Formula One: Teammate Comparisons After Bahrain (Round Four)

Mike CassCorrespondent IApril 26, 2009

Continuing my regular article where I compare Formula One team mates against each other.


I will compare qualifying performance and judge them after the weight of the cars has been known.


How qualifying results are displayed:

Position Qualified/Driver Name/Qualifying Time/Weight


I will then give my opinion of who had the better race, which is not necessarily the driver with the best result.


How race results are displayed:

Position Finished/Driver Name/Total Race Time/Fastest Lap


Drivers will be awarded one point for qualifying and one point for the race, come the end of the season we will see who did the better job.


Feel free to challenge my opinion.




Brawn GP


Qualifying: Button +1


Brawn didn't have the pace over one lap to get pole at Bahrain, but Button did the better job as he out qualified his team mate with more fuel on board.


Ross Brawn later tried to defend Barrichello saying he had specific problems with the car, whatever the reason Button still claims the point.


P4 Button 1:34.044 652.5kg

P6 Barrichello 1:34.239 649kg


Race: Button +1


Button jumped Vettel at the first corner, but lost out to Hamilton. That didn't matter as he got back past Hamilton next time around into turn one, by out braking the current world champion.


Button then played the waiting game behind the two Toyota's and after they had pitted he banged in the quick laps that got him the lead after his pit stop.


That was pretty much Buttons' afternoon over and he went onto victory, slightly helped by Trulli holding Vettel up, and then later Vettel holding Trulli up.


Barrichello on the other hand only managed to make one place up during the race and finished over forty seconds behind his team mate.


Rubens struggled to get past Piquet and the three stop strategy didn't quite pay off.


P1 Button 1:31:48.182 Fastest Lap: 1:34.588

P5 Barrichello 1:32:25.961 Fastest Lap: 1:34.901


Season: Jenson Button 7 – 1 Rubens Barrichello






Qualifying: Hamilton +1


Hamilton again made it into final qualifying, while Kovalainen didn't.


Hamilton went on to put in a great lap in Q3 to claim fifth position, he even had the same fuel as Button in the Brawn GP that was just in front.


No question then that Hamilton claims the point.


P5 Hamilton 1:34.196 652.5kg

P11 Kovalainen 1:33.242 678.5kg


Race: Hamilton +1


Hamilton had a fantastic start from fifth and almost took second in the opening lap, he quickly dropped back to fourth though after Button made a move in turn one.


It was then pretty much a case of driving to the flag for Hamilton, as he didn't quite have the pace to challenge the cars in front.


Meanwhile Kovalainen was stuck in the pack at the back, and that's where he stayed finishing a disappointing twelfth after starting eleventh. To boot he finished almost a minute behind his team mate, Hamilton has to take the point.


P4 Hamilton 1:32:10.278 Fastest Lap: 1:34.915

P12 Kovalainen 1:33:06.006 Fastest Lap: 1:35.520


Season: Lewis Hamilton 6 – 2 Hekki Kovalainen



Qualifying: Massa +1


Both Ferrari's made it into final qualifying, and both did a similar job taking fuel levels into account.


Massa can take the point for qualifying in front of Kimi though.


P8 Massa 1:34.818 664.5kg

P10 Räikkönen 1:35.380 671.5kg


Race: Raikkonen +1


Massa damaged his front wing at the start as he was 'sandwiched' between his tame mate and Barrichello, this was partly due to not having KERS at the start.


Anyway he had to pit for a new nose and that pretty much ended his afternoon, he had a scrap with Fisichella to claim fourteenth, and he can be happy that he finished.


Raikkonen had a pretty quiet afternoon on his way to finish sixth to claim the first world championship points of Ferrari's 2009 campaign, however he did pass Timo Glock who had passed him as he rejoined from the pits.


Raikkonen takes the race point, for getting Ferrari some world championship points.


P6 Raikkonen 1:32:30.239 Fastest Lap: 1:35.498

P14 Massa +1 Lap Fastest Lap: 1:35.065


Season: Felipe Massa 4 – 4 Kimi Raikkonen




Red Bull


Qualifying: Vettel +1


Webber was blatantly blocked by the Force India of Sutil in Q1, and therefore didn't make the cut.


Vettel on the other hand was challenging for pole and takes the point by default.


P3 Vettel 1:34.045 659kg

P19 Webber 1:34.038 656kg


Race: Vettel +1


Webber had a fantastic opening lap and was passing cars all over the place, but he could go no further after making it up to eleventh where he eventually finished.


Vettel's afternoon was pretty uneventful; he lost out at the start to Button and Hamilton, but made up places through his strategy and finished second. Had he not been held up by Trulli he may have been able to challenge for the win


Vettel can take the race point for his solid drive and for his podium finish.


P2 Vettel 1:31:55.369 Fastest Lap: 1:34.756

P11 Webber 1:32:55.823 Fastest Lap: 1:35.165


Season: Sebastian Vettel 6 – 2 Mark Webber



Qualifying: Trulli +1


Trulli claimed pole despite having a heavier fuel load than his team mate Glock and takes the point.


