Formula One: Team Mate Comparisons After Britain (Round Eight)

Mike CassCorrespondent IJune 21, 2009

NORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 21:  Sebastian Vettel (R) of Germany and Red Bull Racing celebrates with second placed Mark Webber (L) of Australia and Red Bull Racing in parc ferme after winning the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone on June 21, 2009 in Northampton, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

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: Barrichello +1


Button was unusually off the pace compared with Barrichello who seemed to being doing a better job of getting heat into the tyres.


When you look at the lap times and consider they both had identical fuel loads, it's obvious the point can only go one way.


P2 Barrichello 1:19.856 657.5kg

P6 Button 1:20.289 657.5kg




Race: Barrichello +1


Button got off the line well, but got boxed in and dropped to ninth. He soon got back past Massa but spent most of the first stint behind Trulli. After the pit stops, he was still in eighth place but looking at the back of Raikkonen's Ferrari instead.


Button then put in a long middle stint, and despite poor pace managed to get in front of Raikkonen and Trulli at the second round of pit stops.


He then was banging in quick laps on the softer tyre and was catching Rosberg and Massa in front of him by a second a lap.


However, he didn't make any further progress and finished where he started in sixth.


Barrichello had a clean start and a good first stint, but lost out to Webber at the first round of pit stops, it was then a case of just keeping it on the road to claim third.


Brawn didn't have the pace to compete with the Red Bulls today, so Barrichello did the best he could and gets the point.


P3 Barrichello 1:23:30.483 Fastest Lap: 1:21.429

P6 Button 1:23:35.613 Fastest Lap: 1:21.189


Season: Jenson Button 13 – 3 Rubens Barrichello






Qualifying: Kovalainen +1


For the third race in a row, Kovalainen out qualified his team mate, Hamilton paid the price of leaving it to the last minute as Sutil's accident caused the session to be red-flagged with only seconds left on the clock.


However, Hamilton admitted that his lap wasn't very good up to that point, and probably wouldn't have gotten through into Q2 anyway.


P13 Kovalainen 1:19.353 695.5kg

P19 Hamilton 1:19.917 666kg


Race: Hamilton +1


Kovalainen had a woeful start and went from 13th to 19th! I guess some of that was to do with his heavy fuel load, but he looked like he had made it pay off after his stop when he emerged in front of his team mate.


However, Hamilton quickly got past and then Bourdais tried a move but ended up running into the back of Kovalainen, the incident saw both soon retire.


Hamilton was having an eventful afternoon and might not have been fighting for significant positions, but he was still providing a lot of entertainment to his British fans.


He had a great start and was hustling Alonso for 13th, but lost out to Kubica after running wide. Hamilton then spent a lot of thrilling laps climbing all over the back of the BMW, but couldn't find a way past before he pitted.


Hamilton then pulled off a great move to get in front of Heidfeld who was coming out of the pits and then got by Alonso only to lose out quickly after.


Later on, he put a wheel on the grass and spun off, but managed to get back on the track and finish in 16th place.


Hamilton earns the point, and should get a bonus point for his doughnut in front of the grandstands at the end.


P16 Hamilton + 1 lap Fastest Lap: 1:22.576

P20 Kovalainen + 24 laps -Retired: Crash damage- Fastest Lap: 1:22.418


Season: Lewis Hamilton 11 – 5 Heikki Kovalainen



Qualifying: Raikkonen +1


Raikkonen again beat Massa, who failed to make it into Q3.


P9 Raikkonen 1:19.010 654kg

P11 Massa 1:18.927 675kg


Race: Massa +1


Both Ferrari's had fantastic starts off the line, then both ran wide into turn one.


After making it up to fifth, Raikkonen soon fell back through the field during the rounds of pit stops and finished eighth.


Massa was doing the opposite and making places up in the pit stops, thanks to a great strategy.


Considering Massa started in 11th, he put in some performance to finish fourth, and that's why he gets the point.


P4 Massa 1:23:34.371 Fastest Lap: 1:21.509

P8 Raikkonen 1:23:58.950 Fastest Lap: 1:21.656


Season: Felipe Massa 8 – 8 Kimi Raikkonen




Red Bull


Qualifying: Vettel +1


Webber can whine all he wants about being held up by Raikkonen, but the truth of the matter is he was never going to beat Vettel, even with divine intervention.


Not only did Vettel take pole by some three tenths of a second, he was carrying more fuel than anyone in Q3!


P1 Vettel 1:19.509 666.5kg

P3 Webber 1:19.868 659.5kg


Race: Vettel +1


Webber failed to get past Barrichello at the start, and paid the price in the first stint. He did manage to take second place after the first pit stops and showed some good pace in clear air, but he didn't really have a chance of winning.


Vettel was in a class of his own today, he was a second a lap quicker then everyone, every lap up until his first stop!


He was banging in fastest lap after fastest lap, and let's not forget he started with the heaviest fuel load in the top ten!


After his first stop, he just managed the gap to Webber all the way to the chequered flag, and looked in complete control for the whole race.


So he claimed pole on Saturday, led home a Red Bull one-two on Sunday and on the way set the fastest lap of the race. Not much else the kid could have done, guess he takes the point then.


