2017-05-27 06:39:59 UTC
Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari have been voted Formula 1's most-popular
driver and team in the Motorsport Network's 2017 Global Fan Survey.
The results of the F1 survey were revealed on Friday, ahead of the
Monaco Grand Prix, based on more than 215,000 responses.
Hamilton edged Fernando Alonso to be named F1's most-popular driver,
receiving 20.7% of the votes, more than double the level he recorded in
the equivalent 2015 survey.
The three-time world champion was named by 47% of British fans as their
Alonso continued to receive tremendous support despite McLaren-Honda's
on-track difficulties to gain 18.3% of the vote, ahead of Ferrari pair
Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel, while Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo
also reached double figures.
Most popular F1 drivers
The 10 fan favourites according to our global survery
1 Lewis Hamilton 20.7%
2 Fernando Alonso 18.3%
3 Kimi Raikkonen 14.3%
4 Sebastian Vettel 13.4%
5 Daniel Ricciardo 12.1%
6 Max Verstappen 7.4%
7 Felipe Massa 1.8%
8 Romain Grosjean 1.1%
9 Valtteri Bottas 1.0%
10 Nico Hulkenberg 0.8%
Ferrari's return to winning form has helped lead to a growth in support,
extending its advantage as the most popular team on the grid.
It was backed by 31.9% of those surveyed, which is almost twice as much
as its nearest rivals.
Mercedes was the big mover, climbing from fifth to second from the 2015
results and enjoying 16.2% of the backing.
Although Mercedes was behind Ferrari on a global basis, it was the most
popular team in Britain with 30.7% of the vote.
Most popular F1 teams
The five favourite teams as voted for by the fans
1 Ferrari 31.9%
2 Mercedes 16.2%
3 McLaren 15.8%
4 Red Bull 14.1%
5 Williams 5%