FORMULA 1 fans were not impressed with Sam Ryder’s performance of God Save the Queen at the British Grand Prix.
The Eurovision runner-up was drafted in to kick things off at Silverstone by singing the national anthem.
Ryder, 33, put his own spin on the song, playing his guitar and putting his heart and soul into it.
But some fans online were unforgiving in their assessments.
One wrote: “National anthem ruined forever.”
While a second commented: “That is the worst I’ve heard the national anthem sang wtf have I just heard.”
A third tweeted: “Awful rendition of the national anthem at the F1.”
Another added: “this sam ryder rendition of the national anthem is the funniest thing i’ve ever f***ing heard.”
Ryder did get some support from his fans, however.
One wrote: “Didn’t think Sam Ryder could be any more endearing but just watched him singing the national anthem and playing guitar at Silverstone then laughing joyfully at the end – he can. He is just amazing.”
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While Mercedes themselves tweeted: “Yeah @SamRyderMusic that was spectacular ”
The beginning of the British GP was marred by a horrific crash just seconds into the race.
Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu’s car rolled over after being clipped, going on to skid 200 metres upside down before flipping over the barrier.
The Chinese rookie driver was thankfully okay, receiving medical attention before being stretchered away.
The crash came about after Russell was clipped at the back of his Mercedes, with his tyre subsequently hitting Zhou.
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