2014 Japanese Grand Prix Sunday in Tweets

2014 Japanese Grand Prix

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Despite initial concerns poor weather due to typhoon Phanfone would ruin the Japanese Grand Prix, the race went ahead.

But towards the end of the race came the shock of Jules Bianchi’s crash. It was initially unclear what had happened, but the details of his injuries were later confirmed by the FIA.

The account below of how a dark day for motor racing unfolded on social media does not include any of the pictures that were circulated claiming to show different aspects of the crash, for reasons of taste and the difficulty of verifying details of the images.

The entire Formula One community is anxiously awaiting further news about Bianchi’s condition. It is only possible to include a tiny number of the many tributes which were posted.


The race briefly started behind the Safety Car before being red-flagged. After a short delay the cars returned to the track still behind the Safety Car – and then came a surprise first retirement of the day.

Some drivers lobbied race director Charlie Whiting to bring the Safety Car in. Once he did, Button headed for the pits as well for a characteristic gamble on intermediate tyres.

Marussia scaled new heights thanks to Jules Bianchi’s late pit stop:

Just as in the Italian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton took the lead from his team mate on lap 29.

Bianchi crashes

A recovery vehicle was parked in the run-off area next to Sutil’s car while it was recovered under yellow flags. This was what Bianchi hit when he went off, though it was not immediately clear at the time.

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20 comments on “2014 Japanese Grand Prix Sunday in Tweets”

  1. Wow. What a tough response from the F1 people.
    I actually missed the race, and woke up with the bad news.
    The last time the F1 world was so tense was probably since Massa nearly died in Hungary 2009.
    I hope Chilton is OK, I dont know if it was his fault or the organizers fault. From what everyone says, the race was rubbish and with this was even worse. Need to watch it later.
    On another note, @keithcollantine Did the rate the race and DOTW polls are omited due to the incident?

    1. My god, I hope BIANCHI is OK, what a terrible mistake D:

    2. The race wasn’t bad at all until that point… (only the late start was annoying)

    3. jsw11984 (@jarred-walmsley)
      6th October 2014, 1:22

      Certainly I think the RtR should be omitted, whether consciously or not people will be affected by the Bianchi crash in their rating and it would not be a true reflection of the race.

  2. Sometimes we give a lot of crap to the guys in the back of the field and we forget about hard they are fighting during a race no matter their position. I can only wish the best of Jules and his family right now during this difficult time

  3. I didn’t follow F1 the last time we had an accident like this. At 18 I’ve never had to go through “the wait” before. I was crying; it was appalling. I sleep tonight with an even greater respect for drivers whom this was a regular occurrence, and hoping beyond hope that Jules will pull through. Equally, the genuine care shown by all the drivers, particularly Sutil, was fantastic to see.

    1. Same here, being 16, never experienced the Massa incident which is the most similar thing I can imagine right now. Potentially an incredible driver considering Monaco, hopefully he’ll still be partnering Vettel in 2016, #ForzaJules.

    2. Formula-I (@)
      6th October 2014, 8:25

      I am only 13 and I’m heavily shocked after Jules incident, which I though F1 was save

      1. im 12and I’m a bit traumatised from the incident

  4. He was reportedly breathing on his own but unconscious when he left the compound, which is certainly encouraging if you have seen the photos of the car and read the details of the crash. Most likely he will have had the operation to relieve pressure on his cranium. The prognosis is still wide open, but these kinds of injuries are rarely without some long term consequence (Massa was exceedingly lucky, just look at Schumacher’s or Maria DeVilotta’s accident). All we can do is wait for more news and hope it starts to be the good kind. At least he is young and fit, which should count for something. My utmost hopes are for a complete recovery and perhaps we will be lucky enough to see him back as soon as next season. #forzaJules

  5. To be honest I haven’t felt this way about a race since last year’s Le Mans. When the news hit Allan Simonsen was in critical condition, I got worried and the news that he died just struck me; it was the first time a fatality happened during a race I was watching. I had a hard time maintaining focus for at least 4 hours after the news and couldn’t tell you what happened during those hours.

    Massa’s accident and the deaths of Surtees and Wheldon saddened me greatly, as did the deaths of the marshals during the 2000 Italian GP, 2001 Australian GP and the 2013 Canadian GP. I felt really nervous about Dario Franchitti’s accident last year too, but still feel uneasy watching the crash.

    As soon as the camera was fixed on the recovery vehicle that was no longer moving, I feared it had hit a Marshal. It was Jules.. I just hope I can put this accident in a place in my mind with Massa’s accident or even Franchitti’s, not the ones of Simonsen, Surtees and Wheldon..

    1. The worst I’ve seen is poor Marco Melandri of MotoGP fame, who a couple of years ago was thrown from his motorcycle & hit by two riders on Live TV @ the Sepand circuit. My eyes well up even now thinking back to that. Such an awful thing to happen and terrible to see happening with your own eyes.

  6. this is the first time ever that I’ve witnessed a very scary accident and I felt very worried for Jules ;(

  7. I’ve seen so many posts from people trying to place blame on someone… Nobody could have predicted these events in these conditions at this time. Sure, a similar incident happened in the past with Martin Brundle in ’94, but given the conditions were so different to them, I don’t think it warrants any blame on anyone.

    Everyone just take a step back, learn wheat we can and hope Jules can pull through this. Blaming someone will achieve nothing.

  8. I hope there will be no more booing at the podium. This really makes you realise the risks these guys are taking.

    1. @ootony

      Well said.

      I’ve read many people here say “the audience have the right to express their opinion”.
      Booing isn’t an opinion. It’s a sign of utter disrespect for people who put their lives on the line for “our entertainment”.

  9. Very best wishes to Jules for a full recovery. I have been watching Formula 1 since 1976. This latest race is not about blame, it should be common sense that such a lot of surface water can affect more than one car in the space of a few laps. The recovery truck being there meant that the barrier ‘gap’ was now a dangerous obstacle for anyone sliding off the track, at any speed, and not safe for the marshals. There should be extra temporary tyre or inflatable barriers available to put there as protection around the first crash site. The race should have been behind the safety car immediately, or suspended since the heavy rain had returned. In fact, the lack of proper daylight meant that the race should have started earlier in the first place. Yes…1976, heavy rain in Japan and a race without terrible casualties more by luck than the organisers would care to admit.

  10. did you see in the video that after yellow flags, green flags are waved whilst the tractor is still on the circuit and before jules’s crash, and then yellow flags again…. seems like a horrible mix up.

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