The Top 10 F1 Twitter Accounts You Should Be Following
Twitter, as it likes to profess upon login, is a conversation.
So we thought it would be a good idea to help you make your online Formula One chats even more enlightening and entertaining.
Often, the best tweets come from well-managed accounts that aren't necessarily directly involved with the sport.
However, we've paid respect to the professionals who acknowledge the importance of the lighter side of the sport.
So in this list, you'll find just one team among the throng of journalists, fans and organisations.
We'd love to hear your suggestions on what accounts you think we, and your fellow readers, should get following.
Oh, and while we're at it...
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F1’s very own "proper" Twitter account might not have much in the way of character.
But quite often you’ll find that having the sport’s head honcho on your side to say “you, you’re being interviewed by the website now” means there are plenty of times when the Q&As will crop up at just the right time to speak to drivers who just don’t want to be spoken to.
Plus, there are highlights. Everyone likes highlights.
9: F1 Fanatic
F1 Fanatic is a fantastic online resource which, for me, came into its own during the launches at the turn of the year, having pictures on the website before the launches themselves. A mighty fine effort.
The Twitter account is similarly insightful. Links to the site’s wide variety of content are tweeted throughout the day, as well as links to the odd humorous or entertaining YouTube video.
They are also not beyond retweeting other sources (Twitter’s a conversation after all), and they are also rather good at replying—not bad for an account with 56,000-plus followers.
This is an aggregated follower suggestion, more than anything else.
The lead @autosportnews account is where you’ll not miss a single story from arguably the world’s best dedicated motorsport news website, though you’ll need a subscription to access some of the Plus content.
7: Formula 1 Game
Let’s face it, we all think (know, secretly) we’re better drivers than some of the F1 grid.
Who hasn’t set purple sectors around the streets of Monaco in a Marussia, for crying out loud?
So, B/R knows you’re eagerly anticipating October 3, and the latest instalment of Codemaster’s Formula 1 game.
Especially after they announced it would have a Classic element to it; now that’s awesome.
So, what better Twitter account for you than the official feed of the game. It’ll give you the latest teasers, news and other cool stuff regarding F1 2013.
Very, very cool.
6: Will Buxton
A man known for different reasons in the F1 paddock depending on which side of the pond you’re watching on from.
Will Buxton worked as SPEED’s F1 pit-lane reporter before continuing the role with NBC when the channel gained the broadcast rights this year.
He’s also Formula One Management’s go-to GP2/GP3 commentator, feeder series podium presenter and bright-coloured trouser aficionado.
You’ll probably struggle to find a media professional quite so passionate in his praise or criticism—and that’s no bad thing.
In fact, it makes his Twitter-ing mighty entertaining.
5: Peter Windsor
One of the most affable men in the world of motorsport.
Peter Windsor is presenter of mega weekly vid-cast The Racer’s Edge, which is a dual partnership with F1 Racing magazine.
His F1 and media CV is remarkable—stints with Autocar, AUTOSPORT, F1 Racing and a host of broadcasters like Sky Sports, Fox and SPEED sandwich a time working with the Williams and Ferrari F1 teams.
Expect more than just tweets about F1, and if you send him a message you can equally expect a polite response.
A top bloke, and a definite follow.
4: Fake Charlie Whiting
“I press the button. Yes, that button. Verified 100% Authentic Fake. [Location:] Race Control. Or at the Pub.”
As brilliant a bio as you can expect to find on a fake account of Formula 1’s Race Director.
Apart from generally being pretty hilarious during Grands Prix, it’s yet another account in which Twitter success (31,000 followers account) hasn’t gone to his fake, real, authentic profile head. So, replies aplenty on his timeline and good, solid F1 banter.
Even during events totally unrelated to F1.
3: Red Bull Spy
This isn't the team account we mentioned earlier; that's still to come.
Red Bull's "spy" account comes in at No. 3 for entertainment value from an organisation which is actually quite...serious.
It can sometimes be rather sporadic as to when the account is particularly active, but it's well worth the wait.
It's full of sarcasm, humour and funny pictures of Christian Horner in various different places.
This account is a real Twitter gem.
Don’t try to go back through to see what it was like during the most recent Grand Prix, though, because you’ll find the 30,000-odd followers who message this profile will almost certainly have received a reply.
So you know you’ll be following a “Good Guy Twitter Profile.”
But in terms of the F1 content, a cheeky behind-the-scenes element will be added to your online Grand Prix coverage, with this fella’s access to team radio streams making every race a little less private for each team.
Which means you win, big time.
1: Lotus F1 Team
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A lot of teams are very, very good on Twitter at utilising social networking with their fans.
McLaren (@McLarenF1, also well worth a follow) utilise “Social Fridays,” whereby they accept questions via Twitter and respond in one rather large online Q&A.
Marussia and Caterham send a lot of replies out to their fans, so kudos to them for interactions.
But Lotus are something a bit different. It’s almost rather tongue-in-cheek, their profile.
Each race gets its own memorable hashtag: such as #HungaroKings for, you guessed it, the Hungarian Grand Prix.
This absolutely brilliant reply to a dig from the Caterham boys sums up just why if you’re thinking of following a team on Twitter, it should be Lotus: