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Tweets of the Week - Lessons in bravery // Bored drivers in Japan, what might they get up to?

Published by Christine Blachford

We saw a champion crowned in Japan this week, and whilst there were plenty of congratulatory tweets, I have steered clear of them. It's hard to avoid Red Bull altogether, of course, so there are peripheral questions in amongst the tweets. There are also some interesting insights into what drivers do on their days off, plus a team rivalries hotting up. Here are my top ten tweets from the last seven days.

Keeping your DRS wide-open around 130R in Suzuka
Keeping your DRS wide-open around 130R in SuzukaCredit: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic

Week Ending: 10th October 2011

1. This is an excellent point to start us off.

Helmet designs are not so special when there's a 'special' helmet in every race

EliGP EliGP

2. It's good to know that the puppet is doing his bit for charity.

Just learned Bernie bought 3000 tickets for victims of tsunami, plus all proceeds from sales of his puppet here going to tsunami charities.

ianparkesf1 ianparkesf1

3. I love the concept of being shot down in flames by a rival team's driver.

Heikki flat through 130R in quali with DRS open, easy for Vettel but good effort in our car, brave

MikeGascoyne MikeGascoyne

@MikeGascoyne it's not that brave we did it too

realTimoGlock realTimoGlock

4. Rubens gets his explaining hat on and talks about parc fermé. For some reason the capital B on blanket appeals to me.

there is a camera on the top of the car and a little locker on the open Blanket...so people can see that nobody touches the car after quali

rubarrichello rubarrichello

5. Celebrating a win, and a slightly stronger second place in the championship as well.

A lot of fun had by #TeamButton last night in celebrations of an amazing weekend here in Japan.. Very special victory because it's at Suzuka

JensonButton JensonButton

6. I dread to think what they might get up to!

#F1 Could be an interesting night in Tokyo, as I said earlier 18 out of 24 drivers are here, with nothing to do except not be in Korea...

adamcooperf1 adamcooperf1

7. This is not what I thought they'd get up to.

Felt an earthquake here in Tokyo, alarms in the city went on immediately after that! Hardcore the whole hotel was shaking!

H_Kovalainen H_Kovalainen

8. Silent karaoke does have a certain charm to it.

You should have seen Seb belting out Yellow Submarine on the karaoke last night. Note: seen. Not heard.

redbullf1spy redbullf1spy

9. It's just a matter of joining the dots.

Pirelli say they scrap significant numbers of unused tyres after each event. Wouldn't seem like an all-nighter to allocate these sets for Q.

MrSteveMatchett MrSteveMatchett

10. Goodness, where to start?

At Red Bull function. I've been asked a question. How do you feel about Red Bull's achievements so far,what do you think of them as a team?

MBrundleF1 MBrundleF1

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  • I get the feeling that Heikki going flat though 130R was at a higher gear than Timo going flat though 130R, although, but it might be just me.... :P

  • Does Gascoyne's tweet mean Jarno wasn't flat

  • 8. Silent karaoke does have a certain charm to it.

    I took that as meaning seeing is believing [his on-stage gesticulations] or that it's better to see than hear the cacophony :)

  • Does Gascoyne's tweet mean Jarno wasn't flat

    Full throttle AND steering? Maybe that's been Jarno's problem all along

  • 8. Silent karaoke does have a certain charm to it.

    I took that as meaning seeing is believing [his on-stage gesticulations] or that it's better to see than hear the cacophony :)

    Was he conducting the orchestra with his finger?

  • Does Gascoyne's tweet mean Jarno wasn't flat

    oooh, i reckon so.

  • So, wait... Pirelli is scrapping a bunch of unused tires after each event.

    Yet Some teams won't run in Q3 so as not to waste tires.

    This makes me angry, and I ain't blaming Pirelli.

  • This makes me angry, and I ain't blaming Pirelli.

    pit stops cost time. you can't use all sets when you're losing 20-30secs a stop.

  • This makes me angry, and I ain't blaming Pirelli.

    pit stops cost time. you can't use all sets when you're losing 20-30secs a stop.

    How long's it gonna be before we have qualifying tyres and race tyres? I think they should be the same spec but qualy should be about the fastest you can go, not a tactical decision to be 3 places behind we you could be

  • How long's it gonna be before we have qualifying tyres and race tyres? I think they should be the same spec but qualy should be about the fastest you can go, not a tactical decision to be 3 places behind we you could be

    Also, do we really need 2 grades of rubber any more? Mandatory one stop minimum if they must but I say if Sauber can limp round on a single set, let em try. Make the compound utterly useless after 90% race distance. Anything but today's pointless exercise

  • I agree. Bring back qually tyres, get rid of mandatory pitstops but make one compound last for half the race and the other compound for a quarter of the race. Then things get interesting!

  • I agree. Bring back qually tyres, get rid of mandatory pitstops but make one compound last for half the race and the other compound for a quarter of the race. Then things get interesting!

    I do think they should start the race on the qualy spec though, just not be afraid to use em because they'll be needed on Sunday

  • pit stops cost time. you can't use all sets when you're losing 20-30secs a stop.

    True, but how many sets did the teams that had drivers in Q3 but didn't run waste?

    I swear that makes sense in my head.

  • In the end I don't think tyres will make any difference. If a Force India or Sauber gets to Q3 why should they run? THey are going to gain nothing but they are putting miles on the engine and the car and risking being involved in an accident. Risk without potential gain is stupid

  • After di Grassi's attempt to form up on the grid last year, I'm impressed Virgin can get around 130R with the DRS closed, never mind open!

  • After di Grassi's attempt to form up on the grid last year, I'm impressed Virgin can get around 130R with the DRS closed, never mind open!

    I can take that thing flat out in the F1 2010 in Gran Turismo 5. Easy peasy. I don't know why these guys think they're so hot.

    ;)

  • So, wait... Pirelli is scrapping a bunch of unused tires after each event.

    Yet Some teams won't run in Q3 so as not to waste tires.

    they're scrapping the prime tyres but it's the options that are not being used in quali, so it's not quite as straightforward as that

  • For one race later in the season Pirelli are making the softer tyre the prime to get round this problem

  • it won't have that effect as it'll still be 3 of each by quali session because the extra softer tyre will have been handed back after FP1

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