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.