The Twitter outlook

After a frantic – and quite scary at times – Belgian Grand Prix weekend, the Formula 1 roller-coaster moves onto Italy for the Italian Grand Prix. If you were on Twitter over the weekend, you would have probably noticed one particular drivers’ tweets appear, and then disappear. Well, that has helped that driver jump over 1 million followers, in a week where a lot of records for this particular blog series went tumbling down.

Drivers – The Top 10
01 – 1,103,800 – Jenson Button (McLaren)
02 – 1,036,876 – Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
03 – 1,028,627 – Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
04 – 477,923 – Bruno Senna (Williams)
05 – 424,236 – Mark Webber (Red Bull)
06 – 257,627 – Sergio Perez (Sauber)
07 – 254,819 – Pastor Maldonaldo (Williams)
08 – 191,254 – Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
09 – 172,677 – Heikki Kovalainen (Caterham)
10 – 169,882 – Pedro de la Rosa (HRT)

Drivers – Biggest Increases
01 – 50,110 – Fernando Alonso
02 – 45,223 – Lewis Hamilton
03 – 21,180 – Jenson Button
04 – 7,620 – Mark Webber
05 – 7,298 – Felipe Massa

Drivers – Smallest Increases
01 – 712 – Charles Pic
02 – 936 – Jean-Eric Vergne
03 – 1,011 – Timo Glock
04 – 1,694 – Daniel Ricciardo
05 – 1,894 – Kamui Kobayashi

Last week I predicted Fernando Alonso would jump to over one million followers. That has happened. What I didn’t predict is that Lewis Hamilton would join him. The reason I didn’t predict that is because of this:

A comparison of the amount of Twitter followers Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton have gained per week between April 2012 and September 2012.

The graph above shows that this past week’s gain by Hamilton is his largest yet since I started doing this blog by a considerable margin, his previous highest was thanks to his victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix. Irrespective of whether his tweets this past weekend were right or wrong, it seems to have done him well in the Twitter stakes, that is for sure, pushing him above one million followers earlier than I anticipated. It now leaves a somewhat bizarre situation in that we have three drivers’ over one million followers, and then a large gap, with no one between 500,000 and one million! Further down, Felipe Massa’s large gain (by his standards) has moved him ahead of Paul di Resta.

Teams – The Top 10
01 – 327,583 – Ferrari
02 – 225,546 – McLaren
03 – 150,131 – Red Bull
04 – 144,598 – Mercedes
05 – 131,426 – Lotus
06 – 84,716 – Caterham
07 – 78,729 – Marussia
08 – 74,874 – Force India
09 – 73,461 – Williams
10 – 71,618 – Sauber

Teams – Biggest Increases
01 – 8,282 – Ferrari
02 – 4,563 – McLaren
03 – 3,599 – Red Bull

Teams – Smallest Increases
01 – 826 – Williams
02 – 910 – Toro Rosso
03 – 1,053 – Caterham

A huge team gain by Ferrari extends their gap at the front, and is also a record high gain for them since I started this series of blog posts.

Driver and Team statistics as of Monday 3rd September 2012.

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