Formula One: Teammate Comparisons after Germany (Round Nine)

Mike CassCorrespondent IJuly 15, 2009

NURBURG, GERMANY - JULY 12:  Mark Webber (L) of Australia and Red Bull Racing celebrates with second placed team mate Sebastian Vettel (R) of Germany and Red Bull Racing on the podium after winning the German Formula One Grand Prix at Nurburgring on July 12, 2009 in Nurburg, Germany.  (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


Barrichello did the better job as he was slightly heavier then his team mate, but still qualified in front.


Barrichello once again seemed to be doing a better job of making the tyres work, compared with the Brit.


However neither Brawn driver will be happy when they see they were the lightest cars in Q3 by some margin, especially compared to the Red Bulls.


P2 Barrichello 1:32.357 647kg

P3 Button 1:32.473 644kg


Race: Button +1


Barrichello had a great start and took the lead after a little bump from Webber on the way by.


Barrichello though couldn't open up a gap from Webber despite being lighter and lost the lead after his first stop.


He then got stuck behind Massa, which cost him time and allowed Webber to serve his penalty for the earlier collision with little time lost.


Barrichello then lost more valuable seconds with a fuel rig problem during his second stop, and the three stop strategy just didn't work for him.


To make matters worse Button made it by during the final stops for the Brawn team, and then Barrichello had to concentrate on holding off Alonso to keep his sixth place.


Button got off the line well, but got boxed in and dropped to ninth. He soon got back passed Massa but spent most of the first stint in traffic, and 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 at the second round of pit stops.


Had Button not been caught up behind his team mate Barrichello late on he may have been able to take fourth off Rosberg, but he will have to make do with fifth after getting in front of Barrichello at their final stops.


P5 Button 1:37:06.919 Fastest Lap: 1:34.252

P6 Barrichello 1:37:07.798 Fastest Lap: 1:34.676


Season: Jenson Button 14 – 4 Rubens Barrichello




Qualifying: Kovalainen +1


Hamilton put his recent qualifying woes behind him and made it into Q3 thanks to his upgraded Mclaren, hang on a sec Kovalainen made it into Q3 without the upgrades...


Kovalainen probably benefited from faster cars not making it into the final session due to the variable track conditions in Q2, hell he was pretty ragged himself and even clipped a barrier at one point.


But his lap time isn't far off his team mate when you take the extra 10kg of fuel into account and the fact he didn't have the upgrades... that's some effort from the Finn!


P5 Hamilton 1:32.616 654.5kg

P6 Kovalainen 1:33.859 664kg


Race: Kovalainen +1


Hamilton had a fantastic start and looked like he would take the lead, however his rear right tyre was punctured by the front wing end plate of Mark Webber's Red Bull.


I think Hamilton would have out braked himself any way, or was slightly caught out by the bump in turn one, but either way he had a puncture and had to recover to the pits.


This effectively ended his race as Mclaren tanked him to the brim, and unsurprisingly Hamilton lost his motivation in last place being a lap down with a damaged car.


Kovalainen had a great start as well and made it up to third, but he had a train behind him for most of the race and always looked like he would fall backwards during the stops.


He managed to resist the efforts of Glock at the end to hold onto eight place and a world championship point.


P8 Kovalainen 1:37:41.402 Fastest Lap: 1:35.524

P18 Hamilton + 1 lap Fastest Lap: 1:35.367


Season: Lewis Hamilton 11 – 7 Hekki Kovalainen



Qualifying: Massa +1


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


P8 Massa 1:34.574 673.5kg

P9 Raikkonen 1:34.710 674kg


Race: Massa +1


Raikkonen didn't have a great opening lap or stint for that matter, and ended up having a clumsy incident with Sutil, as the Force India driver rejoined from the pits.


Raikkonen later retired with an engine problem.


Massa had a great start getting up to fourth and then made his heavy fuel load work, he kept faster cars behind him (except Button early on) and this really helped Webber to his maiden win.


Massa even lead briefly while the pit stops were shaking out, and he eventually ended up on the podium for the first time this year in third.


P3 Massa 1:36:59.216 Fastest Lap: 1:34.458

P19 Raikkonen + 26 laps -Retired: Mechanical, engine- Fastest Lap: 1:36.080


Season: Felipe Massa 10 – 8 Kimi Raikkonen


Red Bull


Qualifying: Webber +1


Webber and Vettel had the same fuel load, but it was Webber who claimed his first pole position.


P1 Webber 1:32.230 661kg

P4 Vettel 1:32.480 661kg


Race: Webber +1


Vettel was jumped by a number of cars at the start and had to sit behind the Ferrari of Massa for the first stint, he made an early effort to get by, but it didn't work out and he ran wide.


Luckily for Vettel his strategy worked for him and he was able to make up places during the pit stops.


Had it not been for Massa and Kovalainen holding him up, he would have been right there challenging Webber for the win.


Webber got off the line well but was passed by the Brawn of Rubens Barrichello, but not before Webber gave him a tap on the way by.


The Mclaren of Lewis Hamilton also made it passed at the start, Webber however caused Hamilton's puncture by clipping his right rear tyre with his front wing end plate.


Webber later received a drive through penalty from the race stewards for causing the collision with Barrichello.


