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Young Ferrari fan goes from sadness to euphoria, meets Kimi (VIDEO)


A lighter side of Formula 1 – and perhaps with a nod to the championship’s new ownership group, Liberty Media – was a nice nugget within an otherwise thrilling Spanish Grand Prix.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen’s race ended at the first corner as he was squeezed in the middle of last year’s Spanish Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen of Red Bull and Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes, who tried a three-wide move to the inside.

That produced a reaction from a young Ferrari fan in the crowd, who was distraught at seeing one of his two likely favorite cars going out of the race. Additionally, it left Raikkonen stranded on his own.

But what was agony for the young fan at the start of the race turned to ecstasy later in the race. The fan and his family were invited into the Scuderia Ferrari paddock area and got to meet Raikkonen.

Here’s a quick video chronicling that meeting.

This was proof of peak F1 social media at its finest.

An update from French journalist Laurent Dupin of Canal+ confirmed a bit more information, as did Pirelli’s Twitter page. The boy’s name is Thomas.

F1 2017 driver review: Lance Stroll

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Team: Williams

Car No.: 18
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Best Finish: P3 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 40
Championship Position: 13th

Lance Stroll’s arrival in Formula 1 at the start of the 2017 was a far from smooth one despite a significant private testing program being undertaken in the months leading up to his grand prix debut.

Even with older hand Felipe Massa at Williams, Stroll looked uneasy behind the wheel of the FW40 car through the opening run of races as he failed to reach the checkered flag in any of his first three starts.

The Canadian was left deflated after his first decent effort in Bahrain was cut short after a clash with Carlos Sainz Jr., calling it his “rock bottom” moment – but things would turn around on home soil.

Stroll produced a stunning fight through the field to take an excellent P9 in Canada, proving his talent seen in Formula 3 the previous year and shushing many of his critics.

Better would follow two weeks later in Baku when Stroll became the youngest rookie in F1 history to score a podium, dodging a crazy race to finish third. It would have been second had he not lost a drag race against Valtteri Bottas to the line.

Stroll’s form then fluctuated greatly. He was sublime on occasion, the best examples being Monza, when he started a remarkable P2 on the grid and ended as the top midfielder in P7, or Mexico where he took a brilliant sixth.

But there were too many weekends he was a little anonymous. Sure, Williams didn’t have the best car this year, but perhaps a little better was expected from Stroll.

2018 will be an even bigger challenge as he looks to the lead the team when a new teammate arrives – and at only 19, it is a lot to handle. Nevertheless, there are positive signs to be found; you just need to look for them a little.

Season High: Taking a shock podium in Baku after dodging chaos in front.

Season Low: A poor opening two races in Australia and China.