Hamil­ton tops poll

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

LON­DON — World cham­pion Lewis Hamil­ton (pic­tured) has edged out Kimi Raikko­nen as For­mula One’s most pop­u­lar driver in a global fan sur­vey car­ried out by Bri­tain’s Au­tosport mag­a­zine and as­so­ci­ated publi­ca­tions.

A sep­a­rate online sur­vey last month backed by the Grand Prix Driv­ers As­so­ci­a­tion and motorsport.com found Fer­rari’s Raikko­nen to be No 1 ahead of Mclaren’s Fer­nando Alonso and Jen­son But­ton.

Both found Fer­rari to be the most pop­u­lar team, fol­lowed by Mclaren.

Only 35 000 peo­ple, over­whelm­ingly male and mostly in the 18-40 age bracket, re­sponded to the Au­tosport sur­vey com­pared to 217 756 who con­trib­uted to the GPDA­sup­ported one. Na­tion­al­ity de­tails were not given for the for­mer.

The Au­tosport sur­vey found Bel­gium to be the most pop­u­lar grand prix, ahead of Monaco and Canada, and the 1990s the favourite decade for the sport. — AFP

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