The Twitter outlook

A hectic September, on and off the blog, is coming to a close with a few changes in this week’s Twitter outlook. With September coming to a close it is also a full round-up as we see who made big gains for the month, as there are several changes to the order.

Drivers
01 – 1,142,552 – Jenson Button (McLaren)
02 – 1,110,557 – Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
03 – 1,085,392 – Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
04 – 492,592 – Bruno Senna (Williams)
05 – 438,710 – Mark Webber (Red Bull)
06 – 276,880 – Sergio Perez (Sauber)
07 – 265,469 – Pastor Maldonaldo (Williams)
08 – 198,774 – Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
09 – 178,728 – Heikki Kovalainen (Caterham)
10 – 177,907 – Pedro de la Rosa (HRT)
11 – 164,857 – Felipe Massa (Ferrari)
12 – 160,603 – Paul di Resta (Force India)
13 – 140,005 – Narain Karthikeyan (HRT)
14 – 100,137 – Vitaly Petrov (Caterham)
15 – 86,240 – Nico Hulkenberg (Force India)
16 – 82,550 – Timo Glock (Marussia)
17 – 76,702 – Romain Grosjean (Lotus)
18 – 73,952 – Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber)
19 – 45,870 – Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso)
20 – 32,718 – Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso)
21 – 19,699 – Charles Pic (Marussia)

As I have noted several times in the past few weeks, since my August full round-up, Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton have both hit one million followers. The gap between Alonso and Jenson Button is now only 32,000 followers, meaning that Alonso is certainly going to overtake the Brit in the next few weeks, especially so if he becomes World Champion.

Further down the pecking order, Vitaly Petrov becomes the 14th driver in the 2012 Formula One field to hit 100,000 followers, so congratulations to him. What it does mean is that only seven of the 21 drivers on Twitter are still under 100,000 followers. Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen are still, unfortunately, yet to join. Also of note is that Felipe Massa and Romain Grosjean have moved up a position, Massa in front of di Resta and Grosjean in front of Kobayashi. Although Grosjean has only appeared in two races this month, his ban after the Belgian Grand Prix generated a lot of attention on Twitter, no doubt contributing to why he overtook Kobayashi.

Drivers – Increases
01 – 123,791 – Fernando Alonso (n/a)
02 – 101,988 – Lewis Hamilton (n/a)
03 – 59,932 – Jenson Button (n/a)
04 – 23,689 – Sergio Perez (up 3)
Average driver = 23,387
05 – 22,094 – Mark Webber (up 1)
06 – 21,189 – Felipe Massa (up 2)
07 – 18,974 – Bruno Senna (down 2)
08 – 14,736 – Pastor Maldonaldo (down 4)
09 – 14,036 – Paul di Resta (up 3)
10 – 12,110 – Pedro de la Rosa (down 1)
11 – 11,614 – Vitaly Petrov (n/a)
12 – 11,383 – Romain Grosjean (up 2)
13 – 10,930 – Nico Rosberg (n/a)
14 – 10,871 – Narain Karthikeyan (down 4)
15 – 8,948 – Heikki Kovalainen (n/a)
16 – 6,371 – Nico Hulkenberg (up 1)
17 – 5,309 – Kamui Kobayashi (down 1)
18 – 4,264 – Daniel Ricciardo (n/a)
19 – 3,474 – Jean-Eric Vergne (up 1)
20 – 3,229 – Timo Glock (down 1)
21 – 2,194 – Charles Pic (n/a)

The up and down positions above is a comparison to their position in the same table last month. You could compare the raw values if you wanted to as both months are over a four week period, but it would not be a particularly fair comparison as August had zero races whereas September has had three races. Hamilton’s gain was by far the highest monthly gain recorded of his since I started blogging about Twitter driver and gains in April – his previous highest gain being 79,859 in July. Button, Petrov, Grosjean and both Force India drivers also recorded their highest monthly gains yet.

Teams
01 – 340,425 – Ferrari
02 – 235,980 – McLaren
03 – 159,447 – Red Bull
04 – 149,774 – Mercedes
05 – 138,049 – Lotus
06 – 86,945 – Caterham
07 – 81,742 – Marussia
08 – 79,430 – Force India
09 – 76,703 – Sauber
10 – 75,856 – Williams
11 – 62,550 – HRT
12 – 50,774 – Toro Rosso

Williams and Force India have stopped exchanging places, instead Sauber have overtaken Williams. Marussia have broken the 80,000 follower barrier, so congratulations to them.

Teams – Increases
01 – 21,124 – Ferrari (n/a)
02 – 14,997 – McLaren (up 1)
03 – 12,915 – Red Bull (down 1)
04 – 9,644 – Lotus (n/a)
Average team = 8,046
05 – 7,163 – Sauber (up 1)
06 – 7,103 – Mercedes (down 1)
07 – 5,776 – Force India (up 1)
08 – 4,223 – HRT (up 2)
09 – 4,113 – Marussia (down 2)
10 – 3,282 – Caterham (down 1)
11 – 3,221 – Williams (up 1)
12 – 2,999 – Toro Rosso (down 1)

Ferrari, McLaren, Force India and Sauber all record their highest monthly gains yet, Sauber moving into fifth which contributed to why they overtook Williams.

Driver and Team statistics as of Monday 24th September 2012.

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