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Pastor Maldonado

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Sepang, 2013

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

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

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Williams: Pastor Maldonado vs Valtteri Bottas

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Toro Rosso: Jean-Eric Vergne vs Daniel Ricciardo

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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

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Mercedes: Nico Rosberg vs Lewis Hamilton

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Caterham: Charles Pic vs Giedo van der Garde

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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

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Ferrari: Fernando Alonso vs Felipe Massa

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Lotus: Kimi Raikkonen vs Romain Grosjean

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Sauber: Nico Hulkenberg vs Esteban Gutierrez

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Marussia: Jules Bianchi vs Max Chilton

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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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Maldonado: Williams are “back to three years ago”

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Melbourne, 2013Pastor Maldonado said Williams have gone backwards after being eliminated during Q1 for the Australian Grand Prix.

“I think we’re back to three years ago condition in the team,” said Maldonado. “We need to work very hard to solve the problems.”

“The car is undriveable at the moment. We need to work very and see.”

Maldonado’s words are in contrast to his pre-season optimism when he described the FW35 as the best car he’d had.

“The track is completely different, the conditions, everything. For any reason we didn’t adapt our car to this track in whatever the conditions is,” he said today.

“On the wet we were slow, on the dry as well so we’ll see the pace for tomorrow seems to be much better but [qualifying] pace is really bad.”

Team mate Valtteri Bottas made it through to Q2, which will be held tomorrow morning due to a rain delay.

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Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013

Maldonado: Aero upgrade a clear improvement

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013Pastor Maldonado says the new aerodynamic package Williams added yesterday has clearly improved the FW35.

Maldonado had previously described the FW35 as being easier to drive than its predecessor and said the new upgrades enhanced that feeling:

“It’s even more easy this car,” he told media in Barcelona yesterday. “We have more downforce.”

Among the new parts added to the Williams yesterday is a Red Bull-style ramped exhaust, which Maldonado said brought tangible benefits:

“The car feels a bit different, the new aero package is quite big so for sure you feel the difference. It’s working quite good.”

The team expect to have a clearer idea of the upgrade’s benefits after today’s test: “We’ve been focused on getting data, learning them, the new aero package. And we didn’t work on the proper set-up of the car and nothing so I’m very happy.”

Maldonado described how the increased downforce from the upgrade could be felt on all types of corners. “I think we improve some particulars from the aero point of view I think it’s clear there is some gains on it,” he added.

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Maldonado says FW35 is “the best car I’ve had”

Pastor Maldonado, Williams FW35, 2013Pastor Maldonado was very positive after his first run in the Williams FW35 yesterday.

Maldonado described the car as being “completely different” to last year’s FW34. “This car seems to be more easy to drive, but easy doesn’t mean quick.”

“So we need to wait a little bit, we need more time to get at the bottom of the car. But the car seems to be very good.”

“Normally when the car is easy we try to make the car difficult,” he added. “Still we need to work on it.”

“There is a good feeling, but it is difficult to compare to last year’s one. Last year a couple of times the car was difficult to drive but at the same time was very quick. It’s completely different, the feeling. It looks like another car.

“For me I need to get used to this car as well, I need to have more confidence. I need to say that after two laps I was already trying to look where the limit was and was quite good: on braking, on traction, in the middle of the corner, quick corners, slow corners, it’s positive. This day is positive for us.”

Maldonado described the FW35 as “the best car I’ve had, especially in the first test, for the previous years.”

Williams is the only team that did not introduce their new car at the first test and Maldonado agrees they have a lot of work to do:

“There is improvement, a big one, for sure. It’s a step forward, I guarantee that. We need to work really hard on the car still.

“It’s quite young, the car. We didn’t try any different set-ups or different things in the car. We need to understand better tyres, to make work the tyres with this car. It’s still a long way to work but we are ready to improve and we are quite happy.”

Maldonado completed 86 laps in the car on its first day and ended up with the fifth-fastest time. He said the first day of running confirmed their expectations of the car: “We expected to have a quick car from the beginning because we see the correlation in the simulator between Jerez, old car, and new car.

“And we saw immediately in the simulator a good step forward and I confirm it here in Barcelona. It’s always difficult because you cannot simulate the track conditions, it’s always difficult.”

“I think it’s a very good start point for us,” he concluded. “Better than the previous two years but still it’s too early to say something about the performance and reliability, you know, we need mileage.”

“I think I’m going to enjoy with this car, in the season, we can do something good.”

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Valtteri Bottas, Williams, Jerez, 2012

Bottas joins Maldonado at Williams for 2013

Valtteri Bottas, Williams, Jerez, 2012Valtteri Bottas will make his Formula One race debut for Williams next year, the team has confirmed.

Bottas will partner Pastor Maldonado at the team, leaving Bruno Senna without a drive for the 2013 season.

Team principal Frank Williams said: “In Pastor and Valtteri we have two of the most exciting talents in motor racing and I am especially excited about what 2013 can bring for Williams.

“Pastor has always demonstrated remarkable pace and this year has seen him mature as a racing driver. Valtteri is quite simply one of the most talented young racing drivers I have come across and we expect great things from him in the future.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our departing driver Bruno Senna for his hard work over the past year and wish him the best of luck going forward.”

