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F1 Survey: Hamilton draws level with Alonso, response hits 100,000

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F1 Survey: Hamilton draws level with Alonso, response hits 100,000
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Apr 4, 2017, 7:43 PM

With one week remaining for Formula 1 fans to have their say in Motorsport.com’s Global Fan Survey, a titanic struggle for the coveted position of the most-popular driver in the sport is taking place.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG, 2nd Position, with his trophy
Fernando Alonso, McLaren
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG, 2nd Position, celebrates in Parc Ferme
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL32
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG, 2nd Position, sprays Champagne from the podium
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL32
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W08
Nico Hulkenberg, Renault Sport F1 Team RS17, leads Sergio Perez, Force India VJM10, Esteban Ocon, Force India VJM10, and Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL32, as Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team VF-17, and Marcus Ericsson, Sauber C36, get scruffy at the back

Although Fernando Alonso raced into a strong early lead, second-placed Lewis Hamilton gained ground on the Spaniard towards the end of the opening week of voting.

As the survey – which can be taken here – passed the 100,000 respondents mark on Tuesday, Alonso led Hamilton by just 29 votes – putting both at 18.1% of the total.

As previously reported, Alonso has surged from 12.7% of the vote in the 2015 Global Fan Survey, and Hamilton has rocketed from just 9.9% two years ago.

In other moves, Kimi Raikkonen has overtaken Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel into third place in voting.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen remain in fifth and sixth positions respectively – but are only 47 votes apart as of Tuesday night.

Ricciardo is the biggest loser in the voting share, down from 13.9% – and was second-only to vote winner Raikkonen in 2015.

The most-popular driver question is just one of many, covering all aspects of F1. The findings of the Global Fan Survey will be shared with all the fans, teams, drivers and the new owners of the sport in May.

The survey, which remains open until Wednesday, April 12th at 11:59 p.m. ET, is available here.

2017 Global Fan Survey – 'most-popular driver' after 100k responses
Pos. Driver Vote %
1

 Fernando Alonso

18.1%
2

 Lewis Hamilton

18.1%
3

 Kimi Raikkonen

15.7%
4

 Sebastian Vettel 

14.1%
5

 Daniel Ricciardo

8.4%
6

 Max Verstappen

8.3%
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