why I love formula one

a selection of reasons and a look back on moments throughout the years that have reminded me just why I love this sport so much


  • when the drivers mess around

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  • #placesalonsowouldratherbe
  • dancing drivers

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  • dancing mechanics
  • dancing marshals

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  • how the drivers get along so well with each other

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  • when vettel got bored and overtook two drivers in the pitlane with literally zero effort

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  • team twitter sass
  • when all else fails, get the duct tape
  • the Suzuka puppets
  • crazy fan costumes

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  • Button’s cake obsession

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  • how excited we get when random animals appear on the track

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  • when the drivers pull faces/smile for the camera

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  • how much kimi raikkonen doesn’t give a shit

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  • “Felipe, baby”
  • lucky nipple tweak

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  • swearing over team radio
  • the famous kimi quote
  • that one time when all the teams raced boats down the pit lane during the rain in Suzuka
  • Mexican waving at Silverstone

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  • Riccardo drinking out of his shoe and then forcing Webber to do the same
  • amazing driver abbreviation coincidences ‘BUT GRO PER’
  • smiley Dan

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  • awesome helmet designs
  • vettel’s victory doughnuts
  • car worshipping
  • the night races
  • when two drivers who are on the podium don’t like each other and the other driver stands awkwardly and gives an The Office style look to the camera
  • sebastian choosing to go deep into a corner and lock up so he wouldn’t hit a seagull and then teasing Hamilton for not braking for it after the race

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  • Maurizio being adorable
  • Kevin and the banana
  • Rosberg’s adorable clumsiness

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  • mclaren’s new team member at singapore
  • how every time Kimi gets onto the podium they never have actual champagne
  • the love everyone has for the driver’s wives

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  • the pirelli stetsons in Austin
  • the pirelli ushankas in Russia
  • the pirelli sombreros in mexico
  • when one of the driver’s pours champagne over the interviewer
  • the fact that Hulkenberg takes his little Hulk Pop! vinyl around the world with him and takes pictures for his Twitter with it
  • that time when Jenson and Fernando snuck onto the podium

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  • when Vettel put the whole front wing of his car into the cockpit
  • when drivers hijack the marshal’s scooter and drive them both back to the pits

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  • the red wigs
  • sauber vs force india pit lane crate rowing

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  • that time when kimi got out the car during a red flag period and just ate an ice cream without a care in the world
  • the marshal teddy bear at Hungary
  • adorable little felipinho
  • and to finish off, just a selection of hilarious fernando alonso moments

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F1 drivers as driver instructors for a day

Nico R: “Alright, the most important thing when you get into the car is to fix the mirrors”
You “…so you can see your blind spots better?”
Nico R: “No, so you can have better angle to fix your hair”


Lewis: “Step one, music to set you in the right mood”
You “…what”
Lewis: “Step two, drive by the curb and remind Nico that I’m a better instructor than he is”


Sebastian “Ok, that’s the brake pedal. That’s the gas pedal. When you go for a turn use you body and–
You “Seb”
Sebastian “–just like that and then–”
You “SEB”
Sebastian “–eyes on the road, WHAT?”
You “Am I not supposed to be the one driving??”
Sebastian “Lol, no.”


Kimi: *hands over piece of paper*
You: “What is this?”
Kimi: “The address for the nearest bar. Drive.”


Felipe M: “You’ll do fine, you got this, just easy and controlled motions”


Valtteri *hyperventilates*
You: “You ok?????”
Valtteri: “I’m just really nervous!!”
You: “YOU’RE NOT EVEN THE ONE DOING THE DRIVING”
Valtteri: “I KNOW!!!”
*from the backseat* Felipe M: “You’ll do fine, you got this, just easy and controlled motions” 


Dan: “Yoooo, what up mate. Let’s do it”
You: “I’m going to crash this car. I’m terrified”
Dan: “It’s cool, it has got a survival cell. Also, let’s make sure we got some sick tunes to help ya relax”
*plays death metal*
You: “I see what you did there”


