The Twitter outlook

This weekend Formula 1 finally roars back into action with the Belgian Grand Prix. But before then, it is my August update of the Twitter outlook alongside my usual weekly Twitter posts.

Drivers
01 – 1,082,620 – Jenson Button (McLaren)
02 – 986,766 – Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
03 – 983,404 – Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
04 – 473,618 – Bruno Senna (Williams)
05 – 416,616 – Mark Webber (Red Bull)
06 – 253,191 – Sergio Perez (Sauber)
07 – 250,733 – Pastor Maldonaldo (Williams)
08 – 187,844 – Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
09 – 169,780 – Heikki Kovalainen (Caterham)
10 – 165,797 – Pedro de la Rosa (HRT)
11 – 146,567 – Paul di Resta (Force India)
12 – 143,668 – Felipe Massa (Ferrari)
13 – 129,134 – Narain Karthikeyan (HRT)
14 – 88,523 – Vitaly Petrov (Caterham)
15 – 79,869 – Nico Hulkenberg (Force India)
16 – 79,321 – Timo Glock (Marussia)
17 – 68,643 – Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber)
18 – 65,319 – Romain Grosjean (Lotus)
19 – 41,606 – Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso)
20 – 29,244 – Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso)
21 – 17,505 – Charles Pic (Marussia)

Despite it being a quiet month for racing, there are two changes since July’s big update, as Fernando Alonso has jumped Lewis Hamilton and Nico Hulkenberg has overtaken Timo Glock. Assuming Alonso starts making gains of over 30,000 followers per week like before the Summer break, then he should be over 1 million followers by this time next week.

Drivers – Increases
01 – 41,081 – Fernando Alonso (n/a)
02 – 29,759 – Lewis Hamilton (n/a)
03 – 25,617 – Jenson Button (n/a)
04 – 13,526 – Pastor Maldonaldo (up 4)
05 – 12,102 – Bruno Senna (n/a)
06 – 11,934 – Mark Webber (down 2)
07 – 10,350 – Sergio Perez (down 1)
Average driver = 9,227
08 – 9,794 – Felipe Massa (down 1)
09 – 4,859 – Pedro de la Rosa (n/a)
10 – 4,792 – Narain Karthikeyan (up 4)
11 – 4,460 – Vitaly Petrov (up 6)
12 – 4,414 – Paul di Resta (down 1)
13 – 4,377 – Nico Rosberg (down 3)
14 – 4,001 – Romain Grosjean (down 2)
15 – 3,697 – Heikki Kovalainen (down 2)
16 – 2,080 – Kamui Kobayashi (n/a)
17 – 1,928 – Nico Hulkenberg (up 1)
18 – 1,623 – Daniel Ricciardo (down 3)
19 – 1,309 – Timo Glock (n/a)
20 – 1,193 – Jean-Eric Vergne (n/a)
21 – 865 – Charles Pic (n/a)

The up and down positions above is a comparison to their position in the same table last month. The raw values, though, are not directly comparable as July was a five week month, whereas August is a four week month. Pastor Maldonaldo and Vitaly Petrov are the drivers’ recording the biggest gains in comparison to their July position, although in Petrov’s case he is in a massive gaggle from 9th onwards, only a thousand followers separate 9th and 14th! Maybe it suggests that the first eight have a large fanbase, whereas the other drivers’ don’t have a significant fanbase? Just a thought…

Teams
01 – 319,301 – Ferrari
02 – 220,983 – McLaren
03 – 146,532 – Red Bull
04 – 142,671 – Mercedes
05 – 128,405 – Lotus
06 – 83,663 – Caterham
07 – 77,629 – Marussia
08 – 73,654 – Force India
09 – 72,635 – Williams
10 – 69,540 – Sauber
11 – 58,327 – HRT
12 – 47,775 – Toro Rosso

Red Bull have moved in front of Mercedes, as predicted last month, while Force India and Williams exchange positions again.

Teams – Increases
01 – 6,674 – Ferrari (n/a)
02 – 6,574 – Red Bull (n/a)
03 – 4,985 – McLaren (n/a)
04 – 4,270 – Lotus (n/a)
Average team = 3,246
05 – 2,700 – Mercedes (up 2)
06 – 2,613 – Sauber (down 1)
07 – 2,545 – Marussia (down 1)
08 – 2,515 – Force India (up 3)
09 – 1,789 – Caterham (up 1)
10 – 1,620 – HRT (down 2)
11 – 1,430 – Toro Rosso (up 1)
12 – 1,232 – Williams (down 3)

After moving up in July, Williams again record the lowest increase of the month, as they did in June.

Driver and Team statistics as of Monday 27th August 2012.

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