Funny / Formula One

"And what is Deletraz doing?"
- Murray Walker

  • Jenson Button: Songs From Inside My Helmet
  • The BBC coverage of the 2011 Italian GP started with a monologue in Italian, with subtitles, about their appreciation for beautiful and fast cars. When it ended the presenter said, "Buongiorno, il mio asino è nel campo" Hello, my donkey is in the field
  • At the qualifying for the 2011 Singapore GP Eddie Jordan mentions that Shakira was playing as part of the weekend's entertainment.
    Jake Humphries: So Shakira's down the road and you've chosen to be with us? We're honoured.
    Eddie Jordan: I didn't have a choice Jake!
    Jake: No you didn't.
    David Couthard: Actually, you do!
    Eddie: Thanks a lot!
    Jake: Don't get rid of him too soon!
  • In the 2012 Australian GP, Raikkonen (aka. The "Iceman") calls to his team over the radio: "WHY AM I GETTING ALL THE BLUE FLAGS?!" His engineer calmly tells him: "they're for the car behind you".note 
  • In the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix, almost every single driver that took the lead... ended up retiring from the race. Kinda funny, in a Black Comedy way.
    James Hunt: Well, we've got this ridiculous situation where we are all sitting by the start/finish line, waiting for a winner to come past, and we don't seem to be getting one!
    • To wit: in the closing stages of the race, it started to rain heavily. Keke Rosberg smacked the wall on lap 65. Then his teammate Derek Daly followed suit. He kept going, unaware that his gearbox was slowly cracking up. Then with two laps to go, race leader Prost smacked the wall just after the chicane, giving the lead to Riccardo Patrese. Patrese then kept the lead until he spun out at the Loews hairpin the following lap. Didier Pironi took the lead, only to run out of fuel in the tunnel on the last lap. Andrea de Cesaris would have taken the lead, but he too ran out of fuel, at the Casino. Derek Daly would have taken the lead, but his gearbox finally gave up. While everyone was confused in the midst of the chaos and thinking that the Lotuses of Elio de Angelis and Nigel Mansell (both are 1 lap down) would take the lead, Patrese was pushed by the marshall to a safe area, which just happened to be the downhill part of the hairpin. So he let the car rolled down and bump-started it, and manages to cross the line in first unaware of the chaos that happened.
  • Rubens Barrichello marked his 300th race start at Spa in 2010... where he crashed into Fernando Alonso. Someone made this video in response. THIS! IS! SPARTA!
    Oh, I've chosen my words carefully, Spaniard!
    • One commenter snuck in a reference to the previous Ferrari team order controversy (Alonso saying "This is ridiculous" over team radio) with this: "This is madness! This is ridiculous!"
  • During the 1982 German Grand Prix, lead driver Nelson Piquet Sr. (driving a BMW-powered Brabham) was coming up to lap a rookie pay-driver named Eliseo Salazar when the two collided, taking them both out of the race. Piquet's response? He starts to punch and kick Salazar (who's still wearing his helmet) in full view of the TV cameras! It gets even better than that: a few months later Piquet phoned Salazar to apologize...and explained that when they examined his car's BMW engine after the race, they'd found it was about to break down, so by crashing into him, Salazar had actually saved BMW the embarrassment of having one of their units fail at their home Grand Prix.
    • Shortly after the initial incident, an official in a van came around to pick up Nelson, who was walking back to his pit. Upon seeing that the van's other passenger was Salazar, Nelson refused to get in and the argument between the two drivers began anew. In an attempt to defuse the situation, the van driver got out to break them up. Piquet's response? To jump into the van and drive away, leaving both the official and Salazar where they stood.
  • There are several old Formula One review videos presented by Clive James that are full of wit (and a little sarcasm): "The Renaults looked very impressive touring around together like Fangio and Moss. Or Flanagan and Allen"; "In Mansell's pit I was glad to see that his helmet was still globular. Instead of crushed flat by the burden of being called 'The British Hope'"; "While the Renaults were being put back together so they could be thrown away..."; "Senna was so moved that he spoke"; "Piquet was on the pole. He was still on it when everyone else went past."
    • Similarly, the DVD review of the 2001 season (as bundled with Sony's Formula One 2002) contained some hilarious quips from Ben Edwards:
      Ben Edwards: Starting from the pit lane is a major achievement for Minardi.
      Ben Edwards: [after a torrential downpour at the Malaysian GP] Ron Dennis seeks an urgent meeting with his weather forecasternote , while Villeneuve redefines the term "aquaplaning". [cut to Villeneuve comically skidding off the circuit backwards]
  • Everything ever said by Murray Walker. Here's a whole list of them.
  • After winning the 1987 Austrian Grand Prix, Nigel Mansell's car ran out of fuel and he was taken back the pits on the back of a truck. As Nigel stood up to wave to fans in the grandstand, he failed to notice a low girder ahead and took a hefty whack to the head. That's funny enough, but what happened when Murray Walker interviewed Nigel afterwards is now legendary.
  • Kimi Raikkonen's Unwanted Assistance outbursts during the 2012 Abu Dhabi GP.
    Engineer: We will keep you informed on your pace.
    Kimi: Just leave me alone! I know what I'm doing!

