After a busy British GP week, that included the adventures of the #SilverstoneGnome, things have slowed down somewhat this week. But don’t worry, I’ve been trawling through the Twitterverse, and as always have the best from the teams, drivers and media. Here’s this week’s social media wrap up…
What the drivers have been saying:
On Monday, Lewis Hamilton carried the Olympic torch:
@LewisHamilton: Again, big thanks to those who got up so early to support me carrying the Olympic torch this morning! http://twitter.com/LewisHamilton/status/222288349887606784/photo/1
Jenson Button was busy working on improving McLaren’s performance:
@JensonButton: We’re working flat out to improve our performance so that we can stand on top of the podium and celebrate with you guys! :)
Heikki Kovalainen has a “grass allergy”, which is hindering his golf hobby:
@H_Kovalainen: Ive been having stuffy nose recently and went for tests and I’ve got grass allergy! Not very helpful for my golf hobby…
Fernando Alonso was straight back into training for Germany:
@alo_oficial: Today we go back to normal training program and preparations for the next GP… ;)) #GermanyAlo http://twitter.com/alo_oficial/status/222644037121871873/photo/1
On Wednesday, Lewis was still trying to get to grips with being in the public eye:
@LewisHamilton: Can’t say goodbye 2 friends without it being seen as a mystery kiss. Next time may have 2 shake hands!! Madness!
It seems this whole ‘F1 drivers playing golf thing’ is catching – Daniel Ricciardo has been practicing his swing:
@danielricciardo: May look half the part but trust me it ain’t my sport #hackjob http://twitter.com/danielricciardo/status/223473817027219456/photo/1
@danielricciardo: Many comments from the pic about my bum. Think I’m used to squats in the gym. It’s a natural stance for me
Ricciardo wasn’t the only one – Heikki’s girlfriend has taken up the sport:
@H_Kovalainen: Went for 2h run this morning then on range with @KataHyde hitting some shots, she’s getting serious with it so gotta keep my game a-list!
Timo Glock is more interested in his bike:
@realTimoGlock: At Heathrow. Flying back home and straight on the bike need to get back in shape to keep up with @alo_oficial time trial! Very impressive
On Saturday, Kovalainen was watching the horse riding:
@H_Kovalainen: Can’t believe I’m watching horse riding in Switzerland…
@H_Kovalainen: That’s Riccardo Patrese riding a horse! http://twitter.com/H_Kovalainen/status/224135032267218945/photo/1
Alonso was back in the simulator:
@alo_oficial: Hellooooo! Cycling training in the morning and new simulator session now… ;)! #GermanyAlo http://twitter.com/alo_oficial/status/224143602429857793/photo/1
Earlier today, Mark Webber was commenting on health and safety:
@AussieGrit: No health and safety rubbish here. Just let people get on with it. #oldschool http://twitpic.com/a7witk
What the teams have been saying:
On Monday, the Iceman visited the Lotus factory:
@Lotus_F1Team: Yep, you guessed it! The #Iceman is here at the @Lotus_F1Team base! #F1 http://yfrog.com/mgwg4osj
On Tuesday, Marussia confirmed their drivers for the Young Driver Test at Silverstone:
@Marussia_F1Team: V pleased to confirm plans for this week’s Young Driver Test at Silverstone where @MaxChilton_ and @RHaryantoracing will be our chosen ones
So did Williams, who were determined to get Valtteri Bottas trending:
@WilliamsF1Team: After announcing Valtteri Bottas would be involved in the Young Driver Test this week, he is now trending. Let’s get a hashtag going #BOTTAS
Mercedes were enjoying the sunshine on Thursday:
@MercedesAMGF1: Sun is shining in Brackley today. Something it forgot to do for the last 3 months. #enjoyitwhileitlasts
Following last weekend’s GP, the pit lane looked rather quiet for the Young Driver Test:
@WilliamsF1Team: The pitwall here at Silverstone #YoungDriverTest http://twitpic.com/a6rl2m
Force India received a present from F1 Racing:
@clubforce: Just been given a special edition frisbee by @F1Racing_mag . Mr Reynolds has a big fan @clubforce http://twitpic.com/a6rrr9
Caterham were looking at the F1 Race Stars game:
@MyCaterhamF1: A first look at a Caterham on the move in @Codemasters ‘F1 Race Stars’: http://twitpic.com/a71rpy
Marussia shared a photo of Max Chilton on Friday:
@Marussia_F1Team: Now it’s over to @MaxChilton_ for the afternoon. Here he is preparing with his engineers http://twitter.com/Marussia_F1Team/status/223742560131223552/photo/1
They were in Moscow at the weekend:
@Marussia_F1Team: Next up it’s warm-up laps in the demo cars. Lewis for our friends at @TheFifthDriver then us http://twitpic.com/a7u4qc
@Marussia_F1Team: In the meantime here’s a quick #MoscowCityRacing team shot http://yfrog.com/odo2ngocj
What the media have been saying:
On Monday, 5LiveF1 went to visit Anthony Davidson:
@5LiveF1: Popped round to see @antdavidson for a coffee and biscuit! (Actual size custard cream) http://twitter.com/5LiveF1/status/222281838746537984/photo/1
@5LiveF1: For all those asking, @antdavidson is doing really well. He liked the giant custard cream but giant ginger cream was his fave. No surprise!
Lee McKenzie liked the photos she was sent from Silverstone:
@LeeMcKenzieF1: Thanks to all you secret snappers – good memories. Love the pic of me on drivers parade, running in paddock and trying to interview Bernie!
