Formula One: Team Mate Comparisons After Monaco (Round Six)

Mike CassCorrespondent IMay 24, 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 announced.


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


It didn't look like it was going to be Brawns day, with Barrichello lucky to survive tapping the armco barrier and Button struggling in Q2. But as in Spain Button claimed pole and Barrichello got third.


Again both are on similar fuel loads and set roughly the same times, but it was Button who took pole and therefore takes the point.


P1 Button 1:14.902 647.5kg

P3 Barrichello 1:15.077 648kg


Race: Button +1


Brawn GP claimed another one-two finish, with Button leading the way once again.


Both drivers had a fantastic start, Button led into the first corner and Barrichello managed to jump the Ferrari of Raikkonen.


It was then a case of tyre management and Button clearly did a better job then Barrichello.


Button could have won by about half a minute, but he knew he didn't need to be that aggressive and managed his pace well throughout the race, maintaining the required gap.


Button notched up his fifth win of the season and easily claims another race point from me.


P1 Button 1:40:44.282 Fastest Lap: 1:15.190

P2 Barrichello 1:40:51.948 Fastest Lap: 1:15.685


Season: Jenson Button 11 – 1 Rubens Barrichello




Qualifying: Kovalainen +1


Before qualifying Hamilton was looking good for a shout at pole, after setting competitive times in the practice sessions. It wasn't to be though as he made a mistake in Q1 and hit the barrier in the Mirabeau turn damaging the left rear suspension of his McLaren.


Although Hamilton had set a time good enough for sixteenth, he will be starting in last after receiving a penalty for changing his gearbox. His fuel load though suggests a very aggressive strategy.


Kovalainen meanwhile was coming good on his practice performances, and made it into Q1 claiming seventh and the point.


P7 Kovalainen 1:15.516 644kg

P16 Hamilton 1:16.264 645.5kg


Race: Hamilton +1


Neither McLaren driver impressed during the race, Hamilton had a cautious start and his low fuel strategy was never going to work out, it didn't help that he damaged his front wing hitting a BMW early on.


However Kovalainen wasn't doing much better, he was having a quiet afternoon and looked liked scoring some points until he lost control and stuck it in the wall.


Another race weekend to forget for McLaren this season, another DNF for Kovalainen and another race point for Hamilton.


P12 Hamilton + 1 laps Fastest Lap: 1:15.706

P16 Kovalainen + 26 laps -Crash- Fastest Lap: 1:15.672


Season: Lewis Hamilton 9 – 3 Hekki Kovalainen



Qualifying: Raikkonen +1


Massa came out early on in Q3 and stuck his Ferrari into the barrier in a bizarre incident, it took him awhile to get back in the groove, but he never looked like a match for his team mate.


Massa ended up nearly half a second down on Raikkonen, despite having the same fuel load!


Raikkonen though put his disastrous Spanish Grand Prix qualifying behind him, nearly claiming pole. It was a performance the Finn needed and he claims the point.


P2 Raikkonen 1:14.927 644kg

P5 Massa 1:15.437 643.5kg


Race: Raikkonen +1


Both drivers couldn't make their KERS count off the line, maybe if they had a set of super soft tyres on it would have been a different story.


Massa was looking like he could of challenged for the podium had Vettel not held him up, but Massa then made his own mistake by missing the chicane coming out of the tunnel. On giving the place back to Vettel, Rosberg managed to squeeze by.


It was then all a little bit ragged for Massa, as he cut the corner at the swimming pool a number of times, earning a warning from the stewards.


Raikkonen lost out to Barrichello at the start, other than that it was a good show from the Finn who didn't really put a foot wrong. I think third was the best he could have achieved today, so he claims the race point.


P3 Raikkonen 1:40:57.724 Fastest Lap: 1:15.382

P4 Massa 1:40:59.392 Fastest Lap: 1:15.154


Season: Felipe Massa 6 – 6 Kimi Raikkonen


Red Bull


Qualifying: Webber +1


Vettel was fuelled very light to get pole, but he was held up by Nakajima and will have a tough time making his light fuel strategy work from fourth.


Webber has looked impressive throughout practice and qualifying, he therefore made the choice to do only one run in Q3 and although a second run may have got him further up the grid he did a good job and takes the point.


P4 Vettel 1:15.271 631.5kg

P8 Webber 1:15.653 646.5kg


Race: Webber +1


Vettel used up his tyres pretty quickly and soon there was a Trulli-esque train developing behind him. Massa and Rosberg eventually made it past before he dived in the pits, Vettel then tried too hard to recover and put it in the wall.


Webber had a pretty uneventful afternoon and at times had the pace of the front runners. Mark kept it out of the barriers and scored some world championship points, therefore he takes the point.


