Inside Line: Tradition of April Fools’ Day jokes on our site


Below is a list of the April Fools ‘exclusive reports’ over the years in what has become a tradition on our site since 2011, when the original became GRANDPRIX247..

The list of Formula 1 April Fools parodies on GRANDPRIX247 over the years:

  • F1’s eternal villain Flavio Briatore plus Nelson Piquet AND that crash in Singapore 2008 thanks to ‘tapes that surfaced’ in 2011;
  • in 2021 we gave Narain Karthikeyan the drive at Ferrari in place of Felipe Massa;
  • the next year we demoted Sebastian Vettel for his Multi-21 shenanigans with Red Bull teammate Mark Webber in Malaysia 2012;
  • in 2014 we joked that Red Bull will build their own engines after friction and animosity with their supplier at the time Renault;
  • next we put Jos Verstappen and Carlos Sainz in their son’s Toro Rosso F1 cars for FP1 at the 2015 Chinese Grand Prix;
  • in 2016 we had Bernie Ecclestone embraced social media in a big way;
  • we had Lewis Hamilton quitting F1 at the end of 2017 with Fernando Alonso taking his place at all-conquering (at the time) Mercedes;
  • in 2018 we delivered a double-header! Grand Prix One was born was one of the reports and a separate one having Lance Stroll replacing Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes with immediate effect;
  • Fernand Alonso Racing Team (F.A.R.T) broke cover, to pave the way for his return to F1 after walking;
  • for 2020 it was a sort of a ‘tripleheader’ with one post about Roger Penske buying Formula 1, while Toto Wolff and Lawrence Stroll bought Ferrari in one post; the other of Eddie Jordan and Ron Dennis uniting to lure Porsche back to F1 as well as their own comebacks;
  • in 2021 it was Lewis Hamilton quitting F1 to join Michael Jordan’s NASCAR team;
  • in 2022 we have Nico Rosberg returning to Williams after a five-year break to replace Latifi.

Briatore: Put it in the hall!

1 April 2012

Exclusive: Karthikeyan replaces Massa at Ferrari with immediate effect

1 April 2013

Red Bull punish Vettel by demoting him to Toro Rosso for Chinese GP

1 April 2014

Exclusive: Red Bull ditch Renault to use their own F1 V6 turbo engines from June onward

1 April 2015

Jos Verstappen and Sainz Senior to do FP1 in China

1 April 2016

FORMULA 1™ to roll out own social media initiative

1 April 2017

Hamilton quits F1 as Alonso gets Mercedes drive

1 April 2018

Grand Prix One™ is born to take on Formula 1

Stroll to replace Bottas at Mercedes starting in Bahrain

1 April 2019

Fernando Alonso Racing to tackle F1 in 2021 with Toyota

1 April 2020

Penske buys Formula 1, Stroll and Wolff buy Ferrari

Ron Dennis and Eddie Jordan to head Porsche F1 return

1 April 2021

Hamilton to NASCAR in 2022 with Michael Jordan

1 April 2022

Rosberg to return with Williams, Latifi gets demoted