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Formula One might be a big money sport all about incredible engineering innovation but when it comes down to it, nothing is as effective as gaffer tape.
Some people don't really consider F1 to be a sport, because they believe it's all about the science and design of the cars rather than the competitors driving them.
There's no doubt that the team behind the cars, and the designs they come up with are extremely important, as Lewis Hamilton's struggles this season will at least partially attest to.
However, not every problem in life is given a multi million pound budget and a bunch of time to fix, and sometimes you just need to stick some tape over your issue and hope you make it to the end.
That's exactly what happened to Yuki Tsunoda on Sunday afternoon at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, in Baku, following an orange and black flag warned him there was an issue with his car.
The Japanese driver had to go into the pits to have the problem sorted and when there the pit crew could only apply some gaffer tape to the rear wing and send him back on his way, much to the amusement of the fans.
Gaffer tape can fix anything! 😆 pic.twitter.com/oLEl7wfodb— Sky Sports F1 (@SkySportsF1) June 12, 2022
F1: we’re the pinnacle of motorsport and engineering— Max ²² (@Max_22_23) June 12, 2022
Alpha Tauri: hold my gaffer tape pic.twitter.com/uN5y6mstRt
Whoever made the decision to gaffer tape Yuki Tsunoda’s rear wing DEFINITELY used to be a stage manager in a theatre.— Alan Mehdizadeh (@alanmehdizadeh) June 12, 2022
LX tape fixes everything in the theatre, and apparently F1 is no different. pic.twitter.com/XPsVd3llIK
Alphatauri putting gaffer tape on Tsunoda’s rear wing pic.twitter.com/KmPPupf47H— Eddie 🇬🇧🇺🇦 MEETING DAN (@hathtelekinesis) June 12, 2022
i’m howling this sport is worth billions and they’ve just used gaffer tape on yuki’s wing 😭😭😭😭— soph (@f1sophh) June 12, 2022
F1: Technology! Engineering! Science! Money! Glamour! Gaffer tape! https://t.co/0AyoS66oy1— Dr Alice Lilly (@aliceolilly) June 12, 2022
Just watched the AlphaTauri F1 team put a load of gaffer tape on Yuki Tsunoda's car and I appreciate the fact that they fix things the same way I fix stuff #F1— Liv (@Ginger_Liv) June 12, 2022
F1: is the most technologically advanced sport in the world.— Aisya Zainal (@AisyaZainal) June 12, 2022
Also a team in F1: Holds a split rear wing together with gaffer tape
any team with mechanical issues: "we must retire the car and do extensive analysis so this does not happen again"— mahed 🚩 (@mahed_asad) June 12, 2022
alphatauri: "gaffer tape and insha'allah"
Multimillion pound sport that's sometimes called the pinnacle of motorsports uses £2 gaffer tape to fix rear wings.— Skye 🧊 (@Seashell_shore) June 12, 2022
Unfortunately for Tsundo, whilst it kept the fans entertained, the incident occured in the 39th lap of 51, with the driver running in an impressive sixth place.
However the need to come into the pits dropped him down to 12th and he ended up finishing in 13th place, out of the points when a top 10 finish had previously looked certain.
He wasn't the only one to suffer from issues when in a good position, with pole sitter Charles Leclerc being forced to retire whilst leading the race, after more issues with his car.
The Ferrari driver has started the race from the front in the past four races now, but has been unable to turn any of them into race wins.
It's been through a failure of team strategy and reliability issues and the Monegasque driver is now 34 points behind championship leader Max Verstappen, after the Red Bull driver won in Baku.
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