Which F1 drivers do you like? (Poll)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Drivers, Melbourne, 2008, Red Bull, 470150

Two weeks ago I asked you to select which F1 teams you like to find out which were the most popular.

BMW came out on top, just ahead of Williams, with Toyota in last. You can see the full results of the poll here.

Now let’s find out which are the most popular drivers. Cast your votes below.

As before you can vote for more than one driver, so select the drivers you like:

Which F1 drivers do you like? (Select one or more)

  • Kimi Raikkonen (4%)
  • Felipe Massa (2%)
  • Nick Heidfeld (1%)
  • Robert Kubica (67%)
  • Fernando Alonso (8%)
  • Nelson Piquet Jnr (0%)
  • Nico Rosberg (1%)
  • Kazuki Nakajima (1%)
  • David Coulthard (2%)
  • Mark Webber (2%)
  • Jarno Trulli (1%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Sebastien Bourdais (1%)
  • Sebastian Vettel (1%)
  • Jenson Button (1%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (2%)
  • Adrian Sutil (1%)
  • Giancarlo Fisichella (1%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (1%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (2%)

Total Voters: 21,567

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  1. Kimi in 2006? He had a couple pole positions, couple runs from the back of the grid to the podium, and challenged for wins at Hockenheim, Canada and Monaco, but the car failed him (blown engine, clutchs).

    I don’t like Massa because when he doesn’t win he blames everything else, teh car etc…for his spin in sepang? lol, and when Kimi was outpacing him horribly in France it was because Kimi had a better balanced car? wtf? The guy is a douche, had one good wet race at Monaco(although he started on pole, finished 3rd) and everyone other one has been terrible or mediocre.

  2. Keith: that’s the way we (latins) laught via internet xD

    jeje it’s spanish for hehe, jaja=haha, and so on xP…

  3. Firstly, I didn’t vote for all the drivers I liked, or else I’d have voted for every driver in the list (and that’s been the case ever since Montoya left F1). There didn’t seem to be much point in doing that, so I put down the five I actively cheer for each race: Coulthard, Button, Fisichella, Hamilton and Sutil (in order of when I started supporting them).

    Coulthard, Button and Hamilton initially received my support because they were British. However each of them has since given me additional reasons to support them. The more I noticed Coulthard’s smoothness and team-co-operation skills, the more I liked him. Same with Button’s smoothness and ability to surprise. Hamilton’s on-track vivacity is enjoyable. I started supporting Coulthard from Melbourne 1996 and began supporting Button and Hamilton from the start of their respective careers.

    I started supporting Fisichella during the Monaco 2001 weekend. That was down to a combination of things; the determination he had to get the extremely slow Benetton looking like a respectable F1 machine, his good, gentle personality and his smooth driving.

    Sutil I started supporting because he was at Spyker. His wet-weather and street-circuit performances leave me smiling too.

  4. I would probably say it’s a personality thing for me, although race performances can be inspiring to change that.

    It took a long time for me to warm up to Kimi – but out of everybody on the grid, I have the biggest respect for him. Mainly because he doesn’t care, and does what he wants to do – unconstrained (well, more so than the other drivers at least) by the politics and commercialness of F1.

    He values his private life a lot, doesn’t want to give much away, and I feel sorry for him in the press conferences because he obviously doesn’t want to be there….yes, they’re amazingly dull and boring, but on the opposite side you have Hamilton who I have to mute because he sounds clinical…or like a prat when he momentarily slips into non-PR mode (ok, he’s young and enjoying it). But that’s just me…maybe if I didn’t hear Hamilton-Hamilton all the time and just watched the race without any build ups/post-race discussions it could change. I didn’t like Button to begin with, but that completely changed and he’s one of my favourite drivers these days.

    Heidfeld’s a quiet character as well, and just when you think he’s settling into number 2 status at BMW without an answer to Kubica he’d surprise you – that overtaking move at Silverstone is an instant classic. At Sauber I was indifferent to him, now I would say I was indifferent to him, but I do like him.

    Massa is a rubbish race driver, he’s only good to drive from pole to wins in the dry – I don’t remember any good jostling for positions, recently anyway, where he came out on top. Critics say he’s the ideal number two driver at Ferrari, which unfortunately is true…or they can find someone better, but he has got blitzing speed.

