Caption Competition 136: Ericsson and Wehrlein

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After last weekend’s winning caption it seemed right that our latest caption should feature this picture of Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein playing table tennis. (OK, ping-pong.)

Can you come up with the best caption for this picture? Post your funniest suggestion in the comments below.

A selection of the best will feature in a future edition of the F1 Fanatic Round-up.

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78 comments on “Caption Competition 136: Ericsson and Wehrlein”

  1. “At least the possibility of scoring some points are now on the table.”

  2. “Honestly, what are we doing, racing or ping-pong?”

  3. “So, the winner of this doesn’t have to against Leclerc?”

  4. “I heard Van der Garde wants to play doubles”

  5. Wehrlein. ”Okay boss. The orange ball is a Honda engine and the blue on the table is my car. And my side means the engine is in the car while Marcus’s side means it’s broken down. And everytime he hits it back means a new engine goes into my car. See where we’re going with this?”

    1. Wait…what?

  6. tgu (@thegrapeunwashed)
    19th August 2017, 12:18

    Marcus was determined to prove to his critics that he could beat Pascal.

  7. The loser has to run the Honda PU next year. Ready, GO!

    1. Sundar Srinivas Harish
      19th August 2017, 14:52


  8. Two-thirds of Saubers table tennis doubles team practice together.

  9. Finally we can show what we can do with top material.

  10. “Loser has to give his seat to Leclerc!”

  11. tgu (@thegrapeunwashed)
    19th August 2017, 12:37

    Pascal was determined that his teammate should develop some hobbies outside of F1 before the end of the season. Marcus hadn’t really taken to stamp-collecting or musical theatre, but would happily play ping-pong for hours.

  12. Ok. I’ll be Bjorn Borg. You can be Boris Becker.

  13. Stroll: I hope young talent beats paying driver.

  14. Suck my balls!!!!

  15. Ericsson edges out his team mate to get his first point of the season

  16. Stroll watches intently in case he ever has to compete for a seat.

  17. They’re stuck playing with last year’s table.

    1. Sundar Srinivas Harish
      19th August 2017, 14:51

      Gold! :)

    2. Very good

  18. “Struck my balls.”

  19. Peppermint-Lemon (@)
    19th August 2017, 13:41

    Wehrlein demonstrates the attitude that earned him the nickname “McEnroe”.

  20. In a response to last week’s caption competition, the Sauber drivers show Vandoorne and Stroll how it’s done.

  21. Nick (@theawesomefish)
    19th August 2017, 14:37

    And in the background, Lance strolls.

    1. Love it!

  22. “At least now we won’t crash into each other!”

  23. ME: “How does this work?”
    PW: “If you score a point, you have to give it to me.”

    1. Ben Rowe (@thegianthogweed)
      19th August 2017, 20:11

      Now this could work out really well! I don’t know if you have realized how good this is. ME can stand for myself or Marcus Ericsson. So the way you have said in Wehrlein’s words makes it looks like “If you score a point, you have to give it to Marcus Ericsson”

      Quite interesting how that turned out!

  24. This was Ericsson’s best chance of scoring points this year

      1. Ben Rowe (@thegianthogweed)
        19th August 2017, 20:50

        This may be a little funny but it’s not like he couldn’t have scored points in Baku if the team had given him the position back if Wehrlein didn’t pull away as they promised they would.

  25. I wonder why Vandoorne and Stroll take so long.

    1. In case you don’t ‘get it’, check Monday’s Comment of the Day.

  26. Derek Edwards
    19th August 2017, 15:25

    Meanwhile, backstage in Q2…

    1. Roth Man (@rdotquestionmark)
      20th August 2017, 8:21


  27. Pascal told Marcus he’d take it easy..but he wehr-lein

  28. Wehrlein: I can’t get this stroke right, here and on video games.
    Ericsson: Fortunately it’s table tennis. The same happens to Stroll but with racing.
    Wehrlein: Shhh, he is behind you!

