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YMMV: Formula One
  • Base Breaker: Ferrari, in the Schumacher years (less so in the Raikkonen/Alonso years). The FIA (Ferrari International Aid) was notoriously lenient with team order fiascos like Austria in 2002.
    • Now Red Bull, and Vettel in particular, seems to be getting the Base Breaker treatment.
  • Cargo Ship: Vettel names all of his cars so it's a common joke (or a serious pairing) for him to be in a romantic relationship with his car.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Lotus's birthday tributes to their drivers. Especially when you contrast it to what Ferrari gave Alonso on his birthday...
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Lotus. Especially as the other two championship contenders are Red Bull and Ferrari.
    • Their car is literally the dark horse on the grid right now.
  • Epic Fail: Kimi Raikkonen spinning out at the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix, and then spending half a minute trying to find his way back to the track.
    • The Andrea Moda racing team. The cliff notes of stupidity:
      • Team boss Andrea Sassetti hired Alex Caffi and Enrico Bertaggia as drivers. Sassetti then withdrew from the first race, citing "freight delays". Caffi and Bertaggia made their displeasure clear; Sassetti fired them. He hired Roberto Moreno and the Black Stig, only for Bertaggia to come back offering a million dollars... and then to be told by the FIA that he couldn't swap any more drivers.
      • The car was frequently several seconds off pre-qualifying pace, let alone race pace.
      • They almost had to withdraw from the Canadian Grand Prix because their engines were lost in transit; they then actually did have to withdraw from the French Grand Prix, because they couldn't even get to the track!
      • Throughout this time, Black Stig's car was treated as essentially a rolling spare (not that Moreno got much better equipment): on a drying Silverstone circuit, his car was fitted with full wet tyres; in Hungary, he was finally let out of the pits to set a lap 45 seconds before the end of the session, and in Belgium his car was deliberately fitted with a worn steering rack which promptly failed and locked going into Eau Rouge. Oh, and he was neither paid nor given travel expenses for his trouble.
      • Sassetti was then arrested for fraud, and Andrea Moda were banned.
    • Jean-Denis Délétraz, considered to be a candidate for the worst driver ever in Formula 1.
  • Estrogen Brigade: Some of these drivers really look attractive and manage to draw girls. Subverted with some female fans who have just as much knowledge about the sport as many men do.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Top Gear giving the "Most Boring Driver in Formula One" award to Kimi Raikkonen.
    • Lotus-Renault have official Twitter hashtags for each race, to go along with their Deadpan Snarker account (#CatchTheBull for Barcelona, #EinsZweiDrive for the Nurburgring, etc). The hashtag for the British Grand Prix was #GodSaveOurTyres, and then a quarter of the field have tyre failures in the race.
    • The Sky promo as seen in Sarcasm Mode features the line "The same guy wins every race..." Cue Sebastian Vettel winning the last nine races of the season.
    • Kimi Raikkonen's famous "Leave me alone, I know what I'm doing!" outburst, which was already pretty funny, has gotten a double dose of this. First, in the Brazilian GP later that year Raikkonen actually managed to drive the wrong way and get lost, calling the "I know what I'm doing" part of the rant into question. And now, ahead of the 2014 Singapore GP, the FIA have banned teams from instructing drivers on things like improving their sector times during the race - so they really will have to leave him alone.
  • Ho Yay: No, not even Formula One can avoid the slash fangirls or Rule 34.
  • In the Blood: Graham Hill, and his son Damon, both won the World Championship.
    • Gilles Villeneuve and his son Jacques were both accomplished drivers as well - ironically, Jacques is considered one of the weakest world champions, while Gilles is one of the strongest non-champions.
    • Nico Rosberg could finally be shaping up, especially after winning the Monaco Grand Prix exactly thirty years after his father did the same.
    • Subverted with Ayrton Senna and his nephew Bruno. Ayrton hyped up his nephew during his lifetime, saying, "If you think I'm good, wait 'til you see Bruno". Much was thus expected of young Bruno when he stepped up to F1 in 2010... but in his two-and-a-half seasons he showed merely a sliver of his late uncle's prodigious talent and was outperformed by his teammates in all three seasons.
  • Memetic Sex God: 1976 Champion James Hunt who reputedly slept with over 5000 women. This includes 33 British Airways stewardesses during the 2 weeks before the 1976 Japanese Grand Prix where he took the championship.
  • Memetic Mutation: Kimi Raikkonen's infamous "Leave me alone, I know what I'm doing!" outburst at the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. It's spawned shirts, coffee mugs (one of which Sir Frank Williams proudly owns), and is freely used in almost every article about him.
    • Raikkonen's teammate, Romain Grosjean, is becoming notorious for crashing into anything and everything. Jalopnik even made an article on the resulting meme.
    • Pastor Maldonado has become infamous for much the same reasons as Grosjean. The two are now team-mates at Lotus for 2014.
