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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.

READ MORE – F1 2021 AZERBAIJAN GP QUALIFYING REPORT: LECLERC ACHIEVES REDEMPTION BY CLAIMING POLE IN BAKU

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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.

READ MORE – F1 BLAST FROM THE PAST: FORMULA 1 PRODUCES STUNNER IN BAKU

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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.

READ MORE – F1 2021 AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX: FP1 & FP2 REPORT – RED BULL DOMINATES AS MERCEDES ARE NOWHERE TO BE SEEN

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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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Top 10 Memes of the 2021 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco has, can and does produce exciting races. Sometimes, and usually with help of rain or a safety car. Other times, you’re left as a viewer hoping for a burst water main at the Casino to spice up the racing and bring out some wet tyres at the very least.

Alas, the full 78 laps passed this year with not one hint of a stoppage as the drivers were all alarmingly well behaved (Perhaps under orders not to break the car in case of budget cap issues). Therefore it was a surprise to see the teams doing all the breaking.

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Posted on Reddit by Filonji

It’s Monaco, so this is absolutely no surprise to anyone whose seen something 2m wide go down normal streets. Add to that the fact that the barriers add the chance of being fired into the next barrier and with cars that can’t follow, this spectacle was almost guaranteed.

At least we got to see some great drivers in the points right?…Right???

READ MORE – F1 2021 MONACO GRAND PRIX: HEARTBREAK FOR LECLERC AS VERSTAPPEN TAKES CHARGE

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Posted on Reddit by 2polew

The Mercedes doesn’t like to follow, Hamilton struggled to get going all weekend and as mentioned previously, it’s Monaco.

Hamilton would have got very acquainted with the rear of the Alpha Tauri running on the power of dreams as Mercedes had a nightmare.

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Posted on Reddit by le-sparrow

Those of us old enough to remember Hamilton’s less successful years (Yes, us young millennials are the ones who put this together Zoomers)

Will know all about the whinging that can come from the 7-time champion. The counterpoint to that is Valtteri getting a freak failure we’ve never seen before when he actually has a handle on Lewis. The Finn must be questioning what exactly is going on, because as even  the Knight of F1 once said when the dice never seemed to roll his way in 2014, “It’s getting beyond a joke”.

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Posted on Reddit by ifthetiefitz

This meme isn’t entirely wrong in their assessment, initially there was a whole host of interesting things happening in the Monaco Grand Prix.

Those things just ended after the pit stops. Leclerc’s drivetrain issues meant he didn’t start, opening up a run for Bottas on Max. Hamilton would have to fight through the pack and Bottas could have taken some fight to Red Bull.

After Lap 30 or so though, we were doing the dishes and wondering when Indy Qualifying was on. At least the championship is back on again.

READ MORE – F1 BLAST FROM THE PAST: RAIN AND THIRSTY ENGINES CAUSE CHAOTIC END TO MONACO GP

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Posted on Reddit by The-Protractor-Cult

First off for this, the disclaimers. TV directing, particularly live, is difficult to do well with good timing and queuing up footage when you don’t think anything interesting will happen a few seconds in advance is also difficult and at times things may go wrong.

That now out of the way.

What the hell were they thinking by cutting away from the only bloody interesting thing to see all afternoon? Criminal.

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Posted on Reddit by Baltic_Gunner

Given the expected outcome when the post-race interviews were being decided, it would be a fair assumption Hamilton’s friend, incomparable Tennis champion Serena Williams, would be knocked off her stride as we all were not seeing him anywhere near the podium.

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Posted on Reddit by UncomfortableBench

It often seems insane that a finely tuned race team operation can be completely undone by a part that simply refuses to do just that.

All that expense and the hardware provided in flat pack furniture seems more reliable. F1 however is a sport where grams saved make seconds and given the balance of probabilities, a lighter thread on a wheelnut is worth the times it’s actually going to fail when it matters. On this occasion, it just collapsed the possibility of a win for Mercedes.

READ MORE – F1 2021 MONACO GRAND PRIX PREVIEW: WHO WILL MASTER THE STREETS OF THE PRINCIPALITY?

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Posted on Reddit by Epicd2000

We’ve given this particular issue a Ferrari Mechanic’s look thus far, but whoever was weighing up which option to take for Sunday needs retraining in basic risk.

