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Formula 1 2022: Assessment of key teammate battles up to George Russell leading Lewis Hamilton

Formula 1 2022: Assessment of key teammate battles up to George Russell leading Lewis Hamilton

New cars, new title contenders – and new teammate battles.

It’s been an epic first half of the 2022 season with plenty of wheel-to-wheel action between rival teams and drivers, but the ultimate benchmark in F1 is beating your team-mate, one that can be crucial in contract time.

There have been some impressive – and somewhat surprising – benchmarks set by drivers so far this year, as the comparisons below show when we round up all the key numbers and results from 11 laps.

Note: Grid penalties are factored in when calculating the head-to-head qualifying, while no race day score will be awarded if both cars of a team fail to finish or at least one car fails to start.

Red Bull: Max Verstappen vs Sergio Perez

QUALIFYING
Verstappen 9-2 Perez
Best result: Verstappen 1st, Perez 1st
Poland: Verstappen 3-1 Perez

SPRINTS
Verstappen 2-0 Perez

RACE DAY
Verstappen 7-3 Perez
Best result: Verstappen 1st, Perez 1st
Wins: Verstappen 6-1 Perez
Podium: Verstappen 8-6 Perez
Points: Verstappen 208-151 Perez

WHAT’S THE STORY?
The seat next to Max Verstappen has been a poisoned chalice in recent years and the Dutchman has continued his good track record of dominating his teammate to date – although Sergio Perez is enjoying a much more competitive second season at Red Bull.

The cars new for 2022 seem to suit Perez and he has delivered his first pole this year and a first win in Monaco. Although the mutual confrontations are in Verstappen’s favor, the gaps are much smaller. Yet Verstappen was in top form in the first half of his title defense.

Ferrari: Charles Leclerc vs Carlos Sainz

QUALIFYING
Leclerc 9-2 Sainz
Best result: Leclerc 1st, Sainz 1st
Poland: Leclerc 6-1 Sainz

SPRINTS
Leclerc 2-0 Sainz

RACE DAY
Leclerc 6-4 Sainz
Best result: Leclerc 1st, Sainz 1st
Wins: Leclerc 3-1 Sainz
Podium: Leclerc 5-6 Sainz
Points: Leclerc 170-133 Sainz

WHAT’S THE STORY?
After being so equal last year, the 2022 battle between Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz has been eagerly anticipated, especially with the added bonus of Ferrari’s car being a contender up front.

But Leclerc has been by far the faster driver in the red so far this season, and while both have struggled with reliability and strategy issues, the Monegasque has probably been the more unlucky of the two.

Sainz has been comfortable with F1-75 lately, as evidenced by his pole and win at Silverstone, but has only outperformed Leclerc via a grid penalty in Canada and in the rain of the British GP.

Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton vs George Russell

QUALIFYING
Hamilton 5-6 Russell
Best result: Hamilton 4th, Russell 4th
Q3 appearances: Hamilton 9-9 Russell

SPRINTS
Hamilton 0-2 Russell

RACE DAY
Hamilton 4-7 Russell
Best result: Hamilton 3rd, Russell 3rd
Podium: Hamilton 4-3 Russell
Points: Hamilton 109-128 Russell

WHAT’S THE STORY?
George Russell had arguably the toughest task on the grid this year going into a Mercedes team with Lewis Hamilton – and he has established himself superbly in difficult conditions amid a poorly performing car.

Russell is ahead of Hamilton in qualifying, although both crashed in Austria, while F1’s previously famous Mr Saturday was outstanding on Sunday. Hamilton has had much more bad luck, especially with Safety Cars, and will be supported by a string of three consecutive podiums.

“I wouldn’t say it’s been difficult. It’s been enjoyable,” said Hamilton of working “incredibly well” with Russell. “I really think whether I’m here or not, he has all the qualities to take this team forward in the future and lead them to success.”

Can Russell keep this up and be the first driver to beat Hamilton in a season since Nico Rosberg?

McLaren: Lando Norris vs Daniel Ricciardo

QUALIFYING
Norris 9-2 Ricciardo
Best result: Norris 3rd, Ricciardo 6th
Q3 appearances: Norris 5-4 Ricciardo

SPRINTS
Norris 2-0 Ricciardo

RACE DAY
Norris 8-3 Ricciardo
Best result: Norris 3rd, Ricciardo 6th
Podiums: Norris 1-0 Ricciardo
Points: Norris 64-17 Ricciardo

WHAT’S THE STORY?
It seems that 2021 wasn’t just a year of getting used to Daniel Ricciardo. The Australian, an eight-time race winner, is once again dominated by Lando Norris as we are halfway through the second year at McLaren, with Lando fiercely opposed over one lap and race distance.

The McLaren car was not as competitive as hoped, but Norris has delivered a podium finish and numerous top-10 finishes. Although he has a contract for 2023 and insists he will stay, Ricciardo must be nervous about his future at McLaren.

Alpine: Fernando Alonso vs Esteban Ocon

After their infighting in Saudi Arabia entertained fans, Rachel Brookes catches up with the Alpine pair.

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After their infighting in Saudi Arabia entertained fans, Rachel Brookes catches up with the Alpine pair.

After their infighting in Saudi Arabia entertained fans, Rachel Brookes catches up with the Alpine pair.

