race in under 1 corner.

Given Valtteri’s need for a new contract the conspiracies we’re always going to fly almost immediately with a shunt like that.

Now, we’re not saying that Mercedes would pull a stunt like this, but some teams definitely would.

READ MORE – ESTEBAN OCON TAKES ALPINE’S MAIDEN GRAND PRIX WIN AFTER A CHAOTIC WET START IN HUNGARY

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Posted on Reddit by IceCreamForMemes

Staying on the theories, given what some fans seem to believe, this could have actually been a directive from the FIA.

As much as luck has fallen the way of the brit in  recent weeks, there’s nothing more to it than that. The image of just Hamilton lining up on the grid was ripe for ridicule, particularly with those ever present theories.

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Posted on Reddit by Geoboy7

As anyone whose played the F1 games knows, some elements of the simulation leave a little to be desired.

Anyone whose played an online race and knows what some people behind are prepared to do to win won’t have been surprised in the slightest when the first lap events unfolded.

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Posted on Reddit by Xinu03

Mercedes obviously would prefer to have both cars in the points, however if they can’t have that, the placement of Red Bull after isn’t exactly the worst thing for them.

Those rumours of foul play are going to have fuel for a little while longer it seems.

READ MORE 2021 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING REPORT: TATICS AT PLAY AS HAMILTON STORMS TO POLE!

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Posted on Reddit by erazedcitizen

If you’d heard the current driver order on lap 4 without actually seeing the race, you’d believe they were pulling your leg rather than the information they’d actually given you.

That’s why rain and changeable, unpredictable weather causes such excitement though, as potentially boring races are turned completely around.

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Posted on Reddit by Ok–bro

We can’t talk about this race without talking about Ocon’s work out front to keep Vettel behind under immense pressure with a slower car.

Equally, Alonso’s work to keep a very quick Hamilton behind almost certainly enabled Ocon to take his inaugural win and guarantee valuable points for Alpine in the Constructor’s battle.

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Posted on Reddit by Schmuckiii

Everyone’s seen the footage of Senna making his car as wide as the track against Mansell at Monaco and today Alonso channelled that.

Either that of the Alpine airbox is so wide their mid season update was to make the car match it.

READ MORE – 2021 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX – FP1 & FP2 REPORT: COULD BOTTAS UPSET THE TITLE FIGHT?

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Posted on Reddit by bingomoxi

George Russell really is a class act. Upon seeing that Williams had a real opportunity to use the pace in the car along with the difficulty to overtake and most importantly, using his car to help Latifi no matter the personal cost to his result, the Brit immediately got onto the team to say he had no problems.

If he needed a contract, that’d certainly make him more favourable, and karma gave him his first points, an excellent job all round.

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Posted on Reddit by Danbuarth

A lot of tongue in cheek with this one. As much as it’s funny to laugh about thing’s always go Hamilton’s way, the 7-time champion looked completely drained by the end of the race.

It’s remarkable after how hard he had to push after a minor mistake that he actually physically made it to the podium.

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Posted on Reddit by Flesh_er

Maybe they just didn’t remember the protocol after winning, maybe they’ve just got into the Olympic spirit and created a new sport of F1 Biathlon (On the cards for Paris 2024?). Either way, watching the second race to the podiums was both sublime and ridiculous.

And that’s it before the summer break. Formula 1 does as it does and after the antics of qualifying, offers up an even higher bar for the drama level to clear. Hopefully it’ll simmer down in the time off and the drivers will amp up the drama all over again. When it does, we’ll be here to round it all up with the help of the internet.

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Top 10 Memes of the 2021 Formula 1 British Grand Prix

Well. That was an interesting one. Depending on what side of the fence you give your support, this weekend will have been either a dream or a nightmare, given the last few races. A brand new format is in the mix now and it’s fair to say there were mixed reactions to both that, and a very controversial incident on-track. The tangle between the champion and pretender to the throne dominated the memes so we’ll be taking a little bit of a different look this week.

Without any further ado, let’s get into it.

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Posted on Reddit by djehutinakht

Out of context, this looks bad from the 7 time Champion. Given a small amount of thought though, and the circumstances become clear. Hamilton was told Verstappen was ok, and had served his penalty, finally getting a win after 5 races being on the back foot. At home in front of a full crowd of fans would have felt unbelievable in comparison.

READ MORE – F1 2021 BRITISH GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING REPORT – HAMILTON ROARS AHEAD FOR P1 IN FRONT OF A HOME CROWD

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Posted on Reddit by Blaze17IT

As much as the circumstances aren’t ideal to be praising Leclerc, the guy is doing what’s required to the letter. The Monegasque picked up the pieces after an accident in front, got past Bottas in what should be a faster Mercedes, and kept Hamilton behind for almost every lap and taking an unlikely win. Top marks from us.

