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The most popular driver of all time

In a previous article I tried to give some direction as to which driver has been the best in F1 history. Next up: Who is the most popular driver?

This is a deeply personal matter. Though looking at the opion of many fans combined, gives us some general guidance. This year there have been two large surveys (by and which asked the question directly.


Roughly one year ago I started tracking the drivers that you are looking for on this site. Since then, over 100.000 drivers have been looked up. This means you took the effort to view the career page of a specific driver. In absolute volumes this reaches the same level of magnitude as these surveys; though probably the demographic of the audience here is probably less broad. More interestingly though, it doesn't ask the 'popularity'-question directly, but it infers it based on behavior.


Did it make a difference?

Through the history of formula 1 seven different systems have been in use. In general the idea behind changing it, has been to either make it fairer or to spice up the action. Especially the changes in recent years have had the latter goal in mind. The question we are going to address this time is: would it have made a difference?


In other words what is the impact of the different point systems when compared next to each other for a specific season? This site is centered on the ability to compare drivers over time using the different point systems. I have analysed the different outcomes per season based on the different point systems.


The best

The first post on this site can be only about one topic: who is the best driver of all time?


Answering that question off course means comparing all drivers that have ever competed in Formula 1. Full well knowing that this is the most prickly question one can imagine when discussing Formula 1; it wouldn't hurt to have an objective look at what the numbers do tell us about this subject... which is, not entirely coincidentally, exactly what this site enables us to do. Read more...