Formula One has received a large backlash on Twitter over their decision to award Max Verstappen Driver of the Day at the US Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver suffered a disappointing race in which he started badly, pit at the wrong time, and then subsequently retired.
The idea is simple, fans vote for the driver they thought drove the best and whoever got the most votes win.
Just over an hour after the race finished, Formula One’s official Twitter account released the tweet below announcing the result. Within minutes, the comments streamed with disappointment over the choice.
— Chlöe 🐘 (@chloespittalk) October 23, 2016
— F1 Fails (@F1_Fails) October 23, 2016
— Maria (@ReginaF1addict) October 23, 2016
The Driver of the Day competition was introduced at the beginning of 2016 as a way to better involve the fans. Originally the voting closed hours after the race – leaving time for an informed decision. But in the last few rounds, voting has ended as soon as the chequered flag falls. This has led to many fans simply choosing their favorite driver, regardless of the race he drove.
Driver of the Day has already drawn controversy this year when Rio Haryanto wasn’t awarded it in Melbourne, despite getting the most votes. It appeared many of the votes came from a large group of Indonesian fans who repeatedly voted for their hometown hero. Formula One released a statement over that incident saying: “In the interest of fairness, multiple votes identified as originating from the same source were not counted.” It’s interesting the same approach hasn’t been taken towards today’s controversy.
So we want to hear from you. Who do you think was the United Grand Prix’s Driver of the Day! #MaxWasNotDOTD