Your favourite F1 drivers & teams: November 2011

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Jenson Button, McLaren, Buddh International Circuit, 2011

Jenson Button leads the popularity contest

One of my favourite new features on the site is the ability for F1 Fanatic to pick which drivers and teams they support.

With that in mind, I’ve had a look who you’ve picked so far and compiled this look at the most popular drivers and teams on F1 Fanatic right now.

Keep in mind these figures are not set in stone – they will change as more people join in on the site and others shift their allegiances between drivers and teams.

Drivers

Which drivers F1 Fanatic readers are supporting - November 2011

Which drivers F1 Fanatic readers are supporting - November 2011

  • Jenson Button is the most popular driver among F1 Fanatic readers right now. Around one in eight F1 Fanatics (12.4%) who’ve used the site since the new version was launched picked him as a driver they’re supporting.
  • Kamui Kobayashi’s third place in the list underlines his reputation as a fan favourite.
  • Robert Kubica may not have raced this year but he’s far from forgotten and well inside the top ten.
  • Despite only having entered F1 mid-season, Daniel Ricciardo already had more than 50 fans
  • Some people picked only one driver, others picked as many as ten or more
  • To find out how many people support each driver, type their name into the search box and select results for members

Teams

Which teams F1 Fanatic readers are supporting - November 2011

Which teams F1 Fanatic readers are supporting - November 2011

  • McLaren are way out in front – Having the two most popular drivers probably helps!
  • Support is spread quite evenly among the remaining teams, with Lotus a surprise third. Will they still be as popular when they become Caterham?
  • HRT and Virgin have failed to win many fans here so far.
  • To find out how many people support each team, type their name into the search box and select results for members

What year you started watching F1

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2011drivercolours.csv

Year 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Number of F1 Fanatics who started watching in this year 4 0 0 2 1 0 2 1 0 1 1 2 0 3 5 4 3 5 2 1 6 3 4 1 1 3 12 6 6 7 12 8 7 4 13 23 24 14 20 19 34 27 35 22 55 35 49 41 53 45 44 16 20 23 25 30 29 60 34 29 27 12

Most of us started watching F1 in the last 20 years.

But there’s plenty of F1 Fanatics whose memories stretch back far further – some even as far as the first years of the world championship.

Over to you

This is a snapshot of which drivers and teams are the most popular at the moment – but how will it look in a few months’ time? We’ll take another look at who’s earning your support again in the future.

You can change your selections at any time. Just log in and go to go to My Account > Profile > Edit > F1 teams and drivers.

Are you in the majority or minority when it comes to which drivers and teams you support? Have you changed your allegiance recently? Have your say in the comments.

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165 comments on Your favourite F1 drivers & teams: November 2011

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  1. vho (@) said on 6th November 2011, 13:52

    What about an all time list? Surely Button wouldn’t be on top if there was the likes of Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Mika Hakkienen etc to be chosen from.

  2. vho (@) said on 6th November 2011, 14:02

    Anyway, started watching F1 in 85 – when Senna was in the JPS, and Australian GP returned – which was won by Keke. In the latter years, Senna’s qualifying on-board cam in Adelaide was simply stunning. The visual effect of the vibration running through the car was amazing – it made the on-board of today look far too easy. Followed F1 intensely until 1994 when Senna died, but got back into it when the Australian GP was moved to Melbourne in ’96 – where I was given free tickets to the start/finish grand stand.

  3. alan93rsa (@alan93rsa) said on 6th November 2011, 14:19

    I started watching F1 in the mid 60′s. I quickly developed a huge respect for the drivers of those small fragile cars with the skinny tires. Circuits with trees at the edges and fans separated by maybe a fence in the corners. There wasn’t a lot of room for error and I feel they raced one another with a level of respect that has somehow gone missing in today’s field.

  4. drezone said on 7th November 2011, 0:37

    Webber & Button are good drivers that drove crap cars when they were at their peak, however Button got the championship he deserved and Webber should have had it last year if the team supported him.

    Button, Massa & Barrichello are likeable drivers that make few enemies.

    Vettel has been the best driver this year but definitely didn’t deserve championship last year with his spoilt child attitude and crashing into all the top drivers.

    Kobayashi showed a lot of potential and is well liked but you have to admit he has been a little quiet this year to the point Perez is looking a lit bit better.

    So glad Schuie is back so his stats and averages can look more like they should have been.

    Alonso is still good to watch making a race out of a crap car, and lets face it, despite liking or hating Hamilton he has been the most entertaining driver to watch this year in a year of boring domintaion from Vettel.

    At least Hamilton still races despite the outome, it’s not like he’s affected the championship results. Well done for entertaining racing.

    Ricciardo needs to be in a top team to show what he is made of.

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 8th November 2011, 18:48

      Webber & Button are good drivers that drove crap cars when they were at their peak, however Button got the championship he deserved and Webber should have had it last year if the team supported him.

      Button got his championship in 2009 because he won the most races and made very few mistakes.

      Webber lost the championship because he won less races than Alonso and Vettel, made multiple errors, and couldn’t beat Vettel despite insane luck with reliability.

      Vettel has been the best driver this year but definitely didn’t deserve championship last year with his spoilt child attitude and crashing into all the top drivers.

      He crashed what, twice in 2010, which was actually less times than his teammate, and came from behind to win it despite losing three wins because of his faulty car.

  5. SennaPart2 said on 7th November 2011, 6:39

    Considering Hamilton’s mistakes this season, it is in fact very telling on the real magnitutde of his fan base to see him 2nd. And yes, of course this site is inclined towards British fans so it is not a very true reflection.

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