Formula 1 fans have given the sport's new points system introduced for 2010 a big thumbs up, voted Ferrari the most popular team and say Michael Schumacher is the most supported driver, as the first results from grand prix racing's biggest ever survey are revealed.
The 2010 LG Global Fan Survey, conducted by F1 Racing magazine and the Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) in conjunction with LG Electronics, compiled the views of more than 90,000 fans from 180 different countries when it was conducted in February.
One of the most popular outcomes was the new points system introduced this year – with 44.9 percent saying they think the 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 system is good. This is slightly less than the 61.9 percent who believe there should be a bigger points gap between first and second place.
F1 fans have also put a move to High Definition (HD) coverage of the sport at the top of their wish list (65.7 percent want it), followed by interactivity to follow a specific car (53.7 percent) and watching F1 on the internet (52.4 percent).
In terms of favorite venues for F1 races, Monaco (52.0 percent) topped the list ahead of Italy (50.6 percent), Britain (42.9 percent) and Germany (28.8 percent).
Ferrari returned to the top of the polls in terms of most popular team, with 30.1 percent of the votes, ahead of McLaren (19.1 percent) and Brawn/Mercedes (10.01 percent).
In the drivers' stakes, Schumacher came out on top (19.5 percent), ahead of Fernando Alonso (9.7 percent), Kimi Raikkonen (7.2 percent), Felipe Massa (6.1 percent), Lewis Hamilton (6.0 percent) and Robert Kubica (4.3 percent).