P5 Webber 1:41:00.012 Fastest Lap: 1:15.321

P18 Vettel + 62 laps -Crash- Fastest Lap: 1:17.634


Season: Sebastian Vettel 7 – 5 Mark Webber



Qualifying: Trulli +1


Toyota have been very poor round Monaco, but in the battle of the team mates it was Trulli who took the honours, even though he complained about being held up.


P19 Trulli 1:16.548 688.3kg

P20 Glock 1:16.788 700.8kg


Race: Glock +1


Didn't see much of the Toyota's all afternoon, but Glock clearly made his one stop strategy work and finished ahead of Trulli to claim my race point.


P10 Glock + 1 laps Fastest Lap: 1:16.066

P13 Trulli + 1 laps Fastest Lap: 1:16.011


Season: Jarno Trulli 8 – 4 Timo Glock




Qualifying: Alonso +1


Piquet was looking impressive round Monaco, then he had a tap on the barrier, followed by a spin.


Alonso made it into Q1 and put in a good lap considering his fuel load compared to the others in the top ten shoot out, and has to take the point.


P9 Alonso 1:16.009 654kg

P12 Piquet 1:15.837 673.1kg


Race: Alonso +1


Piquet was unlucky to be taken out early on by Buemi, who was intent on using him to soften his crash. However it might have saved Piquet the embarrassment of crashing out by himself later on.


Alonso showed some good pace and managed to score some more world championship points.


P7 Alonso 1:41:22.121 Fastest Lap: 1:15.371

P19 Piquet + 66 laps -Crash- Fastest Lap: 1:18.514


Season: Fernando Alonso 11 – 1 Nelson Piquet Jr.



Qualifying: Rosberg +1


Frank Williams must be fuming, as yet again Williams failed to build on their practice pace.


Rosberg got beat by the Ferrari of Massa, despite having slightly less fuel on board, but clearly beat Nakajima who had his first outing this season in Q3.


P6 Rosberg 1:15.455 642kg

P10 Nakajima 1:17.344 668kg


Race: Rosberg +1


I thought I was going to be giving Nakajima his first point for a solid display round the principality, then he went and put it in the wall a couple of laps from the flag.


Rosberg did well to sneak past Massa as he was handing the position back to Vettel, but he then lost out during the first round of pit stops and that was pretty much it for the afternoon.


Rosberg earns the point.


P6 Rosberg 1:41:17.868 Fastest Lap: 1:15.772

P15 Nakajima + 2 laps -Crash- Fastest Lap: 1:15.792


Season: Nico Rosberg 12 – 0 Kazuki Nakajima




Qualifying: Heidfeld +1


BMW find themselves at the back once again, but can be happy that they beat Toyota.


Heidfeld did the better job and gets the point.


P17 Heidfeld 1:16.264 680kg

P18 Kubica 1:16.405 696kg


Race: Heidfeld +1


Kubica was forced to retire early on with a brake issue, but maybe it was a fortunate incident considering how poor the BMW was around Monaco.


Somehow though Heidfeld managed to drag his BMW to finish and in front of the much faster Hamilton.


P11 Heidfeld + 1 laps Fastest Lap: 1:16.268

P17 Kubica + 48 laps -Retired/Brake- Fastest Lap: 1:17.558


Season: Robert Kubica 7 – 5 Nick Heidfeld

Force India


Qualifying: Fisichella +1


Both cars made it into Q2 for the first time, but it was Fisichella who made his experience count and claims the point.


P13 Fisichella 1:16.146 693kg

P15 Sutil 1:16.545 670kg


Race: Fisichella +1


Sutil at least made it to the end this year without being taken out by anyone, he finished well behind his team mate though, but managed to set a faster lap time.


Fisichella was close to scoring the first world championship point for Force India, but he shouldn't be too disappointed as he put in a faultless performance to finish ninth and can have a point from me instead.


P9 Fisichella 1:41:49.322 Fastest Lap: 1:16.419

P14 Sutil + 1 laps Fastest Lap: 1:16.245


Season: Giancarlo Fisichella 6 – 6 Adrian Sutil


Toro Rosso


Qualifying: Buemi +1


Both made it into Q2, but Buemi clearly beat his team mate and takes the point.


P11 Buemi 1:15.833 670kg

P14 Bourdais 1:16.281 699.5kg


Race: Bourdais +1


Buemi made a mistake and then decided to try and soften his crash by using Piquet to slow himself down. It didn't work and that was his afternoon over.


Meanwhile Bourdais put in a fantastic performance to go from fourteenth to eighth and earn the final world championship point and my race point.


P8 Bourdais 1:41:47.424 Fastest Lap: 1:16.178

P20 Buemi + 68 laps -Crash- Fastest Lap: 1:18.582


Season: Sebastian Buemi 8 – 4 Sebastian Bourdais



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