It’s fair to say, the F1 world has been quiet this week as we’ve endured the final week of the summer break. But without further ado, here are a few of the things the teams, drivers and media have been saying this week…
What the drivers have been saying:
Jenson Button had this to say about his Triathlon on Monday:
@JensonButton: What a great day yesterday was… Thanks everyone for making it such a special Triathlon event and raising lots of money for Help 4 Heroes
Daniel Ricciardo enjoyed the weather last weekend:
@danielricciardo: Hey guys! Hope you had a great weekend. England turned up the heat I was loving it! As for me, just training hard & getting ready for Spa!
Button was back in the simulator this week:
@JensonButton: Good to get back in the simulator yesterday and do prep work for Spa and Monza! Eau Rouge flat first lap!!
Fernando Alonso was also busy training:
@alo_oficial: We are getting ready ..! Good feelings and can’t wait to get into the car! #spaAlo http://pic.twitter.com/rITEDNQb
Nico Rosberg posted a photo of former F1 driver Alex Zanardi who’s going for gold in the Paralympics this week:
@nico_rosberg: Alex Zanardi going for paralympics hand bike gold. Thats really cool! Buona fortuna Alex! #ForzaZanardi http://pic.twitter.com/jgsPOH1j
Lewis Hamilton has been spending time with his auntie this week, who is battling cancer:
@LewisHamilton: Last two days been with my auntie & family. She’s feeling comfortable & looks beautiful as always. Trained at Mclaren 2k swim & then gym.
He was back at work on Friday:
@LewisHamilton: Morning!! Back to it, Mclaren today in the simulator to prepare for next two races, training & technical meetings & some filming for Voda.
Ricciardo was busy filming with Natalie Pinkham on Friday in the Toro Rosso simulator:
@danielricciardo: A little woozy @NataliePinkham after I showed her round the Red Bull simulator this afternoon http://t.co/yBsX9BYc
@NataliePinkham: @danielricciardo Felt ashamed untiI I heard Schumi feels sick in the sim too. If it’s ok for the 7x world champ it’s ok for me : )
Lewis had a special guest with him on Saturday:
@LewisHamilton: My special guest!! @nicolescherzy & me here watching over my auntie. My aunt was so surprised when she walked in, put a smile on her face. http://instagr.am/p/OweM2vL09s/
Kovalainen and his girlfriend were watching TV on Saturday night:
@H_Kovalainen: Saturday night TV conflict at home with @KataHyde – xfactor vs speedway… Speedway of course!
Meanwhile, there was a storm in Monaco:
@pauldirestaf1: Massive electric storm hitting the south of France. #happytobeindoors
@pauldirestaf1: That was entertaining trying to shut shutters and gather outdoor furniture, some damage. Looks like Monday will be sorting that out.
@pauldirestaf1: People say Scottish weather is bad!
@JensonButton: Possibly the biggest fireworks display in Monaco this evening followed by the biggest thunderstorm! #MonacoF1tunnel! http://lockerz.com/s/238316081
@pauldirestaf1: Nice pic from the storm. Serious lightning…http://pic.twitter.com/2i6gNHV5
What the teams have been saying:
Williams had a new Pinterest board:
@WilliamsF1Team: We also have some photos to share with you.. see more of our trip to Venezuela on our latest Pinterest board..http://pinterest.com/williamsf1/williams-f1-in-venezuela/
@WilliamsF1Team: The new Pinterest board includes this corker of a certain @MBrundleF1 Can anyone tell us which year this was? http://pic.twitter.com/SNptSijs
Lotus were back to work this week:
@Lotus_F1Team: Morning morning morning! How are we today guys? Ahhh it’s good to be back, isn’t it time for Spa yet?! We’re itching for some #F1 action!