Ferrari sacrificed a guaranteed 6th place start with room for improvement for the possibility of pole. As much as that matters around the principality, does it really justify taking such a large risk. It really has been too long for a win at Ferrari.

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Posted on Reddit by Bananozaurek

There’s been a whole lot of criticism and negativity in this piece so far, so to take us home let’s add in the wholesome addition of two former team-mates who genuinely seemed elated to see each other do well. It’s not a sight seen often in the F1 paddock such is the competition, but it’s most refreshing when it appears. Absolutely brilliant, I love it.

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Posted on Reddit by jocim

Given how he could have reacted, going home or off to have an ice cream on his yacht for example, Charles Leclerc as always distinguished himself, going back to both celebrate the podium with the team and then congratulate Carlos.

Many drivers wouldn’t have done close to that and don’t get distinguished praise as a class act like the Monegasque. Brilliant to see.

Thank goodness the spectacle of a Monaco Sunday in May has come and gone. As much as Monaco must stay on the calendar, it’s not exactly a secret it doesn’t usually set the world alight in action. Moving swiftly on as a good few drivers are want to do at this point, from the Cote d’Azur to the Caspian Sea and the streets of Baku. It’s Azerbaijan up next and we simply cannot wait.

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Top 10 Memes of the 2021 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix

As always with a race at Catalunya, as nice as the circuit may be to drive in isolation, we were buckled in for a ninety minute bore-fest similar to Portugal’s second half.

We were, however, pleasantly surprised to be so wrong. There’s always different styles of F1 race that bring the X-Factor that never seem to appear when showing a sceptic the sport. Crazy weather, high speed duels, differing concepts racing to the finish or when completely different strategies are so close in outcome by the end a winner cannot be predicted. Even watching a complete masterclass, by someone who just clicks with their car in a way some drivers seldom can, has its value.

This week we were treated to two marginal strategies coming to a head, catching one team out and putting the other on top.

Whatever the race though, there’s bound to be something to laugh at about it. Here’s our 10 favourites post-race.

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Posted on Reddit by Cold_keys

It was a nightmare of a day for pit crews up and down the pitlane.

Red Bull took 100% longer than their normal stops and Alfa Romeo almost sent Gio out on a set of tyres that came pre-punctured. (Well done that mechanic for spotting that). Alpine did an outstanding job however, getting Alonso back out in front of the Aston.

READ MORE – F1 2021 SPANISH GRAND PRIX: MERCEDES WIN THE STRATEGY BATTLE AGAIN

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Posted on Reddit by SubieBryan

After Imola, it’s been a bit suspicious with how Mercedes are able to keep Hamilton in contention.

Maybe this is how, or at least that’s how the sceptics seem to think.

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Posted on Reddit by mattialeonetti

After the slightly dull round at Portimao, the teams mannged to really spice up the status quo finish we’re coming to expect. However, the Merc of just Lewis must be that good to fix the result we’ve come to expect. Either that or Hamilton is actually the talent he’s looked all his career.

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Posted on Reddit by sge_freaky

It’s looked like quite the fall from grace in the first 4 races of this season for two drivers who have, let’s not forget, won 6 world championships between them and been in contention for a further 4. Squabbling over 2 places out of the points isn’t anything even the greatest sceptic of the two drivers really wants to see.

READ MORE – F1 BLAST FROM THE PAST: SCHUMACHER WINS FIRST RACE FOR FERRARI IN SOAKING SPAIN

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Posted on Reddit by JohannesBartholomeus

After being humbled with a strategy in Hungary of 2019, reminiscent of a good TV plot twist, piecing things that in hindsight look obvious.

Maybe it’s a little harsh to say that Red Bull should have seen the stars aligning for Mercedes to pull a near identical move on them.  At home it seemed to be as we say, obvious.

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Posted on Reddit by GoldDecision7

If the stars were aligning for Mercedes, they were three pointed stars, to say the least. Lewis Hamilton’s incredible speed, Mercedes’ magic strategy and tardiness at Red Bull all combined to give the Knight the victory.

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Posted on Reddit by tstols

Loving this new format that’s come about.

