The continual advances of digital technology has allowed F1 fans to enjoy increased coverage of the sport via a variety of different means.

One such resource has been Twitter, particularly the feeds from F1 teams and media outlets who post live updates and interact with fans during the Grand Prix weekends.

But that function looks set to get shot out of the water at this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix, with the Communist Government blocking access to Twitter.

China’s excessively notoriously strict internet censorship controls, dubbed by many as the “Great Firewall of China”, was recently expanded to include Twitter. Access to other social networking sites – such as Facebook – has also been limited for those in China to make it harder for groups who are critical of the Communist regime to gather and communicate.

Several Twitter users who we follow have already complained about the difficulties they’re facing in accessing Twitter to send updates.

As ever, there is usually solution out there, and some Chinese F1 fans are already getting the word out to F1 figures, such as Karun Chandhok, who just posted this:

Karun Chandhok Twitter

While this might be an inconvenience for F1 figures and fans, the restrictions to free speech is a far more problematic manner for the Chinese people – who are denied access to many sites that promote human rights and free speech.

Even Google has trouble getting a foothold in the world’s most populous country!

As far as we know, Richard’s F1 can be accessed quite freely in China and I seem to have a small readership base in Shanghai and Yunfu – hello there!

Perhaps after this little tirade, I might myself on the censors blacklist in the not too distant future… It makes one realise the little things we take for granted…

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.