2017 Teammate comparisons


Podium Finisher
  • Times are from a single session. For example: Driver A did not advance to Q2, then the time for driver A and driver B was taken from Q1.
  • Times which were posted despite a failure or by a replacement driver are not accounted for in the averages. These are marked by an asterisk.
  • Position is the drivers final position in qualifying, not the starting position, i.e. regardless of the drivers own penalties or another drivers penalties which may have moved driver A up or down the order on race day.
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Ricciardo crashed in Azerbaijan that's a fault of his own therefore the time has been accounted for and I guess, he made up for it in the race. ;)
The top 4 teams are all fairly close with around 0.2 secs between the drivers, the closest are the two Mercedes drivers with an average gap of 0.047 secs.
Palmer is 0.767 secs (100.917279%) behind Hulkenberg on average without the time in Australia, but despite his statements, I can't find an official press release from Renault stating that he had an issue.
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Mercedes: Hamilton - Bottas
Ferrari: Vettel - Raikkonen
Red Bull: Ricciardo - Verstappen
Force India: Perez - Ocon
Toro Rosso: Sainz - Kvyat
Renault: Hulkenberg - Palmer
Williams: Massa - Stroll
McLaren: Alonso - Vandoorne
Haas: Grosjean - Magnussen
Sauber: Ericsson - Wehrlein
Blimey Rutherford that's a hell of a lot of work. Were you feeling bored ?
Brilliant though.
No, I was feeling curious :); curious about how big the gap between Hulkenberg and Palmer (my favourite driver) really is and then, if there are any other driver pairings with such big gaps between them. Then I thought I could add to and share with CTA. ;) SkyF1 should take note of it too, because Croft and Kravitz keep saying that Palmer is not too far off of Hulkenbergs pace which is clearly wrong. In the race in Hungary he also lost 7 secs. within 7 laps or so to Hulkenberg once he was overtaken by him.

The gap between the Mercedes drivers is interesting, because they are very close. Hamilton has had three very strong sessions (Canada, Azerbaijan and GB), but he has also had two weak ones Russia and especially Monaco. I assume the gap will increase towards the end of the season in favour of Hamilton, if he can improve he consistency which he must, because Vettel, as always, should be very strong in Asia.
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