Who will win the battle of the team mates in 2014?

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Almost every driver on the grid has a new team mate to measure himself against this year.

Which driver will come out on top at each team? Cast your vote below.

Red Bull: Sebastian Vettel vs Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Bahrain, 2014After five years alongisde Mark Webber, during which time he comfortably had the beating of his team mate, Vettel is now sharing his team with another Australian.

Ricciardo is only the second Red Bull development driver to be promoted to their ‘A’ team since Vettel himself, so this will make for a barometer of the team’s talent-spotting abilities.

But the four-times champion will surely be expected to hold the upper hand over the newcomer.

Which Red Bull driver will finish ahead in the championship?

  • Sebastian Vettel (91%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (9%)

Total Voters: 737

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Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton vs Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Bahrain, 2014One of only two unchanged driver pairings in the field this year. There wasn’t much to choose between them last year: Rosberg won two races to Hamilton’s one, though Hamilton scored more points.

Hamilton’s ultimate one-lap pace is a lot to deal with but Rosberg has the opportunity to turn the ever-increasing complexity of F1 races to his advantage.

Given Mercedes’ testing performance there could be a world championship riding on the outcome of this contest.

Which Mercedes driver will finish ahead in the championship?

  • Lewis Hamilton (56%)
  • Nico Rosberg (44%)

Total Voters: 740

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Ferrari: Fernando Alonso vs Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Bahrain, 2014Ferrari’s strongest and most exciting driver line-up since Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell faced off against each other in 1990.

The dynamics of this contest are fascinating, and not just because it pits two world championships against each other at a team which has historically avoided having what its president refers to as “two roosters in the same hen house”.

Ferrari has been Alonso’s team since he arrived in 2010, but the re-hiring of the same driver he was brought in to replace sends a clear message about his position.

Which Ferrari driver will finish ahead in the championship?

  • Fernando Alonso (62%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (38%)

Total Voters: 739

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Lotus: Romain Grosjean vs Pastor Maldonado

Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, Bahrain, 2014Two drivers who have reputations for being quick but somewhat reckless. Grosjean seriously raised his game in the second half of last year with some superb drives.

Maldonado, meanwhile, already has his first win under his belt but didn’t seem to offer anything constructive at the struggling Williams team last year. It would be wrong to see his PDVSA funding as the only reason he’s joined Lotus, but more promising and less well-heeled drivers were passed over for him.

Which Lotus driver will finish ahead in the championship?

  • Romain Grosjean (95%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (5%)

Total Voters: 735

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McLaren: Jenson Button vs Kevin Magnussen

Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, Jerez, 2014McLaren’s decision to drop Sergio Perez after a single season was one of the biggest surprises of last year’s ‘silly season’.

It would be too much to expect Magnussen, who steps up from Formula Renault 3.5, to get on terms with world champion Button in his first season. But wasn’t the same also said about Hamilton and Alonso the last time McLaren put a rookie in one of their cars?

Which McLaren driver will finish ahead in the championship?

  • Jenson Button (63%)
  • Kevin Magnussen (37%)

Total Voters: 737

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Force India: Nico Hulkenberg vs Sergio Perez

Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, Bahrain, 2014Perez will need to produce more of the kind of performances that made him stand out at Sauber in 2012 as he goes up against the highly-rated Hulkenberg, whom many believe is overdue a chance in a front-running car.

Which Force India driver will finish ahead in the championship?

  • Nico Hulkenberg (89%)
  • Sergio Perez (11%)

Total Voters: 737

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Sauber: Esteban Gutierrez vs Adrian Sutil

Adrian Sutil, Sauber, Bahrain, 2014Both these drivers both lost out to their team mates last year: Gutierrez was comprehensively routed by Hulkenberg while Sutil was somewhat closer to Paul di Resta.

Which Sauber driver will finish ahead in the championship?

  • Esteban Gutierrez (22%)
  • Adrian Sutil (78%)

Total Voters: 725

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Toro Rosso: Jean-Eric Vergne vs Daniil Kvyat

Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, Bahrain, 2014Vergne has put a brave face on being passed over for the Red Bull seat for Ricciardo. Now his role is to be the benchmark for GP3 champion Kvyat.

Which Toro Rosso driver will finish ahead in the championship?

  • Jean-Eric Vergne (71%)
  • Daniil Kvyat (29%)

Total Voters: 723

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Williams: Valtteri Bottas vs Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa, Williams, Jerez, 2014A fascinating pairing of old hand with a sophomore driver considered a future star by some.

Given how emphatically Alonso beat Massa during their time as team mates, it won’t escape attention if Bottas can do the same. Having been part of the Williams family for several years, he has a sporting chance.

