Brad Pitt, Alex Palu, Daniel Ruffiardo and Ricky Bobby all enter the fence led by Daniel Ricciardo riding a horse… There’s a joke in there, surely?
And no, it wasn’t a dream, Daniel really did walk through the fence on his horse.
These days, we’re not quite sure what qualifies as the race that had it all, but the US Grand Prix certainly had a lot. America rarely fails to deliver the weird and wonderful, but this weekend it was at its craziest. And that’s before we even get to the on-track action, which included Palou’s F1 debut in FP1 and a quick recovery from Lando in the race.
Now that we’ve had some time to digest it all, let’s see if we can make sense of everything that happened in Austin. As always, the best way to do this is to let your story be told through social media.
We’re still rubbing our eyes at this…
We’ve done our research and on the roads in Texas, horses are legally treated the same as any other vehicle and are subject to the same rules and regulations… Now, there’s no precedent, but we’re just going to go ahead and assume it’s the same in the paddock. If Lando can ride a bike, why can’t Daniel ride a horse?
Of all the celebrities who showed up in Austin this weekend, Horsey McHorse was surely the biggest VIP.
Good question, @evokue… And amazingly, the answer is yes.
A little more nonsense for you… We couldn’t explain the horse, and no, we can’t explain this either. All we can tell you for sure is that we loved it.
Thanks for stopping by, Brad Pitt… And no, we wouldn’t be so childish as to joke about the Pit Stop…
And we, @daiarzata.
One step ahead of you, McLarenSte…
Speaking of which, meet Daniel Ruffiard, the newest member of the McLaren team.
That’s some next-level graphic design.
Where can we get one of those cookies?
Brad Pitt, Horsey McHorse and Daniel Rufiardo weren’t our only special guests this weekend. 2021 INDICAR champion Alex Palu made his F1 debut for McLaren in FP1, driving Daniel’s MCL36.
The widest smile in the entire paddock.
Still not satisfied with all our special guests? How about the return of Ricky Bobby.
This would be epic.
More baking? Come on people you need to start sharing the goods.
It was great to see so many of you wearing our merchandise for the US GP.
And so many cardboard cutouts… Did we miss the memo? Presumably it was on cardboard.
Nice coloring, @klaudia2499. Keep up the creativity, we love it!
Speaking of creativity, this is brilliant.
Much appreciated, @Mc_LaurenF1!
It was great to see so many of you getting into the spirit, your passion is infectious.
That’s some effort, @DanTheFabMan!
It’s not just @DanTheFabMan, the Circuit of the Americas was a sea of papayas. It was great to see so many familiar faces.
Seems like a lot of you were on turns 15 and 19… Did you connect?
Alright @Jakeherringmcfc we’re officially jealous.
As far as race day predictions go, that’s probably a fair estimate, @Joost_Landzaat.
How about some race-related predictions?
It was always going to be a tough ask with Daniel starting 15. The Honey Badger gave it his all but unfortunately couldn’t progress through the field. With your support, we’ll dust ourselves off and start again. He will give it his all in the last three races.
On the opposite side of the garage, Lando finished where he started, but that doesn’t tell half the story, with the British star dropping to 13th before quickly recovering through the pack to sixth.
If you want to end where you started, that’s certainly the most fun way to do it.
Tired, Lando? And you and us…
Time to recharge those batteries. There are only three races left and the next one is another tough one as we cross the border into Mexico.
We can’t wait to see you all there…. Or as they say in Mexico, Nos vemos pronto.
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