    Last year’s Sepang mistake on Hamilton was unforgiving, as was his performance at Silverstone. Yes, he moans about performances and gives excuses, but he’s a nice jolly fellow otherwise, and he is a great celebrator of his wins. So those things make him likeable for me.

    The same goes for Sato (not included), you wonder why he’s even on the grid sometimes, but when he’s talking he’s always got a smile on his face, trying his best to speak English – can’t really fault a person for that no matter if his driving is temperamental.

    Seasoned veterans, Mark Webber,Rubens Barichello, Giancarlo Fisichella and DC, have just been in the sport long enough that I will miss them when they retire, you have early memories of these drivers. When they’ve stepped into a cockpit throwing up, driven with broken thumbs, and are still in the game after all these years that does demand a bit of respect (fair enough, some of them barely!) – and they are still opportunistic drivers in the end doing what they love.

    Could go on with pro and con perception of every driver, but it is more personality for me.

  5. I think you would have been better asking for disliked drivers….less boxes to tick…..and reasons a plentiful!

  6. Two of the drivers I picked won me over after my initial misgivings. I had Heidfeld down as a competent but unexciting driver until about two years ago. Then I started watching him more closely and realised that he is much better than anyone thinks – apart from anything else, he seems to be the only one who remembers how to overtake!

    Kubica I reacted against at first – yeah, he was quick as a test driver but what matters is the race. He has gradually beaten down my objections, however, and I now think he is one of the quickest drivers out there. It’s almost a pity that these two are team mates and compete so directly against each other – someone has to lose!

    Finally, I picked Nakajima, purely because I spotted him first. ;)

  7. Massa more votes than Lewis!!!

  8. I voted for eight people, Interestingly enough they were from four teams, Both Mclaren, Both Honda, both Williams and both Red Bulls!
    How odd!

  9. KB – I don’t think so because at the moment people are choosing an average of 5.7 drivers.

    Clive – I do think Heidfeld is underrated and after his Silverstone performance I think the second half of the season should be better for him. It’s his beard I don’t like.

    Actually on that note here’s a quick run down of why I voted for who I like. Warning: some of the reasons are much better than the others, some seem contradictory, but that’s personal perference for you!

    Heikki Kovalainen – Seems a nice guy, underrated.
    Lewis Hamilton – Proper racer’s racer. Good to his fans.
    Adrian Sutil – One to watch in the wet.
    Sebastian Vettel – Ditto.
    Sebastien Bourdais – Enjoyed watching him in Champ Car.
    Timo Glock – Got back into F1 the hard way. Respect.
    Jarno Trulli – From Pescara, knows the old Grand Prix track, makes wine.
    Mark Webber – Speaks his mind. A rare treat these days.
    David Coulthard – I always used to like him because he wasn’t Eddie Irvine.
    Kazuki Nakajima – I like the idea of a good Japanese driver in F1.
    Nico Rosberg – I somehow find him likeable despite his offensive good looks.
    Nelson Piquet Jnr – He did an autograph for a kid Ben Evans knows when we were at Silverstone last year.
    Robert Kubica – Likes street circuits and drives better without traction control. Doesn’t look like an F1 driver.

    So why didn’t I vote for the others?

    Giancarlo Fisichella – Hugely disappointing at Renault after so much promise.
    Fernando Alonso – I respected him enormously after his ’06 title and I still have an Alonso T-shirt somewhere. But his attitude last year was a total turn-off.
    Felipe Massa – Can’t help but think half the F1 grid would do better than he has with his equipment.
    Kimi Raikkonen – At Silverstone I saw him sneaking out of the side of a tent to avoid a small group of maybe a dozen or so fans.
    Nick Heidfeld – Beard
    Jenson Button – Ditto
    Rubens Barrichello – Schmacher’s lackey.

