Belgian Grand Prix: Team-Mate Battles

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 Sebastian Vettel

Standings: Vettel 9, Webber 2
Sebastian jumped into the lead early on and never really looked like being challenged. It was ominous for the season ahead as the German drives forward to his fourth World Championship in succession. Webber could’ve nabbed pole in qualifing if he’d only gone slightly faster, but third place and a poor start set him up for a bad race.

SCUDERIA-FERRARI-20111 Fernando Alonso

Standings: Alonso 10, Massa 1
Both Ferraris struggled in qualifying but only one of them really came through to put a show on. While Felipe languished, Alonso came up as the best person to put pressure on Vettel for the win. Another race and yet more points lost to the championship leader.

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 Jenson Button

Standings: Button 8, Perez 3
Buttom came home a solid sixth while Perez struggled to recover from a poor qualifying result. But for the last ten laps of Ricciardo’s charge, Sergio may have gotten a solitary point to show for his first Belgian Grand Prix outing with McLaren. Alas, it wasn’t to be and Jenson took home all of McLaren’s eight points for the weekend.

Lotus F1 Team -  Official LogoKimi Raikkonen

Standings: Raikkonen 9, Grosjean 2
Despite Grosjean making it through the first corner this year, he was again unable to match the pace of his team-mate. Grosjean was thrown a lifeline when Kimi’s brakes failed but was only able to make four points on the Finn. Raikkonen had stronger pace throughout the event.

Mercedes_AMG_Petronas_logoLewis Hamilton

Standings: Rosberg 3, Hamilton 8
Lewis took pole in treacherous conditions but could only  manage third on Sunday. Rosberg held station in fourth and finished a mere two seconds behind his team-mate in the end, but will be disappointed with his Saturday performance. He’ll need to get the better of Hamilton in qualifying if he wishes to usurp the points lead from him.

Nico Hulkenberg

Standings: Hulkenberg 10, Gutierrez 1
After a strong 11th in qualifying, Hulkenberg looked set early on in the race to do the team proud. But as the faster cars behind him picked up the pace, the lack of competitiveness in his Sauber began to clearly show. Gutierrez was only 12 seoconds behind at the end of the race, but won’t be happy to be at this stage in the season and have not scored points.

Sahara_Force_India_LogoAdrian Sutil

Standings: di Resta 8, Sutil 3
A missed opportunity in qualifying must’ve left Paul frustrated and race-ending contact with Maldonado in the race would’ve been an even harder pill to swallow. Sutil was much closer to di Resta’s pace this weekend and will be looking to improve on ninth position in Monza. He recorded his best race result there in 2009 – can Force India spring a surprise again?

williams-f1-logoValtteri Bottas

Standings: Maldonado 6, Bottas 5
Maldonado took the upper hand in qualifying but was unable to hold it together in the race. Contact with di Resta sent the Venezuellan into the pits and well behind his team-mate. Another race and no more points for Williams.

Toro Rosso logoDaniel Ricciardo

Standings: Vergne 4, Ricciardo 7
Despite getting the upper hand in qualifying, Vergne was unable to hold back his team-mate in the last handful of laps of the race. Suffering from an apparent slow puncture, the Frenchman hemmoraged time to Ricciardo. Dan came through to finish tenth and is now a point behind Jean-Eric in the standings. With the Red Bull seat decided, expect more relaxed driving from the pair.

caterham-f1-team-logo-design-via-imjustcreative3Giedo van der Garde

Standings: Pic 7, van der Garde 4
An emphatic third place in Q1 was followed  by an impressive 14th on the grid. Few expected van der Garde to hold station in the race but may have been surprised to see him finish in 14th. Pic’s qualifying was ruined before he was able to set a decent lap and his race ended only a handful of circulations in.
marussia-logo-2Jules Bianchi

Standings: Bianchi 10, Chilton 1
The team’s best qualifying result was followed by an expected race result. Bianchi ahead of Chilton, Chilton behind by a lap.


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