Formula One: Teammate Comparisons After Valencia (Round Eleven)

Mike CassCorrespondent IAugust 24, 2009

VALENCIA, SPAIN - AUGUST 23:  Rubens Barrichello of Brazil and Brawn GP celebrates on the podium after winning the European Formula One Grand Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit on August 23, 2009, in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

I am continuing my regular article where I compare Formula One teammates 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 did only one run in Q3 and made a mistake at turn four, but he was lighter than Barrichello and should have done better considering the prize he is chasing. Has the pressure gotten to him?

Barrichello was heavier compared with his teammate but still managed to take third, fuel-adjusted it would have been pole (though we won't know what time Hamilton would have done on his last run, which he aborted).

P3 Barrichello 1:39.563 662.5 kg

P5 Button 1:39.821 661.5 kg

Race: Barrichello +1

Button pulled away from the line well, but got boxed in by Vettel and had to get off the throttle, costing him a few places.

Jenson then had a scruffy opening lap and after cutting a chicane, he was told to yield to Webber.

Although Button finished seventh, he did make his strategy work to finish in front of Webber.

Barrichello had a clean start and for once had consistently strong pace throughout, rather than his normal spurts of hot laps. He deserved his first win in five years.

P1 Barrichello 1:35:51.289 Fastest Lap: 1:38.990

P7 Button 1:36:26.202 Fastest Lap: 1:38.874

Season: Jenson Button 16 – 6 Rubens Barrichello


Qualifying: Hamilton +1

No doubt about it, Kovalainen did a fantastic job to take second in a car that's not quite the same spec of Hamilton's, but what could it have been without that mistake in the final corner?

In reality Lewis was always going to take pole. He was on a much better lap which he aborted, so it was more comfortable than it seemed.

P1 Hamilton 1:39.498 653 kg

P2 Kovalainen 1:39.532 655 kg

Race: Hamilton +1

Both McLarens drivers started well, but qualifying light ultimately meant that they were beaten on strategy.

Kovalainen put in a solid performance to finish fourth and Hamilton did all he could, but it wasn't to be.

Had the team not told Hamilton to conserve the brakes so early on he could have built up a bigger lead over Barrichello, and that pit mistake wouldn't have mattered so much.

P2 Hamilton 1:35:53.647 Fastest Lap: 1:39.056

P4 Kovalainen 1:36:11.321 Fastest Lap: 1:39.341

Season: Lewis Hamilton 15 – 7 Hekki Kovalainen


Qualifying: Raikkonen +1

Badoer qualified last by a long long way, it was no contest for who got the point.

P6 Raikkonen 1:40.144 661.5 kg

P20 Badoer 1:41.413 690.5 kg

Race: Raikkonen +1

Badoer may have started well, making up some places but he threw it all away with a spin. He then made a number of errors throughout the race.

That pit stop incident was just bizarre, and even managed to get him self-penalized for crossing the white line.

Raikkonen, meanwhile, was quietly having a great race, he made his way up from sixth to third, almost driving like he was interested and with a bit of passion, like the good old days.

P3 Raikkonen 1:36:07.283 Fastest Lap: 1:39.207

P17 Badoer + 1 lap Fastest Lap: 1:40.590

Season: Luca Badoer 0 – 2 Kimi Raikkonen

(Season: Felipe Massa 10 – 10 Kimi Raikkonen)

Red Bull

Qualifying: Vettel +1

This is a tough one to call when you look at the lap times and the fuel loads, but I think Vettel just edges it.

P4 Vettel 1:39.789 654 kg

P9 Webber 1:40.239 664.5 kg

Race: Webber +1

Webber seemed out of character at Valencia: he just didn't seem to have the determination. I think he let the fact that the car wasn't challenging for the win get to him and seemed to drive it as if he had already lost.

Vettel also wasn't exactly on song this weekend. He had an aggressive start cutting off Button.

However, he then had a fuel rig problem during his pit stop, and once again his car was to let him down for the second race in a row. Another engine failure no less!

P9 Webber 1:36:36.199 Fastest Lap: 1:39.528

P20 Vettel + 34 laps -Retired: Mechanical, engine- Fastest Lap: 1:39.992

Season: Sebastian Vettel 12 – 10 Mark Webber


Qualifying: Glock +1

Glock made Q2, while Trulli didn't do his contract negations any favors by failing to get out of Q1!

