Monday, 30 July 2012

Half-Term Teammate Comparison

With 11 races complete and 9 left it's time to have a look at how teammates are stacking up against each-other. Looking at points scored for the entire gird can be misleading with only the top 10 awarded points and car retirements further skewing comparison.

A better way to judge how a driver is performing against the only other competitor with the same equipment is to look at the head to head qualifying and race finishes were both cars qualified or finished.

Also a look at average qualifying and race position can give an idea of which cars are strongest in qualifying and the race. Obviously ranking cars on qualifying and race average positions isn't an exact science as some drivers are obviously better than others but it gives a good idea of the grid order especially when averaging the two teammates performances. To give a true indication, qualifying penalties are not included.

Ranked in order of average car performance in the races so far-


Sebastian Vettel vs Mark Webber (Red Bull)

- Combined teammate average qualifying position is 5.7 (2nd)
- Combined teammate race position is 4.8 (1st)

Qualifying
Vettel vs Webber
4.8 vs 6.5 (average qualifying position)
6 vs 5 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed qualifying)

Race
Vettel vs Webber
4.5 vs 5.1 (average finishing position)
6 vs 4 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed race)



Kimi Raikkonen vs Romain Grosjean (Lotus)

- Combined teammate average qualifying position is 7.5 (3rd)
- Combined teammate race position is 5.8 (2nd)

Qualifying
Raikkonen vs Grosjean
8.2 vs 6.7 (average qualifying position)
4 vs 7 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed qualifying)

Race
Raikkonen vs Grosjean
5.5 vs 6 (average finishing position)
5 vs 2 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed race)



Fernando Alonso vs Felipe Massa (Ferrari)

- Combined teammate average qualifying position is 8.8 (5th)
- Combined teammate race position is 7.3 (3rd)

Qualifying
Alonso vs Massa
6.4 vs 11.2 (average qualifying position)
11 vs 0 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed qualifying)

Race
Alonso vs Massa
3.7 vs 10.9 (average finishing position)
10 vs 0 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed race)



Lewis Hamilton vs Jenson Button (McLaren)

- Combined teammate average qualifying position is 5.4 (1st)
- Combined teammate race position is 7.6 (4th)

Qualifying
Hamilton vs Button
2.9 vs 7.8 (average qualifying position)
10 vs 1 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed qualifying)

Race
Hamilton vs Button
5.9 vs 9.3 (average finishing position)
5 vs 2 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed race)



Michael Schumacher vs Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

- Combined teammate average qualifying position is 7.6 (4th)
- Combined teammate race position is 5.8 (5th)

Qualifying
Schumacher vs Rosberg
7.5 vs 7.7 (average qualifying position)
5 vs 6 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed qualifying)

Race
Schumacher vs Rosberg
7.4 vs 7.9 (average finishing position)
4 vs 1 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed race)



Kamui Kobayashi vs Sergio Perez (Sauber)

- Combined teammate average qualifying position is 12 (8th)
- Combined teammate race position is 8.9 (6th)

Qualifying
Kobayashi vs Perez
11.5 vs 13.3 (average qualifying position)
6 vs 5 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed qualifying)

Race
Kobayashi vs Perez
9.5 vs 8.3 (average finishing position)
3 vs 3 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed race)



Paul Di Resta vs Nico Hulkenberg (Force India)

- Combined teammate average qualifying position is 11.7 (6th)
- Combined teammate race position is 10 (7th)

Qualifying
Di Resta vs Hulkenberg
12 vs 11.3 (average qualifying position)
5 vs 6 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed qualifying)

Race
Di Resta vs Hulkenberg
9.7 vs 10.3 (average finishing position)
5 vs 4 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed race)



Bruno Senna vs Pastor Maldonado (Williams)

- Combined teammate average qualifying position is 11.8 (7th)
- Combined teammate race position is 12.2 (8th)

Qualifying
Senna vs Maldonado
14.4 vs 9.2 (average qualifying position)
2 vs 9 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed qualifying)

Race
Senna vs Maldonado
12.1 vs 12.2 (average finishing position)
4 vs 2 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed race)



Daniel Ricciardo vs Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso)

