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Mystery Science Theater F1 (2015 2017, 2018) is a comedy webseries created by Matheus Carneiro, who refers to himself as Matt in the series. As the name suggests, he makes fun of Formula One races old and new alike much in the same vein of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and CinemaSins.


  • A God Am I: In the Singapore 2015 episode, after "cursing" Fernando Alonso by pointing out how well he was doing; he retired later in the race a reference to the "commentator's curse". Matt then does the same with Jenson Button right after his realization, in order to "ruin" McLaren's day.
  • Alter-Ego Acting: Matt is a type 3. The opinions expressed by the character are usually his own, but exaggerated for comedic effect.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Austria 2002, where Rubens Barrichello was ordered to let teammate Michael Schumacher pass and take the victory. It's so intense, Matt put a warning right before he dropped a Cluster F-Bomb.
    • Great Britain 2015, when Valtteri Bottas repeatedly attempted to pass his teammate Felipe Massa after being told by his team not to.
    Matt: I gotta get a grip.
    • Both cases happened to be with Brazilian drivers, and Matt is Brazilian as well.
    • Max Verstappen's antics send Matt over the edge in Belgium 2016.
  • Big "YES!":
  • Call-Back: Matt frequently references things he said in previous episodes.
  • Call-Forward: Because the series started in the middle of the 2015 season, Matt could make references to things that hadn't happened yet at the time of the races.
    • Same with Classics, where he makes ironic remarks about drivers from the era.
  • Camera Abuse: Matt gets set off every time a driver mishandles a camera after a victory.
  • Canada, Eh?: Expect plenty of this throughout the 2017 Formula One Season when Matt mentions Lance Stroll.
  • Catchphrase: "Thank you all very much for watching, I will see you on the next race."
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Very rarely, he drops Precision F-Strikes instead. He actually doesn't swear at all in one episode, which is slightly lampshaded by him.
    Matt: Sweet Bojangles on a cinnamon crust, I am trying so hard not to swear right now!
  • Critical Dissonance: Despite perceived by many as a hater, Matt actually really likes Formula 1 and started the show to lampoon its poor state instead of complaining about it.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness:
    • The first episode's microphone quality is significantly worse than the rest, due to Matt using his headset. After that, he got a proper microphone.
    • Matt was also quite monotone, almost sounding bored at times. It wasn't until Monaco 2015 where he began putting more life into his voice.
  • Formula-Breaking Episode: Australia 1991 is done entirely in rhyme due to the race being incredibly short (the shortest in Formula 1 history, in fact).
  • Fun with Subtitles: Brazil 1991 is in Portuguese, so Matt plays with the subtitles as well.
    • Matt's friend, Charlie, will often poke fun at Matt's commentary by adding his own ad-libs between Matt's lines when captioning episodes, occasionally prompting responses from Matt himself.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: The show is in English, but Matt has spoken Portuguese (his native tongue), Spanish, Italian, French, German, Japanese, Finnish, Russian, Swedish, and Dutch at some point or another, often untranslated on purpose for Bilingual Bonus.
    • As stated above, Brazil 1991 is in Portuguese for its most part, save for the intro and outro.
  • In Memoriam: Played for Laughs in the Canada 2016 episode when Martin Brundle missed the race whilst recovering from a surgery, prompting Matt to create a montage of moments from Sky F1's pre-race segment, "Martin's Grid Walk", succeeded by a message that reads: "Get well soon, and get Le Mans done with, Martin! Come back to us." note 
  • Motor Mouth: Matt will sometimes speak very fast, especially when narrating the start of a race.
  • Running Gag:
    • Repeated references to TAG Heuer's "Don't Crack Under Pressure" campaign when a driver makes a mistake.
    • Matt getting stuck whenever Emilia Pikkarainen (Valtteri Bottas's wife) shows up on camera.
    • Simple Plan's Untitled plays whenever Sebastian Vettel has something exceptionally bad affect his race. Similarly, Dschinghis Khan's "Moskau" plays whenever something good happens to him, such as a race win.
    • Matt playing Rede Globo's Tema da Vitoria when a Brazilian driver wins a race.
    • Whenever the live feed cuts away from an intriguing bit of footage, usually to something less interesting, Matt will heavily criticize it.
    Matt: See Lewis Hamilton onboard? Fuck that, let's watch literally nothing.
  • Self-Deprecation: Sometimes employed on jokes, or used because of the lack of one.
  • Series Hiatus: Matt's Twitter bio as of February 2018 has all but confirmed this as MSTF1's fate.
    • "Videomaker on a long break, please stop asking when I'll start again, I beg you."
  • Shout-Out:
  • Special Guest:
    • CookP1 sings the forklift song with Matt on Spain 2015, shows up again for a short bit in Japan 2016, and again during the red flag period in Matt's 2017 Indy 500 review.
    • Matt's friend, Charlie, takes over for him as he leaves for the beach during the second red flag of Brazil 2016.
  • Theme Tune: CookP1 recorded a cover of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 theme (with altered lyrics to suit the show), and Matt made a video to go along with it.
    • Starting with Austria 2002, every episode has a title sequence with a random song, sometimes related to the race.
    • Italy 2015 has three, all with the word 'pressure' in the title, so as to poke fun at Mercedes's tyre pressure issues after the race.
  • Trolling Creator: On USA 2005 Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" plays for 13 seconds after the titles, before leading into the actual intro (with the song still playing in the background)
  • The Stinger: Some episodes have a bit of "musical fun" after the outro, where things that happened or that are said by the commentators are placed with relevant songs.