Caption Competition 190: Oconventional transport

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As an Alpine F1 driver, Esteban Ocon is used to driving around in the brand’s various sports cars.

However, he was snapped traversing through the Red Bull Ring paddock in something very different during last weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix.

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

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38 comments on “Caption Competition 190: Oconventional transport”

  1. Hey Fernando – is this the sort of car you started in back in the day?

  2. Rumours that Alpines upgrades essentially meant a ‘B Spec’ proved to be surprisingly true

  3. Roth Man (@rdotquestionmark)
    16th July 2022, 11:28

    Ocon always the team player giving the tow.

  4. Following recent incidents, the musicians insisted on a Halo

  5. Derek Edwards
    16th July 2022, 11:29

    These upgrades are fantastic – it feels totally planted at the front and the rear wing chord is perfect!

  6. When I signed I meant Alpine not Al Pine’s car

  7. Pat Ruadh (@fullcoursecaution)
    16th July 2022, 11:37

    You know how it is. I got 12 points and now I have a race band.

  8. Finally a solution to porpoising..

    1. Electroball76
      17th July 2022, 13:35

      To scare off the porpoises, Alpine were building an orca-stra

  9. While these weren’t exactly the Alpine updates Ocon was hoping for, he still seemed remarkably happy with the extra oomph…ah.

  10. Just like in ice hockey, also Formula 1 teams now adopt the strategy of giving athletes who hit a slump some time in a farm team to get their mojo back.
    (The joke would fit better if it was Ricciardo driving, but that’s the picture we’ve got :-).)

  11. Esteban tries out a new career as a Yodel delivery driver

  12. Ocon seen here driving the new 2023 car. Bit more ride height, bit more planking, no halo as drivers already up in the heavens. Ultimate ground effects machine.

  13. Scotty (@rockonscotty)
    16th July 2022, 15:25

    F1 2023 trial of on board stewards monitoring rear wing flex.

  14. motorace_addict
    16th July 2022, 15:52

    when you said my ride would sing, I thought you meant the engine!

  15. Ocon says rear wing update a huge improvement, but worries roll bar may not pass FIA test

  16. Engineer finds way to squeeze more performance out of rear of car

    1. Hahah excellent!

  17. Rivals unconvinced on Alpine’s extreme “aero-less” concept.

  18. This wasn’t what Esteban imagined when he was told they needed a stunt driver for the getaway scene in a Spielberg movie.

  19. Esteban was starting to suspect he shouldn’t have asked Sebastian’s advice for serenading his girlfriend with roses, live music, and a car painted in British Racing Green.

  20. With some relief Esteban confirms that his band vehicle is fact completely legal.

  21. Austria GP promoters realised only too late that they asked Estebarn Ocon to do a demo drive a the track towing his old mate around.

  22. After a good quali and sprint race, Ocon is trying hard to get people to hop on his hype wagon before the GP.

  23. Esteban saves the day after the driver fails a random FIA underwear check.

  24. After a busy day of testing, Ocon confirmed that mounting the flowers on the front and increasing the speed to 10 km/h improves CO2 absorption by 3% as expected.

    Initially the Austrian band addition had a destabilizing effect on plant happiness with dramatic reduction. However towards the end of the session the team discovered that adding a suitably-sized umbrella to the rear and asking the band to play more quietly resolved the issue and even improved CO2 absorption by further 5%.

    This keeps us on track to meet our carbon neutrality goals, commented a happy Ocon.

  25. Ocon’s Austrian pal was quite comfortable happily wandering the paddock in his lederhosen, but was quite embarrassed when his buddy shot him ‘thumb’s-up’ from such a daft looking vehicle.

  26. Alpine told Occon his latest results are nothing to celebrate in fanfare.

  27. Ocon took a nostalgic trip down memory lane when he resurrected grooved slicks.

  28. A famous director of yet another F1 documovie was trying to remain under the radar, but the cover was blown when his personal transport arrived with it’s own fanfare, and his name plastered on the front.

  29. My other car is an Alpine.

  30. Electroball76
    17th July 2022, 13:17

    Ocon was overjoyed that he had all new parts on his car this weekend, and Alonso had none.

  31. Ocon tests Pirelli’s new 42″ tyres

  32. Esteban Ocon making his best possible “Jethro Clampett” impersonation the for next “Beverly Hillbillies” re-make.

    Esteban: “Bye, y-all!”.

    1. Esteban:
      Come and listen to a story ’bout a man named Jed
      Poor mountaineer barely kept his family fed
      Then one day, he was shooting at some food
      And up through the ground come a bubbling crude
      Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea
      Well, the first thing you know old Jed’s a millionaire
      Kin folk said, “Jed move away from there”
      He said, “California is the place you oughta be”
      So he loaded up the truck and they moved to Beverly
      Hills that is, swimming pools, movie stars

  33. RocketTankski
    17th July 2022, 20:36

    The new Alpine has an interesting single sidepod design. It will be interesting to see if the FIA agee with this interpretation of the rules.

    1. RocketTankski
      17th July 2022, 20:37

      I give up. This heat has fried my brain!

  34. “I need to get myself those shorts! Genuine Made in Austria stuff!”

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