Caption Competition 191: “This seat free, mate?”

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Oscar Piastri has been destined to become Australia’s next Formula 1 driver since claiming the Formula 2 title in 2021.

But what words might have been exchanged between Piastri and compatriot Daniel Ricciardo ahead of the Australian Grand Prix earlier this season?

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

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58 comments on “Caption Competition 191: “This seat free, mate?””

  1. Derek Edwards
    6th August 2022, 9:24

    Wanna swap shirts?

  2. “Mark Webber? You are joking right mate?”

    1. @denny Ha! That’s great.

  3. No Daniel, it’s ‘not ‘grinners are winners’; it’s winners are grinners’,

  4. Whenever the music stop, you sit! The one in the bucket…
    Oh wait, what did we say the rule was again?

  5. Dan you owe your Don (Mark) a service, he has no doubt you will repay him…

    1. Instead of tapping on reply, I accidentally tapped on Report Comment (faceplam). Your caption wasn’t that bad that I had to report it… lol.

  6. RocketTankski
    6th August 2022, 11:11

    Dan: “So it’s ‘Goodnight’ from me”.
    Oscar: “And it’s ‘Goodnight’ from him.”

    1. Soupy twist.

      1. I think you’re getting your Two Ronnie’s mixed up with your Fry and Laurie there old chap :-)

  7. Ricciardo:”Look at him… thinking he has a McLaren seat…”
    Piastri:”Look at him… thinking he has a McLaren seat…”

  8. Dan “Ok so first one to finish their shoey gets the Mclaren seat”

  9. “Poor Daniel, he still thinks we’ll be sharing this piece of tarmac again next spring…”

  10. Daniel Ricciardo is wondering whether McLaren has delivered already an Oscar-Winning performance off-track.

  11. You think that’s a contract??

    This, this is a contract.

  12. Mark Webber: “Don’t worry guys. Mrs. Kaltenborn has assured me she can get you both multiple seats at McLaren next season.”
    Monisha: Let’s see if I can find it. Search for file: How_to_screw_over_Giedo.pdf


  14. Want to trade?

  15. Bring out the space hoppers.

  16. I told you Piastri was going to be on the grid next year.

  17. So, let’s get this right. When the music stops next there’ll only be ONE seat left!

  18. Cut the smile, Dan! Weber says they may suspect something.

  19. RocketTankski
    6th August 2022, 16:03

    As a reward for their efforts, Zak had bought his boys some special trips this summer.
    Lando got two weeks in the Caribbean, and Dan was promised a special “Alpine adventure”.

    1. Good one!

    2. Apologies, I accidentally reported that comment. Shame there is no double confirmation.

  20. Oscar and Dan look to cut Mark Webber out of the picture.

  21. Come Spa, I hope to be challenging my McLaren team mate for the points.

  22. Oscar: I hope to get Carlos’ old seat.
    Dan: I’m not sure Carlos is leaving Ferrari yet.
    Oscar: No, I heard there might be a spot at McLaren later in the season.

  23. Ricardo: Told you I’d decide my future…didn’t see that coming did they Oscar.

  24. Hans P Rasmussen
    6th August 2022, 17:34

  25. “Just smile and wave boys, smile and wave”

  26. And the Oscar goes to… McLaren!

    1. And the McLaren goes to ……

      1. Haha nice one @jff

  27. This is NOT a Caption – sorry.

    Some people smile with their eyes but not their mouth.
    Some people smile with their mouth but not their eyes.

    If this is Piastri smiling then I wouldn’t give long for his chances if we were stuck in a lift together.

    1. @nullpax

      If this is Piastri smiling then I wouldn’t give long for his chances if we were stuck in a lift together.

      Wow you must really like him and rate yourself very highly. 🙄

  28. This is my caption.

    “I hate you”

  29. Hey Dani Ric, “Is that a racing bootie in your left hand or are you just glad to see me”?

  30. Electroball76
    6th August 2022, 19:09

    So you’re an Italian-Australian McLaren driver too? Small world!

  31. “Hey Dan, you used to be thought of as one of the best drivers on the grid … lots of podiums and championship points … then you spurned a good contract … Did you ever think you’d blundered?”

  32. At first without my glasses on I thought it was Bert an Ernie…

  33. Daniel and Oscar both appear awkward upon realizing they both called “shotgun” at the same time.

  34. Roth Man (@rdotquestionmark)
    6th August 2022, 21:31

    Ric: What’s our country going to do for drama now that the soap opera Neighbours finishes for good this week?

  35. Not wanting to have it go through court, McLaren decided to settle this by having a ‘Death Stare’ contest to see who would get that coveted race seat within the team. Needless to say, Daniel’s efforts could only be described as smiling in the face of adversity.

  36. With options becoming limited, Daniel makes a last ditch attempt to retain a role at McLaren, as Oscar’s smiling coach.

  37. To Oscar’s discomfort, Daniel keeps following him everywhere he goes so he can subvert any more secret meetings.

  38. Mr Scallywag
    7th August 2022, 0:44

    “So, Dan, you got a girlfriend?”

    1. Hahaha this one actually made me chuckle.

  39. On this week’s episode of F1’s got talent, we have a surprise judge who had to step in for Lando.. and he seems pretty happy to be there.

    1. Electroball76
      7th August 2022, 9:21

      And our first act tonight is the mysterious duo of magicians Zak B & Dr. Helmut. They will be using their secret tricks to make things disappear or reappear in the blink of an eye.

  40. It’s game over, so they swap shirts

  41. Honey Badger VS Contract Smasher

  42. Oscar explained he is a big soccer fan and suggested they should exchange shirts, as tradition by the end of fhe match.
    Ric said the game is not over yet, and smiled.

  43. Daniel “Hey Oscar, after the interview do you want to share a ride to the paddock?”
    Oscar “Sure, I’m driving”

  44. We come from a land down under,
    But your seat I must plunder.
    With your results is it any wonder?
    You better run, Alpine loves blunders

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