F1 Timeline – this week in #F1

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This week, the F1 world has been enjoying the summer break. Lewis Hamilton has been rock climbing, Lotus have taken the #SilverstoneGnome site seeing, Williams have been in Venezuela with Pastor Maldonado and Natalie Pinkham and the Sky Sports F1 team, and Red Bull have been on an American Vacation. Tweets have dwindled, but here’s the best of the ones I’ve found this week…

What the drivers have been saying:

Heikki Kovalainen was fishing with his girlfriend’s brother last Sunday:

@H_Kovalainen: My girlfriends brother @JonnyHyde10 caught a small fish! http://pic.twitter.com/67TtuULQ

Lewis Hamilton went rock climbing on Thursday:

@LewisHamilton: Good morning all. Hope your well. 6am & I’m on my way to go rock climbing, 600ft mountain. Should be good. How are you today?

@LewisHamilton: We gonna climb that pointy rock behind the girl on the rights headhttp://instagr.am/p/OZQqtdL0w7/

Kovalainen saw a bear on Friday:

@H_Kovalainen: Saw a bear from distance today while cycling, it was on the other side of small lake… It wasn’t interested in me tho so no problems there!

Fernando Alonso is training again – he’s been out running this weekend:

@alo_oficial: 16km running esta mañana evitando las horas de calor..!! 16km running in the early morning with nice temperatures..!!http://pic.twitter.com/YjZPZKXw

Jenson Button began his triathlon this morning:

@JensonButton: Morning from a very sunny Luton Hoo.. The calm before the storm!! The first heat of my Trust Triathlon kicks off at 9am http://lockerz.com/s/236136060

What the teams have been saying:

Williams were in Venezuela filming with Pastor Maldonado and Natalie Pinkham and the Sky Sports team. They caught Natalie Pinkham in their car last weekend (they didn’t mention Pastor’s crash though):

@WilliamsF1Team: We turn our back’s for one minute!!?? @NataliePinkham @SkySportsF1 #WilliamsOnTour http://pic.twitter.com/r2EQ8zXb

Lotus took their gnome siteseeing on Monday:

@Lotus_F1Team: Say ‘Hello’ to the Lotus #F1 Team gnome ;) !http://on.fb.me/P7cYHE http://pic.twitter.com/kiP8l5fo

Meanwhile, McLaren were back at work:

@TheFifthDriver: First day back in the office after the two week enforced shutdown – the race team’s back to work ahead of the second half of the season!

Red Bull were in the US with David Coulthard to drive the proposed New Jersey circuit:

@redbullf1spy: DC takes the Showcar for a spin on its #americanvacation2. Now how’s that for a view? http://pic.twitter.com/hf4hmly8

@redbullf1spy: Recognise that? Yep, that’s David Coulthard. Oh yeah, and the Statue of Liberty. #americanvacation2 http://pic.twitter.com/BCuaFTzm

Williams had a new feature at their factory in Grove on Tuesday:

@WilliamsF1Team: It’s the 2 week shutdown here in Grove but we’ve had a new installation courtesy of @King_and_Co – Our new F1 topiary! http://pic.twitter.com/agXYV2Ri

McLaren were swan watching at the MTC on Tuesday:

@TheFifthDriver: Morning from a sunny MTC! No lake wildlife spotted as yet today #MTCSwanWatch http://pic.twitter.com/aQLgkf6q

Force India were on holiday:

@clubforce: Greetings from the beach! Everyone @clubforce is enjoying some well-earned holiday. We will be back in the office next Monday :-)

Red Bull’s spy was with DC as he got into a police car:

@redbullf1spy: DC… if you break the speed limit, they will always catch up with you.http://pic.twitter.com/s1h8ln6g

Williams were still in Venezuela on Thursday:

@WilliamsF1Team: Pastor’s final interview with @NataliePinkham #WilliamsOnTour http://twitpic.com/ak39mo

McLaren hosted team members at the MTC:

@TheFifthDriver: #TeamMcLaren members, @OliverTurvey & Lewis’ F1 car at MTC yesterday for the ‘Meet the Team’ event :-) http://pic.twitter.com/mEC2I9Im

Williams were looking forward to Spa on Friday:

@WilliamsF1Team: This time in two weeks we’ll be gearing up for another race weekend at the #BelgianGP Looking forward to it is an understatement#NotLongNow

Lotus posted a cartoon on Saturday:

@Lotus_F1Team: [Cirebox cartoon] As the summer break draws to an end, look at what Romain was up to! #F1 #Grosjean http://pic.twitter.com/Hc7hYPyk

What the media have been saying:

Will Buxton watched the Olympics Closing Ceremony, where they played the Brazilian national anthem:

@willbuxton: Ahh the Brazilian national anthem. Makes me think of @Felipe1Massa, @luizrazia @BSenna and, of course… Ayrton.