It was a Toyota 1-2 though so both had performed well, albeit by being lighter than the rest.


P1 Trulli 1:33.431 648.5kg

P2 Glock 1:33.712 643kg


Race: Trulli +1


Toyota seem to perform better when the start from the pit lane rather than first, both slipped back down the pack after their qualifying first and second, mainly due the long middle stint on the hard tyres.


Glock had managed to jump Trulli at the start, but after his first pit stop he struggled with the harder tyre and finished seventh, although he almost took sixth off Raikkonen.


Trulli did a better job of keeping up the pace on the harder tyre after a poor strategy call by the team and he finished third.


Trulli had the better race and takes the point.


P3 Trulli 1:31:57.352 Fastest Lap: 1:34.556

P7 Glock 1:32:31.062 Fastest Lap: 1:34.574


Season: Jarno Trulli 6 – 2 Timo Glock




Qualifying: Alonso +1


Piquet finally made it out of Q1, but couldn't progress any further and qualified fifteenth rather than his usual 17th.


Alonso did a better job making it into Q3 again, and takes the point.


P7 Alonso 1:34.578 650.5kg

P15 Piquet 1:33.941 677.6kg


Race: Piquet +1


Maybe I'm feeling sorry for Piquet, as he is yet to score a point from me, but I think he did the better job and deserves the race point.


Piquet defended well against Barrichello, and he only finished thirteen seconds behind his world champion team mate who had a quiet afternoon.


OK so Alonso did well against Trulli, but lets give junior a break.


P8 Alonso 1:32:40.957 Fastest Lap: 1:35.722

P10 Piquet 1:32:53.331 Fastest Lap: 1:35.441


Season: Fernando Alonso 7 – 1 Nelson Piquet Jr.



Qualifying: Rosberg +1


Nakajima is still to make it out of Q2 in 2009, while Rosberg has made it into final qualifying at every race so far this year.


Another point for Rosberg.


P9 Rosberg 1:35.134 670.5kg

P12 Nakajima 1:33.348 680.9kg


Race: Rosberg +1


I believe Nakajima had a coming together on the first lap with the BMW of Robert Kubica, anyway he had to pit for a new nose and that was pretty much the last we saw of him before he retired with an oil pressure issue.


Rosbergs' performance again wasn't anything to write home about and he just missed out on some world championship points, but he takes the race point.


P9 Rosberg 1:32:46.380 Fastest Lap: 1:35.816

P20 Nakajima +8 Laps -Retired/Oil Pressure- Fastest Lap: 1:36.153


Season: Nico Rosberg 8 – 0 Kazuki Nakajima






Qualifying: Kubica +1


Kubica can have the point for qualifying in front of Heidfeld, not much else to say than 'what a difference a year makes'.


P13 Kubica 1:33.487 698.6kg

P14 Heidfeld 1:33.562 696.3kg


Race: Kubica +1


Dear oh dear, BMW finished dead last at Bahrain and were lapped. Both had messy races and had to pit for new noses early on in the race.


I believe Kubica lost his while battling Nakajima, I'm not to sure what happened to Heidfeld, but he may have tangled with his team mate.


One to forget for BMW and they must be praying for a massive step forward in performance come Barcelona.


Kubica can have the point for finishing in front of his team mate.


P18 Kubica +1 Lap Fastest Lap: 1:35.706

P19 Heidfeld +1 Lap Fastest Lap: 1:35.924


Season: Robert Kubica 6 – 2 Nick Heidfeld

Force India


Qualifying: Fisichella +1


Fisichella takes the point despite qualifying behind his team mate as Sutil showed a real lack of awareness when blocking Mark Webber, and was rightly handed a three place grid penalty.


P16 Sutil 1:33.722 679kg

P18 Fisichella 1:33.910 652kg


Race: Sutil +1


Fisichella looked like a rookie battling with Massa and should have used some of that experience to get out of the way of the race leader.


Sutil had a very quiet afternoon, I don't remember seeing him at all on the TV coverage. However he can have the race point for not being an idiot like his team mate.


P15 Fisichella +1 Lap Fastest Lap: 1:36.376

P16 Sutil +1 Lap Fastest Lap: 1:36.219


Season: Giancarlo Fisichella 3 – 5 Adrian Sutil


Toro Rosso


Qualifying: Buemi +1


Bourdais was easily beat by his rookie team mate in qualifying, Buemi takes the point.


P17 Buemi 1:33.753 678.5kg

P20 Bourdais 1:34.159 667.5kg


Race: Bourdais +1


Bad start for Buemi and was slow all afternoon, over a second off the pace compared with his team mates fastest lap.


Bourdais on the other hand had a good start and came from last to thirteenth, and takes the race point.


P13 Bourdais 1:33:06.987 Fastest Lap: 1:35.410

P17 Buemi +1 Lap Fastest Lap: 1:36.473


Season: Sebastian Buemi 5 – 3 Sebastian Bourdais


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