The spectacular 2021 F1 season has been full of twists and turns with Max Verstappen winning a debut world title, but who has come out on top in team-mate battles?
We looked at the qualifying one-on-one, but now it’s time to see which drivers got the better of their teammates on race day.
While the drivers’ standings in the Championship give a pretty decent indicator for this, there are some results here that are likely to raise eyebrows or two.
Okay, so this first entry is hardly a surprise. Hamilton’s eight wins and nine more podiums were always going to be difficult for Bottas to match.
When Bottas was in good shape, like at the Turkish GP for example, he was untouchable but most of the year Hamilton left his teammate behind.
Red Bull – Max Verstappen 19-3 Sergio Perez
Again, this entry comes as no surprise. Verstappen has been on the podium 18 times, a record this year, taking the winner’s trophy on 10 of those occasions.
After struggling to master Red Bull at the start of the year, the season was always going to be a tough one for Perez, but even a streak of late-season podiums couldn’t close the gap with his victory in the championship. teammate.
Despite finishing fifth in the standings, two places ahead of Leclerc, Carlos Sainz was in fact most often overtaken by his team-mate Ferrari.
Why this was not reflected in the standings becomes evident when looking at the scoresheet, with Sainz scoring three of his four podiums on the weekend that Leclerc failed to score.
On paper this doesn’t look good for Ricciardo but remember the Australian claimed McLaren’s first F1 victory since 2012 at Monza.
Ricciardo made no secret of his difficulties adjusting to the McLaren MCL35M after leaving Renault [now Alpine] during the winter and he hopes the 2022 “new era” cars will level the playing field somewhat.
For Norris, the result was a confirmation of his potential and, had the weather not turned in Russia, he too could have won the race-winning silverware.
Alonso may have found life less than simple in the early stages of his return to F1 after a two-year hiatus, but the fact that he has outperformed Ocon throughout the year is a testament to his recovery.
Finishing seven points ahead of Ocon to slip into the top 10 in the drivers’ standings, Alonso may not have taken Ocon’s victory, but a podium in Qatar was only the reward of a considerable effort.
Perhaps the only surprise here is that the margin was not greater. After scoring points on his Bahrain debut, Tsunoda collapsed dramatically to such an extent that when he got a contract extension with AlphaTauri, even he was surprised.
Granted, the Japanese driver was up against one of the best players of the year at Gasly, but those numbers will have to end in 2022 if he is to continue into a third year in F1.
Vettel won the only Aston Martin trophy of the year, made more assists than any driver during the season and finished ahead of Stroll in the standings, so for the German not to exceed that statistic is a shock.
On reflection, that statistic is extremely tough on Latifi who by all accounts has had a great second season in the sport and was more or less on Russell’s pace from the start.
It will be interesting to see how he compares to Alex Albon in 2022, but this example more than any other simply highlights the fine margins in which F1 operates.
The closest battle to the season, Raikkonen just shaved it off as he bid farewell to F1.
It was far from a bad season for Giovinazzi with even Kubica in his two-race cameo performing admirably.
It’s hard to fault any of the three drivers here in a car that struggled to keep pace with the midfielder, while bad luck throughout the year also played a role.
Schumacher landed in F1, not with a bang, but with enough noise to stand out as his own man and not just as the son of seven-time champion Michael.
On the other hand, Mazepin stood out but too often not for the right reasons.