Caption Competition 227: Deserted

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Alfa Romeo drivers Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu spent some time in the desert ahead of the Qatar Grand Prix in October.

But what were the two team mates thinking as they trekked through the sandy scenery?

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40 comments on “Caption Competition 227: Deserted”

  1. Alfa Romeo announce they’ll be the only team to travel sustainably to the award ceremony in Baku following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

  2. Bottas: I hope the desert is ready for my next pose
    Zhou: Just remember, if the sand gets too uncomfortable, at least it’s not a gravel trap

  3. I’ve got graining.

    1. 100% a winner!

  4. Jeez, I’m dying for an ice cream

    1. Kimi where are you?

  5. As casting starts for his next Hollywood blockbuster “Lewis of Arabia” two hopefuls arrive at the audition.

  6. VB… “Mmm… It’s so nice and warm out here… the lighting is soooo perfect… I wonder if I can get Zhou to take off his pants…Jeez, I wish Tiffany was here…”

    JG… “Jeez, I wish Tiffany was here… I don’t like being alone with Valterri out in the desert… ugh, that danged calendar keeps running through my head… I hope no one knows what I am thinking…”

    ‘and that’s all I have to say about that…’ Forrest Gump…

  7. Bottas and Zhou embarked upon a long, boring, largely pointless procession through the desert for the benefit of the cameras. But that’s enough about the Qatar Grand Prix.

  8. I’m sure we’ll find some points somewhere somehow!

  9. Zhou can match Bottas’ pace in the dry already.

    1. Roth Man (@rdotquestionmark)
      9th December 2023, 14:14

      Zhou: Valterri said he’s keeping his clothes on for once. Something about not wanting to get sand in Mike Krack. But I don’t see Aston Martin anywhere?

      1. Roth Man (@rdotquestionmark)
        9th December 2023, 14:14

        Ah not meant to be a reply sorry. Site jumping all over with adverts.

  10. due to poor performance both drivers had to go through rigorous training as punishment they have to wonder the desert for forty days without food and water.

  11. now this is called crossing the desert.

  12. “Some people stand in the darkness…
    Afraid to step into the light”


  13. It was a long way back to the pits with FIA’s new track limits solution

  14. FlyingLobster27
    9th December 2023, 12:57

    “This time, I’m absolutely sure – Ingolstadt is just behind the next dune!”

  15. Sauber came good on the promise to their drivers of a new dawn at the end of the Alfa relationship.

  16. Valtteri: If this dry spell goes on any longer it’s going to feel like I stayed at Mercedes

  17. Zhou: keep your clothes on mate.

  18. VB: “To Finnish first – first you have to…”
    ZG: “…first you have to find the flippin’ track!”

  19. Next year we’ll be fighting for the Championship!
    Unless someone throws some sand in the gears.

  20. Looking for Lawrence of Arabia…

  21. After dealing with Alfa Romeo’s poor car performance, Valtteri and Zhou have already been gathering the grit they’ll need to bear with next season.

  22. I think we better get indoors. The Sauber board are easily startled, but they’ll soon be back, and in greater numbers

  23. Coventry Climax
    9th December 2023, 19:00

    When the Gala menu said ‘Followed by a cool dessert’, this is not what I expected.

  24. What does ” comb the desert mean “

  25. No – I thought you filled the tank.

  26. This is the real face of F1 in Vegas. Don’t be disappointed Zhou about the Dunes or Sands. We’re staying at the Mirage ,you can see it in the distance.

    1. +1

      And add”…. Next year will will whave an encore and wynn”

  27. Will you please stop saying “I know I parked it around here somewhere”.

  28. I wish Kimi did not start this.

  29. Zhou: What are we doing here?
    Bottas: Bagging the sand for the next year car…

  30. As the Alfa-Romeo era comes to an end, Zhou and Bottas take a tour of their trophey cabinet.

  31. VB: I swear to god, Lewis told me the fountain of champions is somewhere around here!

  32. Bottas: “Did you see the one where it pops out from the sand? That’s a great scene!”
    Zhou: “The Dune movie?”
    Bottas: “No, my new charity calendar!”

  33. Bottas – “after Lewis Hamilton’s fine for crossing the track on foot, I’m just not risking it!”

  34. Valtteri: If this dry spell goes on any longer it’s going to feel like I stayed at Mercedes

  35. Valterri – “Is this where Red Bull drivers go after they’ve been dropped from their program?”

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