THIS WEEK: backside heartbeats, reminiscing, water slides, temper tantrums, haircuts, PacMan, karen racing & an overworked media team

6w ago

First off, who's happy F1 is back? It's felt like a long winter, hasn't it? Although, in reality it hasn't been, I'm guessing lockdown has made it feel like an eternity!

Secondly, WOW! Who else enjoyed THAT race? It had thrills, it had spills, a spin and all in all some cracking racing.

Following winter testing, it seems like Mercedes are starting the season in an unusual position, for them at least, and that's slightly on the back foot. They appeared to struggle during testing, and only appeared to really look like the Mercedes we know during yesterday's qualifying session. Even so, it was Verstappen and Red Bull who nabbed pole by 0.6 seconds. Is it any wonder then that the Sky commentary team were really milking it?

Or was that just me that got annoyed by it? I mean it's not like Mercedes haven't not been on pole before, so why now is it a major thing? Yes, it's great that the field seems to have bunched up, especially if we're going to be treated to races like today's, but it's not like Mercedes have found themselves going from top dog to plum last in 3 months, is it? Anyway my little tantrum over, let's get back to the race.

Red Bull's newest sacrifice, sorry, driver, for their second seat had troubles on the formation lap, meaning the whole pack had to go round again, while Checo limped to the pitlane to start from there.

Lights out, Verstapen held the lead from Hamilton, Bottas got overtaken by Leclerc, and the rest of the grid made it safely through, all except Mazepin, who lived up to his new nickname, 'Mazespin' and spun himself out of the race by Turn 3.

Safety car deployed and by about lap 9 we finally got a lap of racing, before a virtual safety car as Gasly made contact and found himself going backwards.

Then it was strategy that came into play. Undercut, overcut, hard tyres, medium tyres, 2-stop, 3-stop, which way would the game of strategy roulette fall? It was difficult to keep up to be fair:

By the end of lap 56 though I felt as though I had gone through the ringer. My nerves were shattered, I was hyper-ventilating, and I needed an enormous mug of tea!

With all that was going on on track, it would be easy to ignore all the funny tweets that were flooding my notifications. It’s a darn good job I can multi-task ;-)

But ignore them I did not. And after that gigantic cup of tea, I have now deliberated, cogitated and reached a verdict.

So without further ado, here are the Top 10 Funniest Tweets for the Bahrain Grand Prix 2021:

10th place

@pgillett2017 reminiscing about the good old days with Vettel fighting Alonso, albeit this time at the back of the pack, rather than the front!

9th place

@stargateoracle for live onboard action of F1 Rookie, Yuki Tsunoda, passing the other F1 2021 'Rookie', 2-time F1 champion and Le Mans winner, Fernando Alonso. Is it just me, or is anyone else excited about Tsunoda? He's a little firecracker, and I think one to definitely watch out for.

8th place

@_DavidBroad_ with onboard footage of Hamilton as he was reminded by Bono to stay within track limits at Turn 4. I think I'm with Martin Brundle and Crofty on this one, the FIA need to make a decision at the beginning of the weekend where the track limits are and that's it, rather than what happened this weekend: Practice we won't bother, qualifying we will, no mention of the race ... until Red Bull did!!!

7th place

... talking of Red Bull making a call about track limits, @TarasDemerson has a sneaky peak of Christian Horner making the call.

6th place

@gijs_lagerweij with live onboard footage of Verstappen eating into the time between himself and Hamilton in those closing laps.

5th place

@FvB2309 with footage of F1 fans everywhere during the last few laps of that race. Was anyone else's heart beating out of their backside??

4th place

@3Legs4Wheels with a behind-the-scenes look at Haas's new simulator they had made especially for their new driver ... you saw it here first folks!!

3rd place

@Jontys_Corner with unseen footage of Vettel, Alonso and Sainz trading places. So, if I remember correctly, the former Ferrari driver and the current driver over the the other former Ferrari driver who retook his position for the first former Ferrari driver, whilst the current Ferrari ... oh, I give up!

2nd place

@timwagner66 with the team strategists trying to work out out which cut was better to use today. In the end, I think everyone threw their hands up and made it up as they went along! You??

1st place

This week's winner are the @HaasF1Team with this tweet, that summed up the response to one of their drivers spinning out at the first corner!

As always I hope you liked this week's offering of sillliness.

Let me know in the comments which one(s) are your favourite(s).

The Funniest Tweet Awards will be back at the next Grand Prix in, I believe, 3 weeks time.


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Comments (13)

  • Yesterday's race was one of the best in a long time.

    Great to see so many teams viable for podium finishes. Lots of action and mishaps (looking at you Russian kid!).

    Gotta say, Red Bull's junior team has really stepped up their game! They're giving principal teams a run for their money. If it weren't for the small mishap Gasly had, I'm pretty sure he would've been in the middle of the fight there.

    Also, Perez, what a champ! Nearly had to do the same thing he did last season. Run thru the pack and finish first! lol :-)

    The swapping of positions between all the past, present and future Ferrari drivers was fantastic!!

    I think everyone wasn't expecting much from Alpine but they're severely under estimating Alonso. People will have to keep an eye out on him. You'll see. Alpine is going to be up there.

    Personally it was great to see the long heritage teams fight it out. Ferrari has found pace and the heart transplant McLaren has received is taking really nicely. For sure they'll need a bit more work to keep up the fight against Red Bull and Mercedes. However, they're very close. I wonder what kinda cheating the Germans are going to exploit now... ;-)

    Can't wait for the upcoming race!

      1 month ago
    • It was awesome. This season's shaping up to be probably one of the most exciting for a fair few years. Can't wait for Italy ;-)

        1 month ago
  • 4th gets it for me lol can’t Mazepin keep it in the track?

    What a great race! Another step nearer the magical 100 race wins. But after 11 wins last year, I think he’s going to struggle to get the 4 he requires this year.

    I have said that Vettel has lost his edge. He didn’t perform well for 3 years at Ferrari and he’s carried that over to AM.

    The only reason he’s still driving is the money.

    As for Alonso, Mr Bighead himself. “I’m the best driver on the grid.”

    Erm, no you’re not.

      1 month ago
    • One does have to wonder ... it's the new F1 drinking game for 2021 ... every time he spins, that's 1 drink

      I'm not sure, I think Lewis will reach the magical 100 and grab his 8th title.

      I'm glad the field seems to have closed up, and...

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        1 month ago
    • I think the drinking game could be dangerous lol

      I don’t listen to the commentary 😉

      I understand what you mean though, it’s like Mercedes are in massive trouble. Which they’re not!

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        1 month ago
  • I also did a lot of tweets. Will make sure I’ll tag you next time

      1 month ago