A man heard namedropping Damon Hill during Sunday’s Grand Prix in an audacious bid to look like a genuine F1 fan has been outed as a fake.
35-year-old Nick Preston who watched the thrilling encounter in his local pub is said to have mentioned former driver Damon Hill an outrageous thirty-one times during the race which took place in Abu Dhabi, twenty-two years after Hill retired from the sport.
“It was peculiar to say the least as he spoke more about Damon Hill, Nigel Mansell and Michael Schumacher than the actual race on the telly in front of us” said one pub reveller.
“He was quiet as a mouse when the conversation was on qualifying and previous races, but the minute the pub was a little muted, he would throw in the name of a classic driver.”
Paddy Power News managed to catch up with Nick after the finale in a bid to get some expert analysis on the controversial finish.
“It was a brilliant finish to a brilliant race. Best sport on earth if you ask me” confirmed Nick.
“It reminds me of a time back in the day when Nigel Mansell was involved in a race at Silverstone.”
“Do you remember that one? You probably don’t as not everybody is as big a fan as I am.”
When pushed to give more insight into the technicalities that have caused uproar between the Hamilton and Verstappen camps, Nick came back with the following comment.
“Max crossed the line first which makes him the winner in my eyes. He will never be as good as Schumacher, but who is? Am I right? I bloody love cars.”
Elsewhere in the world of F1 fandom, social media platform Twitter has carried out a snap-survey on F1 fans in a bid to understand their levels of knowledge. The findings from the survey revealed that 96% of comments made about Max Verstappen being a deserving overall winner were done by an audience who had not watched a single race previously.
A whopping 98% of people who had made a negative comment on Lewis Hamilton’s personality admitted to not knowing a thing about him except he once dated a Pussycat Doll.
The final question demonstrated that only 0.2% realised there would be more F1 in 2022 and that it was an annual thing, with many assuming it was every four years like the World Cup.
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