After Milton Keynes’ F1 team has made the best of not having the best car, through strategy might we add. It shouldn’t take Red Bull to get back on-from with figuring out when to pit and when to push. We look forward to those days when they do reappear.

READ MORE – IN THE PIT LANE – THE BATTLE FOR FORMULA 1’S TV RIGHTS INTENSIFIES

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Posted on Reddit by patcachu

Stroll took a bad rap very early on in his career for his status as what can only be described as a pay driver. The revelation, in a bad way, of Haas’ second driver and some undeniably solid performances and moves have re-shaped our opinion of the Canadian.

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Posted on Reddit by adit23281

You just got the feeling that the Alpine on Alonso could have really done with about 3 fewer laps before he just got mugged by everyone behind him, dropping him to an anonymous position by the end.

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Posted on Reddit by TheNopeGoat

Not only is the subject of this meme slow and looks to be a terrible person, he also seems to be completely unaware of what he’s doing in a race. To quote Martin Brundle from Portimao “That’s the Leader”. Running around in last is one thing, genuinely affecting the outcome of races for the good drivers is another and it’s showing what the limit of talent really is.

So, once in a blue moon it turns out Catalunya can spice up the action in a way it normally doesn’t. Normally the circuit can be as boring and offer as little in terms of on-track action as Monaco. Coincidentally and conveniently for this particular outro, that’s the race up next. F1 jets off to the principality for the jewel in the crown and we’ll be back here in 2 weeks irreverently wrapping it all up. See you then

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Top 10 Memes of the 2021 Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix

Before we get into the memes, as a result of the last half of the Portuguese Grand Prix, I’d like to apologise for tempting fate 2 weeks ago.

It wasn’t a complete bore-fest initially, though!

They say it’s not the destination that matters, it’s the journey you take to get there, and before the pitstops, that journey was full of twists, turns and sudden gusts of drama. Much like Portimao right?

Now, with all that set, let’s rank the top 10.

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Posted on Reddit by scarrxd

Car number 9 had an outstanding race for all the wrong reasons. For reasons that’ll become clear soon, the racing’s all mouth.

READ MORE – F1 2021 PORTUGUESE GRAND PRIX: HAMILTON TAKES CONTROL IN PORTIMAO

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Posted on Reddit by Brads_Brew_Lab

Ever the issue with F1 penalties, the punishments are often poor at fixing the damage inflicted on the victim. Mick Schumacher’s teammate takes this fact to another level, finishing last of the classified runners.

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Posted on Reddit by sirbibendum

Memes 1 and 2 are just a couple of the 20-strong list of memes that could be written, as almost every other meme was taking the mick of the other Haas driver.

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Posted on Reddit by littlebibitch

It seems hard to believe considering the finishes Bottas has achieved this season, but that’s the key word there, finishes. Just goes to show that consistently reaching the chequered flag can do wonders.

Just ask Alonso

READ MORE – F1 BLAST FROM THE PAST: SENNA AND MANSELL COLLIDE AT ESTORIL

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Posted on Reddit by ifthetiefitz

We’ve already mentioned Mick, if only to prevent ourselves from referencing the driver undeserving of an F1 seat.

It was amazing and promising to see SCH put a pass on a faster car on the lap board, great work.

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Posted on Reddit by Meeloon

It must be unfamiliar territory for Hamilton, having the Red Bull driven by anyone other than Verstappen actually be in front of him on the track.  

No doubt this is delightful for the Red Bull pitwall, finally with a competitive 2nd car.

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Posted on Reddit by HangmanAM

For all the same reasons Red Bull need a competitive 2nd car, a few years ago it would be inconceivable to see the second car in a team attack the other the way Lewis did, with a fantastic overtake around the outside on Bottas.

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Posted on Reddit by dpkcsgo

We’re quick to sing Russell’s praises around here (And quite rightly so he’s excellent if not a god).  

In a car described as ‘Peaky’ in traffic, managing to top the runners after 11th place in qualifying was a good achievement.

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Posted on Reddit by Farenhytee

There was a lot to see in the first half of the Grand Prix, with some spectacular passing up and down the grid.

The second half however, as Mercedes took hold ended up as a snooze fest.

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Posted on Reddit by 4160_Shine

Thanks to Mercedes looking a little more like themselves in the latter half of the race, the Portuguese Grand Prix seemed more like a dud all told.