P13 Glock 1:38.991 694.7 kg

P18 Trulli 1:39.807 707.3 kg

Race: Glock +1

Despite Glock having to make an early stop after Buemi ran into the back of him in the first corner, he recovered well to finish one place behind his teammate (albeit over twenty seconds behind).

Trulli though didn't really make much of an impression all afternoon, and his fastest lap was over a second slower than Glock.

P13 Trulli 1:36:55.816 Fastest Lap: 1:39.941

P14 Glock 1:37:17.808 Fastest Lap: 1:38.683

Season: Jarno Trulli 13 – 9 Timo Glock


Qualifying: Alonso +1

Grosjean put in a solid performance for his debut, but it was Alonso who made Q3 in front of his home supporters.

P8 Alonso 1:40.236 656.5kg

P14 Grosjean 1:39.040 677.7kg

Race: Alonso +1

Grosjean made a couple of errors during the race, the first on the opening lap when he lost part of his front wing, and then later a spin.

Not a bad showing from the Frenchman on his first outing, recovering well to finish fifteenth despite his issues.

Alonso, though, managed to battle his way up the order to sixth, and grabbed some more world championship points.

P6 Alonso 1:36:19.033 Fastest Lap: 1:39.494

P15 Grosjean 1:37:23.033 Fastest Lap: 1:39.428

Season: Fernando Alonso 1 – 1 Romain Grosjean.

(Season: Fernando Alonso 15 – 5 Nelson Piquet Jr.)


Qualifying: Rosberg +1

Nakajima was well off the pace of Rosberg, so it can only go one way.

P7 Rosberg 1:40.185 665kg

P17 Nakajima 1:39.795 702kg

Race: Rosberg +1

Nico "Mr. Consistency" Rosberg scored once again in another quiet drive to fifth.

Nakajima had a more eventful afternoon, with a massive left rear tire blow out and had to stop three laps from the end.

P5 Rosberg 1:36:12.159 Fastest Lap: 1:39.329

P18 Nakajima + 3 laps -Retired: Mechanical- Fastest Lap: 1:39.747

Season: Nico Rosberg 21 - 1 Kazuki Nakajima


Qualifying: Kubica +1

Heidfeld just missed out on the top ten shootout, while Kubica made it in.

P10 Kubica 1:40.512 657.5 kg

P11 Heidfeld 1:38.826 677 kg

Race: Kubica +1

Heidfeld made his point to any team bosses in the driver market, when he made the only overtaking move of the race, passing Sutil.

Kubica's statement to any future boss was to score a world championship point in a BMW!

P8 Kubica 1:36:27.956 Fastest Lap: 1:39.374

P11 Heidfeld 1:36:40.111 Fastest Lap: 1:39.704

Season: Robert Kubica 13 – 9 Nick Heidfeld

Force India

Qualifying: Sutil +1

Sutil gets the point for making it into Q2; Fisichella didn't.

P12 Sutil 1:38.846 672.5 kg

P16 Fisichella 1:39.531 692.5 kg

Race: Sutil+1

Both put in solid performances, but it was Sutil who finished in front.

P10 Sutil 1:36:39.224 Fastest Lap: 1:39.622

P12 Fisichella 1:36:54.903 Fastest Lap: 1:40.111

Season: Giancarlo Fisichella 11 – 11 Adrian Sutil

Toro Rosso

Qualifying: Buemi +1

Buemi did well to make it into Q2. Alguersuari, meanwhile, only qualified in front of Badoer...

P15 Buemi 1:39.514 688.5kg

P19 Alguersuari 1:39.925 678.5kg

Race: Alguersuari +1

The rookie takes the race point again, after Buemi was the one making the rookie mistake by losing his front wing in turn one at the start.

To make matters worse, he attempted to blame Glock, even though he shoved his car into the back of the Toyota!

P16 Alguersuari + 1 lap Fastest Lap: 1:40.935

P19 Buemi + 16 laps -Retired: Mechanical, brakes- Fastest Lap: 1:41.042

Season: Sebastian Buemi 2 – 2 Jamie Alguersuari

(Season: Sebastian Buemi 13 – 5 Sebastian Bourdais)


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