I do believe I took the one of you running in the paddock, Lee!
Will Buxton was pleased for Conor Daly who was called up for the straight line aero test with Force India again:
@willbuxton: Great to see @ConorDaly22 has been given a second call up by @clubforce to conduct aero testing at Duxford this week.
Martin Brundle wasn’t surprised that Webber signed up for another year at Red Bull:
@MBrundleF1: Mark Webber signs for Red bull for 2013. No big surprise there, suspect they needed to sign him up before somebody else did. Like Ferrari.
Alan Baldwin had something to say about it as well:
@alanbaldwinf1: I guess that keeps @AussieGrit on Felipe’s Christmas card list, anyway.
On Tuesday, Martin Brundle shared a rather strange tweet:
@MBrundleF1: Why is it that your tongue likes different things to your stomach? Bad design
Kate Walker was talking about Singapore on Wednesday:
@F1Kate: Only downside to this Singapore contract extension news is it’s making me wish we were going there next week. :( Love Singapore.
@F1Kate: Seriously, how can you not love a racing venue that looks like this? #SingaporeGP http://twitter.com/F1Kate/status/223013366195683328/photo/1
David Coulthard had a chilled afternoon on Wednesday:
@therealdcf1: Chilled afternoon with the family, welcome sunshine after silverstone http://twitter.com/therealdcf1/status/223104873623846912/photo/1
@rubarrichello: @therealdcf1 nice view. Hope all is good overthere DC. Like always..all the best
@therealdcf1: @rubarrichello all good buddy, missing you in F1, kids alright but :-) hows life in the USA
@rubarrichello: @therealdcf1 life is good…car is difficult to drive and I am getting used…I guess I see u in Interlagos my friend…
Photographer James Moy wished he could have had a better parking space at Silverstone last weekend:
@JamesMoy: Wish I could have parked here last weekend. #ItsStillMuddy #F1 http://twitter.com/jamesmoy/status/223315972600246272/photo/1
Jake Humphrey retweeted something by Alistair Griffin:
@mrjakehumphrey: “@AlistairGriffin: Griff has landed @itvthismorning Getting a bit comfy #justdrive http://twitpic.com/a6ovlx” Rock it Al…!
David Croft had a quiz:
@CroftyF1: Plane quiz, what plane am I on at the moment? http://twitpic.com/a6pv69
On Friday, Ted Kravitz was digging around in the Red Bull trophy cabinet:
@tedkravitz: At Red Bull Racing for Friday’s #skyf1 show. Trophy cabinet has one big new addition: http://twitter.com/tedkravitz/status/223403844170813441/photo/1
@tedkravitz: And finally, past and present from Monaco: http://twitter.com/tedkravitz/status/223427920805371905/photo/1
@tedkravitz: That concludes our tour of the Red Bull Racing trophy cabinet. Ta’ra a bit. http://twitter.com/tedkravitz/status/223429857244225536/photo/1
Natalie Pinkham is on her way to Portugal for her wedding. She had a bit of a drama the night before she left though:
@NataliePinkham: High heel, high drama. Leave for wedding venue at 0500 tomorrow…but will my shoes arrive in time!?
@JennieGow: @NataliePinkham GOOD LUCK!!!! Hope all goes really well for you and the shoes show up! Im sure Ive got some alpinestars you can borrow ;)
@NataliePinkham: @JennieGow Thanks darling! You are on to something, I could definitely dance better in those. x
It appears James Moy’s camera isn’t in a great condition, thanks to the FIA:
@JamesMoy: Thanks to the silly new #F1 FIA stickers I now have 2 cameras that have reduced in resale value! Marvellous. http://twitter.com/jamesmoy/status/223742174985068545/photo/1
James Roberts was jumping on the Bottas bandwagon:
@JRobertsF1: #BOTTAS That is all.
Natalie Pinkham had company for her flight to Portugal:
@NataliePinkham: My travel pal for the flight…. http://twitter.com/NataliePinkham/status/223912198513233922/photo/1
She had a gearbox failure on the motorway though:
@NataliePinkham: Gearbox failure in our @europcar rental we’re stranded on side of Portuguese m’way…gripping firmly to wedding dress! http://twitter.com/NataliePinkham/status/224154517963419648/photo/1
The following tweets confirm Will Buxton is no longer down with the kids…
@willbuxton: What’s the deal with all the incredibly hot girls and hipster douchebags, wearing wellies and migrating on foot through Milton Keynes today?
@willbuxton: Ahh. Apparently there’s a pop music concert on. #SoNotDownWivDaKidz
What everyone else has been saying:
Karun Chandhok has lost some socks:
@karunchandhok: My washing machine has been eating socks again… Any ideas for matches for these ?? http://yfrog.com/nygmwtvj
Rubens Barrichello has a young racing driver in the family:
@rubarrichello: Mini Rubens. Kkk https://twitter.com/rubarrichello/status/222850752161398784/photo/1
Karun Chandok had a busy day on Friday:
@karunchandhok: Busy day today ! 60km bike ride this morning, lunch with @LeeMcKenzieF1 & then off to @SkySportsF1 for the F1 show with @OfficallyGT and co
Finally, GP2 driver Rio Haryanto enjoyed his time in the Marussia for the Young Driver Test:
@RHaryantoracing: There’s no better feeling than sitting in that car #happydays http://yfrog.com/esrtczuj
@RHaryantoracing: Had a really amazing day driving an F1 car around Silverstone with @Marussia_F1Team :D
That’s it for this week – I’ll see you next week for the German GP edition.