The outcomes of the Method 1 World Survey commissioned by Motorsport Community in partnership with F1 and Nielsen Sports activities had been launched forward of the US Grand Prix after amassing responses from over 167,000 followers in 187 nations completely different.
Max Verstappen has been named F1’s hottest driver, being chosen as a favourite by 14.four% of followers, with McLaren driver Lando Norris managing to complete second total, forward of the winner of the identical vote in 2017, Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton has been the championship’s most seen and publicly recognized determine for a lot of his profession, having fun with celeb standing none of his friends come near.
However he lacks 1.9% to overhaul Verstappen within the vote of followers all over the world. Requested if he was slightly shocked that Hamilton wasn’t primary, Domenicali replied: “Effectively, I’ve to say sure, in a means.”
“However however, if you concentrate on the demographics of people who find themselves extra concerned in this sort of [votes], I feel you perceive why Lando is so standard on this regard. It is extra about how he is bought a contemporary method to them, in a means that is nearer to the individuals who observe that. That is my private viewpoint. “
Norris helped McLaren win the fan favourite staff vote. He stated he was joyful to have a constructive affect on younger followers by way of a robust social media presence and actions comparable to streaming. For his half, Domenicali stated that though it was a “very, little or no distinction” among the many finest drivers, he was inspired by the curiosity of the youthful technology in F1.
“I do not need to give a magnitude larger than it’s, however for certain it is a signal that, as I’ve all the time stated, we cannot have an issue with the drivers going ahead. We’ve got an unbelievable group of younger, very gifted and excellent drivers who’re worthwhile to Method 1. “
The survey highlighted an inflow of latest and younger followers to F1, with the typical age of voters dropping by 4 years, from 36 to 32. Domenicali agreed that Netflix’s Drive to Survive sequence has performed an vital function in bringing new supporters to the self-discipline because the final vote in 2017.
“For certain, Drive to Survive had a huge impact, primarily on those that weren’t actually avid Method 1 followers. They’ve seen completely different tales concerning the sport. In fact, it had a constructive impression. “