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Posted on Reddit by TheOriginalNozar

Say what you want about the penalty (and canvassing the reaction online, people have) The stewards awarded him it, he took it, and he happened to win the race after it. End of story. Going down the route of applying penalties based on effect, while feeling ‘right’ is a dangerous slope, and would do more harm than good.

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Posted on Reddit by assetsmanager

Clearly referencing the email Toto claimed to send to the race director (Not sure why, he’s not the stewards who actually decide the penalties)

This diagram misses a few things, such as similar moves by Lewis on Leclerc and if memory serves, Kovalainen in 2008 with no issue. At the speed and fuel loads both drivers approached the corner, neither has peak performance available. Lewis was also completely alongside and therefore had command of the width of the track and Verstappen could have gone wider as he had at Abbey, the first corner of the lap.

READ MORE F1 BLAST FROM THE PAST: MANSELL BESTS PIQUET IN BRILLIANT BRITISH GP BATTLE

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Posted on Reddit by Flippie132

It’s also somewhat different to compare the Leclerc incident with Verstappen, as the gap in tyre grip was much wider. Amazingly, Leclerc had less tyre grip despite leading. Perhaps that’s a weakness of the Ferrari, but either way, Leclerc was forced to yield, rather than having the choice not to.

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Posted on Reddit by HarryNyquist

Even after the controversial events that cause Leclerc to be the leader for 50 laps, hearing he was losing power isn’t what any racing fan wants to hear. When expecting a clean dogfight between the sport’s best, mechanical trouble always leaves a fan feeling cheated.

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Posted on Reddit by Ikcatcher

F1’s red flag rules dictate a like-for-like replacement of parts in red flag conditions. This leaves only two possibilities when using duct tape to fix a £150,000 piece of carbon; Mercedes had no identical replacements, or they believed they could save money for the cost cap by using a quick fix.

READ MORE – 2021 BRITISH GRAND PRIX – SPRINT QUALIFYING REPORT: MAX TAKES POLE AS PEREZ SPINS OUT

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Posted on Reddit by Xinu03

We touched on this, but Michael Masi has no say over the decisions of the stewards. To hear both team principals appeal to the race director seemed a little childish, or worse, football-esque.

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Posted on Reddit by steakhouseNL

While we’d love to believe the Spidercam (That is genuinely its name) was actually a flying squirrel only found in North Buckinghamshire and trained by Pinewood studios, alas, it’s not THAT cool and it’s just a marvellous shot we’ve had since 2011.

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Posted on Reddit by hjaltewm

While a lot has been made of the penalty being too lenient, or that somehow the stewards favour the champion, the fact is that he commentators are racing drivers allowed their own opinion. Even on the main coverage, and in the paddock, there was a huge disparity in opinions. That’s a set of differences we have to respect.

With that controversy well and truly over. Oh who are we kidding. This will rumble on for at least the next couple of weeks. Coincidentally, that’s when F1 is back and we’re sure nothing controversial will happen there.

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Top 10 Memes of the 2021 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix

After the race last week that we were, we’ll say treated to, the likelihood that the Red Bull Ring would throw up a dud again was very low. Similarly, so were Lewis Hamilton’s chances of success after some unseen damage neutered his entire race to the point not even a full meme was dedicated to covering that particular detail as Verstappen yet again extended his championship lead, giving the Brit a massive mountain to climb at Silverstone and beyond.

Let’s see what did make the cut on the internet this week.

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Posted on Reddit by CapnMorgan03

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.

Given his history with pushing drivers trying to overtake to the limit let’s say, it looked like Hamilton had been giving Norris some lessons in keeping a Red Bull behind. The threshold for a penalty seems to have dropped in the time between those teachings however, so the 7-time champion might want to take care doing the same.

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Posted on Reddit by Davus55

After being pushed off the track courtesy of Norris earlier in the race, you’d think the Mexican would have been more sympathetic to drivers going round the outside. Alas, Perez gives as hard as he gets and decided to double dip on the staunch defence for good measure.

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Posted on Reddit by BSForFun

They say you should learn from your mistakes but apparently Checo and Yuki weren’t in the mood to take on board any lessons and decided to try and get away with a second infraction. The stewards didn’t look too kindly on that however.

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Posted on Reddit by 33Marthijs46

Another meme here taking aim at Perez, but to be honest, the level of hypocrisy in the Red Bull cockpit was huge as Sergio kept pushing Leclerc over the white lines after being on the receiving end.

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Posted on Reddit by The_Dark_Duck_Rises

Good on Lando, what a sense of humour to take a tongue in cheek jibe at the Dutch fans and the Netherland’s national colours, which were obviously based of William of Orange’s love for the Woking-based racing outfit.

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Posted on Reddit by Fcancersshotoutboosie

If you’d tuned in to the race having not seen the start and not taken a glance at the driver tower graphic, you could have forgotten Verstappen was even in the race as, compared to last week, chaos ensued behind.

