2012 F1 season preview
With the new season almost upon us it’s time to take a fresh look at who F1 Fanatics are supporting in 2012.
- Jenson Button remains the most popular driver with almost twice as many supporters as when we last looked at these figures in November last year.
- The three most popular drivers are all British – perhaps unsurprising as 35% of site visits come from the UK. Our second-largest group of users – the 10% from the USA – don’t have a corresponding American driver to cheers on.
- Michael Schumacher has moved up two places to fourth, while Kamui Kobayashi has slipped three places in the list.
- He may have two world championships to his name but Sebastian Vettel ranks only ninth in your affections.
- Kimi Raikkonen wasn’t on the list last year, but now he’s been added he’s instantly received support from almost 200 F1 Fanatics.
- Rookies Jean-Eric Vergne and Charles Pic are yet to gain much in the way of support.
- Jenson Button
- Lewis Hamilton
- Paul di Resta
- Michael Schumacher
- Mark Webber
- Kamui Kobayashi
- Fernando Alonso
- Robert Kubica
- Sebastian Vettel
- Heikki Kovalainen
- Nico Rosberg
- Kimi Raikkonen
- Bruno Senna
- Sergio Perez
- Felipe Massa
- Daniel Ricciardo
- Timo Glock
- Vitaly Petrov
- Nico Hulkenberg
- Pedro de la Rosa
- Pastor Maldonado
- Jean-Eric Vergne
- Narain Karthikeyan
- Romain Grosjean
- Charles Pic
Here’s which of the current drivers have moved up and down since we last looked at who you’re supporting:
|Paul di Resta||3||=||332||+134|
|Pedro de la Rosa||20||+6||27||+17|
- McLaren remain far and away the most popular team with almost twice as many supporters as any other.
- Support is split pretty evenly among the rest of the teams, though Toro Rosso have surprisingly few fans – perhaps a reaction against their cut-throat driver hiring practices?
- Red Bull
- Force India
- Toro Rosso
When you started watching F1
This final graph shows when F1 Fanatics first started following F1.
Unsurprisingly, most have discovered F1 in the last 20 years but there’s a considerable dip in the early 2000s.
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Show your support
Want to make sure your driver and team preferences are reflected in these charts? Here’s how to do it:
1. Log in with your F1 Fanatic account. If you’ve not got one, sign up for one here.
2. Go to My Account > Profile > Edit and select F1 teams and drivers.
3. Make your choices and click Save Changes.
Who are you supporting in 2012 – and why? Have your say in the comments.
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