QUALIFYING
Alonso 7-4 Ocon
Best result: Alonso 2nd, Ocon 5th
Q3 appearances: Alonso 9-5 Ocon

SPRINTS
Alonso 1-1 Ocon

RACE DAY
Alonso 3-8 Ocon
Best result: Alonso 5th, Ocon 5th
Points finish: Alonso 7-8 Ocon
Points: Alonso 29-52 Ocon

WHAT’S THE STORY?
Alpine provided one of the more competitive and exciting duels with team-mates this season, with Fernando Alonso showing more speed overall but more unlucky on Sunday than Esteban Ocon, who continues to improve in F1.

Both drivers have consistently been in the top-10 this season, and with Alpine and McLaren tied on points, their form will be key to finishing fourth in the championship.

Alfa Romeo: Valtteri Bottas vs Zhou Guanyu

QUALIFYING
Bottas 8-3 Zhou
Best Result: Bottas 5th, Zhou 9th
Q3 appearances: Bottas 5-2 Zhou

SPRINTS
Bottas 2-0 Zhou

RACE DAY
Bottas 9-1 Zhou
Best Result: Bottas 5th, Zhou 8th
Points ends: Bottas 7-2 Zhou
Points: Bottas 46-5 Zhou

WHAT’S THE STORY?
One driver entering 2022 fresh after standing his ground against Hamilton at Mercedes versus one driver entering the sport as a rookie has probably always been a bit of a mismatch, and Valtteri Bottas has been dominant at Alfa Romeo until now, managing some penalties resulting in a much improved car.

Zhou Guanyu has shown signs of form lately, most impressive 8th qualifying at the British GP before his terrifying crash. The Chinese driver could certainly use some more points given the pace of the Alfa Romeo.

Haas: Kevin Magnussen vs Mick Schumacher

QUALIFYING
Magnussen 9-2 Schumacher
Best result: Magnussen 5th, Schumacher 6th
Q3 appearances: Magnussen 6-3 Schumacher

SPRINTS
Magnussen 2-0 Schumacher

RACE DAY
Magnussen 4-6 Schumacher
Best result: Magnussen 5th, Schumacher 6th
Finishing points: Magnussen 5-2 Schumacher
Points: Magnussen 22-12 Schumacher

WHAT’S THE STORY?
Kevin Magnussen, who was drafted just weeks before the start of the season, marked his return with a bang with a fantastic fifth in the Bahrain GP. The Dane was a much better benchmark for Mick Schumacher after taking on Nikita Mazepin as a rookie, and Mick – who was a more successful racer than qualifier even as a junior – began to find his niche in recent weeks.

His first F1 points came at Silverstone for a best F1 finish in sixth in the Austrian GP.

AlphaTauri: Pierre Gasly vs Yuki Tsunoda

QUALIFYING
Gasly 7-3 Tsunoda
Best result: Gasly 6th, Tsunoda 8th
Q3 appearances: Gasly 4-2 Tsunoda

SPRINTS
Gasly 1-1 Tsunoda

RACE DAY
Gasly 5-5 Tsunoda
Best result: Gasly 5th, Tsunoda 7th
Finishing points: Gasly 3-3 Tsunoda
Points: Gasly 16-11 Tsunoda

WHAT’S THE STORY?
It has been difficult for AlphaTauri so far this season, with Red Bull’s sister outfit slipping back through midfield – but Yuki Tsunoda at least seems to have improved from his rookie campaign.

Tsunoda has been much closer to Gasly this season and while the Frenchman has the headline results, Tsunoda may have earned himself another year with the team.

Aston Martin: Lance Stroll vs Sebastian Vettel / Nico Hulkenberg

QUALIFYING
Vettel 7-2 Stroll / Hulkenberg 1-1 Stroll
Best result: Vettel 9th, Stroll 10th, Hulkenberg 17th
Q3 appearances: Vettel 2/9, Stroll 1/11, Hulkenberg 0/2

SPRINTS
Vettel 1-1 Walk

RACE DAY
Vettel 5-4 Stroll / Hulkenberg 1-1 Stroll
Best result: Vettel 6th, Stroll 10th, Hulkenberg 12th
Points finish: Vettel 4/9, Stroll 3/11, Hulkenberg 0/2
Points: Vettel 15-3 Stroll (nine races) / Stroll 0-0 Hulkenberg (two races)

WHAT’S THE STORY?
Although he missed the first two races of the season with Covid-19, Sebastian Vettel was the faster Aston Martin driver on a Saturday and Sunday this year, with a brilliant sixth in the Azerbaijan GP, ​​the most important result for him and the team of the year.

Stroll has never beaten a team-mate in a qualifying season – and the drought doesn’t look like it will end in 2022.

Williams: Alex Albon vs Nicholas Latifi

QUALIFYING
Albon 8-2 Latifi
Best result: Albon 12th, Latifi 10th
Q3 appearances: Albon 0-1 Latifi

SPRINTS
Albon 2-0 Latifi

RACE DAY
Albon 8-3 Latifi
Best result: Albon 9th, Latifi 12th
Points finish: Albon 2-0 Latifi
Points: Albon 3-0 Latifi

WHAT’S THE STORY?
Alex Albon was hired to replace Russell as Williams team leader – although he is actually less experienced than his team-mate – and has done an excellent job so far, landing points finishing in Australia and Miami.

Nicholas Latifi’s consolation is that he is the only Williams driver to get the car to Q3, in the wet at Silverstone.

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