Thrills and spills at Singapore Grand Prix spark more than 930,000 conversations on Twitter

A collision between Nico Hulkenberg (left) and Felipe Massa on Lap 14 was one of the talking points of the Singapore Grand Prix.
A collision between Nico Hulkenberg (left) and Felipe Massa on Lap 14 was one of the talking points of the Singapore Grand Prix. PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - Germany's Sebastian Vettel secured his fourth triumph at the Singapore Grand Prix last Sunday (Sept 20), but the mystery man who invaded the race track was also accorded prime-time status on Twitter.

Statistics released by the social media platform indicated that a high of 1,300 tweets per minute were recorded from 9.25pm - around the time when the 27-year-old man was spotted - all the way till 10.05pm, when Vettel took the chequered flag.

More than 930,000 conversations with the hashtag #SingaporeGP took place on Twitter from Sept 14 to 20, while the weekend alone generated 700,000 conversations.

It was certainly an action-packed race at the Marina Bay circuit, with Vettel's victory and the track invader - who was later arrested - coupled with reigning F1 champion Lewis Hamilton's early retirement and a crash between Felipe Massa and Nico Hulkenberg also providing plenty of talking points for fans.

The five most discussed F1 drivers on Twitter throughout the week were Hamilton, Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button.

Ferrari, Mercedes, McLaren, Lotus and Red Bull made the list of top five F1 teams discussed.

Check out some of the top tweets below.

https://twitter.com/LewisHamilton/status/645604110641823744

Several tweets by the ST Sportsdesk, which was live tweeting the race, also received top billing.