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Tweets of the Week - We're going to need a bigger boat - Watching, racing and covering the Japanese Grand Prix

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The Japanese Grand Prix provided some entertainment this weekend for all the wrong reasons, when the rain curtailed all meaningful running on Saturday. Teams and drivers took to Twitter to keep themselves amused, and if they weren't tweeting, they were busy making boats to travel down the river of water running through the pitlane.

Once Sunday arrived, and the action began, it was fascinating to find Lucas di Grassi stuck in the barriers just trying to make his way to the grid. Although a terrible end to a race weekend for him, it was fun to find a driver tweeting midway through the Grand Prix itself.

Lucas di Grassi waits in the car during the race weekend at Suzuka
Lucas di Grassi waits in the car during the race weekend at SuzukaCredit: Virgin Racing

Week Ending: 10th October 2010

1. Chandhok wasn't in Japan, but came up with a way to pass the time. - Guess what came in the post today ?? Big thanks to @AndyGray_ !!

karunchandhok karunchandhok

2. The fans at Suzuka were keen from the very beginning, rain or no rain.

Done the circuit walk, track looks amazing. A lot of fans in the grandstand, got the wrong day. Disappointed not to get out in FP1.

pauldirestaf1 pauldirestaf1

3. The weather begins to turn, and Force India get prepared.

Ooooooh it's raining! Lots! Will it stay for tomorrow - you betcha. Note to self: sturdy shoes and umbrella. And rain jacket. And poncho.

clubforce clubforce

4. It's nice to see the drivers appreciate the fans - along with Vettel giving the locals some well-deserved applause.

Raining hard here at Suzuka, and it doesn't seem like it's going to stop any time soon! Feel for all u guys back in Europe that r up early!

The_Real_JB The_Real_JB

5. No one really knew if qualifying would go ahead, so it was time to come up with a Plan B.

We are toying with the idea of all the drivers doing a lap in the safety car for grid order. Or even any car they can find???

GaryPaffett GaryPaffett

6. The Toro Rosso Spy awakes from a six-month nap to find a very different race weekend awaiting.

Qualifying soon: just like the good old days when we had a warm up session on race morning. Used to be the best way to mess up a race car.

ToroRossoSpy ToroRossoSpy

7. Meanwhile, in the sister garage, Webber finds an alternate means of transport.

Mark launches the Good Ship Red Bull 6 in Suzuka...

redbullf1spy redbullf1spy

8. Mike kept a sense of humour throughout the whole weekend, despite all the chaos. This tweet from Saturday.

Session debrief about to start.. And its over, not much to say. Starting to plan for tomorrow but will depend on the weather

MikeGascoyne MikeGascoyne

9. Virgin aren't saying what happened to Lucas out there on the formation lap.

Some rumours that Lucas suffered suspension failure. We've analysed the data, there is nothing to suggest there was a problem with the car

VirginRacing VirginRacing

10. Meanwhile, Lucas has already moved on.

Really appreciated all the msgs. I'm feeling fine, ready for next one. We will overcome any problems and come back stronger. Watch us.

LucasdiGrassi LucasdiGrassi

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