2020 F1 Driver Head-to-Heads: Who leads at the half?

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.

Alfa Romeo

Kimi Raikkonen Antonio Giovinazzi
2Points2
5Qualifying4
5Race1
13thBest Qualifying17th (x2)
9thBest Finish9th
-0.167sQualifying Margin
16.7Avg. Qualifying Position18.3
13.3Avg. Finish14.7
1DNFs2

AlphaTauri

Pierre Gasly Daniil Kvyat
43Points10
7Qualifying2
4Race2
7thBest Qualifying11th (x2)
1stBest Finish7th
-0.327sQualifying Margin
10.7Avg. Qualifying Position13.3
8.3Avg. Finish10.4*
2DNFs1

*Daniil Kvyat did not finish the Austrian Grand Prix, but was classified for completing 90% of the race distance.

Ferrari

Charles Leclerc Sebastian Vettel
49Points17
7Qualifying2
4Race2
4thBest Qualifying5th
2ndBest Finish6th
-0.338sQualifying Margin
8.4Avg. Qualifying Position11.6
7.0Avg. Finish9.7
3DNFs2

Haas

Romain Grosjean Kevin Magnussen
0Points1
5Qualifying4
1Race3
14thBest Qualifying15th (x2)
12th (x2)Best Race10th
-0.044s*Qualifying Margin
16.8Avg. Qualifying Position16.8
14.9Avg. Finish13.5
1DNFs5

*Romain Grosjean set no time in qualifying for the Styrian Grand Prix, therefore the average is only of the other eight races.

McLaren

Carlos Sainz Lando Norris
41Points65
5Qualifying4
3Race4
3rd (x2)Best Qualifying4th
2ndBest Finish3rd
Qualifying Margin-0.003s
7.3Avg. Qualifying Position7.6
8.1Avg. Finish6.9
1 (+1 DNS)DNFs0

Mercedes


Lewis Hamilton Valtteri Bottas
190Points135
7Qualifying2
7Race1
1st (x7)Best Qualifying1st (x2)
1st (x7)Best Finish1st
-0.275sQualifying Margin
1.2Avg. Qualifying Position2.0
2.1Avg. Finish3.6

Racing Point

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
44Points47
5Qualifying2
1Race4
4thBest Qualifying3rd
5thBest Finish3rd
Qualifying Margin-0.195s
7Avg. Qualifying Position7.7
7Avg. Finish6
0DNFs2
Nico Hulkenberg Lance Stroll
6Points10
1Qualifying1
0Race1
3rdBest Qualifying6th
7thBest Finish6th
-0.141sQualifying Margin
8Avg. Qualifying Position6
7Avg. Finish7.5
0 (1 DNS)DNFs2

Red Bull

Max Verstappen Alexander Albon
110Points63
9Qualifying0
6Race0
2ndBest Qualifying4th
1stBest Finish3rd
-0.501sQualifying Margin
3.7Avg. Qualifying Position7.8
2.2Avg. Finish7.4
3DNFs0*

*Alexander Albon did not finish the Austrian Grand Prix, but was classified for completing 90% of the race distance

Renault

Daniel Ricciardo Esteban Ocon
53Points30
8Qualifying1
5Race1
4thBest Qualifying5th
4th (x3)Best Finish5th
-0.219sQualifying Margin
8.3Avg. Qualifying Position10.7
7.4Avg. Finish8.9
1DNFs2

Williams

George Russell Nicholas Latifi
0Points0
9Qualifying0
5Race1
12th (x2)Best Qualifying15th
11thBest Finish11th (x2)
-0.622sQualifying Margin
15.7Avg. Qualifying Position18.7
15.1Avg. Finish15.8
2DNFs1

 


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.