After a longer than anticipated delay, the 2020 Formula 1 driver comparisons have been updated.
Before we get to the stats, I just wanted to reiterate how much I appreciated all the kind words after my dad’s passing. On a related note, I have a request.
My dad passed away from stage 4 bowel cancer, aka colorectal cancer. He was diagnosed in January 2019 after he and I had played tennis and he pulled-up the next day with a sore right side. When what he had assumed was a ‘strain’ didn’t go away after a few days, he went to the doctor for tests, which revealed it was in fact a tumour on his lung. More tests showed the cancer to have spread from his bowels, having potentially been there for up to two years. What was once very treatable had become a terminal disease, and while my family was fortunate to have 19 more months with him, the tough pill to swallow is that he would still be here today, had he been more vigilant.
So my request is this: if you, or anyone you know is over the age of 50 and hasn’t been screened for bowel cancer in the last two years, please do so. The test is non-invasive and in many countries absolutely free. The survival rate for early detection is over 90%, so really you have no reason not to. Trust me, it’s worth saving yourself a lot of heartache.
Now onto brighter matters, below you’ll find the each driver pairing’s head-to-head stats as of the Tuscan Grand Prix. Please bear in mind that these should not be taken as definitive indications for any particular matchup. Quirky things happen in F1 all the time that can really throw things out of whack, especially when you’re working with such small sample sizes. These stats should contribute to an informed opinion, not define one.
So without further ado, read on for a look how each set of teammates has compared so far in the 2020 F1 season.
|Kimi Raikkonen||Antonio Giovinazzi|
|13th||Best Qualifying||17th (x2)|
|16.7||Avg. Qualifying Position||18.3|
|Pierre Gasly||Daniil Kvyat|
|7th||Best Qualifying||11th (x2)|
|10.7||Avg. Qualifying Position||13.3|
*Daniil Kvyat did not finish the Austrian Grand Prix, but was classified for completing 90% of the race distance.
|Charles Leclerc||Sebastian Vettel|
|8.4||Avg. Qualifying Position||11.6|
|Romain Grosjean||Kevin Magnussen|
|14th||Best Qualifying||15th (x2)|
|12th (x2)||Best Race||10th|
|16.8||Avg. Qualifying Position||16.8|
*Romain Grosjean set no time in qualifying for the Styrian Grand Prix, therefore the average is only of the other eight races.
|Carlos Sainz||Lando Norris|
|3rd (x2)||Best Qualifying||4th|
|7.3||Avg. Qualifying Position||7.6|
|1 (+1 DNS)||DNFs||0|
|Lewis Hamilton||Valtteri Bottas|
|1st (x7)||Best Qualifying||1st (x2)|
|1st (x7)||Best Finish||1st|
|1.2||Avg. Qualifying Position||2.0|
NB: Sergio Perez was withdrawn for the British and 70th anniversary Grands Prix due to testing positive for COVID-19. As a result, Lance Stroll’s stats against replacement Nico Hulkenberg are shown in a separate table.
|Sergio Perez||Lance Stroll|
|7||Avg. Qualifying Position||7.7|
|Nico Hulkenberg||Lance Stroll|
|8||Avg. Qualifying Position||6|
|0 (1 DNS)||DNFs||2|
|Max Verstappen||Alexander Albon|
|3.7||Avg. Qualifying Position||7.8|
*Alexander Albon did not finish the Austrian Grand Prix, but was classified for completing 90% of the race distance
|Daniel Ricciardo||Esteban Ocon|
|4th (x3)||Best Finish||5th|
|8.3||Avg. Qualifying Position||10.7|
|George Russell||Nicholas Latifi|
|12th (x2)||Best Qualifying||15th|
|11th||Best Finish||11th (x2)|
|15.7||Avg. Qualifying Position||18.7|
A note on the categories:
Race is who finished higher on a Sunday. I don’t include races where one driver DNF’d, unless it was clearly their fault that they did so.
Qualifying is who finished higher on a Saturday.
Qualifying margin is the average gap between both drivers, across all race weekends, for the last qualifying session in which they both set a time. So if Max Verstappen makes it through to Q3 while Alex Albon goes out in Q2, the time used to decide the margin is Verstappen’s Q2 time. Additionally, some of the gaps are pretty wacky due to the extremely wet conditions in qualifying for the Styrian GP.
Also, if there are any corrections needed or improvements you’d like to see, please let me know in the comments below.