*Max gets into the car*
You: “I thought Daniil was supposed to be my instructor?”
Max: “Yeah, we got swapped for it. I don’t know why. Marko told me to just get into the car”


Sergio: *pulls out rosary and a crucifix* “Perfect, we’re ready to go”
You “…”


Nico H: “I took the liberty of pimping out the car”
You: “Define… Pimping”
Nico H: “Press that button”
*disco ball drops, lights start going off, THIS PLAYS EVERYTIME YOU TRY TO USE THE HORN*


Kevin: “Rule number one: if it’s yellow, YOU ACCELERATE AND HIT IT”
You: *nervous sweating*


Jolyon: “Rule number one: if you hit an animal, accelerate and do it. No point in braking”
You “…ok?”
Jolyon: “Brake afterwards. Check if they’re dead. If they aren’t, back up and finish the job”
You “WTFFFF”


Carlos: “So… This your first time driving?”
You: “Yeah, duuh. That’s why you’re here”
Carlos: “Perfect. Lesson one, how to do donuts in a parking lot. Also how to lay rubber in the shape of a pe– *HORN BLARING*


Daniil: “We are going to do this, we are going to take back that seat, WE ARE GOING TO SHOW THEM WHAT YOU’RE CAPABLE OF”
You: “Intense”
Pyry: *from the backseat* “Don’t forget your seatbelt”
You: “Sooo, he always with you orrr….?”


You: “Where’s the seat-belt in this car?”
Marcus: *hands over duct tape*
You “…”
Marcus: “There has been some financial difficulties. We had to make cuts”


Felipe N: “Please drive slow. I already have a receding hairline, let’s not add grey hairs into the mix”
You: “ok…”


Fernando: “Ok. I will make a great driver out of you. You will be the very best, you will win 10 F1 championships when I’m done with you”
You: “It’s ok Fernando, I just need to learn things like where the gas pedal is, where the break pedal is–
Fernando “WE DON’T SAY THE B WORD HERE. We call it the ‘coward’s pedal’ and you will never use it”


Jenson: “Lesson number one: how to get through McDonald’s drive through, proceed  to order, remember that you’re on a strict diet, park in their lot and cry, while watching younger and more successful kids steal your food because you can’t eat it and you’re too old”
You: “…you ok?”
Jenson *cracks open bottle of gin* “Haven’t been since 2010″


Romain: “Lesson one: how to prop your knee on the steering wheel while driving, so you can flip off other drivers with both hands”
You: “…Jesus take the wheel”


Esteban G: “Alright. Give it a bit of gas, slow down before corners and never take your eyes of the road”
You: “Finally, a normal one!”
Esteban: “AND NOW WE ARE GOING OFF THE ROAD AND INTO THE WILD, WOOOOOOO”
You: “JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL”


*you, Esteban O. and Pascal, are all standing near a bicycle*
Pascal: “Toto said that the last time he let his children in a car there was pure carnage, so now we’re not allowed into any kind of motorized vehicle without his direct supervision”
Esteban “…so here’s a bike”

Very interesting moment in the post-race conference

Got to watch the entire post-race press conference and somethig caught my attention massively. After Lewis was being bitter as usual and nagging about mechanics and reliability, by the end of the PC, Seb said he wanted to make a comment and went on about how Nico is a deserved champion and how great he’d been all year and how reliability is part of all this and sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it doesn’t and that it’s Nico’s day and you can’t take it away from him. Nico then turned and thanked him in German and Seb gave a strong and reassuring smile. I can’t describe how much I love this. Seb directly and at his own will without being asked about it chose to take to Nico’s defence and point it out himself. Comes to show a bit what he thinks of what’s been said about Nico by media and by Lewis. Also perhaps part of it was because he himself was over and over pulled down by people claiming he was an undeserving champion as well and it was all down to his car. He knows how it feels like to not be given your deserved credit. Seb obviously and directly chose to stand by Nico and Nico recognised it and thanked him for it and I absolutely loved it.

This was so long but idk it resonated with me so much and I’m so proud of both of my champions.