All those laughs now wrapped up, we can only hope Catalunya makes a rare exciting race out of a rarely exciting race. It’s just 5 days until the cars are back out, just over the Iberian border.

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Top 10 Memes of the 2021 Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Formula 1 made its remarkably early return to Europe this week but that didn’t catch out the memers at all. 3 weeks after their last time out they were ready to go and poke a little fun at the world’s best drivers.

An action packed race from lights to flag both makes this job easier and more difficult. In one way, there’s always something to laugh at and yet curating the Top 10 is an issue. (Please have interesting races, I swear I didn’t mean it really).

Let’s get into the meme’s before fate notices.

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Posted on Reddit by Brokkoli-adm

That was a big hit. No, not the collision between drivers on the Mercedes payroll.

We almost heard the Austrian’s thump from here.

READ MORE – F1 2021 EMILIA ROMANGNA GP: VERSTAPPEN DOMINATES WET IMOLA RACE

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Posted on Reddit by Ukula_69

He’d done it in almost every other session, and annoyed Giovinazzi to boot.  Some of us were getting worried we’d not be able to tally up the spin counter.

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Posted on Reddit by HerrKlaus

We won’t lie, we’ve been waiting to shoehorn in a meme of this format. Not without having an opinion on the post-crash conduct by both drivers.

Given the size of the impacts, the particular corner the two drivers collided at, and the risk of concussion, a bonk on the head by Russell has a bad look to it.

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Posted on Reddit by Brunlorenz

There’s a bit of a “Valtteri, It’s James” vibe going on here (at least that’s where my mind went to when I saw this one). Mercedes wouldn’t call for an accident to help another driver, this isn’t Singapore and it’s not 2008 for starters. The timing will always have us wondering though…Did they?

READ MORE – F1 BLAST FROM THE PAST: WET IMOLA PRODUCES CHAOTIC RESULTS

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Posted on Reddit by neubiiAUT

Russell (That’s how it’s spelled meme-makers), really was a fly in Mercedes’ ointment, causing the almost complete implosion of their race (Though then fixing it, sort of?) Imola just doesn’t seem to click for him, 3rd time lucky?

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Posted on Reddit by Neverwish

Another outing for this format, and after the driver’s reactions in the aftermath, cooler heads may not always prevail when emotions are running high. Fortunately both drivers are unlikely to hold a grudge and will see both sides after they’ve calmed down a bit.

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Posted on Reddit by Crippled_Potato

Schumacher’s teammate is not well like, both here and in the paddock. Seeing Mick stick it in the wall first really dropped our hearts, hopefully he’ll learn when the other one won’t.

READ MORE – FORMULA 1 TO RACE IN MIAMI FOR 2022

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Posted on Reddit by The_mani_ac

To quote an old golf player, the more I practice, the luckier I get. As much as that’s not entirely true in this case, it was incredibly opportune for Hamilton’s race to be saved in under a minute.

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Posted on Reddit by FalseIntegral

Even if Kimi was amazed by the events unfolding around him, I imagine he had the reaction “Oh, I remember going off there” in an incredibly monotone internal monologue.

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Posted on Reddit by _ucy

It’s always a risky move swapping drivers to check which has more pace, but credit to Lando, he had the speed. Qualifying clearly played on his mind but after some wise words he went out on Sunday and smashed it with an excellent drive, showing the good side of team orders.

We made a prediction in the last list of laughs that this was going to be remarkably competitive F1 World Championship and it is not disappointing. Can it deliver in 2 weeks time in Portimao? We bloody hope so.

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Top 10 Memes of the 2021 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix

It’s been a little over 3 months without a race for the memers to get their teeth stuck into, but they’re back, and so are we!

It didn’t take long, (may we quote the late, great Murray Walker in saying “Its happened immediately, this is amazing!” about a certain pay driver) as we’ll get into in a short moment.

Bahrain under the lights always packs a punch, and this year was no exception, without further ado, let’s get into the memes!

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Posted to Reddit by Space-manatee

Here on Sportlight, we’re not exactly a fan of this one’s transgressions on and off-track by themselves. However, after cutting the line in Q1’s final out-laps, only to spin and draw the ire of some of the most experienced drivers the sport has seen, it would have been ideal for him to keep his nose clean and out of the way. He achieved 50% of that.