- Combined teammate average qualifying position is 15.5 (9th)
- Combined teammate race position is 13.2 (9th)

Qualifying
Ricciardo vs Vergne
14 vs 16.9 (average qualifying position)
9 vs 2 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed qualifying)

Race
Ricciardo vs Vergne
13.2 vs 13.2 (average finishing position)
5 vs 4 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed race)



Heikki Kovalainen vs Vitaly Petrov (Caterham)

- Combined teammate average qualifying position is 19.1 (10th)
- Combined teammate race position is 17 (10th)

Qualifying
Kovalainen vs Petrov
18.5 vs 19.6 (average qualifying position)
9 vs 2 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed qualifying)

Race
Kovalainen vs Petrov
17.2 vs 16.8 (average finishing position)
3 vs 5 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed race)



Timo Glock vs Charles Pic (Marussia)

- Combined teammate average qualifying position is 21.9 (11th)
- Combined teammate race position is 18.3 (11th)

Qualifying
Glock vs Pic
21.7 vs 22 (average qualifying position)
6 vs 4 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed qualifying)

Race
Glock vs Pic
18 vs 18.6 (average finishing position)
3 vs 2 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed race)



Pedro de la Rosa vs Narain Karthikeyan (HRT)

- Combined teammate average qualifying position is 7.5 (3rd)
- Combined teammate race position is 5.8 (2nd)

Qualifying
De la Rosa vs Karthikeyan
22.3 vs 23.6 (average qualifying position)
11 vs 0 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed qualifying)

Race
De la Rosa vs Karthikeyan
20.1 vs 20.3 (average finishing position)
6 vs 0 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed race)


Best Qualifying Car 

1) McLaren
2) Red Bull
3) Lotus
4) Mercedes
5) Ferrari
6) Force India
7) Williams
8) Sauber
9) Toro Rosso
10) Caterham
11) Marussia
12) HRT


Best Race Car 

1) Red Bull
2) Lotus
3) Ferrari
4) McLaren
5) Mercedes
6) Sauber
7) Force India
8) Williams
9) Toro Rosso
10) Caterham
11) Marussia
12) HRT


More on team mate comparisons-
  
Formula 1 Team-Mate Strength Comparisons

Massa Ferrari Form Guide 2006 - 2012


Stats compiled with the help of Manipef1.com and F1.com.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Hungarian Grand Prix TV Coverage (BBC & Sky)

The television coverage in the UK for the Hungarian Grand Prix is as follows -

BBC

Saturday
BBC 2
1715-1830 Delayed Highlights coverage of Qualifying.


Sunday
BBC 1
1700-1830 Delayed Highlights coverage of Race.


Sky

Friday
Sky Sports F1 HD
0845-1055 Live coverage of the 1st practice session.

1245-1445 Live coverage of the 2nd practice session.


Saturday
Sky Sports F1 HD
0945-1110 Live coverage of the 3rd practice session.

1200-1435 Live coverage of Qualifying.


Sunday
Sky Sports F1 HD
1130-1615 Live coverage of Race. (Race starts at 1300)

Monday, 23 July 2012

BBC & Sky German GP Viewing Figures

Viewing figures for the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim show Sky with an average of 0.90m watching the coverage between 11.30am and 4.15pm with a peak of 1.7m. The BBC had an average of 1.9m watching the highlights on BBC2 between 5.30pm and 7.00pm.

Last year the BBC had an average of 4.3m with a peak of 5.7m for the German Grand Prix.

BBC German GP 2011 average = 4.3m
Sky German GP 2012 average = 0.9m (-3.4m)

BBC German GP 2011 average = 4.3m
BBC & Sky German GP 2012 average = 2.8m (-1.5m) (-35%)


British GP Viewing Figures

European GP Viewing Figures

Canadian GP Viewing Figures

Monaco GP Viewing Figures

Spanish GP Viewing Figures

Bahrain GP Viewing Figures

Chinese GP Viewing Figures

Malaysian GP Viewing Figures

Australian GP Viewing Figures

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

BBC & Sky British GP Viewing Figures

Viewing figures for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone show Sky with an average of 0.45m watching the coverage between 11.00am and 4.15pm. The BBC had an average of 3.24m with a peak of 4.23m watching the coverage between 12.55pm and 3.30pm on BBC2 and BBC HD. An average of 2.64m watched the buildup to the race on BBC1 from 12.15-12.55.

