2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in Tweets

2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Kimi Raikkonen’s amusing radio messages, Red Bull’s qualifying drama and Max Chilton’s F1 debut were among the talking points at the Abu Dhabi weekend. Here’s a look back on the Grand Prix in Tweets.



McLaren were fastest in first practice while Britain’s Max Chilton made his practice debut for Marussia. Second practice saw Vettel back on top with the McLarens second and third, but Fernando Alonso languished down in seventh.


Vettel missed much of final practice while McLaren were dominant once again. Come qualifying, it was an easy pole for Hamilton while Vettel stopped on circuit after taking third. He was later relegated to the back of the grid.


In the race Hamilton retired, Webber crashed, Alonso and Button raced, but through it all came Kimi Raikkonen to secure his first victory in over three years. Vettel’s recovery drive to third behind Alonso meant his championship lead was cut to ten points.

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25 comments on “2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in Tweets”

  1. Alonso’s “way of the samurai” tweets were kind a cool in the begining, now they start to sound reilly weird.

    1. Actually, I am liking his tweets more and more. I like the pic he has put with this samurai tweet.
      He really knows how to use twitter without any controversy and in a popular manner.

    2. and the samurai saga continues…… i missed that tweet
      Why does he talk in 3rd person as if he speaks about someone’s else achievement?
      I thought samurai’s fighting their opponents with their sword and not by cursing them to fail so that they don’t have to confront them…. but that’s just me.

    3. Totally agree, it was fun at first but now is weird. It feels like he has assigned tweeter to someone else by giving specific instructions of what line to follow.. (the Samurai line). Even the pictures are taken by someone else. “Alonso” (the product) is using tweeter the-Samurai-way. Well…., as long as Alonso (the man) is concentrating on the championship then that’s cool!

      1. @gibo – I think the novelty wore off after the Japanese GP: it made sense there since Japan is obviously “the home of the samurai” but I’m pretty sure Abu Dhabi has no samurai tradition.

        As I said, he is indeed a Spanish Bull-fighter!

        1. :) well said

    4. I agree, I think possibly he may have gone slightly mad! All jokes aside though, he isn’t a samurai warrior, he’s a Spanish Bull-fighter.

  2. I love these summaries of the weekend’s tweets, particularly when I end up in them! Twice! :p

    1. Nice. :D

      I loved Hamilton’s. Two weeks, ha.

    2. Cheers, nice way to top off a great weekend!

  3. No idea who half these people are. PR? Hangers-on? Fans?
    Could you add that in next time please?

    1. Tony F (@anthonyfrench)
      6th November 2012, 13:30

      Thank you for the comment @bullfrog, that may be something to look into adding for the subsequent Grand Prix.

    2. @bullfrog They’re all listed in the directory:

      F1 Twitter directory

  4. OmarR-Pepper (@)
    6th November 2012, 17:02

    About the “Driven” film, (or so-called film), well, I’ve never liked any racing film, not Fast and Furious (1, 2,3, 4… don’t know when they’ll stop it), not Driven or that one with Tom Cruise in the 80’s, for a simple reason… The victory is completely fixed, you know the good guy will win. That never happens in real racing, that’s the thrill that makes me wake up early to see a race. To enjoy a great race like this Abu Dhabi one… you might like or not wo the winner is, but that’s part of the emotion right?
    And NEVER, even if you have insomnia, see that “Driven” film. Just awful!!!
    And about Alonso Zen thing, a little weird isn’t it? He should ask Ma Qing Hua if he knows other memorable and philosophycal phrases.

    1. OmarR-Pepper (@)
      6th November 2012, 17:03

      wo = who Oops!!!

    2. dodge5847 (@)
      6th November 2012, 19:44

      Give La Mans 1971 a go with Steve Mcqueen, now that is a racing movie, and I am not even a La Mans fan. One of my favourite movies of all time. +1’s if anyone else agrees.

        1. dodge5847 (@)
          6th November 2012, 19:47

          that is the link above to youtube for the full movie

    3. The only racing film I have truly liked is Senna, and that is because it is based on real events so it feels more connectable. I haven’t even seen driven, but it’s about CART and there are F1 drivers in it. Doesn’t that strike you as an epic failure?

      1. @vettel1Driven had a failed troubled pre-production. It was originally going to be an Ayrton Senna biopic, with Sly himself as Senna, as well as writing and directing it. That idea got shot down pretty quickly when Stallone decided to set a film in the world of Formula 1. The project had some support, but as it gained momentum, Bernie Ecclestone started losing faith in production in general and the script in particular. Stallone made a few changes, most notably bringing Renny Harlin (probably best-known as director of Die Hard 2: Die Harder) on-board, but by then, Bernie had pulled all of his support for the film. At the same time, studios had already sunk a lot of money into production, and they wanted the film to go ahead. They had a script, but no racing series, and so production was based on CART with only minimal changes made so that the film could be shot quickly.

        1. @prisoner-monkeys – I know, so it doesn’t really tie in then! Still, I just don’t think fiction can match reality for drama and excitement: the Senna movie was so good because it was essentially a documentary in my opinion.

  5. I actually like Alonso’s Samurai tweets. Don’t know why really…
    I guess it’s the optimism, the defiant belief that he can still win? And call me naive, but I actually thought he was in charge of his twitter account. It didn’t sound like a PR person… but then it wouldn’t would it.

    And *shudder* Driven is one hour and a half I’ll never get back.

    Really loving this feature by the way! It’s such a nice way to sum up the weekend. Nice job!

    1. Tony F (@anthonyfrench)
      7th November 2012, 16:18

      Thank you @ella, it’s quite a nice little way to see the personalities of team members that you don’t see on television as well.

      I’d just like to add my thanks to @keithcollantine for his patience and work in getting the articles online and functioning properly!

      1. Yeah it’s definitely one of the main reasons I’m even on twitter – I love the insights into their personalities and the ins and outs during a race weekend. I love how this article almost presents it as a sub-plot to every grand prix weekend.

  6. I don’t really think there’s any justification to get rid of podium interviews if only a few thousand people can’t hear it at the circuit…millions at home!

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