Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards - Portuguese Grand Prix 2020
This week: Classic track excitement, cramp, a plea to stop the race, #1 takes over, tyre issues and the Chuckle Brothers!
These 'old school' tracks that are being used this year are certainly proving to be more entertaining than the more sterile track layouts we've been subject to over the last few years.
And Portimao was no exception. A track with more ups and downs than a rollercoaster provided us with a great race.
Hamilton got off the line well and was in the lead by the first corner, whilst Bottas seemed to go backwards.
But Hamilton seemed to struggle with the tyres, Bottas recovered quickly and took advantage to take the lead. Verstappen had a coming together with Perez which put Perez pretty much at the back of the pack, which gave Sainz the opportunity to slide pass.
Sainz kept going and by the end of lap 2 was leading the race. Yes, you read that correctly, a McLaren was leading the race.
Meanwhile, Kimi seemed to have had his porridge this morning and gained 10 places on the opening laps running comfortably in the points, along with George Russell. Of course, it all unravelled later, and they finished 11th and 14th respectively.
Eventually, Sainz's soft tyres started to lose their grip and both Mercedes swept past with Hamilton regaining the lead from Bottas as well.
After those exciting opening laps, which left many F1 fans exhausted from what they had witnessed, the race settled down. Although we did see some pretty amazing overtaking and tussling for position.
The stewards were also kept busy with track limits being ignored. There were black and white flags galore, with at least three 5-second time penalties given out to Kvyat, Grosjean and Stroll if I remember rightly.
Stroll also got into a little bit of strife, but more about him in a separate post. Yes, he is deserving of his own set of Funniest Tweets today.
Talking of tweets, I was, as always, kept busy with so many funny tweets filling my timeline. And after a large mug of tea, I have finally picked out the 10 that made me laugh out loud.
So, without further ado, here is the Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards for the Portuguese Grand Prix 2020:
@_DavidBroad_ with thoughts of many F1 fans after seeing the crazy racing at different tracks this year.
@itsthatginga with live onboard footage from Albon's car as he passes Kimi. (For what it's worth, I think Albon is quick enough to be in that car, just think Red Bull need to remember they have two drivers and cars and not just one!)
@XKiteKid with live onboard footage from Hamilton's car as he passes Bottas for the lead of the race.
@pgillett2017 with a plea from F1 fans as George Russell was running in the points during the middle of the race. I think it would be a travesty if the rumours are to be believed and he won't be driving for Williams next year.
@timwagner66 with footage from Bottas's car as he struggles to get his tyres up to temperature following his pit stop.
@tarasdemerson with an accurate description of what happened with 5 laps to go. Lewis reported cramp ... ouch!
@HavannahMonto with footage from Bottas's car as he exited the pitlane. He requested soft tyres, the opposite to what Hamilton had chosen, but the team put the hard tyres on, the same as Hamilton! (To be fair when they pitted with just under half the race to go I'm not sure the soft tyres would have lasted)
@Jontys_Corner with not only live footage from Sainz's car as the Mercedes' retook the lead, but also of McLaren fans everywhere.
Meanwhile, @FvB2309 has unseen footage from Ocon's car as he stays out for over 50 laps before coming in to pit.
This week's winner is @TomTheMadHatter with unseen footage as Sainz and Kimi traded places during the race.
Hope you enjoyed this week's Funniest Tweet offerings. Let me know which your favourites are in the comments below.
Also keep your eyes out for a peak of Lance Stroll's Portuguese race in tweets!
The Funniest Tweet Awards will be back next week as the F1 circus visits Imola.