Do Red Bull Have the Best Two Drivers on the Grid?

Billy SextonAnalyst IJuly 23, 2009

NURBURG, GERMANY - JULY 12:  Mark Webber (R) of Australia and Red Bull Racing celebrates with second placed Sebastian Vettel (L) of Germany and Red Bull Racing in parc ferme after winning the German Formula One Grand Prix at Nurburgring on July 12, 2009 in Nurburg, Germany.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Earlier today during the build-up to the Hungarian Grand Prix, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner claimed that in-form Red Bull Racing have the best drivers on the current F1 grid in the shape of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber who lie second and third in the drivers championship respectively.

After two consecutive one-two finishes Horner said, "I think we've the best driver line-up in F1 at the moment."

But is he right?

After recent performances in both qualifying and the races, Red Bull have dominated, taking 52 points from a possible 54 in the past three races. So in that context, Horner is indeed correct. 

But what do the statistics have to say?

I'm going to calculate the total number of points scored from 2007 by Brawn GP (previously Honda), Red Bull (the main contenders for the 2009 championship) and the total number of points from McLaren, Ferrari, and BMW, who were the main contenders in the championship last season and in 2007 also. 

I am aware that teammates have changed, so to avoid major confusion, I will only use the points of current members of the team. For example, I won't include Fernando Alonso (McLaren '07) and David Coulthard (Red Bull '07, '08) in the statistics.

Now we will really see who has the best lineup on the grid (or half grid).

  • Brawn GP (previously Honda), points total for 2007, 2008, and 2009: 132
  • Red Bull Racing points total for 2007, 2008, and 2009: 164.5
  • McLaren Mercedes points total for 2007, 2008, and 2009: 304
  • Scuderia Ferrari points total for 2007, 2008, and 2009: 408
  • BMW Sauber points total for 2007, 2008, and 2009: 243

It is clear that Ferrari statistically have the best team on the grid. But is this because they have a huge cheque book and can afford the best drivers? Or are Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa really the best out there?

This is certainly an interesting topic and I would like to hear your thoughts on whether or not Horner is right. And if he is, he has got himself a very good deal for two top class drivers compared to the millions Ferrari, McLaren, and BMW dish out each year to obtain their drivers.