Formula One fans watching the US Grand Prix were left in stitches, after a series of ‘fake car noises’ were broadcast during the race.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen sealed his first victory in more than five years on Sunday, with Lewis Hamilton being forced to wait to claim his fifth world title.
But in just the ninth lap of the race with Hamilton battling Raikkonen for the lead, the broadcast’s audio took a bizarre turn – leaving even commentator David Croft baffled.
“There’s some great impressions there of some Formula One cars,” said Croft during the broadcast.
“It could be a turbo from the 1980s rather than 2018.”
A fan was overheard on the microphone mimicking the sounds of the F1 cars, with Croft later tweeting “I think it was a fan by one of the trackside mics from what I’ve heard”.
I think it was a fan by one of the trackside mics from what I’ve heard
— David Croft (@CroftyF1) October 21, 2018
The improvised sound effects were also picked up by viewers, with the cheeky fan’s attempt to copy the F1 cars the cause of much hilarity:
Loving the person in the background making racing car noises! #c4f1
— 'DW' (@essexfootie) October 21, 2018
Haha love the fake car noises
— Harvey #44 (@GrantHarvey10) October 21, 2018
We're still waiting to know who did the sound FX on the world feed!
— Jordan (@F1_Jordan) October 21, 2018
Sound effects aside, the title race heated up between Sebastian Vettel and Hamilton, with the championship race most likely to be decided in Mexico next weekend.
Hamilton now leads Vettel by 70 points and with 75 remaining in the final three races he can clinch his fifth title by finishing seventh in Mexico, if Vettel wins.
If Vettel fails to win, Hamilton will be champion.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished second on Sunday after starting in 18th place.
“Congratulations to Kimi, and great job from Max too. This was the best we could do today, and it was great that we got to do some racing,” said Hamilton who had started on pole position and was looking for a sixth win at the Circuit of the Americas.
Raikkonen, whose last win was at the 2013 Australian Grand Prix, was deadpan.
“Obviously I’m much happier than finishing second. It’s been a great weekend and the car has been pretty good all the time,” said the 39-year-old Finn.
Raikkonen, who will leave Ferrari for Sauber at the end of the season, claimed the lead on the opening lap and rode his luck in a strategic and tactical race to claim the 21st victory of his career.