  10. First of all Keith, love your blog.

    For me it is a poll, on who I like, so it’s personal, however in some parts it is also based on performance. So for me, there are 4 drivers who are my favourite:

    1) Kubica – absolutly love him as F1 driver. He has eveything a good driver should have: talent, determination, will, aggressivnes on a track, modesty everywhere else. And he is a Pole, and Poles belong on pole :))))
    2) Raikkonen – frankly lately and finally his motivation or lack of it gets on my nerves, but I still like him, I have been his huge fan since almost the beginning of his career. Plus I am a women so this choice is partially based on my viewing pleasures :)))))
    3) Massa – Felipe is just Felipe, for me he can spin 10 times every race (however I would definetly not prefered him to do so, I would definetly prefere him to win every race from now on). I just genuinly like him, he gives us joy, he gives us pain, but he is always my choice number one.
    4)Alonso, and that is a suprice even for me. 2 years ago he was my enemy #1. Last year I started by liking Hamilton and disliking, a lot, Alonso, but during a course of season I converted. By it’s end I was quite indifferent to Hamilton and I was aplauding Alonso. This year it wenteven further I realized I like him a lot, for his amazing fighting spirit. He is just such a good example for people, he keeps on fighting till the end, even when he knows it’s pointless. He has a lion heart.

    I also need to mention who I will definetly not vote for and it is Hamilton. I can exactly pinpoint the moment when I started to dislike him and it was Canada GP 2008. Not when he crashed but at the interview, when he was asked about ruining Raikkonen’s race. The answer and the smirk he gave that is the moment. Then I realized, he can be the best driver in the world ( and for me he is not) and I would still dislike him, for his arrogance and lack of respect to everybody.

  11. I love the way everyone is dissing Massa left right and centre. He is after all an F1 driver, yes he’s iconsistent and doesn’t like the wet. But he’s getting better and better in terms of consistency.

    I’m not a Massa fan but after all the crap he was getting after the first 2 races. He deserves some credit for turning it around for himself. The way the people are dismissing his wins is a bit disrespectful, if winning on Tilke tracks in the dry is that easy, why aren’t the other frontrunners helping themselves at those tracks.

    I think this year is his best chance, because if he’s still in contention til Interlagos, he’s odds on to win there and take the WDC.

    I don’t see the fuss with Heiki, yes he’s improving, but his race craft is just not there yet. It’s the weak link for Mclaren’s constructors title.

    At least when they had Fernando, despite their sillyness, they were a formidable duo who could block out the ferrari’s for which ever Mclaren was in the lead.

    But then again, Kimi was gunning alone towards the end and the inter-team bickering of the Mclarens helped him. So it might be a good mental boost for Hamilton not having such a dangerus team mate in his bid for the Driver’s title.

    As for my votes, I voted for Kimi, Nando and Hamilton.

    Kimi is the Iceman, and I agree with the comment abovethat all these people that call Kimi boring should look into hi off the track exploits, whichare more often than not are hilarious. He don’t give 2 s**ts what people think/say about him and he never will. I think its great from Ferrari that they let him do his thing as long as he’s producing the goods on the track.
    And let’s not forget the apparent effortless quick pace, its ridculous.

    Fernando is in my opinion the best driver on the grid, I’m on the people that are hoping he does end up making that switch to Ferrari because he certainly deserves a premium car to match his premium abilities. I think the slopiness of both Ferrari drivers is making his move look more possible by the minute along with the Santander announcement; which is ironic because their booth at Silverstone was literally a Hamilton fan zone.

    Ferrari will want Alonso, despite their public denials, because he’s a proven champion and knows what is needed of himk and what it takes to win a title.

    They would want alot more 1-2 finishes because its too close for their liking in comparison to toher seasons. and I think Kimi and Fernando would bring home the goods more often than not.

    With Kimi coming out saying he’s gonna honour his contract it’s looking gloomy for Massa, if he does get the boot, I still think he’ll be wanted by other teams and will have a seat in F1, I think he deserves it.

    As for Hamilton, his driving style is more raw than usual which makes for good viuewing but can lead to mistakes, less rewarding race strategies eg. Turkey.
    Despite everyone disliking his corporate ventures and ITV’s obsession with him, I still think he’s a decent role model to aspriring youth in the UK if not elsewhere. He’s well spoken, has strong family values and doesnt get up to too much mischief. I would have gone on an all nighter after that win, but instead he was in bed by 11.

    I think his time will come if he doesn’t win it this season because he definately has the ability and the pace, and let’s not forget, he’s only been in the game for a season and a half..

    Sorry about the lengthy post.

