You can follow all bar one of the teams entered for the 2010 F1 season on Twitter either through the team themselves or one of their drivers. Some teams even have two or more official accounts.
Unfortunately there are lots of fake accounts from people pretending to represent drivers or teams. Below is a list of all the real accounts for drivers and teams who will be competing this year so you can get the real news straight from their mouths.
Drivers: Jenson Button | Lewis Hamilton
Button started Tweeting last year when he was introduced to the service by Rubens Barrichello. And if the world champion’s got time to talk to his fans on Twitter then what excuse do the others have?
There are a few fakers pretending to be Lewis Hamilton but nothing bona fide.
McLaren are among the most prolific and engaged Twitterers on the grid with an active fan base and lots of Twitter-based competitions.
Drivers: Michael Schumacher | Nico Rosberg
To be honest, the Nico Rosberg account is hardly worth listing as so far it has only been used to promote a competition when he was at Williams. Hopefully Rosberg will start using it properly some day.
If Michael Schumacher ever starts Tweeting expect him to amass users very quickly indeed. Major international sportspeople like Shaquille O’Neil and Lance Armstrong are among the most-followed individuals on Twitter with around 2.5m supporters each.
Reserve driver Nick Heidfeld is on Twitter but he hasn’t posted anything on his account in three months – not even to celebrate getting his seat at Mercedes.
Team: Official MGP
Happily, the team themselves have been as active on Twitter as their predecessors Brawn were.
Don’t forget to follow F1 Fanatic on Twitter too!
Drivers: Sebastian Vettel | Mark Webber
A poor show from two drivers who often have interesting things to say and would make great additions to F1’s Twitter community.
Update: Mark Webber joined Twitter a few days after this was written. His account has been added to the F1 Twitter directory.
Team: Red Bull F1 Spy
At least the team have an active Twitter presence.
Drivers: Felipe Massa | Fernando Alonso
Oddly, there is a ‘Verified’ Twitter account for Massa which was set up by his friends while he was in hospital last year. But he’s never used it and it’s been dormant for months.
Inevitably there are a couple of fakers pretending to be Fernando Alonso. Sadly the twice-champion is not Tweeting for real yet.
Team: Inside Ferrari
Ferrari launched their Twitter account when they revealed the F10 last month. They’re doing a good job of replying to questions from the Tifosi.
The only team to have both their drivers on Twitter. However H?â??lkenberg’s is being updated by some unknown third party, meaning Tweets often appear while he’s out on track, making people wonder if he’s only got one hand on the wheel.
Barrichello was an early adopter and has more Twitter followers than any other F1 driver – a whopping 330,000 right now.
Team: Claire Williams
Williams PR Claire is a recent and very popular addition to Twitter.She has been posting lots of pictures from the recent tests – even of rival teams!
Drivers: Robert Kubica | Vitaly Petrov
It’s all quiet from Renault’s Russo-Polish line-up on Twitter.
Team: Renault F1 Paddock Pass
Renault originally used Twitter simply to post links to articles on their web site. They’re using it properly now and have been posting live updates from the tests and replying to questions from fans.
Drivers: Adrian Sutil | Vitantonio Liuzzi
Nothing from Force India’s drivers either.
One of the most active F1 team Twitter accounts (and they’re following F1 Fanatic so they get extra brownie points).
Drivers: Sebastien Buemi | Jaime Alguersuari
Jaime Alguersuari’s prolific use of caps lock and exclamation marks might make you wince but at least he’s joined the party, unlike his team mate.
Team: Toro Rosso Spy
Posted a little from the tests this month but not as active as many of the others.
Drivers: Jarno Trulli | Heikki Kovalainen
Kovalainen is one of the most recent additions to Twitter and has already been one of the most illuminating.
He was impressively frank about why his test came to an early end last week, telling his followers: ?óÔé¼?ôHad a crash and damaged front wing, session over for us. S..t! My mistake, tomorrow we go again?óÔé¼?ª?óÔé¼?Ø
Already one of the best teams to follow on Twitter with lots of interesting comments not just from their official account but owner Tony Fernandes and designer Mike Gascoyne too.
Drivers: Jose Maria Lopez
Lopez does not appear to be on Twitter.
Team: USF1 Team
Anyone wanting to know what’s going on with this team should keep an eye on their official Twitter presence as they have used it to make statements. The last was: “We are not gone, as many have reported. More news soon.”
Drivers: Timo Glock | Lucas di Grassi
When I spoke to di Grassi at the Jerez test he said he was overwhelmed by the number of people following him on Twitter and was sorry he couldn’t reply to every question. No sign of team mate Glock yet, but test driver Luiz Razia is using Twitter.
Team: Virgin Racing
Good to see another new team embracing Twitter and they’re even getting into Twitter trends like Follow Friday.
Drivers: Bruno Senna
Senna largely posts in his own language and has been pretty quiet of late.
Campos haven’t got a Twitter account.
Drivers: Pedro de la Rosa | Kamui Kobayashi
BMW Sauber’s drivers aren’t on Twitter.
It looks like the BMWSauberF1Team Twitter account didn’t survive the team’s change of owners over the winter – they’ve been silent since early December.
More F1 and motor racing people on Twitter
Check out the F1 Twitter directory to find over 100 Twitter accounts for Formula 1 people and companies as well as other significant motor racing Twitterers.
And don’t forget to follow F1 Fanatic on Twitter:
f1fanatic_co_uk – This is my main account where I post during race weekends, share links and chat with people.
f1fanticupdate – Follow this to get a Tweet with a link to new articles on F1 Fanatic when they’re added.
Read more: F1 Twitter directory
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