Number 2's who are beating number 1's

Brogan

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Staff Member
Although the driver number in a team doesn't mean much these days (in most cases), this is a current list (after the German GP) of number 2 drivers who are beating number 1 drivers across 4 criteria.

The data has been taken from here (click on the Delta column title to sort): http://cliptheapex.com/pages/2011-head-to-head/

Make of it what you will.

Points
Nico Rosberg
Jaime Alguersuari

Race
Nico Rosberg
Jarno Trulli
Vitantonio Liuzzi

Qualifying
Nico Rosberg
Vitantonio Liuzzi
Vitaly Petrov
Paul di Resta
Pastor Maldonado
Sergio Pérez

Fastest Lap
Nico Rosberg
Vitaly Petrov
Jaime Alguersuari
Mark Webber
Jérôme d'Ambrosio
Sergio Pérez
Vitantonio Liuzzi

It will be interesting to see what the final tally is at the end of the season.
 

sushifiesta

Champion Elect
Contributor
As Bro implies though driver number isn't always representative of who the number one in the team is. The only reason Rosberg is no. 8 is that Schumacher has some superstition about always driving with an odd number on his car.

Having said that I find it's interesting how few "No. 2s" are beating their team-mates in terms of what really matters - points.
 

teabagyokel

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Valued Member
Having said that I find it's interesting how few "No. 2s" are beating their team-mates in terms of what really matters - points.

At most teams the #2 driver is decided on who finished higher in last year's Championship. So the better points scorer (if the team remains consistent) would naturally be the #1 driver. This, of course, wasn't the case at (surprise surprise) Mercedes.

This actually genuinely applies at Ferrari - look at 2007 when Massa was #5 and Raikkonen #6 and at 2010 when Massa was #7 and Alonso #8.
 

RasputinLives

Leave me alone I'm on Smoko
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At most teams the #2 driver is decided on who finished higher in last year's Championship. So the better points scorer (if the team remains consistent) would naturally be the #1 driver. This, of course, wasn't the case at (surprise surprise) Mercedes.

This actually genuinely applies at Ferrari - look at 2007 when Massa was #5 and Raikkonen #6 and at 2010 when Massa was #7 and Alonso #8.

That makes sense to me except in the case of Liuzzi - I think HRT may have assigned the numbers on order of who signed contracts.

the Trulli one is the big suprise as he gets so much stick from everyone - race wise he's Lotus top driver - isn't this exactly the opposite way round to most of his career? wasn't he known for beating his team-mates in quali and then slipping back in the race? odd
 

FB

Not my cup of cake
Valued Member
Brawn must have been seething when Button took his No.1 to McLaren.

Many drivers have taken the No.1 to another team. Prost took it to Ferrari with him in 1990, Hill to Arrows in 1997 for example. RB could always have offered Jenson a decent contract and then he wouldn't have left for McLaren - interesting to think he probably wouldn't have won another Grand Prix either had he stayed.
 

ExtremeNinja

Karting amateur
Contributor
Many drivers have taken the No.1 to another team. Prost took it to Ferrari with him in 1990, Hill to Arrows in 1997 for example. RB could always have offered Jenson a decent contract and then he wouldn't have left for McLaren - interesting to think he probably wouldn't have won another Grand Prix either had he stayed.

All this, I know. In fact, if it were a question it would have been rhetorical. I'll rephrase; "Brawn was seething when Button took his No.1 to McLaren." :)
 

Sarinaide

Banned
Question; Can one really call Rosberg a number 2.......Mercedes Petronas was build on him, Schumacher just happened to present a good PR source.
 

ExtremeNinja

Karting amateur
Contributor
Question; Can one really call Rosberg a number 2.......Mercedes Petronas was build on him, Schumacher just happened to present a good PR source.

Nonsense! Did you pluck that out of the sky? I have never heard anything that remotely corroborates with your statement.
 

ExtremeNinja

Karting amateur
Contributor
Hardly. Schumacher was coming back the year before to take Massa's seat but his neck wasn't up to it. I am pretty sure that Schumacher was in at Mercedes before Rosberg too. Also, Schumacher is best buddies with Brawn. Also, he is a seven times world champion. Also, Brawn and many others fully expected Schumacher to wipe the floor with Nico.

Your claim has absolutely substance whatsoever. Can you please tell me where you got your thinking from, because it sounds like something you have made up.
 

ExtremeNinja

Karting amateur
Contributor
In order to establish whether the number two is beating the number one, surely we have to establish which is which. Happy to move on from that, but it's perfectly relevant.
 

Brogan

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Staff Member
Nico is numerically the no.2 driver.

That's the only criteria which has been used for the purpose of this thread.
 

ExtremeNinja

Karting amateur
Contributor
Nico is numerically the no.2 driver.

That's the only criteria which has been used for the purpose of this thread.

I was unaware of that and was replying to Seranaide. Thanks for clarification. You might as well delete the last 7 posts. ;)
 
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