Lando Norris should definitely quit the day job, Daniel Ricciardo has some rustiness to shake off and Sebastian Vettel deserves a little more respect.
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Thankfully, the season opening Austrian Grand Prix did not disappoint in the slightest.
Seven months is a long time, isn’t it? Well it certainly is with no Formula 1 action in our lives.
We were struggling to put our excitement into words as Friday practice got underway at the Red Bull Ring but Carlos Sainz captured it quite well we thought…
There was concern in the build-up that the drivers would have a lot of rustiness to shake off and those fears became clear with Daniel Ricciardo. His usual impeccable language skills were way off.
— Formula 1 (@F1) July 3, 2020
He was thankfully much better in his native tongue though…
A man of many talents
Let’s focus on the main man shall we? Full-time Twitch streamer Lando Norris managed to bring himself away from Call of Duty Warzone to casually plonk his McLaren car into a podium spot for the first time his career.
The last lap and the resulting team radio was an absolute joy to behold.
— Planet F1 (@Planet_F1) July 6, 2020
And that wasn’t the only content Lando was creating in Austria. He is quite the comedian as well.
Williams were not the only ones in the firing line either…poor Jarv.
Lando Norris speaking about his ex-race engineer Andrew Jarvis:
"I'm not saying it's a good thing he left but you know…first race without him and look where we are!"
— Planet F1 (@Planet_F1) July 5, 2020
And it seems Racing Point are never going to be able to shake off the ‘pink Mercedes’ tag.
Any other business
While Mercedes reintroduced their DAS innovation to the Formula 1 world, Williams’ plans to improve their tyre degradation didn’t quite go to plan.
Alex Wurz’s contact list on WhatsApp is the envy of many but we were not surprised in the slightest that Kimi Raikkonen left the GPDA chairman on unread.
Thats how the job gets done in covid times… pic.twitter.com/OK7bEyIePL
— alex wurz (@alex_wurz) July 1, 2020
One thing we certainly wasn’t expecting though was a Formula 1 and Have I Got News For You? crossover. Sick bags at the ready.
As Bernie Eccleston becomes a dad at the age of 89, doctors say it’s likely he used a hard compound to help him achieve pole position.
— Have I Got News For You (@haveigotnews) July 2, 2020
Maybe keep the sick bags for this clip as well.
— Sergio Pérez (@SChecoPerez) July 1, 2020
Sorry for making you watch that.
And Romain Grosjean reminded one media outlet of his Formula 1 credentials after being the butt of another joke.
Et même 10 fois sur le podium… https://t.co/fxRMTVdRlk
— Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) July 5, 2020
You tell them, Romain.
It’s a shame Sebastian Vettel didn’t have this sign from an interview last year to hold up when Ferrari said the decision for him to leave at the end of the season was a mutual one.
Vettel may not be the driver he once was but show him some damn respect.