    Engineer: Just keep working all four tyres and-
    Kimi: Yes yes yes, I'm doing that all the time! You don't have to remind me every ten seconds!
    Commentator: Oh, how I wish I could sit in on the Lotus debrief at the end of this race.
    • Raikkonen and Vettel not bothering to censor themselves on live television during their interviews was pretty funny too.
    • Kimi telling the crew to leave him alone is made even funnier after he gets lost during the 2012 Brazilian GP.
      • And before the 2014 Singapore GP it got even funnier still, as the FIA then banned teams from using radio messages to coach the drivers during the race. So now they really will have to leave Kimi alone.
  • Kimi Raikkonen's reason for missing the ceremony to commemorate Michael Schumacher's (then) final race: "I was having a shit."
    • The reporter's reply: "Obviously you'll have a nice light car on the grid, then."
  • The 2013 Belgian Grand Prix (a rather dull race) was livened up with some Greenpeace protests and the ensuing controversy. They even had a remote control banner rigged to go off at the podium celebration. The video was posted online - and then taken down by FOM.
  • When Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger were still together, a gossip column in the Singapore papers reported that a guy at a Singapore GP party was gushing about how hot Nicole was. Lewis, who was passing by and overheard, said, "Yeah, I miss her." The guy had no idea he was talking about Lewis' girlfriend and was extremely puzzled.
  • During this interview, David Coulthard gets a bit cheeky with the female interviewer, leaving the show's host sitting there trying to look dignified whilst his co-host sniggers off camera. You wonder if DC lost a bet or something.
  • Renault's V10 engine had such rapid throttle response that its engineers can literally make it sing. Doubles up as a Crowning Moment of Awesome, and made funnier that it's a French engine performing the British national anthem.
  • 1995 in Adelaide, David Coulthard retires... by crashing into the pit lane wall while entering the pits! He was leading the race comfortably at the time!
    • Also at Adelaide that year, Frentzen is blocked by Blundell. Eventually he passes him with middle finger extended.
    John Watson: Ho ho! A finger! Hurrah Heinz-Harald! That's the international sign for saying "thhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhank you"!
  • Martin Brundle interviews Ozzy Osbourne.
  • Interlagos 1998, Brundle interviews Berger on the grid, Schumacher pokes his head in, and said head is relieved of cap!
  • Whenever Gerhard Berger is interviewed on live TV, you can be sure that something is going to happen. For example, before an interview with Sky Sports at the 2014 Austrian GP, he was warned that he was going to be on pre-watershed live TV and therefore couldn't swear. Guess what happened next...
  • #PlacesAlonsoWouldRatherBe that popped up when Fernando Alonso's McLaren-Honda once again blew its engine in the qualifying for the 2015 Brazilian Grand Prixnote . People photoshopped Alonso into several pictures, like this.
  • Ben Edwards was commentating on the first practice session for the 2015 Canadian Grand Prix when he blurted this out. Goodness knows why...
  • Defunct PPV channel F1 Digital Plus put together a gag reel, mostly consisting of the presenters goofing off and interviews gone awry. However there are a few funny moments featuring the drivers, most notably Michael Schumacher forgetting to take his winners' trophy with him as he leaves the podium in Spain - David Coulthard notices the error and jumps onto the top step of the podium, holding it aloft!
  • Fernando Alonso's 2015 season was... let's just say it was full of misery. This led to several hilarious radio messages, such as the following:
    Engineer: Nasr is seven-and-a-half seconds behind. We must save fuel, we must target zero.
    Alonso: I don't want. I don't want.
    • In Japan, having enough of his Honda engine's lack of power, Alonso delivers this epic rant about the engine as he was being overtaken by Max Verstappen.
    Alonso: GP2 engine. GP2. ARGH!
    • Midway through the next race in Russia, Alonso was chased by Felipe Massa in his much superior Williams-Mercedes. Again, Hilarity Ensues.
    Engineer: And Fernando we are racing Massa behind to the end.
    Alonso: I love your sense of humour.
  • In Singapore 2015, Max Verstappen was told to give way to his teammate Carlos Sainz, Jr.. And here's how Max Verstappen ignored those orders:
    Toro Rosso Engineer: OK, we need to swap positions.
    Max: NO!
    Toro Rosso Engineer: Max, just do it.
  • Sebastian Vettel interrupts a Sky Sports interview with Lewis Hamilton after the 2016 Canadian Grand Prix to complain about seagulls. It has to be seen to be believed.
  • During the podium ceremony for the 2016 German Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo bizarrely poured champagne into his shoe and drank from itnote . At the next race in Belgium, he again finished on the podium, and when compatriot Mark Webber came out to do the interviews, Ricciardo made Webber drink from his (Ricciardo's) shoe!
  • Fernando Alonso in the 2016 Italian Grand Prix:
    Engineer: Okay, Fernando, let's keep pace going strong until the end. Grosjean is still out there on 18 lap old options - he may come towards us.
    Alonso: HAHAHAHA
    • He then goes on to do the fastest lap for the hell of it.
  • Singapore 2016: