Firstly, I must apologise for the delay in bringing this week’s F1 Timeline to you. It wasn’t for lack of trying. Of course, I was at Silverstone this weekend, which delayed me somewhat, but problems with my internet connection on Monday also made it difficult to even find, let alone pull together last week’s tweets. But here it is…
It was a somewhat up and down week. It started off badly when Maria de Villota crashed during the straight line aero test at Duxford last Tuesday, and ended on a high as the sun finally came out in Silverstone for the ninth round of the season. So without further ado, here’s what the teams, drivers and the F1 media have been saying this week…
What the drivers have been saying:
Last Monday, Jenson Button had a few choice words to say about something that had been said in the press:
@JensonButton: ‘Button confused by Alonso ‘****-kissing’ rubbish! I never said that. What I said was its always amazing how complimentary drivers become
Mark Webber shared a photo of the RB9, which was on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed:
@AussieGrit: And pic of RB9 developments, trick fuel tanks. http://twitpic.com/a30nth
Timo Glock was in London, and had a rather small room to sleep in:
@realTimoGlock: Arrived in London massive traffic!Nice hotel but typical English rooms I think I ve got the smallest room in the hotel https://twitter.com/realTimoGlock/status/219799684322041856/photo/1
Nico Rosberg let his dad park his Mercedes:
@nico_rosberg: See the pic … My dad parked my mercedes. I wonder if that was luck or skill?! https://twitter.com/nico_rosberg/status/219866700470960128/photo/1
Before Maria de Villota’s horrific crash on Tuesday, Timo Glock shared this image:
@realTimoGlock: “@Marussia_F1Team: Ready to rock n roll http://twitpic.com/a3ca9m” great to see @mariavillota in the car with the new update. Make it quick
Following the news of Maria’s accident, the drivers shared their thoughts:
@JensonButton: Terrible accident For Maria de Villota, Marussia F1 team test driver. My thoughts are with Maria and her family at this very difficult time.
@alo_oficial: I just got home and found out Maria’s accident, we called the family and hopefully we will know more soon ! All my energy with you!
@LewisHamilton: Just heard about Maria’s terrible accident at Duxford. I hope she pulls through. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.
@Charles_Pic1: I’m very affected by what happened to Maria today and I sincerely hope she will heal quickly. All my thoughts are for her and her family.
@Felipe1Massa: My thoughts are for Maria and her Family. I pray God to help her at this very difficult time. Don’t give up Maria and think positive!!
Webber had a sneak peek of the Red Bull’s British GP livery on Tuesday:
@AussieGrit: Today I saw the new paint scheme on my car for this weekends British GP. And what a job the boys have done. #facesforcharity #WingsForLife
Daniel Ricciardo was one of many talking about the weather on Wednesday:
@danielricciardo: Wet silverstone this weekend. Who are we kidding, it was always going to happen. #britishsummer #nearlyasgoodasperthswinter
Heikki Kovalainen received a lovely tweet from a fan on Wednesday:
@H_Kovalainen: “@Yoss3r: @H_Kovalainen Serious question, do you have to wear a larger helmet than most when driving?” Haha polite way to say I got big head
Nico Hulkenberg shared a photo of his genius engineers on Thursday:
@NicoHulkenberg: These two Gents did come up with our new Aero update package for this weekend:)! http://yfrog.com/h0kvvkxwj
Meanwhile, Rosberg met Stirling Moss:
@nico_rosberg: Just met stirling moss again. Really fun chat! Different times. He lost a wheel 5 times at full speed and once his steering wheel fell off..
For practice on Friday, Alonso was among many drivers paying tribute to Maria de Villota:
@alo_oficial: #TodasConMaria https://twitter.com/alo_oficial/status/221171059884425218/photo/1
Button had a message for the fans on Saturday morning:
@JensonButton: Morning from a DRY Silverstone! Think it’ll be a little wet later though! Thanks everyone for braving the rain yesterday to support us.. :)
Alonso wanted to reassure his fans he hadn’t disappeared:
@alo_oficial: Hello !! I didint desapear..;), .. just had to do press conference, team meeting, autograph session and cocktail with sponsors and just catch my phone now! ;) Good day for us…, we will see how things go tomorrow ..! shortly I post some good photos that you like .. ;)) #Forzaferrari #TodosConMaria
He was #Happy after the race on Sunday:
@alo_oficial: Great weekend with a good podium! In wet and dry we were with the best, this is important..good news! #Happy http://twitter.com/alo_oficial/status/221984832178237440/photo/1
Sergio Perez clearly wasn’t:
@SChecoPerez: I feel very sorry for my Team!! All what cut have gone wrong went! But we are a Strong Team, we have a good car and we will come back!
Kovalainen is an ‘old fox’ – apparently:
@H_Kovalainen: Lots of traffic outta Silverstone, but as I’m an old fox around that area I took side roads and now taking off to Geneva already!
What the teams have been saying:
Last Monday, Lotus were ready for Silverstone:
@Lotus_F1Team: Hi there @Lotus_F1Team fans! How are we today? A grey and wet start here at Enstone today but we don’t mind. Why? It’s British GP week! #F1
On Tuesday, Red Bull celebrated Sebastian Vettel’s birthday:
@redbullracing: Your birthday wishes for Seb are trending worldwide guys! Can we push them to the top for the Birthday Boy? #HappyBirthdaySebastianVettel
Force India were thinking of Maria de Villota:
@clubforce: Our thoughts and prayers are with Maria de Villota and everyone at @Marussia_F1Team
Red Bull’s spy spent Wednesday with Webber on a shoot:
@redbullf1spy: Mark went to Silverstone early for a shoot with our friends from @casiouk. Ready for your close-up, Mr Webber? https://twitter.com/redbullf1spy/status/220504373510410240/photo/1
Lotus were at the circuit on Thursday, and they had a new hashtag too:
@Lotus_F1Team: Greetings from Silverstone guys! It’s a beautiful morning here, what’s going on?! We brought pac-a-macs and everything! #F1 #GodSaveOurTyres
Williams were on a track walk:
@WilliamsF1Team: Bruno enjoys the entertainment! #WilliamsTrackWalk http://twitpic.com/a449ch
Caterham’s busy weekend was underway:
@MyCaterhamF1: A very busy start to the Silverstone weekend. The garage is a hive of activity preparing the cars for tomorrow & the track walks’s under way
Lotus had a new car for the race weekend:
@Lotus_f1Team: What a machine! And then there’s the cars… #F1 #GodSaveOurTyres http://yfrog.com/kfrqgreoj
Caterham had a visitor during a wet FP2 on Friday:
@MyCaterhamF1: Look who dropped by to say hello to @John_Iley and keep an eye on his mate @H_Kovalainen https://twitter.com/MyCaterhamF1/status/221239612197179392/photo/1
On Saturday, Red Bull’s spy was debating whether to tell Webber about the cricket:
@redbullf1spy: Should Spy tell Mark that Australia are being trounced in the cricket? On the one hand it’s distracting. On the other he’s rapid when angry…
Mercedes did a Mexican wave:
@MercedesAMGF1: Our guys doing the Mexican wave! #F1 #Silverstone https://twitter.com/MercedesAMGF1/status/221596603084054528/photo/1
Red Bull’s spy had this to say during the red flag session:
@redbullf1spy: Damon Hill, the sage of Silverstone: “It doesn’t get dark until about nine o’clock, so we could be here for a long time.” Cheers Damon.
@redbullf1spy: Seriously, anyone got the dominoes?
Ahead of the race, Lotus were on gnome watch:
@Lotus_F1Team: Time for a bit of #SilverstoneGnome watch while the drivers make their way to the grid; let’s see what he’s been up to #F1 #GodSaveOurTyres
@Lotus_F1Team: Hmmm… where’s the @Lotus_F1Team motorhome? #F1 #GodSaveOurTyres https://twitter.com/Lotus_F1Team/status/221930153318686720/photo/1
@Lotus_F1Team: Nope, that doesn’t look right… #F1 #GodSaveOurTyres #SilverstoneGnome https://twitter.com/Lotus_F1Team/status/221930420391002114/photo/1
@Lotus_F1Team: This doesn’t look right either… not nearly enough black and gold… #F1 #GodSaveOurTyres #SilverstoneGnome https://twitter.com/Lotus_F1Team/status/221930721453936640/photo/1
@Lotus_F1Team: Help! How did i get up here?! I’m not a fan of heights… more of a pond dweller #F1 #GodSaveOurTyres #SilverstoneGnome https://twitter.com/Lotus_F1Team/status/221931169359478784/photo/1
@Lotus_F1Team: What do you mean i’ve got the wrong shoes on?! These are standard gnome wear! #F1 #GodSaveOurTyres #SilverstoneGnome https://twitter.com/Lotus_F1Team/status/221932048644972544/photo/1
@Lotus_F1Team: Right, i’m off to an important meeting… see you during the race everyone! #F1 #GodSaveOurTyres #SilverstoneGnome https://twitter.com/Lotus_F1Team/status/221932554721300480/photo/1
Meanwhile, Red Bull’s spy was with the drivers for the drivers’ parade:
@redbullf1spy: The Drivers’ Parade: 23 men wearing baseball caps, Daniel Ricciardo wearing a woolly, grey tea cosy. Top look Dan, stylish yet practical.
After the race, there was a leak:
@redbullf1spy: It didn’t rain during the race but afterwards it was pouring down inside the Paddock building. Burst pipe or leaking roof – we’re not sure…
McLaren headed off to the BBC F1 Forum:
@TheFifthDriver: A huge cheering sea of Rocket Red gaps greets @jensonbutton & @mrjakehumphrey after the race. https://twitter.com/TheFifthDriver/status/222258713229139968/photo/1
@TheFifthDriver: Here’s @mrjakehumphrey and @therealdcf1 doing their post-race red-button show by interviewing @jensonbutton onstage. https://twitter.com/TheFifthDriver/status/222261527091228673/photo/1
What the media have been saying:
Autosport’s Jon Noble was the first journalist to talk about the weather:
@NobleF1: It’s British Grand Prix week. So just for a change it’s pouring down…
Shortly followed by 5LiveF1:
@5LiveF1: So it is British GP week! How do I know? Well it is pouring down at Silverstone that’s how! Still going to be a great week though… :o)
The BBC’s Lee McKenzie was happy to be able to stay in her own bed:
@LeeMcKenzieF1: Silverstone is great for so many reasons. One of them is that I get to stay in my own bed and not in a hotel.
On Tuesday, David Croft had a bad back:
@CroftyF1: 2 things that have put a smile on my face this morning. 1, my first run for a few weeks, had a bad back, sympathy illness for @antdavidson
@CroftyF1: and 2, got a birthday card from @antdavidson a bit late but only because he went and got it himself. Cheers mate great to see you up & about
The media were also thinking about Maria de Villota:
@LeeMcKenzieF1: Thinking of @mariavillota and hoping she’s ok.
@MBrundleF1: Feel sick in my stomach about Maria De Villota’s accident aero testing.Hope she pulls through. Met her briefly in Valencia, bundle of energy
@LeeMcKenzieF1: Heading to @WilliamsF1Team to host the FOTA Fans Forum. Lots of great guests tonight. @mariavillota will be in all our thoughts
SPEED’s Will Buxton had a go in a GP2 simulator on Tuesday:
@willbuxton: I’ve had an extremely busy afternoon preparing for this weekend’s action at Silverstone by pounding around the track in an @GP2_Offical car
On Wednesday, the media were busy prepping their race build-ups:
@LeeMcKenzieF1: Looking forward to a some fun filming with @AussieGrit later. Most drivers live in Monaco – he’s an Aussie living near Silverstone!
@CroftyF1: Meeting @BSenna in London for some filming & fun on a simulator and then off to the British GP Launch party with Mrs C, top day ahead :))
5LiveF1’s Jennie Gow got to jump into a Force India:
@JennieGow: I am a lucky girl. First @MyCaterhamF1 let me in their car and now @clubforce invite me into theirs #F1 https://twitter.com/JennieGow/status/220518559867084800/photo/1
On Thursday, Will Buxton had a long trip to the circuit:
@willbuxton: Longest journey to a track of the season. Approx 4 minutes door to door. This really is a home Grand Prix. Off to Sillystone!
Johnny Herbert was remembering his win like it was yesterday:
@johnnyherbertf1: Thanks for all the comments about 1995 British GP Win…feels like only yesterday…not
Jake Humphrey was less than excited about his flight:
@mrjakehumphrey: You know that feeling when it’s suddenly too late to pull out of something..? Take off T -30 minutes… #BBCF1 https://twitter.com/mrjakehumphrey/status/220810771070844929/photo/1
Crofty spotted Lotus’ new car:
@CroftyF1: Romain eyes up the new upgrades on his Lotus http://twitpic.com/a44th2
DC had this to say about wing walking:
@therealdcf1: Wing walking over the Silverstone wing and then winged my way to Berlin for fashion week with Karen. EJ has been winging it for years
@adamcooperf1: Didn’t you mean to say EJ has been wigging it for years?
Jennie Gow spotted a monkey seat on Friday:
@JennieGow: Monkey seat we @5LiveF1 are talking about @MyCaterhamF1 #F1 https://twitter.com/JennieGow/status/221241479199326208/photo/1
Steve Slater was talking about it too:
@steveslaterF1: The lower rear wing is often nicknamed ‘the monkey seat’. Caterham seem to have taken it literally!
Jake Humphrey was talking about records:
@mrjakehumphrey: Is today a record? I make it that all 24 cars have done a bit of off-roading at some time or another. Is a 4X4 upgrade in the pipeline..?
Sky Sports F1 spotted a damaged Ferrari on Friday:
@SkySportsF1: Fernando Alonso returns to the Ferrari garage minus his front wing… http://yfrog.com/odtmdpbj
Some were suggesting that the media should camp instead of trekking home after practice:
@RachelBrookesTV: Only boys would suggest we camp here! Girls can’t just camp at no notice! @NataliePinkham
Will Buxton had a rant on Saturday:
@willbuxton: Warning… mini rant on its way…
@willbuxton: It rains in Britain. It’s no shock. Fields turn to mud. Again, no shock. Believing that fields make good car parks is pure insanity.
Freelance reporter Kate Walker found a secret entrance:
@F1Kate: Made it to Silverstone in record time via SECRET METHODS, but have been told no traffic issues at main gate. At least, not at 7.30am.
F1 Racing’s James Roberts noted a delay during Q2:
@JRobertsF1: Slight delay while we put the roof on Silverstone. #F1
So did David Coulthard:
@therealdcf1: Sorry for the those watching that there is no on track action, photo with the legend that is Murray Walker https://twitter.com/therealdcf1/status/221595823417470976/photo/1
Kate Walker had a fun fact:
@F1Kate: Fun fact, race fans! Silverstone’s redevelopment has put a lot of the paddock below the water table. Genius or what? #loveflooding
Natalie Pinkham had an unusual interviewee:
@NataliePinkham: Latest interviewee #SilverstoneGnome https://twitter.com/NataliePinkham/status/221620394661126145/photo/1
Lee McKenzie nearly got in trouble with Bernie:
@LeeMcKenzieF1: What a day, never interviewed so many people in 2 hours! Cheeky @mrjakehumphrey trying to get me in trouble with Bernie ;)
Andrew Benson took us behind the scenes:
@andrewbensonf1: Little behind the scenes colour for you – @LewisHamilton briefly popped out of McLaren news conference to get a Drumstick lolly
In case you’re interested, Natalie Pinkham is marrying a superhero:
@NataliePinkham: It appears the man I’m marrying in 2 weeks has morphed into a Welsh superhero on his stag do in Croatia. Oh dear Lord. https://twitter.com/NataliePinkham/status/221677550949236736/photo/1
The BBC’s Ben Edwards enjoyed commentating with Murray Walker:
@benedwardstv: What a privilege it was to commentate alongside Murray Walker today. Sensational.
It’s a hard life, isn’t it Will Buxton?
@willbuxton: 6am wake up call. Final day of the British GP. Gonna need a few days to recover from this one. Exhausting!
Georgie Thompson went for a walk through the mud on Sunday morning:
@SkyF1Insider: What on earth is @OfficiallyGT unto? #skyf1 #BritishGP https://twitter.com/SkyF1Insider/status/221878169895059456/photo/1
@OfficiallyGT: Just had a roll in the mud with Johnny Herbert at Silverstone. #skyf1 from 11 guys and gals. Good luck to the Brits today!
Lee McKenzie was on the drivers’ parade:
@LeeMcKenzieF1: Looking forward to being on the Drivers Parade. If you’re in the crowd give us a wave please.
After the race, Jake Humphrey threw a party:
@mrjakehumphrey: You should be at the GP Party live on the F1 Forum. https://twitter.com/mrjakehumphrey/status/221990320861216772/photo/1
Kate Walker was unsure how to sum up Silverstone:
@F1Kate: Goodbye, Silverstone! You’ve been… Umm, shall we just leave it at been? Up, down, wet, dry, hot, cold, and chaotic.
From many of the journalists, there was praise for the fans after the race:
@NobleF1: The one common theme from everyone in the paddock post-race was how great the British GP fans are. If you were there, you did F1 proud
@ianparkesf1: Come rain, shine, mud, hell or high water, British GP fans turn out in their thousands. A credit to the sport. Give yourselves a pat on back
@CroftyF1: Best thing about the British GP? Meeting so many of you at Silverstone & having a chat with the greatest fans in Formula 1, you’re all stars
@CroftyF1: Worst thing about the British GP? Losing my sunglasses! How did I manage to lose my @oakley glasses when it was raining most of the weekend?
What everyone else has been saying:
On Wednesday, Shell had the Ferrari simulator in the UK for the first time, and I was there to see it:
@ShellMotorsport: The Ferrari F1 Professional Driver Trainer built in collaboration with Shell was in the UK today with Felipe Massa https://twitter.com/ShellMotorsport/status/220575258992836608/photo/1
GP3’s Alice Powell had a message for the fans:
@alicepowell: Hats off to all you wonderful and brave people camping and coming to Silverstone this weekend and coming out in the rain! #Awesome
I had a shock on Saturday, thanks to @SantanderGP:
@SantanderGP: Hi!!! @laura_marieee, @Miss_F1, @formulaonechick, @Daltsy1 and @F1_Girl will do tomorrow with us a Garage Tour!
@SantanderGP: Our @SantanderGP followers in the paddock!!! / Nuestras seguidoras en el paddock http://yfrog.com/h4uz0pajj
Finally, after the race, Pirelli’s Paul Hembery was proud:
@PaulHembery: Have to say,and people do not say it for sound bites, but the British F1 crowd is very special. You can feel and touch the passion. So proud
That’s it for this week, or should I say last week, seeing as it’s Wednesday already? Join me agan Sunday for more from the world of #F1 social media, and in the meantime, stay tuned to hear more about what I have been up to over the last week…