RACE DEBRIEF

    Austin always delivers a fun race weekend, with the drivers embracing the local culture. Plenty use it as an opportunity to unleash their inner cowboy, while others prefer to show their love for American sports when they arrive in Texas. But with the drivers all on top form, and a whole host of celebrities flying in for the race, social media was awash with all sorts of antics.

    Here are all the best bits you might have missed.

    Arriving in style

    Yes, this could apply to a whole host of drivers across the weekend, but instead, how about this for a way to launch their new one-off livery by Red Bull?! The team literally flew their car in, much to the delight of their fans and sponsors.

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    Luckily, the pressure on the helicopter pilot on trying to gently land the RB19 didn't show and they did an excellent job, as did the fan who designed the new livery.

    A century of Grands Prix

    George Russell and Lando Norris both reached the 100 race mark in Austin, having made their debuts at the start of the 2019 season. While they celebrated all weekend long, and both scored points to mark the occasion, there was one driver who got his century all wrong.

    Charles Leclerc hilariously forgot that he was racing for the 100th time for Ferrari – and so didn't quite have a fitting helmet design in the offing...

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    Not their first rodeo

    The drivers need very little persuasion to play dress up, but while the Ferrari drivers were very obviously horsing around, you get the sense that Valtteri Bottas might have raided his own wardrobe this weekend.

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    As for Yuki Tsunoda, he upped the ante and challenged his team mate Ricciardo's random entrance a few years ago on horseback by cuddling up to this Texas Longhorn. As you do.

    The return of Ricciardo

    Speaking of Ricciardo, there was no horse this year but that didn't stop the AlphaTauri man making quite the stylish entrance for the race day. Having already gone through his repertoire of cowboy boots and Stetsons, the Aussie opted for the full American get up including mutton chops for Sunday.

    If only his race had gone down as well as his outfits.

    The glitz and the glamour

    The Circuit of The Americas played host to more celebrities than you could shake a stick at. From McDreamy himself, to Drew Barrymore giving the Red Bull pit crew a run for their money, to Sha-Carri Richardson rather more literally giving people a run for their money.

    It's safe to say F1 has caught the attention of Hollywood – in more ways than one.

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    Alpine's famous investors

    You wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of your boss if it was boxer Anthony Joshua would you?! Luckily Joshua seemed pretty happy to be part of Alpine's new investment team, as was Rory McIlroy.

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    The Northern Irishman was pretty impressed with Esteban Ocon's putting too - even if the Frenchman was accused of cheating by his team mate. All's fair in love and... golf.

    Slam dunk

    Let's be honest, F1 drivers might have some transferrable skills that would make them excellent at certain other sports – but basketball wouldn't be high on the list.

    Especially for Tsunoda, one of the shortest guys on the grid. Luckily former team mate Pierre Gasly was on hand to help Tsunoda out when the duo decided to shoot some hoops.