  12. “Nick Heidfeld – Beard
    Jenson Button – Ditto”

    Lol…you sound like Jeremy Clarkson now!

    About Kimi avoiding his fans, I think he’d avoid anyone really:


    I definately think he’s a character in F1 in a less subtle way – not so much in the self-proclaimed James Hunt style, but he’s got a rough edge to him that no one has (or dare has) today.

    DC makes me laugh as well, although I don’t think his words would’ve been half as funny if he wasn’t Scottish:

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=Zv73fN8eJTU (infamous words on Massa)

    I wonder if there’s ever been a F1 stand up charity event or something, I reckon a few drivers could do well.

  13. Lol…you sound like Jeremy Clarkson now!

    Oh dear.

  14. Kimi=superfast
    Fernando=best all around driver
    Nick=(my fave)fast,focused,overtaking abilities

    Those are my top choices,I voted for 4 or 5 others but,that’s my faves and why.

  15. Kimi R…
    I’ve had a serving of toast that is more exciting than this guy. What a boring world champion.

  16. I’ll cast my vote for Massa. He is a happy and funny fella.
    Besides, he looks incredibly like a famous brazilian comedian of the 80’s. Can you guys picture an english driver with the face of Michael Palin or John Cleese?

    As for his driving, it reminds me a lot of Mansell, or at least how we saw Nigel in Brazil at the time of the feud with Piquet Sr.: a very fast but somewhat stupid driver.

    Other drivers that I like are DC, Trulli and Vettel.

  17. this is directed to tommy B for post 23

    what mark said after fuji was more of being aussie and speaking what he says more then anything else.

    and after driving a whole damm race and vomiting and been taken out by a rookie in 2nd, y wouldnt u be angry???


    thats a link to mark throwing up talking to team radio, id just call that aussie spirit continuing!

    the kid fuked up and that what he said, nothing wrong.

    i guess we all get our own opinions, but hating webbo just for that is quite a soft reason

  18. It’s Kimi and Coulthard for me. The “unruly rascals” of F1, kind of.

  19. well i voted for mark weboo webber. and DC.

    there are a few reasons, not just that hes aussie.

    1. like what keith said is that he speaks his mind and is not afraid to speak his mind to the media, along with DC.

    2. shows sheer pace without the machinery. yes we know he could have gotten the renault rive if he listened, but if u were in the mid 04 season, williams were a team like renault in 07, not too bad, and they had won the last race of the 04 season at interlagos.

    3. it always seems the **** think mark is over rated and the rest fo the world think mark is under rated. but ive always liked going for the underdog. he just needs the car, ive said that too my mates for years whove given it to me for not going for the big guns.

    4. sure he made a few stupid mistakes when he was at minardi, jag and williams, but at red bull hes kept it clean. i can only recaal a few incedents that werent mechanical that mark had made whilsts at RBR.

    1) 07 canada, spins trying to pass robert in turn 1.
    2) 08 Turkey practice, didnt respect the wet astroturf and spins hit wall.
    3) 08 canada, the track was braking what could u say.
    4) 08 silverstone, look at the lil brazillian and u could giv mark some sympathy.

    and yes his race starts are poor, but his qualifying these days with the ever improving RB4 is his strong spot. especially these days with it soo hard to pass, qualifying is soo crucial.

    and u got thoose great races too, or great until his car blows up
    1) 06 monaco, probaly would have won if his engine wiring loom didnt set on fire
    2) 06 AUS, running 1st till a hydraulics failure
    3) 06 germany, running a solid 4th, until his engine cut out about 15 laps to go
    4) 07 Fuji, gets taken out by a rookie
    5) 07 nurburgring, challenging conditions, almost lost the podium coming out of the last chicane

    For what i see, Mark is a real proper racer. we all know his talent, but executing them on raceday will be the hard part that he needs to achieve.

    for what i see, marks smooth driving along with less aero and the new regulations in which adrian should excel with will have Mark in consistent points in 09 if not podium or even wins.

  20. Webber # 1
    Kubica # 2
    Kimi # 3 – equal with Massa # 3 (and i am not a Ferrari fan!!!)
    Then who ever – cannot say i really do not like any as i only see what the press put out on them
    i have respect for them all

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