As we reported earlier, F1’s obsession with Twitter might have to assume a low priority while the teams compete in China this weekend.

Many F1 figures – drivers, team bosses, media figures, and PR teams of the constructors – have tapped into the 140-character blogging phenomenon that is Twitter. Richard’s F1 is certainly no different, and we can be followed here!

But the Chinese government’s ban on many forms of social media – including Twitter – effectively renders its use illegal in the Communist state.

However, where there’s a will, there’s a way…

Upon landing in Shanghai, HRT driver Karun Chandhok was shown how to access the service by a group of enthusiastic Chinese fans, and has been happily tweeting ever since. In fact:

Karun Chandhok Twitter

The likes of Mike Gascoyne, Mark Webber, Heikki Kovalainen, Jaime Alguersuari and a huge number of F1 journalists are seemingly defying the restriction and happily tweeting from Shanghai.

Quite how China’s 30,000 internet police will view this flagrant disobedience is yet to be revealed!

The operator of Virgin’s official Twitter account is assuming a more cautious approach and wrote: "We’ll probably just go low-key for China [in 2010] and then look at a proper solution for next year."


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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.