Someone raider their freezer on Tuesday:
@Lotus_F1Team: Hmmm it would appear someone’s been raiding the freezer… #F1 http://instagr.am/p/Olvi8Vrk7R/
By Saturday, Williams were ready for Spa:
@WilliamsF1Team: The @WilliamsF1Team trucks are ready! Only a short drive to Spa http://pic.twitter.com/qH3NsjXg
What the media have been saying:
Jennie Gow was back in the UK last Sunday:
@JennieGow: Touch down in the UK. Looks like I missed the British summer then…who predicts rain in the next day or so then now I’m back?;)
The hills were alive with the sound of music for Natalie Pinkham on Monday:
@NataliePinkham: Niece + dog on hillside, singing. Best caption wins a chocolate ice-cream. http://pic.twitter.com/MCcFYiX4
Martin Brundle had a photocall on Tuesday:
@MBrundleF1: Photocall for this weekend’s Silverstone 6 hour sports car race. Underneath another British landmark http://pic.twitter.com/47EO4rfb
@MBrundleF1: This F1 summer break is too long. It’s like part one, then…….. part two. At least I get to race at Silverstone this w/end. See you there
David Coulthard was enjoying some time with his son:
@therealdcf1: On the sofa with DC jnr, he just lobbed his drinks bottle across the room for me to catch, biased I know but impressive throw for 3.75 years
Autosport’s Jonathan Noble was getting his teams confused on Wednesday:
@NobleF1: Ooops, think I meant to say Hulkenberg reckons Force India can finish ahead of Williams. In a Williams v Williams battle I’d go for Williams
Will Buxton was off to the US:
@willbuxton: Bag packed. All my info printed. @WillsOnesie washed and ready for the 13 hour flight. America… I’m comin for ya. @RaceSonoma @IndyCar
This week, David Croft was stepping in for Ted Kravitz on The F1 Show on Sky Sports F1:
@CroftyF1: Mrs C now looking up lamb recipes whilst I head off to Sky to prepare for tomorrows F1 show with @OfficiallyGT I’m standing in for Ted :)
@OfficiallyGT: @CroftyF1 see you later alligator!
@CroftyF1: @OfficiallyGT in a while crocodile! This sounds like a conversation I have with my children :))
Natalie Pinkham was looking forward to getting in the Toro Rosso simulator:
@NataliePinkham: Much needed kip now. Up early for a simulator head to head with @danielricciardo …U ready?! Bring it on!
Meanwhile, Ant has been back in the simulator:
@antdavidson: Was good to be back in sim yesterday. Back felt good too! More physio this morning and then heading down to @SkySportsF1 for the F1 show.
Natalie Pinkham was impressed with Red Bull’s hand sanitiser:
@NataliePinkham: Just used hand sanitiser in Red Bull factory as hair product. Needs must… Besides it’s proved surprisingly effective
Martin Brundle was at Silverstone this weekend:
@MBrundleF1: I like this time at the track. Good day’s work, sun setting, data being interrogated, team work, optimism building.http://pic.twitter.com/9DR8XhBv
@CroftyF1: Glad you like’d the F1 show tonight folks, now roll on Spa! Big thanks to @OfficiallyGT @johnnyherbertf1 & Mr F1 Measurement@antdavidson
After The F1 Show, Georgie was watching a programme about sharks:
@OfficiallyGT: Watching a show called Human Shark Bait where people are actually trying to get eaten. What on earth?!
Natalie Pinkham bought a present back from Venezuela for her niece:
@NataliePinkham: My auntie went to Venezuela with @WilliamsF1Team and all I got was this lousy t-shirt http://pic.twitter.com/ZwBy1GZV
What everyone else has been saying:
Ahead of Karun’s Karting Karnival, Chandhok went site seeing:
@karunchandhok: London eye sightseeing tour with @MBrundleF1 @alexbrundle @antdavidson @DarrenTurner007 !! http://pic.twitter.com/gAXBngXd
The Karnival went well:
@karunchandhok: Great backdrop to the race !! http://pic.twitter.com/mYQBO3sp
Kovalainen’s girlfriend was looking forward to seeing him on Saturday:
@KataHyde: Picking up @H_Kovalainen from Geneva airport. I’m looking forward to seeing him even if it’s only been a few days since we were together! :D
That’s it for this week. Join me again on Monday 3rd September, after I return from the Belgian Grand Prix, when I’ll be sharing more from the teams, drivers and media during the F1 weekend.