Which Williams driver will finish ahead in the championship?

  • Valtteri Bottas (42%)
  • Felipe Massa (58%)

Total Voters: 732

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Marussia: Jules Bianchi vs Max Chilton

Jules Bianchi, Marussia, Bahrain, 2014The other unchanged driver pairing from last year. Unlike Rosberg and Hamilton, it was a one-sided contest between these two last year, and it’s hard to imagine it ending any differently this time.

Which Marussia driver will finish ahead in the championship?

  • Jules Bianchi (94%)
  • Max Chilton (6%)

Total Voters: 726

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Caterham: Kamui Kobayashi vs Marcus Ericsson

Marcus Ericsson, Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham, Bahrain, 2014Ericsson’s GP2 record may be somewhat underwhelming but it’s no worse than that of Kobayashi, who never achieved the kind of success in the main series which he enjoyed in GP2 Asia.

Kobayashi has much more F1 experience, of course, and you’d expect that to tell over the course of a season, but he should prove a fair benchmark for Sweden’s new F1 driver.

Which Caterham driver will finish ahead in the championship?

  • Kamui Kobayashi (93%)
  • Marcus Ericsson (7%)

Total Voters: 726

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197 comments on Who will win the battle of the team mates in 2014?

  1. Spencer White (@jojobudgie) said on 8th March 2014, 19:50

    Red Bull – Vettel
    Mercedes – Rosberg
    Ferrari – Alonso
    Lotus – Grosjean
    Mclaren – Magnussen
    Force India – Hulkenberg
    Sauber – Sutil
    Williams – Massa
    Toro Rosso – Vergne
    Marussia – Bianchi
    Caterham – Kobayashi

  2. Todfod (@todfod) said on 8th March 2014, 20:05

    I pretty much agreed with general consensus on my votes except for 2 – I think Magnussen should beat Button and Bottas should beat Massa

    Vergne and Kvyat might be pretty close too

  3. Jack (@jmc200) said on 8th March 2014, 20:23

    Red Bull – Dan’s a great qualifier, but his race performances are less impressive, Vettel’s a bit of a beast, I think he’ll win it easily.

    Mercedes – Rosberg’s my tip for the world championship, he impressed me so much last year. Almost as fast as Lewis, and with the type of racing needed in the new era, a human computer like Rosberg will make less mistakes, but be slower. Think 1984

    Ferrari. Alonso consistently delivers miracles in crap cars, he’s just relentless. If the car’s a dog, he’ll win it easily, if it’s a great car Kimi will be closer, but Fernando’s RELENTLESS. I just hope he doesn’t loose his head like 07, that would be his only undoing.

    Lotus – Grosjean’s grown up, Maldonado is a petulant, spoilt (29 year old) child who can’t.

    McLaren – Button’s experience will win the points battle, but Kevin looks fast.

    Force India – If Hulkenberg doesn’t beat Perez I’ll be very suprised, simply a much better driver.

    Sauber – I used to like Adrian, but Di Resta crushed his last year, why isn’t he at Sauber? Bleeagh, boring, Sutil on experience.

    Toro Rosso – I went for Kvyat, lots of potential, Vergne still a crap qualifier.

    Williams – Like McLaren, experience will win but it will be close.

    Marussia – Why is Chilton in F1? God that guy’s slow. Bianchi, easily, if he doesn’t I eat my laptop.

    Caterham – KK, easily.

  4. Bobby (@f1bobby) said on 8th March 2014, 21:06

    Lewis and Nico will run each other close. Raikkonen will switch off in half of the races and Magnussen will be more than a handful for Button.

  5. Lauri (@f1lauri) said on 8th March 2014, 21:18

    Wow, didn’t see that coming although voited the same myself, still quite a margin! And Maldonado is a GP winner.

    Romain Grosjean (94%)
    Pastor Maldonado (6%)

  6. timi (@timi) said on 8th March 2014, 21:34

    The complexity of the new regs leading to big differences between the drivers is way way way overstated. It might be a factor for a couple of races, but the pit wall ill just be spouting tips and commands through the radio, as they have for years. Too much fuel being used, message and tell the driver to take it easier, better yet tell them to tweak settings on the steering wheel so they still drive to their maximum, but maybe the car is a bit down on power.

    The two ERS adding complexity? Again, to an extent, but primarily for the engineers. Again, the drivers will be receiving specific instructions from the walls on how to drive and where, and what knobs to turn to help the car. I just don’t get this complexity thing. They said the same with KERS and DRS originally, it really baffles me.

