Jenson Button vs team mate, 2010

Bahrain

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Jenson Button Lewis Hamilton
Qualifying position 8 4
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’55.672 (+0.455) 1’55.217
Race position 7 3
Average race lap 2’02.565 (+0.451) 2’02.114
Laps 49/49 49/49
Pit stops 1 1

Australia

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Jenson Button Lewis Hamilton
Qualifying position 4 11
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’24.531 (-0.653) 1’25.184
Race position 1 6
Average race lap 1’36.837 (-0.515) 1’37.352
Laps 58/58 58/58
Pit stops 1 2

Malaysia

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Jenson Button Lewis Hamilton
Qualifying position 17 20
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’52.211 (-0.839) 1’53.050
Race position 8 6
Average race lap 1’41.184 (+0.258) 1’40.926
Laps 56/56 56/56
Pit stops 1 1

China

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Jenson Button Lewis Hamilton
Qualifying position 5 6
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’34.979 (-0.055) 1’35.034
Race position 1 2
Average race lap 1’54.324 (-0.027) 1’54.352
Laps 56/56 56/56
Pit stops 2 4

Spain

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Jenson Button Lewis Hamilton
Qualifying position 5 3
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’20.991 (+0.162) 1’20.829
Race position 5 14
Average race lap 1’27.997 (+0.821) 1’27.176
Laps 66/66 64/66
Pit stops 1 1

Monaco

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Jenson Button Lewis Hamilton
Qualifying position 8 5
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’14.637 (+0.205) 1’14.432
Race position 5
Average race lap 1’56.397 (+31.554) 1’24.843
Laps 2/78 78/78
Pit stops 0 1

Turkey

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Jenson Button Lewis Hamilton
Qualifying position 4 2
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’26.781 (+0.348) 1’26.433
Race position 2 1
Average race lap 1’31.901 (+0.046) 1’31.856
Laps 58/58 58/58
Pit stops 1 1

Canada

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Jenson Button Lewis Hamilton
Qualifying position 5 1
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’15.520 (+0.415) 1’15.105
Race position 2 1
Average race lap 1’20.510 (+0.032) 1’20.478
Laps 70/70 70/70
Pit stops 2 2

Europe

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Jenson Button Lewis Hamilton
Qualifying position 7 3
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’38.210 (+0.241) 1’37.969
Race position 3 2
Average race lap 1’46.004 (+0.134) 1’45.870
Laps 57/57 57/57
Pit stops 1 2

Britain

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Jenson Button Lewis Hamilton
Qualifying position 14 4
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’31.699 (+0.581) 1’31.118
Race position 4 2
Average race lap 1’38.081 (+0.397) 1’37.684
Laps 52/52 52/52
Pit stops 1 1

Germany

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Jenson Button Lewis Hamilton
Qualifying position 5 6
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’14.427 (-0.139) 1’14.566
Race position 5 4
Average race lap 1’18.931 (+0.039) 1’18.892
Laps 67/67 67/67
Pit stops 1 1

Hungary

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Jenson Button Lewis Hamilton
Qualifying position 11 5
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’21.292 (+0.415) 1’20.877
Race position 8
Average race lap 1’27.940 (-3.449) 1’31.389
Laps 69/70 23/70
Pit stops 1 1

Belgium

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Jenson Button Lewis Hamilton
Qualifying position 5 2
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’46.206 (+0.343) 1’45.863
Race position 1
Average race lap 2’00.639 (-0.821) 2’01.461
Laps 15/44 44/44
Pit stops 0 2

Italy

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Jenson Button Lewis Hamilton
Qualifying position 2 5
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’22.084 (-0.539) 1’22.623
Race position 2
Average race lap 1’26.557
Laps 53/53 0/53
Pit stops 1 0

Singapore

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Jenson Button Lewis Hamilton
Qualifying position 4 3
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’45.944 (+0.373) 1’45.571
Race position 4
Average race lap 1’56.458 (-4.342) 2’00.800
Laps 61/61 35/61
Pit stops 1 1

Japan

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Jenson Button Lewis Hamilton
Qualifying position 5 8
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’31.378 (+0.209) 1’31.169
Race position 4 5
Average race lap 1’42.657 (-0.492) 1’43.149
Laps 53/53 53/53
Pit stops 1 1

Korea

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Jenson Button Lewis Hamilton
Qualifying position 7 4
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’36.731 (+0.669) 1’36.062
Race position 12 2
Laps 55/55 55/55
Pit stops 1 1

Brazil

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Jenson Button Lewis Hamilton
Qualifying position 11 4
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’19.288 (+0.367) 1’18.921
Race position 5 4
Laps 71/71 71/71
Pit stops 2 2

Abu Dhabi

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Jenson Button Lewis Hamilton
Qualifying position 4 2
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’39.823 (+0.398) 1’39.425
Race position 3 2
Laps 55/55 55/55
Pit stops 1 1

17 comments on Jenson Button vs team mate, 2010

  1. Pat said on 16th March 2010, 9:51

    Early days – Let’s see what happens in Barcelona

  2. Dylz said on 17th March 2010, 4:10

    Lewis was always going to show up Jenson in the season opener and I am confident he will continue to wipe the floor with him for the rest of 2010.