    • For a classic example, Andrea de Cesaris was notorious for this, even getting the nickname "De Crasheris" as a result.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The 1960s and 70s were full of horrific, fiery and fatal crashes. In many cases the surviving drivers were just as affected by these as the fans.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Markus Winkelhock had one of the shortest and most astonishing careers in Formula 1 history. His only race came at the 2007 European GP, where he qualified last for the unfancied Spyker team. However, in a stroke of inspired brilliance, his team decided to start him on wet tyres when everyone else was starting on dry tyres. At the end of the first lap, the circuit was hit by torrential rain, and those who couldn't get back to the pits in time generally ended up spinning off. The race was red-flagged on lap 4 due to the hazardous conditions, by which time Winkelhock was leading by half a minute. When the race was restarted, with Winkelhock now on pole, he quickly fell down the order and eventually retired due to hydraulic failure after just 15 laps. He remains the only driver to have led every race he's taken part in, and the only driver to start in first and last at the same Grand Prix.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: The Drag Reduction System (DRS), which has been accused of making overtaking too simple, especially on tracks with two activation points, a long straight, or both (Shanghai).
    • The final race being worth double points in 2014 is proving to be this. The teams hate it, the fans hate it, and when Ecclestone tried to get it extended to the last three races the teams promptly told him where to shove it. He's now agreed to scrap it for 2015 onwards.
  • Stop Helping Me!: Every so often drivers do get sick of the teams talking to them on the radio and tell them more or less subtly to shut up.
    Kimi Räikkönen (Abu Dhabi 2012): Leave me alone, I know what I'm doing!
    Kimi (again, same race): Yes, Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! I'm doing all of that, you don't have to remind me! (cue laughter from the Sky commentators)
    • Similarly, Jos Verstappen in 2001:
      Greg Wheeler: We're losing lots of time, we're losing time, try and make a move.
      Jos Verstappen: What do you think I'm doing, Greg?
    • Enforced as of the 2014 Singapore Grand Prix, with teams no longer able to give their drivers information on things like improving their sector times.
  • Tear Jerker: Any time a racer dies on or off the track. The 1994 San Marino Grand Prix is the most recent example.
    • Friday Practice: Rubens Barrichello's car flew into the air and crashed into the tire barrier, rolling a few times before stopping. He suffered a broken nose and arm and swallowed his tongue. He was lucky.
    • Saturday Qualifying: Roland Ratzenberger, in only his third race, crashed into a wall at 195mph after his front wing failed, and died of a basal skull fracture.
      • What makes Ratzenberger's death all the more tragic was that at the time, he'd been competing for the final grid slot. He'd damaged his front wing, but insisted on staying out to try and improve his time. At the end of the session, Ratzenberger's fastest time set before the crash would have been enough to get him onto the grid.
    • Sunday Race: A crash between two cars at the beginning of the race injured nine spectators with flying debris. After the race restarted, three time world champion Ayrton Senna crashed at Tamburello corner - the site of accidents before. Debate still ensues on what caused his crash and when specifically he died. The tragically ironic part was that in response to Ratzenberger's death the day before, the drivers reformed the Grand Prix Drivers 'Association (a safety organization) with him as leader. Even worse, Senna had (tucked into his sleeve) an Austrian flag which he planned to wave after he won the race in memory of Ratzenberger (who was Austrian).
      • Professor Sid Watkins, a close friend of Senna's, had this to say:
    "We lifted him from the cockpit and laid him on the ground. As we did, he sighed and, although I am not religious, I felt his spirit depart at that moment."
    • A much less life-threatening scenario occurred at the 1999 European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring. Luca Badoer, driving for the unfancied Minardi team, was in fourth with less than fifteen laps to go. Rain was in full force, leading most drivers to have already retired. And, barring a terrible pitstop, Badoer would have been in second. But on lap 53, his gearbox failed, leaving him sitting in tears by the side of the track. The worst part? Luca Badoer holds the record for most races without scoring a point. And bad luck stole a podium from him.
      • And then, about ten years later, Felipe Massa suffered a freak accident at the Hungarian Grand Prix and was out for the season. Ferrari - who while not brilliant that season, were still consistently in the points - brought in Badoer to replace him. And he still failed to score.
  • What Could Have Been: As in all sport, this trope is in full effect - particularly in drivers that died before or during their prime (von Trips, Rindt, Peterson, Villeneuve Sr, etc).
    • A book is now being written that examines several F1 rivalries that never came to be, due to one of the drivers dying. An example is Senna vs Schumacher, which looks at how the 1994 season might have panned out for Senna had he not been killed at the San Marino GP.
    • A rather more light-hearted one - Michael Schumacher could easily have won on his debut for Jordan if he hadn't had clutch troubles on the starting lap. He had qualified four places and almost a second ahead of his teammate, Andrea de Cesaris... who proceeded to have the race of his life and hold second for the entire race before his engine died three laps from the finish. Imagine how well Schumacher could have done...
  • The Woobie: Any driver or team that fails to score a point. To get to the pinnacle of motorsport and leave without achieving anything? Tragic.
    • Especially any of the incredibly bad teams (Andrea Moda, {=Master Card=} Lola or Life). Some of them didn't even make it to the grid.
    • When Raikonnen went off course at the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix, this promoted a battle between Caterham's Vitaly Petrov and Marussia's Charles Pic into a battle for 10th and 11th. Whoever won that battle have would have scored their constructor's first point...except Raikonnen repassed both of them. There is a silver lining, as Jules Bianchi finished 9th for Marussia at Monaco in 2014, but Marcus Ericsson was just outside for Caterham with another 11th for the team.
  • Yoko Oh No: When Senna was killed, his then-girlfriend Adriane Galisteu managed to get media prominence, in a Paris Hilton-y kind of way. F1 fans regard her as a self-serving vulture. Nicole Scherzinger, Lewis Hamilton's girlfriend, has drawn negative comments for drawing attention to herself and showboating.

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