Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards - Imola Grand Prix 2020
This week: torpedos, lady luck, the naught step for Russell, a bad day for Red Bull, Vettel's pitstop and yes it was Ericsson's fault ... again
Imola, not the best place for overtaking and even Hamilton said the race would be a bit of a procession after the first corner.
But, like a game of football, the Imola Grand Prix proved to be a race of two halves. Well, 50 laps and 13 laps.
Bottas kept his lead after the first corner and Hamilton slipped down to third. Magnussen spun after a little tussle with Vettel and Giovanazzi made up many places.
The race then settled into the predicted procession.
Gasly retired on lap 8, and there were a flurry of pitstops from lap 13. Of the top 3 runners, Verstappen pitted first with Bottas then coming in to cover off a potential undercut.
This left Hamilton out in front. He decided his tyres were fine and that he could go on for longer and Bono advised he needed to do another 10 laps. The gap to Bottas was increasing, and he needed 26.5-27 seconds to ensure he kept the lead following his pitstop. 27 seconds plus achieved and then on lap 27 Ocon came to a halt causing a virtual safety car, leaving Hamilton free to pit and comfortably retain the lead. (How lucky was that?)
Normal procession resumed with the odd glimpses of excitement as cars tried to overtake. Bottas, with damage to the floor of his car, fell backwards into the clutches of Verstappen, who following an error by Bottas took advantage and sailed passed to grab 2nd.
But then, on lap 50 Verstappen's car stopped causing a full safety car. Many car's dived into the pits to change onto soft tyres, but the safety car had caught Hamilton after the pit entry. Would he be a sitting duck on hard tyres at the restart?
Um, that would be a no. With time in hand, next time round he ducked into the pits and fitted soft tyres, and still managed to retain the lead.
Meanwhile, George Russell, running in the points, behind the safety car managed to channel his inner Grosjean, and with cold tyres spun and smashed into the brake boards. Oops!
On the restart with 6 laps to go, Kvyat got off to a flyer and Hamilton sped off.
Of course, Twitter was having a field day and there were so many funny tweets, I struggled to keep up. But keep up I did, and have finally managed to compile a top 10.
So without further ado, here are the Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards for the Imola Grand Prix 2020:
@RJoseRazoJr with live footage from Kvyat's car at the restart ... did he have beans for lunch??
@mtm686 with footage as Hamilton pits under the virtual safety car
@timwagner66 with on-track footage of Seb and Kimi finding themselves driving alongside each other again this season.
@Jontys_Corner - with the aftermath of Russell's crash. Not only did he channel his inner Grosjean and crash, he further channelled him as he looked despondent afterwards. Send him to the Grosjean step, or find him a deckchair quick!
@seawildearth with live footage from Stroll's pitstop where he knocked over a mechanic. (I hope the mechanic in question is OK, and didn't get hurt too much)
@wearetherace with the reaction of Gasly fans everywhere when he retired on lap 8. Although I do hope they didn't turn the channel over, the race did get better!
@ChrisJKenworthy with footage as Twitter, like the last 13 laps of the race get a little bit interesting.
@andersonglenn05 sums up Red Bull's race day succinctly. Following Verstappen's retirement, Albon with cold tyres hit the throttle and ended up spinning as he was overtaken on the safety car restart. Although, I feel Vettel might have something to say about that. Talking of which ...
@TarasDemerson sums up Vettel's pitstop perfectly. Vettel was running a cracking race. Both he and Kimi were, at one point running P4 and P5. Ferrari were managing his strategy perfectly, and then, came THAT pitstop. Both back tyres took an absolute age to go on, meaning that alll Vettel's hard work and effort went swirling down the pan and he ended up finishing the race out of the points ... again!
There could only be one winner this week as @MarcusEricsson broke the internet with this tweet following George Russell's crash. Because of course, when anyone crashes behind the safety car, it's always Ericsson's fault!
I hope you liked this week's selection. As always, let me know in the comments which ones were your favourites.
The Funniest Tweet Awards will be back in 2 weeks time after the Turkish Grand Prix. But don't forget to keep an eye out tomorrow for my new F1 in 60 seconds podcast where I attempt to recall the race in 60 seconds.