But that wasn't enough to stop Webber claiming his first F1 win after 130 attempts, he had the pace when it mattered, the strategy worked out, and for once he had lady luck on his side.


Thanks to Massa and Kovalainen holding up the field and crucial times, Webber was able to take his drive through penalty without losing much time to the others he was racing.


P1 Webber 1:36:43.310 Fastest Lap: 1:34.003

P2 Vettel 1:36:52.562 Fastest Lap: 1:34.089


Season: Sebastian Vettel 10 – 8 Mark Webber



Qualifying: Trulli +1


Glock qualified badly even before his three place grid penalty for holding up Alonso, Trulli won't exactly be happy with fourteenth either, but it's enough for the point.


P14 Trulli 1:42.771 683.7kg

P19 Glock 1:32.423 662.3kg


Race: Glock +1


Trulli had his race wrecked when he had a coming together with Nakajima, this meant an early stop for a new front wing that put him well down the order and in traffic.


Glock did a fantastic job to get to ninth considering he started from the pit lane after his penalty from qualifying, he was even pushing Kovalainen for the last world championship point at the end!


P9 Glock 1:37:44.710 Fastest Lap: 1:35.369

P17 Trulli 1:38:14.210 Fastest Lap: 1:33.654


Season: Jarno Trulli 12 – 6 Timo Glock




Qualifying: Piquet +1


Piquet earns this point on merit after Alonso failed to get out of Q2!


Alonso was held up by the Toyota of Glock during the course of the afternoon and that seemed to rattle the Spainard, compared with Piquet who looked composed during a tough qualifying session.


P10 Piquet 1:34.803 676kg

P12 Alonso 1:42.318 668.2kg


Race: Alonso +1


Piquet lost out at the start and spent most of his afternoon in traffic, Alonso also lost out at the start but made his strategy work.


On his way to seventh he set the fastest lap of the race by some margin, and got himself some more world championship points.


P7 Alonso 1:37:08.166 Fastest Lap: 1:33.365

P13 Piquet 1:37:51.638 Fastest Lap: 1:34.876


Season: Fernando Alonso 14 – 4 Nelson Piquet Jr.



Qualifying: Nakajima +1


Nakajima finally scores his first point, he may of slipped off the track at the start of Q2, but that didn't stop him getting the better of his German team mate in the variable conditions during the session.


P13 Nakajima 1:42.500 683.6kg

P15 Rosberg 1:42.859 689.6kg


Race: Rosberg +1


Nakajima had a coming together with the Toyota of Trulli that put him down the order, while Rosberg had a great start getting up to ninth.


Nakajima continued to go backwards through the field, while Rosberg made further progress to take a quiet fourth place.


P4 Rosberg 1:37:04.409 Fastest Lap: 1:34.403

P12 Nakajima 1:37:46.187 Fastest Lap: 1:34.238


Season: Nico Rosberg 17 – 1 Kazuki Nakajima




Qualifying: Heidfeld +1


Heidfeld out qualified Kubica, but you would expect that from the German at his home race.


P11 Heidfeld 1:42.310 681kg

P16 Kubica 1:32.190 673.5kg


Race: Heidfeld +1


Another poor showing from BMW and at their home race to! The only time I saw Kubica was when he was passed by Heidfeld due to different strategies.


I'll go with position and award the point to Heidfeld.


P10 Heidfeld 1:37:45.210 Fastest Lap: 1:34.559

P14 Kubica 1:37:52.865 Fastest Lap: 1:34.537


Season: Robert Kubica 11 – 7 Nick Heidfeld

Force India


Qualifying: Sutil +1


Sutil may have put in the qualifying performance of the season to claim seventh, the variable conditions are a speciality of Sutil's, but consider the fact he had the most fuel on board in Q3 and I can't help but be blown away by the achievement.


P7 Sutil 1:34.316 678.5kg

P18 Fisichella 1:32.402 662.5kg


Race: Fisichella +1


Sutil was putting in a great performance and looked on for some points, that was until he had another coming together with his nemesis Kimi Raikkonen after exiting the pits.


That ended his chance of points, as he had to recover back to the pits for a new front wing!


Fisichella made a great pass on Heidfeld and then Alonso early on and was in great form, he looked in complete control all afternoon for a change, and I think he did enough to get the race point.


P11 Fisichella 1:37:45.637 Fastest Lap: 1:35.301

P15 Sutil 1:37:55.210 Fastest Lap: 1:35.366


Season: Giancarlo Fisichella 9 – 9 Adrian Sutil


Toro Rosso


Qualifying: Buemi +1


Buemi comfortably qualified in front of his team mate by over a second, and takes the point.


P17 Buemi 1:32.251 674.5kg

P20 Bourdais 1:33.559 689.5kg


Race: Buemi +1


If this was Sebastian Bourdais last race he went out on whimper, qualified last and then forced to retire early on with an hydraulics issue.


Buemi had a very quiet afternoon and would have finished where he started had Hamilton not picked up a puncture on the first lap.


Maybe next time out in Hungary he will have a tougher team mate to beat, in the shape of Jaime Alguersuari if rumours are to be believed.


P16 Buemi 1:38:13.510 Fastest Lap: 1:36.279

P20 Bourdais + 42 laps -Retired: Mechanical, hydraulics- Fastest Lap: 1:37.498


Season: Sebastian Buemi 13 – 5 Sebastian Bourdais