Countdown to Formula One: 12 Days!

Twelve

The number of nationalities represented by drivers on the current Formula One grid. Seven of these nationalities have more than one driver, while the other five have only one representative each. The nationalities represented on the grid are Australian, Brazilian, British, Finnish, French, German, Indian, Japanese, Mexican, Russian, Spanish, and Venezuelan.

The most represented nationality in 2012 is Germany with five drivers – Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg, Nico Hulkenberg, and Timo Glock – while Britain and France have three representatives each – Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Paul di Resta, and Romain Grosjean, Jean-Eric Vergne, and Charles Pic respectively. Other countries with more than one driver on the grid include Australia and Finland – Mark Webber and Daniel Ricciardo, and Kimi Räikkönen and Heikki Kovalainen – and Spain and Brazil – Fernando Alonso and Pedro de la Rosa, and Felipe Massa and Bruno Senna. There are five countries represented by just one driver each and these are Mexico (Sergio Perez), Venezuela (Pastor Maldonado), Russia (Vitaly Petrov), India (Narain Karthikeyan) and Japan (Kamui Kobayashi).

Germany have always had a strong representation on the Formula One grid – topping the list of most drivers in nine of the last eleven seasons (including 2012) – along with Britain and Brazil. Germany have had an average of 4.81 drivers on the grid every year since 2002, while Britain and Brazil both have an average of 3.09 drivers per year. The highest number of drivers from any one nationality in one season since 2002 is seven Germans in 2010. From 2002 – 2012 the season with the most nationalities represented was 2006 with 16, while 2008 had the fewest with ten. Driver nationalities which do not currently feature on the 2012 grid, but have been around in the past, include Colombian, Portuguese, Dutch, Polish, Hungarian, and Belgian. Italy used to have a regular presence on the grid, but since Jarno Trulli was dropped at the start of this season, there are currently no Italian drivers on the grid.

Check back tomorrow to see what 11 Days has in store…

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