Feature

ICYMI: Moustaches, tacos and all things Day of the Dead – it's the best social media from Mexico

Share
Day of the dead Mexico 2023.jpg

The Mexico City Grand Prix is always a riot of colour, and 2023 proved no exception. The usual deathly characters were wondering around and lending a helping hand, and while there was plenty of action on the track, there was a fair bit off it too. Here is the best social media you might have missed from Mexico...

Another weekend, another arrival

Red Bull literally flew their car in last weekend in Austin, and everyone was thinking – how do you top that? The answer was obvious.

FACTS AND STATS: AlphaTauri’s best result of the year and another Verstappen record

You arrive in a giant Red Bull helmet, driven by a three-time world champion of course. We all know the RB19 is a dream to drive, but does it corner as well as this beauty?

Speaking of arrivals...

Who is this coming into the paddock? Mexico's latest wrestling star? No, not quite – but Pierre Gasly certainly got into the spirit when he showed up. He might have unnerved team mate Esteban Ocon briefly, but fortunately those two didn't indulge in a spot of wrestling in the garage or on the track for that matter.

HIGHLIGHTS: Catch the action from an exciting Mexico City GP as Verstappen takes record-breaking victory

New week, new look

Daniel Ricciardo is making a habit of matching his facial hair to the track. Gone is last week's handlebar effort, to be replaced by something far more distinguished.

He might want to keep hold of this look too, after scoring points on Sunday. Perhaps his moustache brought him luck? He wouldn't be the first F1 driver to sport a winning 'tache (remember Nigel Mansell and Keke Rosberg?), and he isn't even the only driver on the grid – Valtteri Bottas is still rocking his soup strainer.

READ MORE: ‘It’s definitely more fun fighting at the front’ – Ricciardo eager to maintain AlphaTauri’s shock Mexico pace

In fact Bottas is so keen on his, he made sure his helmet didn't feel left out with a upper lip tickler of its own.

A special milestone

Nico Hulkenberg was celebrating his 200th race weekend in Austin, and his team made sure to decorate his room accordingly.

Combined with a trip down memory lane via his helmet design, it was a weekend to remember for the German – even if he didn't manage to pick up any points.

Hulk smash wasn't quite how his race unfolded though, as that applied more to his team mate than to Hulkenberg...

WATCH: Heavy Magnussen crash brings out red flags during Mexico City GP

Pinata time!

Speaking of smashing, plenty of teams had a go at the pinata, with mixed success. That was until the Alfa Romeo lads turned up, in destructive mood.

Bottas seems set for a second career as a baseball star, while Zhou Guanyu might fare better on the gold course based on his swing. Quite what their bosses made of the situation, and how close they came to maiming each other, remains to be seen.

READ MORE: Hamilton has 'total faith' Mercedes can build a contending car in 2024 after finishing second in Mexico

Dia de los Muertos - almost

The dates didn't quite coincide this year for the full Day of the Dead festivities, but nonetheless the paddock here is always a colourful, vibrant affair. From the usual undead characters, to dancers, marching bands and plenty of artwork, everywhere you looked there was something to distract the eye.

Happy birthday!

In a sea of Sergio Perez fans, there was one boy who dared to be different to the rest. He was a fan of Lando Norris, and for his birthday, wanted a photo with his idol.

READ MORE: Norris enjoys ‘best ever’ stint as he climbs from P17 on the grid to fifth in Mexico

McLaren duly did the rest, for one of the most heart-warming moments of the weekend. And given how well Norris did in the race, maybe he should invite his young fan along again in the future...

Moving to the country, going to eat a lot of tacos

Based on Bottas' t-shirt on Thursday and his helmet design, he was here to eat tacos, not race. Fortunately for Williams, Alex Albon opted for the reverse. He raced hard on Sunday and picked up another two points for his team.

And then he went off to celebrate the only appropriate way.

Share

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

Coming Up

Coming Up

News

Haas keen to move on from Monaco after ‘Sunday to forget’ with double DNF likely to have 'big cost'