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Posted to Reddit by The-Protactor-Cult

They really were and yet, as commenter JBounce369 put it, Bottas’ Pitstop was longer than Mick’s teammates’ race.

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Posted to Reddit by Danger_Peanut

Even given the hope harboured among those bored from 2010-2013 of the Seb’s dominance, seeing this continued fall from grace is just sad more than anything else.

His radio outburst was probably as a result of emotions running high, as nobody could see the collision being Ocon’s fault.

READ MORE: F1 2021 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX: VERSTAPPEN WITH A DOMINANT POLE POSITION

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Posted to Reddit by Alex186

As much as the application of track limits leaves so much to be desired, particularly given that when and where errors seemed more important than anything, blame can’t be levelled at the stewards. Track limits need to be hard and fast throughout the weekend to stop the furore every week.

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Posted to Reddit by peter_inwl

As if by magic to emphasise the previous point, a wild track limits meme appeared. In all seriousness though, all the drivers are playing the track limits cute and adhering to them only where they’ll get penalised by the stopwatch or the FIA.

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Posted to Reddit by Ikcatcher

Many a Hamilton critic will have been disappointed at this weeks’ result, as Mercedes are off to a great start courtesy of car 44’s best start to a season in 5 years.

Taking the edge off that reality however, will have been the whirlwind of strategies between the two that enabled an epic 5 lap battle between the hottest racing talents in the world.

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Posted to Reddit by fatcat_666

There are parallels between Russell and Tsunoda that can be drawn: Both are prodigious talents capable of thrilling and impressing this author in equal measure, have tremendous car control making them inarguably rapid and finally, both deserve a spot at the top teams next year.

Seeing Tsunoda take points in his debut when George was stuck with a dog of a Williams just stings, just a little bit.

READ MORE: F1 BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE SILVER ARROWS DUEL IN THE DESERT

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Posted to Reddit by fatcat_666

Checo has had a rough old time of it the last few years, and has really polished his initial rough edges to be loved in the paddock.  To see him get another shot in a top car is brilliant, though despite it being an obvious talent, he’s had to make far too much use of his speed through the pack, and we hope he has to use it less in his Red Bull career.

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Posted to Reddit by Remarkable_Winter549

Tsunoda (In an especially rapid AlphaTauri let’s not forget) really showed his class all weekend, particularly by keeping seasoned veterans behind in a highly competitive race. This meme doesn’t show it, but Tsunoda managed to split the world championship count evenly down the field, 7 up front, a sum of 7 behind him.

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Posted to Reddit by Redspirrit

Given the amount of memes floating around, and cut out of this list, about the other Haas driver after that performance this must have been the entire F1 meme making fraternity.

READ MORE: IN THE PIT LANE: WHO REALLY OWNS WILLIAMS F1?

Overall, with the competitiveness that’s surprised us in this latest iteration of the Formula 1 World Championship thusfar, albeit early, we can’t wait to see what’s next in store. We also can’t wait to see whether Red Bull can maintain and convert their obvious pace at Imola in just under 3 weeks’ time.

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The Top 10 Memes of the 2020 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

In the strangest of F1 seasons, postponed from the now synonymous March Melbourne kick-off and 17 races after a hefty delay, we’ve reached the end of a whirlwind F1 season full of intrigue and wonder.

As the sun rises? (Day to night races really mess with the metaphors) on another Abu Dhabi grand prix, hard working memers found the last laughs available before the winter break.

The elephant in the room here is of course the usual dreariness from Yas Marina’s appearance on the calendar. May we apologise in advance for any wood chips you find in your regularly scheduled meme content, we were really scraping the bottom of the barrel to get a full complement of memes. So without further ado, these are the Top 10 Memes of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

1. Posted on Reddit by aeroengollie.

Hamilton has had the lion’s share of strategy calls this year, having both preferred strategies and the ability to make his own calls. However at the last race of the season he finally saw what it’s like having no options.

READ MORE: F1 BLAST FROM THE PAST: VETTEL’S RED BULL CHARGES AMID CHAOS IN ABU DHABI

2. Posted on Reddit by notsohu_man.

Probably due to some of the learnings from the Mercedes’ issues in Sakhir, no issues were exposed this weekend. This is little consolation to Russell of course, who had to drag around the Williams yet again.