P1 Vettel 1:22:49.328 Fastest Lap: 1:20.735

P2 Webber 1:23:04.516 Fastest Lap: 1:20.735


Season: Sebastian Vettel 10 – 6 Mark Webber



Qualifying: Trulli +1


Both Toyotas made it into Q3, and although Trulli had a couple of kilos less fuel on board compared with Glock, he still did the better job.


P4 Trulli 1:20.091 658kg

P8 Glock 1:20.490 660kg


Race: Trulli +1


I don't think Timo Glock turned up until the end of the race at Silverstone, when he was putting pressure on Kimi Raikkonen, he had a very quiet race.


Trulli had a poor start and that was pretty much his afternoon, everything else played out in the pit stops.


Trulli takes it on finishing position merit.


P7 Trulli 1:23:57.635 Fastest Lap: 1:21.806

P9 Glock 1:23:59.151 Fastest Lap: 1:21.671


Season: Jarno Trulli 11 – 5 Timo Glock






Qualifying: Alonso +1


Piquet failed to make Q3, Alonso did but could only claim 10th. However, that's better than 14th, so the point goes to the Spaniard.


P10 Alonso 1:20.741 654kg

P14 Piquet 1:19.392 682.5kg


Race: Piquet +1


I don't know what happened to Alonso at the start, but he ended up having to fight with Hamilton to hold onto 13th place.


He soon shook off the Englishman and then set about battling Heidfeld, who was nursing a damaged BMW.


Later in the race, Hamilton did make it past Alonso, but it didn't take him long to get back in front, it was then a drive to the flag.


Shock of the season, Piquet earned a point on merit! He not only finished in front of Alonso, but set a faster lap time by some three-tenths of a second. Clearly, his one-stop strategy worked out a treat.


P12 Piquet + 1 lap Fastest Lap: 1:22.505

P14 Alonso + 1 lap Fastest Lap: 1:21.852


Season: Fernando Alonso 13 – 3 Nelson Piquet Jr.



Qualifying: Rosberg +1


I so nearly gave Nakajima his first team mate point of the season, but I just can't overlook the fuel load compared to lap time when you look at Rosberg's performance.


P5 Nakajima 1:20.216 652.5kg

P7 Rosberg 1:20.361 661.5kg


Race: Rosberg +1


Nakajima was holding his own at the start, but his low fuel strategy didn't pay off and he finished a disappointing eleventh.


Rosberg made places up through the pit stops, and didn't have much to do during the race other than resist a late charge from Button.


P5 Rosberg 1:23:35.243 Fastest Lap: 1:21.054

P11 Nakajima 1:24:03.351 Fastest Lap: 1:21.845


Season: Nico Rosberg 16 – 0 Kazuki Nakajima






Qualifying: Kubica +1


Kubica once again qualified in front of Heidfeld, and takes the point.


P12 Kubica 1:19.308 689.5kg

P15 Heidfeld 1:19.448 665.5kg


Race: Kubica +1


Kubica dropped back at the start, but did get past Hamilton, he then soaked up the pressure from the McLaren driver. Hamilton soon pitted and that was pretty much Kubica's afternoon.


Heidfeld made some places at the start, but we soon heard a radio message from the team telling Heidfeld to pit for a new nose, as he had damaged his front wing. Heidfeld told them he was staying out and did a good job of holding off Alonso.


Heidfeld nearly got out in front of Hamilton after his stop, but got caught napping and lost the place.


Not a spectacular performance from either BMW driver, but Kubica takes the point for the better finishing position.


P13 Kubica + 1 lap Fastest Lap: 1:22.182

P15 Heidfeld + 1 lap Fastest Lap: 1:21.956


Season: Robert Kubica 11 – 5 Nick Heidfeld

Force India


Qualifying: Fisichella +1


Sutil may have done better than 18th place, but his Force India had brake failure that sent him off, and we won't know where he could have qualified.


As it is, Fisichella takes the point.


P16 Fisichella 1:19.802 668kg

P18 Sutil 1:19.909 692kg


Race: Fisichella +1


Sutil started from the pit lane after his crash in qualifying and couldn't really do much from there, least he didn't finish last.


Fisichella, on the other hand, had a great race, he started 16th and finished 10th. I'm still not quite sure how he pulled this off, but I'm guessing he a great start and looking at his fastest lap he had front runner pace as well.


P10 Fisichella 1:24:00.850 Fastest Lap: 1:21.810

P17 Sutil + 1 lap Fastest Lap: 1:23.475


Season: Giancarlo Fisichella 8 – 8 Adrian Sutil




Toro Rosso


Qualifying: Bourdais +1


Bourdais for once managed to qualify ahead of Buemi, who qualified last.


P17 Bourdais 1:19.898 687.5kg

P20 Buemi 1:20.236 672.5kg


Race: Buemi +1


Bourdais crashed into the back of Kovalainen, but he told the BBC afterwards that he would have retired anyway, as he was losing oil pressure.


Buemi qualified last and finished last, but at least he one for Buemi.


P18 Buemi + 1 lap Fastest Lap: 1:22.711

P19 Bourdais + 23 laps -Retired: Crash damage- Fastest Lap: 1:22.466


Season: Sebastian Buemi 11 – 5 Sebastian Bourdais


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