    If the teams didn’t have about 100people back at the factory with real-time car data, as well as their trackside team and the radio, then I’d agree. But with all that, the drivers will get used to it in absolutely no time

  7. Deej92 (@deej92) said on 8th March 2014, 21:39

    Red Bull – Vettel, easily.
    Mercedes – Hamilton, by a greater margin that in 2013. He knows the team better now and this car will suit him more than 2013’s.
    Ferrari – Alonso, by a healthy margin, no question.
    Lotus – Grosjean, just. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of his 2012, early 2013 clumsiness seeping through.
    McLaren – Magnussen, just. Button will keep honest in races, but Magnussen will have more standout performances, including a win.
    Force India – Hulkenberg, easily.
    Sauber – Sutil, just.
    Toro Rosso – Kvyat, easily. Kvyat looked impressive in FP1s last season. He’ll put the final nail in the coffin of Vergne’s F1 career.
    Williams – Massa, just. It will be pretty even in qualifying. Massa’s experience will help him and I’m expecting him to have the stronger race pace.
    Marussia – Bianchi, easily.
    Caterham – Ericsson, just. Kobayashi will beat him over the season, but Caterham won’t score a point and Ericsson will have the higher finishing position at one race, thus finishing higher in the standings.

  8. Jenkins (@jenkins) said on 8th March 2014, 21:54

    C’mon now who voted for Chilton?

  9. Carl Craven said on 8th March 2014, 22:25

    Mercedes achilles heel might be not favoring one man over the other, they may end up squabbling and losing out altogether. That is where they will miss Brawn.

    At least it should be interesting.

  10. montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 8th March 2014, 22:36

    Vettel, Grosjean, Hulkenberg, Bianchi, Sutil, Kobayashi will beat their team-mates easily

    Others are more difficult with the most difficult of these is the Merc contest wihich will be ascloseasthat IMO, but Lewis will prevail.

    Williams and Ferrari are tied for second closest contest. While I like Kimi a lot, i don’t think on current form he can be a match for Alonso over a season. Bottas is the better driver of the Williams pair but given Massa’s experience advantage it’ll be close

    I might be in the minority here, but I believe Magnussen will beat Button. Won’t be easy but won’t be as hard as the above three cases either. KM has maturity that belies his experience(lack of), and natural speed in abundance. a bit of 2007 repeat situation indeed with the fact that Button is no Alonso negated by the fact that KM had had significantly less mileage pre-debut than LH

    Lastly, the Toro Rosso case. I believe it will be relatively close but not as close as some who don’t rate JEV believe it’ll be. Kvyat is a huge talent but had even less mileage than KM. Won’t be easy whatsoever for him to take on JEV whose natural style will be much more suited to these cars over the previous ones

  11. Jay_au (@jay) said on 8th March 2014, 23:19

    The Mercedes battle is so intriguing. Hamilton is phenomenally quick and may now have the car designed in his favour, but this year will be about driving fast and economically.

    Until Lewis learns where to save fuel without sacrificing pace, I wonder if we’ll see repeats of Malaysia 2013 where he hits fuel conservation mode slightly earlier than Nico.
    For that matter, with reliability concerns, I wonder if we’ll see a lot of ‘multi-21′ debacles early on with teams encouraging driver pairings not to race and just bring the cars home?

  12. N0b0dy100 said on 8th March 2014, 23:25

    I think Kimi will be able to better adapt to the big changes this year. He’s got great race craft and Alonso seems to be easily flustered.

  13. evered7 (@evered7) said on 9th March 2014, 1:12

    Alonso will come out on top easily against Raikkonen as he has done in a inferior car for the past two years. The interesting battle will be Rosberg against Hamilton. Rosberg will know that this is his best chance at a WDC just like Barrichello had at Brawn.

    New regulations, huge advantage in the car etc, it will be sometime before someone catches up. He really has to make it count.

  14. Pennyroyal tea (@peartree) said on 9th March 2014, 2:25

    Last year I got all right but one Vergne vs Ricciardo, I must say that I thought that Vergne was going to be slower but score more points but that didn’t happened but it was much easier as you wouldn’t expect a massive chaos that would grant for instances Chilton or Esteban gutierrez a significant chunk of points for a struggling team.

  15. Pennyroyal tea (@peartree) said on 9th March 2014, 2:33

    This is who I believe will win the inter team battle not necessarily who scores more points or poles but overall .


    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 9th March 2014, 7:21

      Ricciardo?!?! Maldonado?

      Don’t know if that was a serious comment. I’m no fan of Vettel, but there is a very obvious gap in calibre of both those drivers

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