3. Posted on Reddit by Ikcatcher.

Think of this as a teaser for some of the later rankings because, as usual, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was a snooze. A true example of not judging a good looking circuit by its layout.

READ MORE: F1 BLAST FROM THE PAST: KOBAYASHI STUNS ON DEBUT

4. Posted on Reddit by thejazz97.

Max essentially ran away with the race after Mercedes had to turn down their engines to ensure a strong finish. Only Mercedes could back off and still take 2nd and 3rd. Ricciardo did his best to spoil his ex-teammate’s ‘Grand Slam’ and pinched the fastest lap points right at the death.

5. Posted on Reddit by Hnp2774.

It speaks volumes about the Abu Dhabi GP that a meme about how Ted Kravitz from Sky F1 couldn’t find gaps in radio traffic to report his findings has made it to this list.

Whether that’s because the race had all the excitement of a 20 mile tailback on the motorway or because we’ve got low standards for comedy, I’ll let you decide.

6. Posted on Reddit by decs483.

It’s been a rough season for Alex Albon, partially due to his own issues and some bad luck, but he seemed to need a couple more laps to spice up a part of the race but just didn’t have the speed early enough.

This probably plays into a certain Mexican driver’s hands, but then again, the stat sheet only remembers the result, not how you got there.

7. Posted on Reddit by MPmad.

We personally feel this is projecting some slightly undeserved bad feeling towards Yas Marina Circuit (Sochi Autodrom exists, remember) as it’s not entirely up to the driver whether the gap in the barrier is large enough to fit an F1 car.

It did however bring out some much required excitement to a dreary end to the season.

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8. Posted on Reddit by sandpaper_cigarettes.

As much as we’ve stated Albon’s finish might help Perez’ chances at a 2021 seat, his gearbox had other ideas, sounding like a bag of spanners as he pulled over. We hope to see him racing in 2021, but aren’t holding our breath.

9. Posted on Reddit by Cobra114.

It’s not a surprise that Yas Marina’s racing isn’t exactly amazing, but typically there’s usually something going on. This year had us actively questioning why the racing was so dull, save for the DRS assisted overtakes. DRS was definitely performing the heavy lifting for the season finale.

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10. Posted on Reddit by sastarbucks.

We’ve not made any secret of the fact we don’t like the lack of action that typically comes with the annual trip to the UAE, but this new format caught us off guard. We never thought we’d see the loudest sport on Earth relegated to the Headspace app.

If you’re looking for something to listen to over the winter break before pre-season testing and the return to Albert Park, why not take a look at our podcast section. 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.

Thank you for being with us at every meme round-up we’ve made so far, we hope to have a full complement of memes for the 2021 F1 season when it kicks off next March.

The Top 10 Memes of the 2020 Formula 1 Sakhir Grand Prix

  1. 2 new drivers, 1 new winner, and 87 laps of pure excitement. The Sakhir Grand Prix was tipped to bring some excitement to the world of F1 and it did not disappoint.

Perez took his first ever win this weekend and Russell jumped in a Mercedes to get his first points finish. Respectfully though, we don’t care about that, lets get into the memes.

  1. 1. Posted on Reddit by Smallface777

After last week’s events a race start that didn’t include Bottas starting slowly, backing up the field and causing a chain reaction of events that gave us a car spearing off to the left of shot would have sufficed. Alas, the racing gods decreed that this was not to be and we all had a collective heart-in-mouth moment before the real contact began.

  1. 2. Posted on Reddit by Error-503

Given how well Russell was performing, after the botched pitstop and a cruel slow puncture, George’s race felt like it had the wind knocked out of it, like Photoshop after the free trial ends. We hope to see him back in the Brackley outfit’s machinery as soon as possible to get the win that got away.

  1. 3. Posted on Reddit by erginushi

After a good 3 years of Hamilton’s dead tyres producing laps even Senna would balk at beating, it must have been mental whiplash for Bono to hear Pirelli tyres were still performing as intended.

