Inspired by another thread which I misunderstood the title of, this is a page to discuss the best/worst changes in teams’ line-ups through history. So any occasions when both drivers (maybe more than 2 if you want to look further back) were changed with a drastic improvement or reduction in quality.
I think you don’t have to look too far back to see at least one drastic improvement, like Super Aguri’s 2006 2nd driver merry-go-round that consisted of Yuji Ide, Franck Montagny and Sakon Yamamoto, then 2007 saw the arrival of Anthony Davidson.
Or McLaren 1993 to 1994 would end up being the complete opposite – ending 1993 with Hakkinen and Senna, but in 1994 turning up in Hungary with Brundle – not a terrible driver, but also with Phillipe Alliot.
Jordan’s change in 2005 was pretty poor, and seemed to be signalling the end. Heidfeld was always solid, and Pantano had some promise and eventually won GP2. Karthikeyan and Monteiro were pretty dismal replacements.
Somewhat off topic, but it just struck me that in 1995, Alesi and Berger drove for Ferrari, then they both went to Benetton for 1996, maybe that could be the most dramatic change between teams while remaining as team mates!
F1 rookie (but F3 champion) Dave Walker getting 0 points, while his team mate, Emerson Fittipaldi, won the WDC title, in 1972, springs to mind. I think Ronnie Peterson replaced him for 1973 at Lotus, with both being front-runners.
Jordan in 2005 were on their last legs and in full stage survival mode. McLaren did their usual off year in 2006, like with early 2004, early 2009, 2013, possibly 2002..
I’m guessing it was my mammoth thread and OP, @matt90? That the thread title itself was two lines long probably put people off reading it… :P