That won’t worry the championship leader however. He was well out of trouble out front.

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Posted on Reddit by MR_GhastFace

Given his remorse later on in the day, it’s clear Alonso has a heart and can obviously feel for the British driver having had to take away his points. It is however Formula 1 and the Spanish young driver can’t afford to leave points on the table for the sake of sentiment.

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Posted on Reddit by VenomessA92

The flipside of Russell fighting so hard for his chance of points for the first time would have been stressful anyway, were it not the 2-time world champion and only a mere mortal F1 driver.

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Posted on Reddit by TheUncleTiki

As Max took the victory is seemed a sandstorm took over the circuit, but apparently it was just flares from the, let’s say enthusiastic, fans. Given much more and the drivers wouldn’t have been able to see.

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Posted on Reddit by thegunrunner

It’s been a horrible trip to Austria for Ocon and his new contract has done nothing for his results and if anything has cursed them. This all came to a head when he was sandwiched, Indian Jones style and had to retire before reaching the 4th corner. Given how badly Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was, maybe Harrison Ford should have taken some pointers.

With that, that’s the third meme review of the race in as many weeks. We take a break now as does F1 until we return to the home of British motorsport in 2 weeks time at Silverstone. We hope you come back and take a look then.

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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.

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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.

READ MORE – F1 2021 STYRIAN GP QUALIFYING REPORT: VERSTAPPEN ON POLE AT THE RED BULL RING

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Top 10 Memes of the 2021 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

It’s only been on the calendar for 5 years and 4 races (Thank you Coronavirus) but the race on the coast of the Caspian sea has quickly become an instant classic. While not delivering an entirely consistent spectacle to the racing, usually resulting in a lull towards the middle of the race, it always delivers a unique and interesting challenge for the drivers, which is excellent for us.

What looked like a commanding race for the rampant Red Bulls was turned on its head after some tyre trouble and a 3-lap sprint to the end left us all out of breath. Another twist in this championship’s story where a certain knight might rue the mistakes made.

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Posted on Reddit by realee420

We’ve put this at the start to get it out the way.

The face of this (admittedly very well placed and fortunate) fan, coupled with a perfect camera angle led to the high point of hilarity during the entire Grand Prix.

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Posted on Reddit by xleonfwx

It was a day for drivers who moved teams for the most part. Given a few races to get up to speed and they were topping the race positions. They even managed to make it through to the podium during the chaos.

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Posted on Reddit by Lewh30

Speaking of, we’ve often bemoaned the fall from grace of a man once called the next Schumacher while at his very best.

Ever since Germany 2018 for a variety of reasons, he’s struggled but we hope we’re not wrong saying that Seb is back.

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Posted on Reddit by mzrcefo1782

We’ve all been there. You’re bringing some shopping around the supermarket and the trolley that seemed fine out of the trolley park loses all composure when you’re all loaded up with the big shop. It must have wheels from Pirelli.

Initially it could have been cuts in Stroll’s tyre, but more than one failure always raises eyebrows and points fingers. Whether the accusations are accurate or not, Pirelli’s form is less than stellar and they’ll always be scrutinised as a result.

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Posted on Reddit by goyo-lake

Given the nature and severity of both tyre related accidents along the main straight, Red Bull’s decision to share the sudden nature and advocate for a red flag is to be commended.

To try and help give all teams an opportunity to take a safer course of action, potentially at the expense of their own results is magnanimity to the highest degree.

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Posted on Reddit by TugoMoray

Hey, a new meme format, hot off the presses. Don’t see that every day, do we?

Either way, it works perfectly for the scenario, the Pirelli hards not making it anywhere near what they were meant to, ending his race and almost gifting a massive championship lead to Max’s rival Lewis.

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Posted on Reddit by fatcat_666

As we’ve said previously, Pirelli’s numerous tyre failure issues in the past (2013, 2015, 2017 and 2020 come to mind) don’t exactly make its explanations more believable when issues such as these come up.

Regardless of cause, Pirelli have some explaining to do.

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Posted on Reddit by its-foxtale

After all the tyre related drama, it looked all set for Hamilton to play it relatively safe while his championship rival would be held to 0 points.

Reality however had other ideas.

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Posted on Reddit by aw5512

After almost 2 years of Red Bull not having the second driver available to pressure Mercedes, it must have been refreshing to take the fight to them with a tactical advantage.

It’s just a pity they couldn’t complete a great weekend with a 1-2 win not seen at Milton Keynes for a long, long while.

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Posted on Reddit by ziddharthh

As alluded to before, Mercedes really didn’t have a second driver as Bottas had a nightmare of a weekend again. He still finished ahead of Lewys Hamilton, for what that’s worth.

France needs to be the Finn’s return to form if he’s to keep his head in the frame for a contract extension.

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.

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