Hamilton the fastest driver on 2013 F1 grid during first half of season

Lewis Hamilton scored his first pole as a Mercedes driver in China

Lewis Hamilton scored his first pole as a Mercedes driver in China

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is the fastest driver on the 2013 F1 world championship grid, reports Auto Motor und Sport in a mid-season analysis.

Although the Mercedes driver only broke through for his first win of the year in Hungary, correspondent Michael Schmidt revealed that Hamilton’s average qualifying position so far in 2013 is a field-best of 2.36.

Red Bull’s championship leader Sebastian Vettel’s average grid position is 2.45, ahead of Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate, Nico Rosberg, at 4.00.

The strongest driver in the crucial races, of course, is Vettel, with the German having held P1 during grands prix for a total of 1278 kilometres, compared to Fernando Alonso’s mere 424.

Lewis Hamilton's pole in Hungary was his fourth of the season thus far

Lewis Hamilton’s pole in Hungary was his fourth of the season thus far

Lotus and Kimi Raikkonen, and Mercedes and Hamilton, are the most technically reliable packages of 2013, with 3,022 kilometres apiece, followed by the uncompetitive McLaren driven by Jenson Button.

But Finn Raikkonen is the only one of them who has scored points in every race.

The most crash, spin and incident-prone driver has been Williams’ Pastor Maldonado, followed by the under-pressure Caterham rookie Giedo van der Garde.

Toro Rosso has been the team with the most technical problems, while Red Bull has the fastest pitstop crew, with struggling Williams’ crew coming in slowest. (GMM)

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  • McLarenfan

    I have the faith in Lewis Hamilton but also McLaren and Michael Schmidt is a reliable source of information but this kind of misleading, these kind of statistical breakdowns do not tell the full story and never will. makes for nice reading though.

  • realf1fan

    Most sensible F1 fans are aware that Lewis is naturally the quickest in F1. If the Mercs did not have a tyre issue he would be leading by a mile.

  • Butterfly

    realf1fan:

    Well, yeah, but only if you ignore that Alonso bloke.

  • nakagoli

    It should be noted that these figures have no relevance to the fastest driver. They are only about grid position in qualifying. Hamilton generally went backwards after the starts, so others were quicker than him!

  • KC

    Those numbers only show that Hamilton’s CAR is the fastest on the grid, not that he is the fastest DRIVER.

  • realf1fan

    Those numbers only show that Hamilton’s CAR is the fastest on the grid, not that he is the fastest DRIVER.
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    Hmmmmm, yes that is why Nico is the fastest on the f1 grid in 2013 because it is about the car.

  • KC

    “yes that is why Nico is the fastest on the f1 grid in 2013 because it is about the car.”
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    So then, you are of the opinion that Vettel did NOT have the fastest car on the grid in 2010 and 2011, right?

    Or are you going to come back with “That’s different!”?

  • Hawk

    So who is the fastest driver KC? Is it Bianchi? Pastor? Or Vettel? Another article will say Merc has been the fastest car so far and it will also be correct.
    And from your argument you also tend to agree that statistics show that RB has been the strongest CAR from 2010 to today NOT that Vettel has been the strongest driver like the article puts it. Note that word used here is strongest not fastest or best which can be quite subjective or controversial. You cannot have a fastest driver over a race. You can only have a fastest lap and a winner. Fastest is over a sprint with no holds barred.

  • 1EED

    If you want to know who is quickest, have a look at the scoreboard

  • Butterfly

    1EED:

    So when Button got more points than Hamilton it meant he was faster?

  • Alonso_is_slow

    No surprises here, he beat Alonso as a rookee given the same car even despite preferential treatment for Alonso (e.g. team orders in Monaco favouring Alonso).

  • realf1fan

    No surprises here, he beat Alonso as a rookee given the same car even despite preferential treatment for Alonso (e.g. team orders in Monaco favouring Alonso).

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    Well said, because stats don’t always tell the true story. But what cant be disputed in equal cars Lewis has seen off two world champions and one of them twice he is now beating by 40 points the man who gave arguably the best driver of all time a beating 3 years straight.

    For me the most accurate way to compare two drivers is to have them in the same car and in the same car Lewis has slayed champions while they were reigning champions. The man is the original champion slayer.

  • Butterfly

    Well, it appears your champion slayer is saying Fernando is the best driver on the grid, so maybe you guys are talking out of your behinds.

  • Tamburello_1994

    “Glom on”.

  • realf1fan

    Well, it appears your champion slayer is saying Fernando is the best driver on the grid, so maybe you guys are talking out of your behinds.

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    I was responding to Alonso is slow not the Lewis article.

    Some say that Lewis is arrogant and in some cases that may be true but if he was to come out and say that he was the best or quickest in F1 then Lewis would be slated by the anti Lewis establishment his fans would have to run for cover as the haters would be foaming at the mouth like some rabid dogs itching to slaughter its prey, so it is smarter to say that some one else is the best driver and I feel Alonso is a good shout . Would say he is the best all-round driver .

  • Ukwhite

    Would, shoulda, coulda… Accepts the facts, V4ttel!

  • Butterfly

    :-)

    If Alonso moves to Red Bull, it will remain V4ttel for the rest of Vettel’s life.

    Think about that.

  • realf1fan

    Would, shoulda, coulda… Accepts the facts, V4ttel!
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    I do accept the facts Newey, Newey, Newey.

  • Butterfly

    :-) :-) :-)

  • Rockie

    If Alonso moves to Red Bull, it will remain V4ttel for the rest of Vettel’s life.

    Think about that.

    In your dreams matey

  • Hawk

    I just wish that happened. V3ttel would be put in his place.

  • Alonso_is_slow

    Alonso has never beaten any serious teammates, and would never again dare face any real drivers in the same team, learning the bitter consequences at Mclaren. It is him who outrules any move to redbull. Does not have either courage or speed to face Vettel.

    Instead he will remain with cash-mashine Ferrari hoping he will get another Massa and spend the rest of his carreer talking about his greatness.

    Vettel at the same time does have the reputation of beating all teammates so far and does not fear any challenges. He is far superior to Alonso and he knows that. Same goes for Hamilton.

  • 1EED

    @Butterfly: Yes thats correct. This is the way it works: the quicker driver gets more points than the driver behind him. which is why there is a points system. quicker = more points.

  • Tamburello_1994

    Sebastian Vettel built a winning team around himself three, looking like four times in a row now.

    Lewis Hamilton is looking like he’s well on his way at Mercedes. Getting the situation to work for himself. In pretty short order I might add. We all know what he did at McLaren, And seeing the results for them in his absence speaks volumes.

    Mercedes is on the up.

    Fernando Alonso has had four years at Ferrari and has nothing to show for it, and there comes a point in time when you have look squarely at the driver for that. If he’s such this great driver, He should be able to “drag Ferrari across the finish line”. on sheer talent alone. No? Kimi was able to win with Ferrari, and Michael before that, So we all know Maranello knows how to win. You would think they would have everything in place with the great Alonso. Whatsdatallabout?

    I really wonder if Luca could take it all back would he have stood pat with Raikkonen? He gambled and looks like he lost his ass on this one. Ferrari were winners with Kimi, Never should of fixed what wasn’t broken. Now it’s an open question – “Who wins a championship first: Kimi or Fernando?

  • Tamburello_1994

    Check that: Three years.

  • real LOTUS is the GREEN one

    @1EED: following F1 since 30 years and nobody got points for being “quicker”. You mast be talking of some other sport.

  • real LOTUS is the GREEN one

    *must*, sorry

  • Tamburello_1994

    Glad I’m not the only one in need of an edit button.