Last year the BBC had an average of 4.94m with a peak of 6.6m for the British Grand Prix. Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final which started at 2.00pm would have had a substantial effect on the viewers this year compared to last.

European GP Viewing Figures

Canadian GP Viewing Figures

Monaco GP Viewing Figures

Spanish GP Viewing Figures

Bahrain GP Viewing Figures

Chinese GP Viewing Figures

Malaysian GP Viewing Figures

Australian GP Viewing Figures



German Grand Prix TV Coverage (BBC & Sky)

The television coverage in the UK for the German Grand Prix is as follows -

BBC

Saturday
BBC 2 & BBC HD
1700-1810 Delayed Highlights coverage of Qualifying.


Sunday
BBC 2 & BBC HD
1730-1900 Delayed Highlights coverage of Race.


Sky

Friday
Sky Sports F1 HD
0845-1050 Live coverage of the 1st practice session.

1245-1445 Live coverage of the 2nd practice session.


Saturday
Sky Sports F1 HD
0945-1110 Live coverage of the 3rd practice session.

1200-1445 Live coverage of Qualifying.


Sunday
Sky Sports F1 HD
1130-1615 Live coverage of Race. (Race starts at 1300)

F1 Olympic Park London Video



2012 London Olympic Precinct - Original Street Circuit Concept by iEDM.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Kovalainen Scores A Football Penalty In His Car



Caterham's Heikki Kovalainen shows how to knock a football into the goal in a Caterham road car.

Alonso And Hamilton Escaped Penalties Valencia

European grand prix winner Fernando Alonso, and race retiree Lewis Hamilton, only narrowly avoided penalties at the recent race in Valencia

Team bosses had a meeting which took place at Silverstone on Thursday reports Germany's Auto Motor und Sport. At the meeting, FIA officials revealed that Alonso and Hamilton technically broke the rules at Valencia, and would have been sanctioned if rival teams lodged official protests.

Alonso for accepting the Spanish flag from a marshal on the slowing down lap and Hamilton for twice overtaking pole position man Sebastian Vettel on the warm up lap.

It is a sad state the sport is in if Alonso could have been penalised for the iconic picture of him driving with the Spanish flag when he won a race in Spain, his home Country. It would be better to punish drivers who don't do this when they win their home race.

Hamilton's offense is a little different. Just ask Michael Schumacher who ended up being banned through a variety of events after overtaking the pole sitter on the warm up lap at Silverstone in 1994.

Talking about Schumacher, the seven time world champion has dismissed reports by Ross Brawn saying his future will be decided in 6 weeks. Schumacher according to Auto Motor und Sport has a unilateral option to extend his three year deal and has said nothing will be decided before October.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Sebastian Vettel Interview At Goodwood



Sebastian Vettel is interviewed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Vettel among other things talks about being beaten by a young gamer and Michael Schumacher's podium at Valencia.

British Grand Prix TV Coverage (BBC & Sky)

The television coverage in the UK for the British Grand Prix is as follows -

BBC

Fiday
BBC Red Button Freeview
0955-1135 Live coverage of the 1st practice session.

1355-1535 Live coverage of the 2nd practice session. (Not on Freeview)


Saturday
BBC Red Button Freeview
0950-1110 Live coverage of the 3rd practice session.

BBC 2
1210-1430 Live coverage of Qualifying.


Sunday
BBC 1 
1205-1255 Buildup to the Race.

BBC 2
1255-1530  Live coverage of Race. (Race starts at 1300)

BBC Red Button Freeview
1530-1630 Post-race analysis and debate.


Sky

Friday
Sky Sports F1 HD
0945-1150 Live coverage of the 1st practice session.

1345-1555 Live coverage of the 2nd practice session.


Saturday
Sky Sports F1 HD
0945-1110 Live coverage of the 3rd practice session.

1200-1445 Live coverage of Qualifying.


Sunday
Sky Sports F1 HD
1100-1615 Live coverage of Race. (Race starts at 1300)

 
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