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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 motorsport.com and autosport.com) which asked the question directly.

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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.

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The best

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

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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...