Alonso more popular than Hamilton in Spain (surprise)
I suspect the results are somewhat reversed in the UK....
Hamilton unpopular in Spain
Wed 05 Dec, 08:29 AM
British 2007 runner-up Lewis Hamilton has spent much of the post-season period so far collecting prizes and plaudits following his rookie Formula One campaign.
But the 22-year-old is not globally popular, particularly in the country of his controversial former McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso, a Spanish racing magazine has unsurprisingly found.
The Spanish language publication Grand Prix asked its readers last month to vote on their best driver of the year.
70 percent predictably selected Alonso, the 26-year-old double world champion, while another 25 percent voted for Kimi Raikkonen, who won his first title for Ferrari.
Hamilton, despite only missing the championship on his first attempt by a single point, registered a miniscule 1.8 percent of the vote.
Meanwhile, 43.6 percent said McLaren's treatment of Alonso in 2007 was the season's lowest moment, while 39.1 percent thought his penalty for obstructing Hamilton during Hungary GP qualifying was the worst decision.
Similarly, 23.2 percent selected McLaren's championship exclusion and $100m fine for espionage as the best decision of 2007. An overwhelming 96.4 percent said Ferrari was the season's best team, and the Maranello built F2007 won the best car plaudit.
Half of the respondents, meanwhile, said Ferrari is the ideal team for Alonso's future, ahead of Renault, BMW and Red Bull.