And the winner is…
F1’s most popular drivers and teams of 2014 revealed
The loyalties of many F1 Fanatic readers are split between three drivers at the moment.
While Kimi Raikkonen retains the position of most popular F1 driver which he took over at the end of last year, two other world champions are almost as well-liked. Lewis Hamilton, who won his second title this year, has almost drawn level with Raikkonen and Jenson Button.
Behind them two up-and-coming drivers who enjoyed breakthrough seasons also attracted many new fans. Daniel Ricciardo is now among the top ten most popular drivers with Valtteri Bottas not far behind.
One of the most surprising developments in 2014 is how driver and team popularity has come to play a direct role in who appears on the grid. Kamui Kobayashi was so much support that when he lost his seat at Sauber in 2012 he raised millions of dollars, much of it contributed by fans, towards funding a seat at Caterham this year.
Similarly, when Caterham hit financial trouble at the end of the year they covered the costs of their participation in the season finale through a crowdfund of their own.
It’s looking increasingly unlikely the team will return in 2015, and the same goes for Marussia. Although these were among F1’s smallest and newest teams, it’s interesting to note they had amassed more supporters on F1 Fanatic than one of their more established rivals, Toro Rosso.
Here’s how many supporters each of the teams and drivers had on F1 Fanatic at the end of 2014.