ICYMI: Baby pics, bubbles and plenty of buzzing bees – it's the best social media from Japan

SUZUKA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 24: Fans show their support of Yuki Tsunoda of Japan and Scuderia

The Japanese Grand Prix weekend will be remembered for Max Verstappen's emphatic victory that sealed the constructors' crown for Red Bull. But that wasn't the only thing going on in Suzuka. A former world champion returned to the grid for starters, a couple of drivers released their inner child and the fans made for a brilliant atmosphere. Without any further ado, here is the best social media from Japan...

Rome wasn't built in a day

When did you last think about the Roman Empire? Did you wish that some straight Roman roads had made their way into the Suzuka track design? Do you ever wonder which F1 drivers would have made good gladiators?

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If you've missed this trend on social media, never fear - the teams haven't, and George Russell and Carlos Sainz are clearly the two to go to if you wish to discuss historical facts.

Honey, I'm home

Sebastian Vettel returned to the F1 paddock with a very special mission - to install some bee hotels down at Turn 1. He managed to get all the drivers to join him down there, and even entrusted some of them with the job of decorating his hotels.

It's all in a bid to increase both bee numbers and also aid in his mission to preserve the biodiversity of all living things. As well as getting behind the worthy cause, it caused a real buzz to have Vettel back in the paddock.

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Invoking the Samurai

Did you know Fernando Alonso has a tattoo on his back of a Samurai warrior, as he strongly identifies with that aspect of Japanese culture? Us neither, but it did inspire a beautiful new helmet design for the Spanish matador.

He wasn't the only one with a new lid – Lewis Hamilton went for a completely chrome look designed by a local artist, which was equally spectacular, if a tad reminiscent of a Star Wars droid.

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Guess who?

Who is prepared for the cuteness overload that is baby Yuki Tsunoda, with AlphaTauri digging in the archives to find these snaps. Tsunoda was a man in demand all weekend at his home race, but he still had time to reminisce about trips here as a youngster.

Quite what happened to this angelic cherub of a child though, is a mystery – especially for his poor race engineer, who is often on the receiving end of some potty-mouthed rants about traffic.

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A glimpse into the future

At least Carlos Sainz knows what is coming. He tried out an aging app, and apart from being thoroughly confused, soon came to the conclusion that he knew exactly who he was looking at.

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The good news for Sainz is that while he might be destined to turn into his father, Carlos Sainz Snr is still a pretty impressive driver in his own right, so the future is definitely bright for the Ferrari man.

Release your inner child

Turns out, Esteban Ocon and Hamilton realised they both still played with remote control cars, and they agreed to bring them to Japan and have a race. Ocon races his more frequently and was quick to concede an advantage, before admitting it did not take Hamilton long to get on his pace.

Are we surprised? Once a racer, always a racer...

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A double celebration

Landing not one, but two podiums and one of them being a driver's first ever in F1 was definitely worthy of a decent sized celebration. Luckily, Norris didn't manage to break any trophies this time but you can always count on him to sew some sort of chaos when he's near a bottle of champagne.

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As for Oscar Piastri's engineer though, he was more concerned with capturing the moment than getting a face full of fizz.

A Mother's love

Speaking of Piastri, his mum had a very important point to make post-race. Now that he's picking up silverware, she's going to need a bigger trophy cabinet installed at their family home.

And based on the fact he has signed a deal to stay with McLaren until 2026, and so will be around F1 a good while longer, it better be a sizeable upgrade.

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They came, they saw, they dressed to impress

Where to finish but with the fans? They are always a highlight of coming here, from their enthusiasm for the sport, to their inventive headwear, memorable signs and all manner of fancy dress.

It's hard to spot the genuine drivers sometimes such are the number of fans in full race suits and helmets, although the teams wouldn't have it any other way.

Until next year, Suzuka!


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