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31 May 2010 @ 01:37 am
Forget Eurovision!  
The comedy gold tonight was at the Turkish Grand Prix. During the race, two Red Bull cars were in the lead, with Mark Webber ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Seb went to overtake Mark, got the front wheel of his car ahead of Mark's front wheel, then swung his car to the right, crashing into Webber and sending both of them off the track. The two McLaren cars went flying past, Webber was able to rejoin and eventually took out third, Seb was out of the race.

In F1, there are post-race interviews for the three leading drivers and the press pack. Usually, the winner is interviewed, then the second-place getter, then the third. And so it was tonight. Occasionally, the drivers forget that cameramen can pan out from a narrow focus on the man who is talking to a wide shot of all three drivers. So, while Jenson Button, who took second for McLaren, was giving his interview, he made reference to the Red Bull crash. Mark Webber believes he is not on camera at this point, and his face freezes momentarily with bitten lips, he then tries to play this off by wiping away 'sweat'.

Also thinking he is off camera, Lewis Hamilton, the winner, has leaned across and obviously asked Mark Webber what the hell happened there. From what I can gather patching together a spot of lip reading, body language and hand gestures, he says something along the lines of 'Bad luck mate, it looked as though he just came across in front of you. Is that what happened.' Webber gives a tiny nod, and starts doing his own hand gestures. Brilliantly, to judge by the position of his lips, he is making rrroooom  rrrooom noises as he has his two hands simulate the cars' respective racing positions, then he jerks his left Vettel hand into his right Webber hand and goes 'BOOM'!!!

Seconds later, the interview turns to him. 'What happened?' they ask. He puts on his best professional racer face: 'We made contact, it happened very fast, it was a shame for the team, not an ideal day ... It can happen ...' Bless. Alas, I can't find it online yet, but do recommend it if you need a good laugh!
uminohikariuminohikari on May 31st, 2010 12:22 am (UTC)
vrooom noises are great :D
Hueyphoenixacid on May 31st, 2010 04:17 am (UTC)
Lol, I usually don't stick around for the post-race interviews but vroom vroom noises are cute! XD