Button still your favourite but Raikkonen is gaining

2013 F1 season

Jenson Button, McLaren, Sepang, 2013Jenson Button has been consistently chosen as the most popular driver on F1 Fanatic since the ‘driver support’ feature was added in late 2011.

But as the 2013 begins Kimi Raikkonen has displaced Lewis Hamilton as the second favourite driver of F1 Fanatic readers.

The Lotus driver has moved quickly up the rankings since his F1 comeback last year.

Of the new drivers Valtteri Bottas is your favourite so far, having already amassed more supporters than Jean-Eric Vergne and Charles Pic.

Here’s a breakdown of how many supporters each of the drivers have at the start of the new season.

Jenson Button
Kimi Raikkonen
Lewis Hamilton
Fernando Alonso
Mark Webber
Sebastian Vettel
Paul di Resta
Sergio Perez
Nico Rosberg
Felipe Massa
Nico Hulkenberg
Romain Grosjean
Daniel Ricciardo
Adrian Sutil
Pastor Maldonado
Valtteri Bottas
Jean-Eric Vergne
Jules Bianchi
Charles Pic
Max Chilton
Esteban Gutierrez
Giedo van der Garde

McLaren are still the clear favourite among the teams enjoying almost twice as many supporters as Ferrari, with Lotus not far behind.

Despite three years of considerable success Red Bull inspire comparatively little affection. They have just fallen behind Mercedes, perhaps because the popular Lewis Hamilton is driving for the Silver Arrows this year.

Red Bull
Force India
Toro Rosso

NB. Figures correct as of March 30th 2013

How to show your support

Here’s how to show which drivers and teams you are supporting:

  • Log in with your F1 Fanatic account
  • Select Edit My Profile from the top-right menu
  • Select F1 Teams and Drivers
  • Make your selection then click Save Changes

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167 comments on Button still your favourite but Raikkonen is gaining

  1. matt (@f1supreme) said on 1st April 2013, 14:13

    weird because lewis related threads and storys always get the most views and comments on every forum ive been on.
    jenson probably only is popular because ppl who didnt like lewis decided to support jenson.
    i mean all these jenson supporters,wernt supporting him until he joined mclaren.
    i am personally not a fan,many con men seem like nice guys too.
    he is a good driver tho.

    • Gubstar said on 2nd April 2013, 12:27

      I completely disagree with this statement. Myself and my group of friends that have been going to GP’s since the early 2000’s have supported Jenson since he came into the sport with Williams! Him and Mark Webber are the most genuine people on the grid! Nuff said

  2. Kodongo (@kodongo) said on 1st April 2013, 14:24

    Keith, what happened to your chart showing the amount of Twitter followers each driver had?

  3. Traverse (@) said on 1st April 2013, 15:08

    Joke: Why should Paul Di Resta be the most popular driver?
    Answer: Because he’s better than Di Resta!

  4. sato113 (@sato113) said on 1st April 2013, 16:06

    This article should not be based on the supported driver feature. I set mine up when it was first available but havent touched it since. Im sure thats the way with many fanatics here.

    There needs to be a poll. Nice and simple, -which current driver do you suppirt the most

    • @sato113 Exactly my point. This poll is bogus and outdated.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 1st April 2013, 21:38

      @sato113 @aish The effort you expended in complaining could just as easily have been spent on updating your selections. But then you wouldn’t be able to blame me and where’s the fun in that?

      At any rate I’m in a rather better position that you are to judge how often people update their selections. The option is regularly promoted across the usual social networks and via the notice panel on the site.

      In future I may look into filtering out the opinions of those who aren’t interested in participating. Or, to go by your example, those whose interest in participating only extends to complaining.

      • sato113 (@sato113) said on 1st April 2013, 22:06

        @keithcollantine I’m sorry, im not complaining I’m just stating my opinion. Im not demanding you do a poll, i just think it would be more accurate. In a way I’m replying to all the people who are surprised Button is on top or another driver is way lower than expected. Im making them aware that the results could be based on when the supported driver sections of member’s profile were updated.

        i apologise if it looks like im criticising the website’s accuracy. thats not my intention. keep up the excellent work!

      • Not complaining Keith, I support Button too, but ahead of Kimi and Seb is a little unrealistic in 2013.

        @bascb: You know what’s funny?

        Not surprised Vettel ranks so low after the stunt he pulled at Sepang.

        just a few comments below.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 1st April 2013, 22:03

      @sato113, @aish, I am pretty sure many people update the drivers they support at least once per year, and some do it during the year when they see drivers (especially rookies) do something exceptional.

