F1 Timeline – this week in #F1 – the Austin GP edition

Yee-haww, F1 is back in the US this weekend for the Austin Grand Prix. The teams, drivers and media have been enjoying being back in the States – here’s what they’ve been saying on Twitter this week…

What the drivers have been saying:

Jenson Button was excited and looking forward to Austin on Tuesday:

@JensonButton: Only a couple of days away from the Inaugural Circuit of Americas GP In Austin! Who’s excited?! Me! ;)

Timo Glock received a gift from his hotel:

@realTimoGlock: Little present from the hotel. If I eat and drink all this will be 3 kg heavier! pic.twitter.com/fy8rV8Bo

Jenson cycled the track on Thursday:

@JensonButton: Useful day at Circuit of the Americas! did a few laps on the bike & really enjoyed the flow of sector 1. Bring on P1!! pic.twitter.com/xoV2uVYB

Paul di Resta was ready to start his engine for FP1 on Friday:

@pauldirestaf1: So, gentleman start your engines…. F1 about to start in the US again.

Mark Webber speaks good English for an Aussie:

@AussieGrit: At a VIP dinner last night an American woman asked me”where are you from?” I said Australia, she said “wow your English is amazing”

What the teams have been saying:

McLaren were at a gas station on Wednesday:

@TheFifthDriver: JB drops into the local Exxon petrol (or should it be gas?!) station in Austin for some media interviews today! pic.twitter.com/BlPMZY5q

Mercedes reached their 10,000th tweet on Friday:

@MercedesAMGF1: An AMAZING picture from earlier in #FP1 to celebrate our 10,000th tweet! #Austin #F1 #COTA #ReBornInTheUSA #10000 pic.twitter.com/BhYZWoKN

Lotus were with Grosjean and Alonso ahead of FP2:

@Lotus_F1Team: Just a few mins to go until FP2; let’s hope @RGrosjean has a spare helmet! That one might clash a little… #F1 #USGP pic.twitter.com/CWUolkkP

Red Bull’s spy spotted a BBQ during practice:

@redbullf1spy: Great viewing at COTA: grandstand, sit on the grass or simply rock up and park your RV trackside. I can see a bloke barbecuing at Turn 11.

@redbullf1spy: Seriously, dude’s got sausages and ribs on the go – tempting Spy every time the camera pans around. I’m renaming the hairpin: BBQ Bend.

Force India shared a photo of The Hulk’s boots:

@clubforce: Don’t forget to look out for the @alpinestars Hulk boots being used by @NicoHulkenberg for this week’s US Grand Prix. pic.twitter.com/wcgMRKsJ

Marussia had a photo of the day:

@Marussia_F1Team: #MF1pr personal favourite (if I’m allowed?). Love it cos it’s so ‘Bond’ #skyfall007 pic.twitter.com/TqXl2q6K

It was cold at COTA on Saturday morning:

@Marussia_F1Team: Oh. My. Word! SO cold walking into @circuitamericas this am that the Tweeting digits are frozen stiff! First stop garage for pitstop gloves!

@Marussia_F1Team: OK, well, we have to head to the garage now to see how on earth we are going to get some temperature into those tyres this morning

@Marussia_F1Team: To cover that topic closely for you, we will be Tweeting from a position right in the middle of the tyre stacks, just like in winter testing

@redbullf1spy: Arrived in the dark this morning. Freezing cold in the garage during the session… it’s like winter testing – except we’re wearing shorts…

Mercedes weren’t complaining about the temperature though:

@MercedesAMGF1: Helmet on for @nico_rosberg #f1 #austin #usgp #fp3 #rebornintheusa http://instagr.am/p/SIrZbeqEJh/

McLaren had this photo from qualifying:

@TheFifthDriver: Get ready to rumble: @LewisHamilton all set for this afternoon’s Qualifying session #BelieveInMcLaren #USGP pic.twitter.com/N2sChuBe

The fan signing was busy on Saturday:

@redbullracing: Now That’s What I Call… a signing session! #roadtoaustin http://yfrog.com/kfx5fxrj

Mercedes had some special guests in the garage during quali:

@MercedesAMGF1: Yes we had the lovely Michael Fassbender, a huge Schumacher fan, with us in the garage today. Check back tomorrow for more pics! #AustinGP

@MercedesAMGF1: Patrick Dempsey and Ron Howard also paid us a visit… and Rubens popped in to say hello! #busypaddock #AustinGP

McLaren posted a photo before the drivers’ parade:

What the media have been saying:

Sky’s Allan McNish has been growing a moustache for Movember:

@AllanMcNish: How is your ” Movember” coming along! http://twitpic.com/bcmz0p

SPEED were at the circuit in time for the unpacking to begin:

@Formula1onSPEED: The F1 Circus has arrived…and the unpacking has begun.#SPEEDF1 pic.twitter.com/4eIoLZWO

Here’s the view Vettel will have at the start of today’s race:

@CroftyF1: My view, if I was on Pole this weekend pic.twitter.com/wdF4Uzgp

Natalie Pinkham got to wear a sweaty race suit for her charity fundraiser:

@NataliePinkham: MANY thanks @realTimoGlock + @Marussia_F1Team for the sweaty Abu Dhabi race suit. It fetched £1k for #TheMirelaFund. pic.twitter.com/rMYtykGC

Jennie Gow walked the track on Wednesday:

@JennieGow: Just back from walking the circuit – this place is really great. Camber & elevation changes. Love it! #f1 pic.twitter.com/1szpSeqT

Natalie Pinkham posted this of Johnny Herbert:

@NataliePinkham: Lean mean cycling machine (Texas stylie) @johnnyherbertf1 pic.twitter.com/JInjAQnU

She interviewed Sergio Perez on Friday:

@NataliePinkham: Chatting with Checo…. catch our @SChecoPerez interview on sat – pre qualifying pic.twitter.com/ZLMSzOCa

The Telegraph’s Tom Cary was in a ‘65,000-strong queue’ on Friday:

@tomcary_tel: Email from COTA saying 65,000 fans today. Most of them in this taxi queue with me pic.twitter.com/2QOEZHKA

The Sky team went to the Aerosmith concert:

@CroftyF1: An unexpected but totally awesome night for Me @johnnyherbertf1 & @antdavidson at Aerosmith tonight. What a gig :)))pic.twitter.com/Dfk9dNJd

The media room were left without a feed during quali:

@F1Kate: Dear COTA – If you want me to write about your event, it would be helpful if I COULD ACTUALLY SEE IT!!!

But when the feed was working they saw a lot of celebrities:

@F1Kate: Someone in the press room on seeing Carlos Slim on the TV feed: ‘He doesn’t look all that slim to me!’ #badjokes

Pablo Elizalde shared the quote of the day, post-qualifying:

@EliGP: Alonso: “The race is tomorrow”

Will Buxton had his cowboy boots on this morning:

@willbuxton: Who’s ready? It’s the day we’ve been waiting for. The USGP is just around the corner. I’ve got my cowboy boots on. Lets do this.

And he wasn’t lying when he said that, 5LiveF1 posted the proof:

@5LiveF1: So @willbuxton arrives for the drive to the track!! pic.twitter.com/gQ7iL52e

That’s it for this week. Join me again next Sunday when the F1 season is wrapped up in Brazil.

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