Maybe the Brazilian Grand Prix wasn’t all we had hoped for, but there was still plenty to talk about, with legendary memes coming to light, conspiracy theories crying Wolff, and plenty of chatter regarding the 2016 season, which, while we’re looking forward to it, is coming soon, with only one race remaining this year.

Here’s what we picked out from the weekend’s events…

badgerometer-5-1Red Bull ARE staying after all

There are many pros and cons to Red Bull staying in Formula 1, but if it means twenty-two cars next season, plus the continued careers of the Honey Badger, the White Russian, Signs of Improvement and V-Max, we’re not going to get in their way.

The news of their renewed stay in F1 was accompanied by an interview with the BBC, which revealed that they have an engine package sorted for 2016. Despite the Irish conundrum that is Eddie Jordan trying to flirt the details out of Christian Horner, we’re no closer to knowing whether it’s going to be a Ferrari, a Honda, a Mechachrome (Ask your parents), or if the team has gone back on all the tantrums from this year, and opted to stick with their old bedfellows, Renault.

Missing out on drivers such as Ricciardo would quite simply be an unforgiveable waste of talent. Photo: Red Bull Content Pool
Missing out on drivers such as Ricciardo would quite simply be an unforgiveable waste of talent. Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

If they have indeed gone back to Renault, you can expect them to eat the most gargantuan humble pie possibly ever seen, but at least they’ve got plenty to wash it down with all those energy drinks.

Probably not a good diet though, pie and pop.

badgerometer-41McLaren make it on to the podium…ish

It’s a small wonder that Jenson and Fernando didn’t get mistaken for intruders when they did this, such is their silverware drought of late. There are few perks to getting knocked out of Q1, but the Honda-powered boys must have found an unlocked gate somewhere, because they sneaked onto the podium for a cheeky photo opportunity.

They’ll get back there soon enough, hopefully.

badgerometer-311Mad Max strikes again

Lee McKenzie put the moniker of mental instability in from of young Verstappen’s name this weekend, but it’s the good kind of mad. Mad like Riggs in Lethal Weapon, not mad like… well, the guy who plays Riggs in Lethal Weapon.

The last time a rookie impressed this much, he won the title in his second year. Photo: Red Bull content pool
The last time a rookie impressed this much, he won the title in his second year. Photo: Red Bull content pool

We’ve said it enough times – Verstappen is something else. You get the picture by now. He’s been crowned our top dog twice this season, a feat shared only with Nico Rosberg and Kimi Raikkonen, if you can believe that. In Brazil, the Toro Rosso superstar was pretty much the only entertainment on-track, with daring overtakes around the outside of the tricky first corner on Grosjean, Maldonado and Nasr. Truly cracking stuff. Thank you, Max, for making the race a tad less processional.

badgerometer-21Blondie: One way, or another, I’m gonna find ya, I’m gonna getcha getcha getcha getcha getcha…

This next part will require audience participation. Picture the scene – it’s November 2014. You’re Nico Rosberg, and you’ve just lost the World Championship in Abu Dhabi. You’re feeling dejected, disillusioned and empty after a year-long fight with your teammate who seems to be agonisingly, slightly faster where it matters.

2015 kicks off in shaky fashion and you can’t seem to muster that Qualifying magic from the year previous, and you don’t muster a win until round five. at which point it looks harder to get back to the top of the pile. Then, come October when that pesky Hamilton lands his third title in the United States, something changes.

Someting stirred within Bridesmaid Britney in Austin, and he went on to win the next two races in Latin America.

Eyes on the prize - Nico's end of season momentum could be crucial for 2016. Photo: Mercedes AMG Media
Eyes on the prize – Nico’s end of season momentum could be crucial for 2016. Photo: Mercedes AMG Media

You’d be a brave man to bet against the German in Abu Dhabi. He’s got all the momentum and well and truly has his mojo back, and history is on his side. If he wins, it will make the racing records for the last two years the same – ten wins for Hamilton, five for Rosberg, and three for the non-Merc challenger. And who doesn’t love patterns of data?

badgerometer-11#PlacesAlonsoWouldRatherBe

Thank you so much, internet, for this incredible creation. I know not who first though of this meme, but it has to be one of funniest thing I’ve seen this year in F1, and is only second in my all-time list behind when BAR said they were going to win the World Championship in 1999.

Anyway, as you probably already know, Fernando Alonso had not one, but two engine failures before the race, and it meant he didn’t even get to put a lap in on Saturday afternoon. He scurried to a well-placed deck chair, winked at the camera, and had a little siesta in the Sao Paolo heat, while his contemporaries whizzed round the circuit.

The internet, in one of its rare shows of brilliance and ingenuity (rather than flame wars, narcissism and cat videos) banded together to produce some fantastic photoshopping, from which we’ve whittled down our favourites.

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Chin up ‘Nando, only one race to go.

And speaking of that one race, you can watch the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with us in London on an enormous cinema screen, y’know, if that sounds like your sort of thing. Tickets available here!

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