Sky Sports were counting down to Spa on Monday:

@SkySportsF1: And if 20 days seems long, remember we get to see images like this in Spa #skyf1 http://pic.twitter.com/W8F618Ix

The BBC’s David Coulthard was in New Jersey with Red Bull this week:

@therealdcf1: Got to live America, straight to the point, in NY to do some F1 filming http://pic.twitter.com/d54hNnI8

@therealdcf1: Everything is supersized, even the rats, at least he can spell http://pic.twitter.com/Dyc0xKT5

Sky were discussing Eau Rouge again on Tuesday:

@SkySportsF1: This is how Eau Rouge looked in 1994. What do you think? #skyf1 http://pic.twitter.com/w41O2s4O

DC held a Q&A:

@therealdcf1: On a break from filming with last years Red Bull car, any one got any questions on the NY GP

@therealdcf1: “@steviehed: @therealdcf1 How good are the chances of it a) being ready and b) being confirmed on next year’s calendar?” a) good b) great

Sky’s Natalie Pinkham was on a beach in Venezuela:

@NataliePinkham: Sending Mo Love @Mo_Farah all the way from Venezuela… With @Pastormaldo http://pic.twitter.com/DNu0jAlj

@NataliePinkham: Pastor+Gaby enjoy a romantic walk on beach. Well, apart from having us @SkySportsF1 in tow! @gabytarkany @Pastormaldo http://pic.twitter.com/dkbBMWKm

DC was driving again on Wednesday:

@therealdcf1: Will do, thanks for the warning http://pic.twitter.com/JrTtTUg2

5LiveF1 was studying the F1 calendar:

@5LiveF1: Well in F1 2012 part 2 we will have 9 races in 13 weeks… It is going to be intense!

Jake Humphrey didn’t know whether to be flattered or offended on Thursday:

@mrjakehumphrey: Lady in a shop just said I am a ‘better looking version of Jake Humphrey’. Should I be flattered or offended?!??

What everyone else has been saying:

Nick Heidfeld was diving on Monday:

@NickHeidfeld: Enjoying sun with a #jump into #LakeZurich.Look and see why I didn’t make it to the Olymipcs with my high diving. http://pic.twitter.com/1CcrPhlX

Nicolas Hamilton was trying to dive on an iPhone app:

@nicolashamilton: Trying to dive like @TomDaley1994 on the new iPhone app! #ImNotADiver :)

Heikki Kovalainen’s girlfriend did some painting on Thursday:

@KataHyde: Spent 10hrs today painting our grill house, few more tomorrow then it’s done (didn’t realise it’d take so long)!

She’s also been playing golf:

@KataHyde: “@JonnyHyde10: @KataHyde pro golfer @IanJamesPoulter @H_Kovalainen http://pic.twitter.com/UPZRdofa” I can’t believe you got a photo! :)

GP3’s Vicky Piria shared a photo of how a driver sits in the cockpit:

@VickyPiria: Driver position http://instagr.am/p/OcDcwBH1Zj/

Photographer Darren Heath was reading Autosport on Saturday:

@F1Photographer: Just bought my first copy of #Autosport magazine for about 15yrs! #f1 ’82 review. #fever

Caterham’s Mike Gascoyne was looking forward to getting back to work:

@MikeGascoyne: Looking forward to getting back after the summer break. Going to be some really exciting announcements coming up from Caterham soon!

Finally, our contributor, Derek Daly has been in Alaska with the brown bears:

@DerekDaly500: Stunning to see Brown Bears feeding on salmon in Alaska – just 50 ft away http://pic.twitter.com/1W2W0urD

That’s it for this weekend. Join me again next week as we gear up for the return of Formula One…

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