Mar.23 (GMM) More results of the latest formula one fan survey have now emerged.
The survey was launched in early February with the backing of Formula One Management and the teams association FOTA, and nearly 90,000 fans from 174 countries took part.
The organisers said the results will be “used by FOTA to help it decide what changes need to be made to make F1 better for fans”.
Earlier this week we reported that although full results have not yet been published, Michael Schumacher had been named the best-known F1 driver with 19.5 per cent of the vote.
Behind the famous German was Fernando Alonso (9.7pc), with his Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa (6.1pc) curiously trailing the rally-departed Finn Kimi Raikkonen (7.2pc).
More leaks of the results, in the respectively Italian and Spanish sports newspapers La Gazzetta dello Sport and Marca, showed that Ferrari is the most popular team.
More than 30 per cent voted for the Maranello based team, ahead of McLaren (19.1pc) and Mercedes (10.1pc).
45pc of the fans said F1’s new points system, with points now awarded down to tenth place and a greater proportion to the winner, is a good idea, with only 14pc saying they don’t like it.
More than half the fans said classic races like Monaco, Monza, Spa, Silverstone and Germany are crucial to F1, 65pc want the grands prix filmed in high-definition, and 53pc want to be able to watch live on the internet.
KERS, although banned by the teams alliance FOTA, received a vote of confidence with 43pc saying they would like to see the energy recovery technology return to the grid, and 22pc agreeing it should not have been an optional innovation.
Nearly 67pc said F1 must remain the pinnacle of motor sport technology.