The Twitter outlook

It’s the end of another month, and in the month of June we’ve seen two fantastic races. Lewis Hamilton won the Canadian Grand Prix, overtaking Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso in the closing stages due to differing pit-stop strategies; while Alonso won the European Grand Prix, benefiting from Vettel’s alternator problem. So how did that affect the Twitter standings? Of course it did not affect Vettel at all, Vettel is Twitterless, so to say. As is Kimi Raikkonen and Michael Schumacher. Here goes…

Drivers
01 – 997,554 – Jenson Button (McLaren)
02 – 873,786 – Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
03 – 729,758 – Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
04 – 436,850 – Bruno Senna (Williams)
05 – 365,901 – Mark Webber (Red Bull)
06 – 218,947 – Sergio Perez (Sauber)
07 – 218,697 – Pastor Maldonaldo (Williams)
08 – 168,624 – Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
09 – 156,119 – Heikki Kovalainen (Caterham)
10 – 144,658 – Pedro de la Rosa (HRT)
11 – 131,148 – Paul di Resta (Force India)
12 – 116,160 – Narain Karthikeyan (HRT)
13 – 111,295 – Felipe Massa (Ferrari)
14 – 78,207 – Vitaly Petrov (Caterham)
15 – 73,692 – Timo Glock (Marussia)
16 – 72,869 – Nico Hulkenberg (Force India)
17 – 60,084 – Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber)
18 – 50,553 – Romain Grosjean (Lotus)
19 – 32,036 – Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso)
20 – 24,754 – Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso)
21 – 13,793 – Charles Pic (Marussia)

The very first thing I need to note is that yesterday, Jenson Button broke the one million follower barrier, the second Formula 1 driver to do so after Rubens Barrichello. The above table was done on Monday, so will be reflected in next week’s Twitter outlook.

The only change in the table above is that Sergio Perez is back in front of Pastor Maldonaldo, albeit the gap is very close between the two drivers (not for the first time either!). Since the end of last month as well, Fernando Alonso has not only broken the 600,000 follower barrier, but he has also broken the 700,000 follower barrier, so Alonso making very large strides. I think Alonso will overtake Hamilton soon and will very quickly become the second current Formula 1 driver to break the one million barrier. Meanwhile, Alonso’s team-mate Felipe Massa broke the 100,000 follower barrier, meaning 13 drivers’ on the current grid are now above that mark. There is now a large gap as a result between ‘The Elite Thirteen’ and Vitaly Petrov in 14th.

Drivers – Increases
01 – 153,575 – Fernando Alonso (n/a)
02 – 52,047 – Lewis Hamilton (up 1)
03 – 41,447 – Jenson Button (up 1)
04 – 22,466 – Mark Webber (up 1)
05 – 21,687 – Sergio Perez (up 3)
06 – 21,257 – Bruno Senna (n/a)
Average driver = 20,927
07 – 20,103 – Pastor Maldonaldo (down 5)
08 – 19,112 – Felipe Massa (down 1)
09 – 11,977 – Pedro de la Rosa (up 2)
10 – 11,332 – Nico Rosberg (down 1)
11 – 11,060 – Narain Karthikeyan (up 5)
12 – 10,211 – Paul di Resta (down 2)
13 – 7,578 – Heikki Kovalainen (down 1)
14 – 7,281 – Romain Grosjean (n/a)
15 – 5,386 – Kamui Kobayashi (down 2)
16 – 5,086 – Vitaly Petrov (down 1)
17 – 4,523 – Nico Hulkenberg (up 1)
18 – 4,055 – Jean-Eric Vergne (up 1)
19 – 3,895 – Timo Glock (up 1)
20 – 3,717 – Daniel Ricciardo (down 3)
21 – 1,685 – Charles Pic (n/a)

The up and down positions above is a comparison to their position in the same table last month. As I noted above, Fernando Alonso made significant gains, an increase of over 150,000 in total. Pastor Maldonaldo fell down five places partially due to his fantastic gain in May as a result of his win at the Spanish Grand Prix, while Sergio Perez benefited well from his podium in Canada. Further down the chart, Narain Karthikeyan moved up five positions (although I am not sure exactly why!) while Daniel Ricciardo dropped three places, recording the second smallest gain for June.

Teams
01 – 292,839 – Ferrari
02 – 202,377 – McLaren
03 – 133,530 – Mercedes
04 – 125,226 – Red Bull
05 – 114,242 – Lotus
06 – 77,592 – Caterham
07 – 68,084 – Marussia
08 – 67,118 – Williams
09 – 66,970 – Force India
10 – 59,891 – Sauber
11 – 51,814 – HRT
12 – 43,033 – Toro Rosso

All the positions are status quo compared to May. The only milestone worth noting is that McLaren join Ferrari in the over 200,000 followers club.

Teams – Increases
01 – 17,516 – Ferrari (n/a)
02 – 9,870 – McLaren (n/a)
03 – 9,629 – Red Bull (up 1)
04 – 5,847 – Lotus (up 1)
Average team = 5,714
05 – 4,867 – Sauber (up 1)
06 – 4,613 – Mercedes (up 1)
07 – 3,302 – HRT (up 1)
08 – 2,908 – Caterham (up 1)
09 – 2,830 – Marussia (up 2)
10 – 2,793 – Force India (n/a)
11 – 2,368 – Toro Rosso (up 1)
12 – 2,030 – Williams (down 9)

After being third last month, Williams tumble down the table, surprising to last! The team only recorded a gain of two thousand followers through June, with all the other teams either staying put or moving up a position as a result.

Driver and Team statistics as of Monday 25th June 2012.

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