I’m sure I posted something to this effect quite recently, but no harm in writing it again.
I support drivers who share a nationality with me. I have two, Finnish and English, so that gives me lots of drivers to cheer for. Of course, that doesn’t mean that all drivers are equal. I don’t yet feel the same enthusiasm towards Paul di Resta as I have done for both Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton for a number of years, but maybe it will come later. Heikki Kovalainen and Kimi Räikkönen are both great in their own ways. Heikki is an all-around good guy, while Kimi has an ability to suddenly find extra speed seemingly out of nowhere which makes his captivating to watch. I’m also hoping that Valtteri Bottas will get a seat for next year, because he seems like he’s got the right combination of speed and personality to interest me.
I like plenty of other drivers as well, regardless of nationality, but they have to have something special. Jean Alesi was one of my favourite drivers when I was younger, and I was a big fan of Robert Kubica before his accident. Sergio Pérez is probably the closest to joining that group out of the sport’s current drivers.
As for teams, the only one I feel any real affinity towards is McLaren, but that’s almost entirely because of the drivers they have employed since I started watching the sport. For starters, my all-time favourite driver, Mikä Häkkinen, won two world championships with them. Räikkönen also had some great moments there, and they have recently employed Kovalainen, Hamilton and Button, all of whom I have mentioned already. Not forgetting that Pérez is going there for next year :) I do get very frustrated by McLaren’s endless tactical and operational mistakes, though, and I wouldn’t automatically want them to do well if they employed a couple of drivers I didn’t like.
Above all else, though, I like exciting races and close-fought seasons, no matter who wins! I’d rather see Alonso win the title by one point than Hamilton win it by 100, for example. I think it’s important to keep at least that level of objectivity when following the sport.