Last Thursday it was announced which drivers and teams are the most popular among fans. Mercedes fell back on that list, but according to team boss Toto Wolff there is a logical explanation.
Following a major worldwide survey of Formula 1 fans, Max Verstappen was named the most popular driver, while McLaren was proud to be the ‘title’ most popular team. Mercedes fell back to fourth place on that list, behind McLaren (29.5%), Red Bull (18.8%) and Ferrari (17.9%) respectively. Mercedes had to make do with 11.9% of the votes.
Confronted with those numbers, team boss Toto Wolff told Fpal, among others, that he finds this a pity, but understandable: “Of course you want your team to be at the top in everything, but I think this is a logical consequence and in that respect, we expected this.”
A logical consequence of what? “We can count ourselves lucky to have won seven years in a row, which is a great series. It is clear that people naturally cheer harder for teams that have had it harder and are therefore the underdogs.”
Congratulations to Ricciardo and Norris
Zak Brown, who sat next to Wolff in the relevant press conference, indicated that the drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris, naturally have an important part in the success. Toto Wolff can understand that well: “Daniel has of course been very popular for a long time and Lando does that well.”
“So they also deserve to be where they are. The total package in terms of marketing and social media is just very good. Maybe we should think about what we can do about that, but we won’t change the past with it. “