      Keith runs this kind of article each year at the start of the new season and there’s always a lot of people who take it as an opportunity to update theirs, if they haven’t done so after the drivers are announced. And it also gets used regularly in articles about drivers or teams, but off course there’s nothing that bars you from not filling in any drivers, if you think your choice is irrelevant.

      • sato113 (@sato113) said on 1st April 2013, 22:18

        @bascb yes but what im saying is that i dont think many people do update their profiles. i’d guess that around half of the users here havent updated their supported drivers section since they originally did it. many probably know about it but haven’t gone to change it.
        take me for example, I see this site as focused on discussion within the comments section rather than a site were people browse other’s profiles (like facebook etc.). Does anyone go on my profile to ‘check me out’ so to say? i doubt it. they read my comments instead as a default action.

        but as @keithcollantine says, he knows more than I do of course. so maybe the majority of users here do browse other people’s profiles and keep their own up to date as a kind of ‘shop window’ for their f1 personality. I dont do this, and I dont think many others see this as an important part of the site either. thus, I believe it undermines the results of this article. just saying…

  5. Gerdoner (@gerdoner) said on 1st April 2013, 16:09

    Well, tbh I’m, still waiting for the Mika Salo option :P

  6. iAltair (@ialtair) said on 1st April 2013, 16:47

    Vettel might gain more likes after Sepang 2013 instead of losing?

    Now that is something new.

  7. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 1st April 2013, 18:07

    So Vettel is the least supported champion on the grid. At last finally something he doesn’t finish first LOL :-)

  8. Dane (@n0b0dy100) said on 1st April 2013, 18:29

    Not surprised Vettel ranks so low after the stunt he pulled at Sepang.

  9. Ben (@scuderia29) said on 1st April 2013, 18:33

    i support the team (ferrari) more than the drivers themselves, i mean…i was a huge schumacher fan, but when he started racing for mercedes i wasnt, i supported Alonso & Massa. I dont follow a driver from team to team, before Alonso joined ferrari i respected him but i wasnt his fan as he wasnt driving a ferrari…now that he is i love him :D

    • Antonio (@antoniocorleone) said on 2nd April 2013, 0:04

      Exactly how I feel.
      I didn’t suport Schumacher at Mercedes but I loved him at Ferrari, just as I didn’t like Alonso at Renault but love him now at Ferrari. Strangely, I somehow didn’t like Raikkonen even when he drove a Ferrari.

    • Roberto (@roberto) said on 2nd April 2013, 1:06

      It’s going to be very funny when Vettel joins Ferrari (which is just a matter of time IMO) and many Vettel haters start supporting him due to this. Granted, many will ‘wait it out’ to see if he’s good enough to win races, but at least to me, anyone who didn’t see that he is a great racer until now is just blind. The fact he is beating Alonso for titles now is playing a HUGE role on how the Ferrari execs perceive him (especially when Alonso makes stupid mistakes like he did in Sepang). I believe if he beats Alonso this year as well, his move to Ferrari will come sooner then 2016.

      Although this won’t do anything to better the opinion about him of many McLaren fans (or maybe it will?).

  10. Make a new poll.

  11. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 1st April 2013, 21:18

    I’m surprised that Esteban Gutierrez is that far down the order. At the very least, I expected him to be ahead of Bianchi, Chilton and Pic.

  12. dragoll (@dragoll) said on 2nd April 2013, 4:49

    I think people get too wrapped up in supporting legendary drivers, fans can support any driver in the field, regardless if they are a 7 times WDC or a 1 time race winner.

    I think that’s the beauty of motorsport, any driver on their given day with a given package could be a race winner…

    Some drivers end up with the car package to do the job on regular occasion, and others, well, we all have a story to share on drivers that didn’t make it in F1..

    • sakis543 said on 2nd April 2013, 7:24

      My favourite ever was Jean Alesi. Pure fighter.
      If he hadn’t broke his contract with Williams to sign for Ferrari, I think the history of the sport could have been different today.

  13. Ilanin (@ilanin) said on 2nd April 2013, 9:39

    Ah, thank you for reminding me this feature existed Keith. I have to add Bianchi. And remove Lotus.

  14. glenj (@glenj) said on 2nd April 2013, 19:30

    Button? For real? He cant grab an under performing car by the scruff of its neck and get a result like Hamilton, Alonso and few others can. He’s clearly a good driver and makes good decisions in changing conditions but he must surely only be up there because he’s an English driver in a British team.

  15. PMccarthy_is_a_legend (@pmccarthy_is_a_legend) said on 2nd April 2013, 23:41

    Why would anyone have Jenson Button as their favourite driver is beyond me to be honest. Says a lot about the crowd here in the website.

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