‘Horrific’ Saudi anthem played so badly that F1 drivers have to stop laughing

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    George Russell was forced to hold back laughter as a band played a rendition of the Saudi Arabian national anthem ahead of the Saudi GP on Sunday.

    The drivers lined up on the grid to listen to the anthem – but fans were quick to note the band sounded out of tune. And as fans reacted on social media – with one joking they sounded like a 'middle school band' – the drivers tried to remain stone-faced.

    However, fans were quick to spot one driver who was struggling to keep his laughter to himself. One fan joked: "What is that anthem? George doing his best not to laugh!"

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    And more fans slammed the band online: "What the hell was that anthem?!?! The band sounded broken and out of time. Horrific!"

    "Oh my god this might be the worst anthem I’ve ever heard," a second added. While a third tweeted: "Shoutout to the middle school band who played the Saudi Arabian National Anthem…"

    While another joked: "Not Ferrari news but Stefano Domenicali and George Russell laughing at the Saudi national anthem is the highlight of the weekend!"

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    Russell's afternoon wasn't over after the anthem, and Martin Brundle slammed the Brit when Max Verstappen blasted past Russell, to add to Mercedes' woes.

    Brundle referred to Russell as a "midfield car" as he breezed past the Mercedes having started lower down the grid.

    However, Verstappen wasn't able to win the race, that award went to his teammate Sergio Perez, with the Dutchman finishing second. Fernando Alonso rolled back the years to round off the podium while Russell ended up fourth, one spot ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton.


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