WATCH: Amusing Mercedes F1 Bloopers of 2021 Starring Andrew Shovlin, James Allison & Other Engineers

Published 12/29/2021, 2:26 AM EST
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – NOVEMBER 14: James Allison, Technical Director at Mercedes GP talks with Mercedes GP Engineer Andrew Shovlin in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 14, 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)


Following a rather subdued phase, Mercedes AMG is back in full swing, flaunting its social media prowess. The Brackley outfit arguably owns the best social media team on the grid, which has churned out content after content throughout the past couple of years.

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Hence, with 2021 on the verge of coming to a closure, Mercedes has come up with yet another hilarious video. Only this time, it has nothing to do with memes or throwbacks, but rather a video of bloopers starring the Mercedes engineers.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the race alongside third place Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

It is a known fact that quite a few engineers, including James Allison, James Vowles, and Andrew Shovlin, often show up on Twitter and YouTube to offer a debrief, hardly a day after each of the Grand Prix events. None of them tend to smile and rather have a stern face with straightforward answers to fan questions.

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But, the recently released behind the scene bloopers reveal an entirely different side to the story.

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Irrespective of how brave one is, speaking in front of a camera induces that tinge of uneasiness into them. Well, the same applies to Allison, Vowles, Andy Cowell, and Shovlin.

Allison, in specific, was the funniest of all, with no dialogues and mere stares at the camera. The Briton looked pretty much speechless throughout the video, and there was no denying that the entire social media team would have had a laugh or two while recording these debriefs.

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Meanwhile, there was also a moment where Cowell, managing director at Mercedes AMG High-Performance Powertrains, was asked not to use the word ‘so’ while starting a sentence. “Can you try and not start the answer with ‘So’?” the producer asked as started re-recording the video.

Cowell had a brief pause, desperately trying not to do the one thing the producer asked him not to, but in vain. Overall, a rather amusing one-minute of smiles and laughter for the Mercedes fans, who have had to travel through a roller-coaster 2021 season.

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So, will the engineers manage to produce more such chuckle-worthy content over the next season? Well, let’s hope they do.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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