  1. 4. Posted on Reddit by ywas6afraidof7bc789

George seemingly couldn’t resist ‘faking’ his own issue before blowing the field away with a storming lap that showed why he would have probably got a podium had it not been for poor luck.

  1. 5. Posted on Reddit by Its_jsec

Obviously a Perez win brings us great joy to see (Who couldn’t get romantic about sport with him getting misty eyed on the top step?)

However.

Would it have been too much to ask for him to get a podium? (We’ll be consoling ourselves with his well-deserved points)

  1. 6. Posted on Reddit by Sn_jjs

Bottas can’t seem to catch a break, with the absence of a quick, experienced, British driver challenging him for first position at the start, bringing  a quick, novice (In the Merc), British driver. He’d be a star were it not for the outstanding performances of his teammates he’s had to contend with being compared to.

  1. 7. Posted on Reddit by Xinu03

We were all rooting for Russell to get a win, and a radio call like that can easily throw the slowest of heartrates for a loop.

  1. 8. Posted on Reddit by Davefromdowndiepub

As has been said many times before but re-iterated this weekend after an epic performance, it’s criminal that Perez after all he’s done for F1. Albon must surely be feeling the pressure for his seat after this weekend.

  1. 9. Posted on Reddit by lavytaffy13

The emotional turmoil of a Russell power unit issue and race back to the front after a botched pitstop was then hit with the utter heartbreak of watching him pit after a slow puncture.

  1. 10. Posted on Reddit by TurkishTurkeyBoy

It seems baffling Ocon managed to get a second place this weekend but by just picking up places and staying out of trouble he managed it, showing that it truly is a legitimate strategy.

If you’ve made it this far, please don’t hesitate to join next week for the top 10 memes of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Which we hope exist, given the snooze-fest it normally is).

In the meantime, please check out the Grid Talk Podcast. THe GRid Talk crew produce a preview, qualifying analysis and race review for every grand prix weekend. You can check out the latest show on our Podcast section.

The Top 10 Memes of the Formula 1 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix

That’s it, the first of Bahrain International Circuit’s two rounds for the 2020 Formula 1 calendar is in the books, and what an example the Sakhir Grand Prix will have to follow after an electric display.

We’d use another adjective to describe it but given the circumstances, it seems in fairly poor taste.

Now, without further hypocrisy, here are the top 10 memes we could find from the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix.

1. Posted on Reddit by dpkcsgo

They say comedy is just tragedy plus time. Thanks to the Halo, marshals and medical car staff tragedy played no part today. Romain Grosjean was relatively unscathed and only has burns on his hands and ankles. We wish him a speedy recovery.

2. Posted on Reddit by iamaaronmullen

Grosjean’s crash was a horror to watch even with all the safety procedures F1 thankfully uses. A similar amount of fire erupted in the crash and I’m surprised Grosjean isn’t being called the Nomex King.

3. Posted on Reddit by Ikcatcher

We all love a bit of spectacle. However, as one of our writers said during the lengthy red flag period, we could have done with a nice boring race after. Frustrating though that is, it gives our hearts less to worry about.

4. Posted on Reddit by Sheeana407

Another Game of Thrones meme here, this time from the end of the higher quality Season 1.

When placed side by side, it’s obvious Grosjean’s family name is actually Targaryen, who knew?

5. Posted on Reddit by Stiffmeister24

A huge amount of praise is (rightly) being directed at Grosjean for his miraculous self-extrication as what was left of his car erupted in flames.

Neymar on the other hand, seems to love grass.

6. Posted on Reddit by DuaneBlack

Even at the time of writing, it still feels like a miracle, despite the measures in place to ensure driver safety. Almost all of them did their jobs as designed, yet the fact Grosjean walked away still has an element of the unfathomable about it.

7. Posted on Reddit by harkkkirat

What with high degradation, a Racing point going up in smoke and stoppages throughout, the Bahrain Grand Prix seemed to be the anti-heroic version of the Tuscan Grand Prix. 2020’s F1 still seems to have some surprises left after all.

8. Posted on Reddit by Sherlocked_13

We alluded to it earlier, but yes, it all ended in heartbreak for the Silverstone outfit last night in Sakhir. Hopefully the consolation of a fresh engine for the ‘oval’ in a week’s time can inspire Perez to get his rightful podium.