  29. Both players weren’t playing at full speed because the red super-soft rubber on their ping pong bats couldn’t handle the abbrasive surface of the orange hard ball.

  30. “Where’s the run-off area?”

  31. Carlos Patrão
    19th August 2017, 16:49

    Thank God Monisha quit, or this time next year we would be playing badminton.

  32. Francesco Nicolardi
    19th August 2017, 17:20

    “It’s difficult to show what Ericsson can do when he has been given one of the slowest table tennis bats”.

    1. Great!

  33. Lance Stroll to himself: don’t look just keep strolling.

  34. With testing limited, the shoot out for a 2018 Sauber drive had taken a surprisingly low-tech turn…

  35. That was my point Fraulein!

  36. Stroll: guys this is the blue table, you have to let me play before you because I’m faster……

  37. ‘It Went That Way . . .’

  38. Marcus : “What is wehrlein doing?”
    Man in White cap behind Marcus : “Even wehrlein doesn’t know what wehrlein is doing.”

    In the end both are slightly laughing…

  39. Despite missing the first part, Wehrlein still dominated his rival in the match

  40. Ericsson: Wee! Ping-pong is so much fun!
    Wehrlein: Mwoah, I’d rather play darts right now.

  41. The loser was to be tasked with clearing out Monisha Kaltenborn’s locker.

  42. Ericsson: I’m worried that if I try to make this McLaren ball go too fast it will break.

  43. Stroll: Multi 21 … multi 21 … Wehrlein please swap places with Ericsson.

  44. SaturnVF1 (@doublestuffpenguin)
    19th August 2017, 21:45

    Stroll: “I just easily passed both Saubers! I definitely belong in F1.”

  45. No, Marcus, I don’t think Alonso wants to play ping-pong.

  46. Wehrlein: Are you sure these paddles are made by Ferrari, the ball doesn’t go very fast?
    Ericsson: Yes, they’re the 2016 model.

  47. “I’m just glad Magnussen left before somebody blurted it out.”

  48. The bats are carbon fibre, have telemetry systems, auto serving launch control and cost £25,000 each.

  49. ME: “I’m getting more grip with ultrasoft now”

  50. Roth Man (@rdotquestionmark)
    20th August 2017, 0:16

    To keep their skills sharp over the F1 summer break, the Sauber drivers take up rallying.

  51. Derek Edwards
    20th August 2017, 0:40

    Yet again Pascal is told to throw in the towel to his better funded team mate.

  52. Neil (@neilosjames)
    20th August 2017, 1:18

    Of all the team order issued by Sauber in 2017, “Smile and pretend you like each other” was the most difficult for Pascal and Marcus to follow.

  53. It was Wehrlein’s turn to miss the next shot after they’d agreed that the winner gets to stay at Sauber.

  54. Marcus pings at Pascal, who just pongs !

  55. Yet another caption comp photo that just screams comedy.

  56. With Monisha now out of the picture, Sauber can show their obvious favoritism for Marcus by allowing him to play with a paddle. On the other side, Pascal has no other option but to use his face.

  57. Jack (@jackisthestig)
    20th August 2017, 18:20

    As Pascal comfortably outplays him, Sauber proudly declare Marcus Ericsson the winner.

  58. Marcus holds onto his place as king of the table largely thanks to his mysterious new backhanders.

  59. Marcus Ericsson to Pascal Wehrlein : Everybody knows that here I have a better Ping Rate than you.

  60. You sure we should be playing without head protection?

  61. stroll: let me win or I will turn green, rip my shirt off, and start flipping things over

  62. stroll: let me win and my dad will let you drive his ferrari’s at mont-tremblant

  63. Lance walking: I see you are auditioning for the “Great Balls of Fire” Sequel. I just bumped by Christopher Walken.

    Pascal: Walken?

    Ericsson: Here? I was expecting Tom Hanks.

  64. No Blue Flags!

  65. Q2 any given Saturday…

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