Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards - Russian Grand Prix 2020
This week: Turn 2 bollards, penalties, the dark side, Netflix curse, Racing Point playlist and a new game to play
Let's face it, the race at Sochi is generally, always boring. And this year was no exception.
After the excitement of the two previous races in Italy, we had been spoiled somewhat in terms of track action.
Hamilton got off to a good start and held off both Bottas and Verstappen to keep the lead after Turn 2.
However, further back in the field, a spin and a crash into the wall and bollards at the now infamous Turn 2 for Sainz, and a spin from Stroll on lap 1 brought out the safety car until lap 5.
When the safety car period ended, Hamilton sped off, and the race descended into the usual procession.
The only excitement came with Hamilton being handed two 5-second time penalties for a bizarre pitlane race start practice before the race, which he served at his one and only pit-stop, leaving him scrambling back up the field from P11.
Bottas took the lead and Verstappen P2, Hamilton funally finsihing in P3.
Turn 2 claimed other victims this race. Ricciardo got handed a 5-second time penalty for missing the bollards, while Grosjean tried to go through them, but ended up smashing through them.
We had a few tussles for places at the back and middle of the field, but aside from that, the race was as dull and grey as the surrounding area.
I did manage to cobble together a Top 10, so without further ado, here are the Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards for the Russian Grand Prix 2020:
A dull race meant that, as @itsthatginga pointed out, trying to think of something funny proved rather difficult.
@3legs4wheels with the playlist from the Racing Point pitwall as Stroll spun out and retired for the second time in two races.
@FvB2309 with live footage of all Mercedes fans when they see their weekend unravelling once again when they have the presence of the Netflix 'Drive to Survive' film crew in the garage. The same thing happened last year, are Netflix a curse for Mercedes?
@_DavidBroad_ with a new game for F1 fans to play. F1 Bingo is so last season darlings, this is 2020, time to play 'Who hasn't got their mask on?'
@wearetherace with live footage from Ocon's car as he heard the news that his team-mate, Danny Ric, had been given a 5-second time penalty following his slight off in his attempt to pass Ocon. Guess where? Yup, that's right, turn 2 and those darn bollards again!!!
@Jontys_Corner with live footage from the stweard's office as they sort out Hamilton's two 5-second penalties.
@RJoseRazoJr with live footage from Leclerc's car as he found himself running in P2 during the race.
@Dan_Palmer17 with live footage of Grasjean desperately trying to do the right thing and go around the bollards at Turn 2. He failed, and bought out a virtual safety car for a few minutes as the track marshalls stuck the polystyrene bollards back on their spokes.
@CosmicDanzo with a further look at the stewards handing out Hamilton's two 5-second time penalties.
@_kidsgloves_ with live footage of Sainz at the beginning of the race as he negotiated Turn 2.
As always, hope you enjoyed these. Let me know which ones are your favourite in the comments below.
The Funniest Tweet Awards will be back in two weeks time, as the F1 circus moves to the Nurburgring.