9. Posted on Reddit by ElectronX_Core

Perez has never achieved back to back podiums and Albons sorely needed one which left us wondering, is it too much to ask for both? Alas, Mercedes’ power unit is fallible, just not in a car with black bodywork.

10. Posted on Reddit by Rebel_Scum44

This is the second time in as many races that F1 cars have shared the circuit with recovery vehicles and personnel, raising concerns about trackside operations.

Lando’s shock wasn’t unfounded and the FIA needs to take a look at their procedures before anyone gets injured.

They won’t have long however, with just 4 days before we get back underway for more meme-worthy events when F1 returns for the Sakhir Grand Prix on the fabled outer loop circuit.

To tide you over until then though, make sure you check out the The Grid Talk crew’s race previews, qualifying analysis and race review for every GP weekend. You can check out the latest show on our Podcast section.

The Top 10 Memes of the Formula 1 2020 Turkish Grand Prix

As Formula 1 kicks off 2020’s Asian leg, the teams found that 9 years after they left, running wasn’t as simple as planned.

This of course is excellent for us fans, as when the drivers and teams are pushed harder mistakes happen, egos are bruised and the meme mill has a field day.

Here are our top 10 memes from the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix.

  1. Posted on Reddit by GoldDecision7.

Though he’s experienced a fall from grace due to his skill (or lack thereof) in wheel to wheel combat, on a day when almost everyone else had some kind of spin, Vettel showed why he’s got his name 4 times on the Champion’s trophy.

This meme embodies that.

2. Posted on Reddit by Mrjuicy23.

Number 2 on our list addresses the online reaction to Seb’s podium. It was deafening, if you can describe a mass posting of memes in adulation as that. We could have filled this list twice over with memes championing the 4-time champion. This one earned its place on this list because we can’t turn down Monty Python.

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3. Posted on Reddit by Dompagoj.

A throwback to the last race that unfortunately works on a lot of levels for Racing Point. The last two races have had poorly timed strategy calls cost both drivers big points finishes which they need in a midfield battle as tight as this one.

4. Posted on Reddit by Rebel_Scum44.

Like my experience collating these memes, another Vettel meme appeared. We kid, but this must have been Leclerc’s reaction as Sebastian swept past in a nail-biting move which saw him claim a deserved podium.

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5. Posted on Reddit by InjustaGod.

A performance that definitively showed why Lewis Hamilton is, and I cannot believe I’ve seen the day I get to say this and it deserves a new sentence.

A 7 Time Formula 1 World Champion.

His drive was undeniably one embodying what he has become, echoing the performance foretelling the fact that Schumacher’s lofty benchmark could be equalled.

6. Posted on Reddit by sBinnoto316.

It speaks to the inevitably, in recent years at least, of Hamilton’s achievement that this seemed to be what most memers were saying about Turkey.

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7. Posted on Reddit by Sunnyvale5109.

I remember the days when corporate Twitter accounts could barely spell the word joke, let alone get in on the memes. It is however refreshing to see the champions put their tongues in their cheeks and take a jab back at those who doubted the legality of the Racing Point.

8. Posted on Reddit by timweak

As it’s been floating around the internet for some time, the inspiration for this has often had me thinking “It’d work in the dry but in the wet I’m not so sure”. Luckily for Lewis, that late rain shower never transpired and he got to roll into the pits with tyres that’d have the police handing out a hefty fine.

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9. Posted on Reddit by JoGy2.

I imagine the person who thought this up was very proud of themselves as it’s very clever. However if (and it’s not a big if) that 94 increases we’ll be seeing a lot of this sort of thing.

10. Posted on Reddit by The-Protractor-Cult.

This one makes me seriously wonder whether Charles was told he finished 4th? I’ve seen less explosive reactions from drivers who shunted their cars at 180mph. Ferrari even scored the highest of any team in Turkey with a 3rd and 4th place.

Whether or not he knew, he clearly wasn’t happy and I only hope it doesn’t damage his confidence because being passed by a champion is no crime in conditions that treacherous.

Those were our top 10 memes of the Turkish Grand Prix.

If you’d like more Turkish GP content, the Grid Talk crew produce a preview, qualifying analysis and race review for every GP weekend. You can check out the latest show on our Podcast section.

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