Now Jenson Button has become the first to pass the milestone 1,000 fans on F1 Fanatic – just under one-eighth of the 8,100 active members on the site.
Lewis Hamilton is second ahead of Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen and Mark Webber. McLaren remain the most popular of the teams.
Button also has the most followers on Twitter out of the active Formula 1 drivers.
With that in mind, let’s take a fresh look at who’s hot and who’s not on the site – and, for the first time, whether those popularity trends are reflected on a much bigger social network.
Most popular drivers on F1 Fanatic
- Jenson Button
- Lewis Hamilton
- Michael Schumacher
- Kimi Raikkonen
- Mark Webber
- Fernando Alonso
- Paul di Resta
- Kamui Kobayashi
- Sebastian Vettel
- Robert Kubica
- Heikki Kovalainen
- Nico Rosberg
- Bruno Senna
- Sergio Perez
- Felipe Massa
- Daniel Ricciardo
- Nico Hulkenberg
- Vitaly Petrov
- Timo Glock
- Romain Grosjean
- Pastor Maldonado
- Jean-Eric Vergne
- Pedro de la Rosa
- Narain Karthikeyan
- Charles Pic
Notes on the most popular drivers:
- The McLaren drivers remain the most popular duo on the grid, though Button has one-third more supporters than Hamilton
- Comeback champions Schumacher and Raikkonen have moved up to third and fourth – the latter gaining eight places since the start of the season
- Alonso has also gained a place but Di Resta has dropped from third to seventh
- The new winners of 2012 are yet to break into the top ten – Rosberg 12th and Maldonado 21st
|Paul di Resta||449||7||-4|
|Pedro de la Rosa||35||24||-4|
Most popular drivers: F1 Fanatic vs Twitter
|Driver||Jenson Button||Lewis Hamilton||Michael Schumacher||Kimi Raikkonen||Mark Webber||Fernando Alonso||Paul di Resta||Kamui Kobayashi||Sebastian Vettel||Robert Kubica||Heikki Kovalainen||Nico Rosberg||Bruno Senna||Sergio Perez||Felipe Massa||Daniel Ricciardo||Nico Hulkenberg||Vitaly Petrov||Timo Glock||Romain Grosjean||Pastor Maldonado||Jean-Eric Vergne||Pedro de la Rosa||Narain Karthikeyan||Charles Pic|
|F1 Fanatic supporters||1006||750||530||524||493||471||449||441||392||366||312||301||280||220||174||171||133||101||97||94||51||49||35||35||17|
|Twitter followers (000s)||941.504||808.251||331.861||529.862||117.294||51.409||145.445||153.639||407.143||190.605||87.162||26.26||66.76||70.967||68.491||40.728||190.498||19.344||129.095||102.31||11.479|
Notes on F1 driver popularity on F1 Fanatic and Twitter:
- The popularity of F1 drivers on Twitter compared to F1 Fanatic has much in common. The most striking difference is that the midfield drivers generally have proportionally less support, with some significant exceptions (Senna, Maldonado).
- Button and Hamilton are the most followed F1 drivers Twitter – at least now that Barrichello, with 1.6 million supporters, has gone to IndyCar.
- Not all F1 drivers are on Twitter so there’s no data for Schumacher, Raikkonen, Vettel and Kubica.
- How long a driver has been using Twitter for and what languages they Tweet in will have an effect on their follower count. Alonso has picked up over half a million followers since joining Twitter in March.
- For a list of official F1 drivers and teams Twitter accounts see the F1 Twitter directory
Most popular teams on F1 Fanatic
- Red Bull
- Force India
- Toro Rosso
Notes on the most popular teams:
- McLaren remain the most popular team
- Success alone doesn’t seem to breed popularity: Red Bull are fifth following their back-to-back championships in the last two years
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.
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