Bottas said it was the accomplishment of a “lifelong dream” to make his F1 debut with “one of the most legendary teams in the sport”.

“I?ve really enjoyed my three years with Williams so far and feel very at home here so my goal was always to stay for 2013 and progress to a race seat,” he added. “I?m looking forward to getting my Formula One career started and enjoying a lot of success with Williams.”

The 23-year-old made 15 appearances for the team in Formula One practice sessions during this season after winning the GP3 title last year.

Bottas’s credentials include two wins in the prestigious F3 Masters race in 2009 and 2010, and victories in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and Northern European Championship in 2008.

He is the second rookie driver to be confirmed for the 2013 F1 season, following Esteban Gutierrez’s confirmation at Sauber.

Maldonado added: “I?m really enjoying my time with Williams and I was obviously very happy when I was told that I would be continuing with the team in 2013. 2012 was a memorable year for me with the win in Barcelona and we made a big step forward in terms of performance. I have a lot of confidence in the team and hopefully next year will see us move even further up the grid and taste more success.”

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Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Interlagos, 2012

Maldonado penalty promotes Alonso to seventh

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Interlagos, 2012Pastor Maldonado has been given a ten-place grid penalty after missing the weigh bridge during qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Maldonado was given a reprimand for the incident. As this was his third reprimand of the year, he automatically received a ten place grid penalty. He is the first driver to receive a penalty for picking up three reprimands.

Maldonado’s penalty drops him from sixth to sixteenth on the grid. Nico Hulkenberg moves up to sixth in his place.

Significantly from the point of view of the championship, Fernando Alonso will now start from seventh, three places behind championship rival Sebastian Vettel.

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Susie Wolff makes F1 debut at Williams event

Susie Wolff, Williams FW33, SIlverstone, 2012

Susie Wolff had her first run in a Williams F1 car during an event for the team’s sponsors at Silverstone today.

Wolff, who became a development driver for Williams in April, did to 50km runs in the team’s 2011 car, the FW33.

“It was incredible to experience a Formula One car for the first time,” said Wolff. “I?ve done a lot of simulator work since I joined the team but nothing compares to the exhilaration of driving the real thing.

“The conditions were a little tricky as it was quite damp at the beginning of the run but the track soon dried out. The team also did a fantastic job preparing me for today, giving me all the information I needed so that I was always in control.”

During the event Williams race and test drivers Pastor Maldonado, Bruno Senna and Valtteri Bottas drove two of the team’s earlier F1 cars.

They included a 1982 FW08, of the type used by Keke Rosberg to win the drivers’ championship that year, and an FW18, which Damon Hill won the 1996 drivers’ championship with, and which also claimed the constructors’ championship for the team.

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Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Spa-Francorchamps, 2012

Double penalty for Maldonado after Spa incidents

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Spa-Francorchamps, 2012Pastor Maldonado will lose ten places on the grid at the Italian Grand Prix.

The Williams driver was handed two five-placed penalties following the Belgian Grand Prix.

They were for jumping the start and causing a collision with Timo Glock at the restart which led to Maldonado’s retirement.

Maldonado received a total of three penalties during the race weekend having been docked three places on the grid for impending Nico Hulkenberg during qualifying.

2012 Belgian Grand Prix

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Maldonado drops to sixth as Raikkonen avoids penalty

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, 2012Pastor Maldonado has been docked three places on the grid for impeding Nico Hulkenberg during qualifying.

“The driver of car 18 was warned by his team not to “hold up” car 12 which was behind him, yet he clearly did impede car 12,” the stewards acknowledged.

“However as car 12 continued into Q2 a more severe penalty was not considered appropriate.”

The penalty relegates the Williams driver to sixth on the grid. Kimi Raikkonen moves up to third with Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso also gaining places.

The stewards decided against handing Raikkonen a penalty for cutting the track during the qualifying session: “Although car nine left the track at turns three and four (not only on this lap but also on another lap in Q3) a detailed examination of telemetry and sector times clearly indicate there was no advantage gained because the exit speed was shown to be slower than on other laps where the car did not leave the track.”

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Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Silverstone, 2012

Maldonado and Kobayashi fined after incidents

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Silverstone, 2012Pastor Maldonado and Kamui Kobayashi were fined after incidents during the British Grand Prix.

Maldonado was handed a ??10,000 fine and a reprimand for his collision with Sergio Perez during the race. Perez retired following the collision at Brooklands.

The stewards’ decision stated: “In view of the serious nature of the incident the stewards have decided under Article 18.1 to apply two penalties.”

Kobayashi received a ??25,000 fine for an unsafe pit stop after hitting several members of his pit crew.

“The accident at the pit stop was my fault and I want to apologise to the team,” said Kobayashi.

“Of course I had to push hard for points, but without doubt I braked too late in the pit lane.

“The front wheels locked, I couldn?t control the car, and this is how I overshot the pit box. I am terribly sorry this happened, and I hope the three mechanics I hit get well soon.”

The team confirmed on Twitter one mechanic had an injured thumb and the other suffered cuts and bruises to his left leg.

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