Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Sepang, 2013

Who’s winning the battle of the team mates halfway through 2013?

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Sepang, 2013At the halfway point in the season the balance of power in each of the teams has become clear.

Five drivers have asserted clear superiority over their team mates so far this season. But the fight for supremacy at other teams is much tighter.

Here’s how each pair of team mates compares so far this season.

Too close to call

At Force India, Williams and Toro Rosso there’s very little to choose between the two drivers.

The contest is especially close at Force India, where 2011 team mates Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil have been reunited. Di Resta has the all-important edge on points at the moment, but Sutil’s misfortunes earlier in the season have tipped the balance somewhat.

Valtteri Bottas is doing a particularly impressive job at Williams and is narrowly ahead of Pastor Maldonado in qualifying. Maldonado has scored the team’s only point so far this year.

Of the two Toro Rosso drivers it’s Daniel Ricciardo in contention for the Red Bull drive despite Jean-Eric Vergne having scored more points (in a less reliable car). Ricciardo is clearly ahead in qualifying but the pair are more closely matched on race results.

Force India: Paul di Resta vs Adrian Sutil

Williams: Pastor Maldonado vs Valtteri Bottas

Toro Rosso: Jean-Eric Vergne vs Daniel Ricciardo

Not much in it

Sergio Perez, McLaren, Silverstone, 2013Sergio Perez is doing a decent job staying on terms with Jenson Button at McLaren and the pair have had some spicy battles on the track. However it’s Button who’s delivering the most where it matters in terms of points.

At Mercedes Lewis Hamilton has the edge on all four measures but Nico Rosberg has had three race-ending car failures. Rosberg also has two wins to Hamilton’s one.

Rookie Giedo van der Garde is unsurprisingly losing out to the slightly more experienced Charles Pic but he has had some good performances, notably the last round in Hungary.

McLaren: Jenson Button vs Sergio Perez

Mercedes: Nico Rosberg vs Lewis Hamilton

Caterham: Charles Pic vs Giedo van der Garde

We have a winner

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Nurburgring, 2013Sebastian Vettel, Nico Hulkenberg and Jules Bianchi have out-qualified their team mates at every race this year (though Bianchi was sidelined with a technical problem during qualifying in Monaco).

Vettel is yet to finish a race behind his team mate as well, though that was a matter of considerable controversy in Malaysia.

Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen are also enjoying comfortable superiority over their team mates. Felipe Massa began the season well – after Malaysia he’d out-qualified Alonso for four races in a row – but has slipped since then.

At Lotus Romain Grosjean has upped his game in recent races though at Silverstone and the Nurburgring he was ordered to let Raikkonen pass him.

Red Bull: Sebastian Vettel vs Mark Webber

Ferrari: Fernando Alonso vs Felipe Massa

Lotus: Kimi Raikkonen vs Romain Grosjean

Sauber: Nico Hulkenberg vs Esteban Gutierrez

Marussia: Jules Bianchi vs Max Chilton

Notes on the data

  • Qualified ahead: Which driver qualified ahead in sessions where both drivers set times
  • Finished ahead: Which driver finished ahead in race where both drivers were classified
  • Laps spent ahead: Which driver was ahead during laps when both were on the track
  • Team points: Proportion of total team points scored (where applicable)

To take a closer look at how each driver has performed relative to their team mate during 2013, see the driver form guides:

Over to you

Which drivers have impressed you most compared to their team mates this year? And who do you think will come back stronger in the season half of the season?

Have your say in the comments.

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