    I am by no means a member Lewis Hamilton’s fan club, but he is a true racer and world champion, if it weren’t for the double diffuser fiasco of early 2009 there is no way Button would’ve come close to the championship.

  3. Derek said on 17th March 2010, 19:27

    Yes, and Hamilton did not have much bother with the tyres, somewhere that Button was supposed to have the upper hand.

    • VXR said on 24th April 2010, 1:33

      No one had any trouble with their tyres in Bahrain because they all underestimated just how hard they could push them. However, in subsequent races…………

  4. Palle said on 30th March 2010, 7:49

    The analysis somewhat confirms that Lewis is likely to get the best overall result of the two.
    The very smooth type of driver like Jenson or Heidfeld for that matter, have very few DNF, but that is because they rarely take the fight to the “make or break” level. Jenson did however drive an impressive brave and pushing race in the penultimate race last year, when he was under hard pressure.

    • VXR said on 24th April 2010, 1:35

      “The analysis somewhat confirms that Lewis is likely to get the best overall result of the two.”

      It does?

  5. David said on 23rd April 2010, 15:03

    For all the talk about the differing styles, when it comes to the crunch the net effect is negligiable. Hamilton likes an aggressive style which needs 3 or 4 sets of tyres per race but he is often 7 tenths faster over a lap. Always being on new rubber gives that extra speed but it means he has to work hard to make sure he can use it. Jenson negates that speed advantage by doing fewer stops, which also helps him avoid getting bottled up in traffic. Jenson can let Hamilton lap 7 tenths faster than him when he’s the best part of a minute behind him on the road. Also, Jenson is clearly driving at about 95% in order to facilitate his strategy, what his rival should fear is his ability to push hard on an abrasive surface such as Barcelena and still maintain his tyres. Anyone remember last year when he mercilessly robbed Barichello of a victory by metronomically banging in the laps? I think Button’s rivals have bought into the meadia idea that he is a second rate champ and they’ve been caught knapping as a result. Hamilton is still not taking him seriously despite the superiour results. Its as if he thinks Jenson’s results have just been flukes and the victories will soon start to wash over him again. It could be his sense of entitlement that may end up being his undoing. We shall see.

  6. Hairs said on 26th April 2010, 22:53

    Another lovely set of graphs Keith – you’re turning me into a graph voyeur here. Jenson was well off Lewis’s pace in Bahrain – but look how close it’s gotten how quickly as Jenson’s got to grips with the car and the team. Lewis’ graphs tend to have a lot more lap-to lap spikes and variations than Jenson’s.

    All indicative of what both drivers have been saying about their own and each other’s performances. I like this.

  7. salcrich said on 27th April 2010, 19:32

    This is a bit like Mansell versus Prost -who you will recall was nicnamed the professor. I loved watching “our Nige” even with all the pantomime that went with him but Prost was a more successful driver. Leave you to decide between Jensen and Lewis who is playing which role today.

  8. CNSZU said on 15th June 2010, 5:10

    Keith, are you trying to make these charts as difficult as possible to read? Choosing almost identical colors is not a smart idea.

  9. SPIDERman said on 26th July 2010, 19:49

    OTHER than the Spanish gp where lewis had tyre failure on lap 64..the rest of the graphs shows lewis is more consistant in his ability to make up lost places during qualification…AND IF YOU COMPARE the redbull crew there is no point in getting all those pole positions and then failing to win the races.
    IN ANY CASE THE current championship leadership standings on points are confirming who is the best driver .
    THE thing is LEWIS is not leading the points standings by just not being a good driver…THE OTHER DRIVERS from ferrari and red bull may have better cars now ..but they have to chase Hamilton for the title lead from now onwards…

  10. Laurent said on 27th July 2010, 9:02

    I really like the comparison with Mansell & Prost…Prost really “destroyed” Mansell while both were driving for Ferrari and if it wasn’t the scandalous accident caused by Senna, Prost would have been probably the champion…but Lewis is not Mansell (more talented, I think, than Mansell) and Jenson is not Prost (less brilliant in terms of tactics). Both drivers are talented but if we didn’t have Lewis, how borring the races would have been. Hamilton is going to “take” the victories when Jenson is more a “gambler” because his 2 victories were only obtained because he decided to gamble by not changing his tyres when the rain were predicted. Let’s see what comes at the end of the season but I bet on Hamilton (even tough his chances of being chamion are decreasing high in regard of the less & less competitive car he has). L

  11. Howard Cartmell said on 19th November 2010, 17:23

    Why is everyone so impressed with Hamilton. Yes he is a decent driver, but has been more than lucky swanning into F1 for a top team so every year he knows he’s getting a competitive car.
    Button (and others) have had to race in uncompetitive cars in poorer teams, not unlike an apprenticeship.
    For me Hamilton has premiership footballers syndrome, he thinks he is worth the money he gets (not just favourable supply and demand) and has a sense of entitlement whereas Button appreciates his position, no doubt as a result of his frustrating previous years with poor teams.
    Button will beat Hamilton in 2011 in a car he has input into and Hamilton cannot handle good team mates (Alonso) he prefers bad ones to make him look good (Kovelienen).

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