Team-Mate Wars: British GP


In F1, the first person you have to beat is your team-mate:

Nico Rosberg 3 – Lewis Hamilton 6

Race: Rosberg
Lewis Hamilton was faster than Rosberg for most of the weekend, apart from that lap in Qualifying where he was convinced he was going slower. In the race, Nico was 4.8 seconds down the road when Lewis got past Jenson to take P2, but instead of going balls out to catch his team-mate up, Lewis played the long game, and in fact Rosberg took the gap out to 5.5 seconds before Hamilton began to reel him back in, slowly, surely and inexorably. That was the trajectory after the first pit-stops by which time Rosberg’s clutch wasn’t working properly.
Despite the fact that Lewis had got the edge, and you would bet your house on him taking the win, the protocol of TMW is that if the driver in front hits trouble (and they’ve both had the same amount of pit-stops), then they get the points. Such was the case for Lewis in Canada.
Red Bull
Daniel Ricciardo 7 – Sebastian Vettel 2

Race: Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo lost out to Sebastian in Qualifying only because Seb had done so badly up to that point that anything was going to be better than the 10th place he was lingering in. So they sent him out to maybe get P6 or P7… And then all of a sudden on that last incredible lap – wowser – he was up in P2, with the prospect of revving his asthmatic Renault turbo alongside Nico Rosberg on Sunday. In the race he got a pooch of a start and was down to P5 before you could say “exceeding the track limits”. Which became a familiar theme later in the race. Dan kept plugging away on what turned out to be a much stronger strategy and loved, just loved getting on the podium. Not bad for a No.2 driver.
Fernando Alonso 8 – Kimi Raikkonen 1

Race: Alonso
Kimi looked ill at ease in practice and made an uncharacteristic error at the start of the race which sealed his weekend. It’s good that he didn’t pick up any serious long-term damage as his Ferrari F14T plunged into the barriers on the Wellington Straight, but it’s not going to help his speed in the car. Fernando was his usual remorseless self and enjoyed his dueling with Button, but felt that Vettel didn’t have the craft to justify the position he took off him. Certainly the series of laps that the Ferrari and the Red Bull were emeshed were as gripping as the Rosberg vs Hamilton battle in Bahrain. Fernando went outside the track limits by small margins, but Sebastian went outside them by large margins, but less frequently.
Jenson Button 6 – Kevin Magnussen 3

Race: Button
Jenson Button was all set for a helter-skelter ride back down the field after his auspicious grid slot, but seemed mildly surprised that his tyres got up to temperature and his race pace was up there. Certainly he wouldn’t have imagined he could hold off a Ferrari but he did it quite skillfully, unlike his team-mate who was either told not to resist faster cars or was still working Silverstone out.
Valtteri Bottas 4 – Felipe Massa 5

Race: Bottas
Valtteri Bottas looked very fast in the one Williams that could get off the line quickly despite a slow Mercedes parade lap. Felipe had a pretty crap 200th GP. An accident in Friday free practice, a poor start to the race, and then a terminal accident on Lap 1 (while your team-mate scorches to a sensational P2). Oh well, at least there was the World Cup semi-final to look forward to where his beloved Brazil would take on West Germany…
Toro Rosso
Jean-Eric Vergne 3 – Daniil Kvyat 6

Race: Kvyat
Kvyat had the edge in qualifying, but after his team-mate’s opening lap clash with Sergio Perez, it wasn’t much of a contest.
Force India
Nico Hulkenberg 6 – Sergio Perez 3

Race: Hulkenberg
Perez was so close to some big points at Silverstone. With the first runs complete in Q3 he was only behind the two Mercedes. Then, as we all know, it just went crazy and he ended up behind Hulkenberg, had a clash with Vergne on the opening lap and fell to 19th place after Lap 1. He wasn’t going to get that back.
Romain Grosjean 7 – Pastor Maldonado 2

Race: Grosjean
Grosjean qualified in P11 while Maldonado’s issues meant that he started the race from P20. A minute after the red lights went out and it was Pastor in P15 and Romain in P17. It’s amazing that Maldonado’s spine put up with the kind of altitude his E22 climbed to after Gutierrez produced an overtaking move most Mexican taxi drivers would be proud of.
Esteban Gutierrez 4 – Adrian Sutil 5

Race: Sutil
Sauber’s season continued to stagger along with Sutil qualifying his car well until he reached the gravel. Gutierrez thought he was back in GP3 again.
Marcus Ericsson 1 – Kamui Kobayashi 8

Race: Kobayashi
With a change of ownership and a dizzying array of drivers for the Silverstone testing this week, Caterham are looking less like an F1 team, and more like a company that offers ‘An F1 Driving Experience’ – whether for a day, two days, a free practice session, or half a season.
Max Chilton 3 – Jules Bianchi 5

Race: Bianchi
Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton produced the Marussia qualifying performance of the year to grab P12 and P13 on the provisional grid on Saturday. Many commentators enjoyed relating the fact that they were the highest placed Ferrari runners – ahead of the Saubers of course. Jules is highly rated but Maxi boy wasn’t that far away. The gearbox penalty demoted Chilton to P17 and then there was the flying Ferrari wheel that almost bounced on his head, followed by an illegal trip down the pitlane. Which you could kind of understand in those circumstances.
Star of the race
Lewis Hamilton 4, Sergio Perez 2, Daniel Ricciardo 1, Jules Bianchi 1, Valtteri Bottas 1,
Overtaking Move of the Race
Daniel Ricciardo 2, Lewis Hamilton 2, Valtteri Bottas 1, Kamui Kobayashi 1, Sebastian Vettel 1, Nico Hulkenberg 1, Fernando Alonso 1,
Sat on the Naughty Step
Pastor Maldonado 3, Max Chilton 2, Christian Horner 1, Kevin Magnussen 1, Ecclestone 1 (for suggesting it would be no problem to lose cars off the grid), Kimi Raikkonen
Media Watch
Three Times Le Mans Winner Allan McNish “I think this is a change of circuit compared to the last two.”
After Susie Wolff exited the race as a result of a lack of oil pressure in her Mercedes engine on Friday, husband Toto Wolff was interviewed: “Yes, as engine supplier I do feel a sense of responsibility. Let’s see how she’s going to penalise me…”
“Dario Franchitti and Paul Di Resta, both good Scottish names…I probably speak more Italian than them, too.” Allan McNish
“It must be lovely to have a nice big weapon.” Sue Barker at Wimbledon
“There’s Max sitting on his own with the gate.” Suzi Perry during the Armco repair.
And finally the mystifying Eddie Jordan – pick the meaning out of this one: “Anyone at Copse Corner is to be feared from Day One.”
Andrew Davies