Twitter has implemented its latest rule of not providing anyone with blue tick unless they are paying for it – Esteban Ocon wasn’t happy.
Elon Musk-owned Twitter has started the process of removing blue ticks from the accounts of celebrities. As per the platform’s new regulations, users will have to pay a subscription fee of $8 per month or $84 per year to retain the verified ‘blue ticks’ on their account. While this topic has been debated for a long time, it wasn’t until yesterday that Twitter started implementing the process on a large scale.
Esteban Ocon was one of the first F1 drivers to react to losing to the blue tick and tweeted: “Thanks for the memories, blue tick”. Other drivers and teams subsequently joined in the fun. Mercedes had to reassure fans that their account was indeed still them, sarcastically tweeting: “Still the real Mercedes-AMG F1 account.” Meanwhile, Williams posted a picture of Alex Albon holding a photoshopped tick and wrote: “Can we have it (tick) back please?” while Alfa Romeo driver Zhou Guanyu posted a GIF of him sarcastically clapping after realising his blue tick had disappeared.
When will the F1 action resume?
Formula One is currently in the middle of a short break and the action will resume with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on April 30. After three enthralling races in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Australia, this short break is a great opportunity for all the teams to work on their existing issues and improve their showing in the upcoming races. Teams will move to Azerbaijan tentatively by 26th April and be ready for the long haul as the Azerbaijan GP will also host the first Sprint Race event of the 2023 season.
F1 drivers are enjoying this break while the technical staff have the task of addressing all the issues that affected the respective teams in the first races of the season before heading to Baku. The 2023 Azerbaijan GP will take place at the Baku City Circuit – giving fans a view of modern architecture as well as historic buildings around the capital city of Azerbaijan. The circuit is an FIA Grade 1 licensed circuit and spans over a total length of 6 km including 20 turns and has a capacity of 18,500. The inaugural edition of this F1 Grand Prix was held back in 2017 and this is set to be the sixth edition.
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