Lotus, the lowest team with a podium finish and the only team that for 2016 have an entirely new driver partnership making this comparison fairly useless.
Not too much between the drivers in terms of championship position, but Grosjean had one podium finish and almost twice the points of Maldonado.
|Driver||Race Finish||Started Ahead||Qualified Ahead||Faster Race Lap|
When you put the two drivers head to head there is a very big difference. There were only seven races where both drivers raced to the flag, but Grosjean was ahead in five of them. Fastest laps are dead even at seven each, but in qualifying Grosjean destroyed Maldonado. Grosjean was the most dominant qualifier over his teammate in 2015 and Maldonado is no slouch.
|Driver||Out of Q1||Out of Q2||Into Q3|
Grosjean was one of just four drivers to never drop out of Q1 in 2015, the others being Ricciardo, Rosberg and Hamilton. Grosjean also had an impressive number of Q3s, 12 compared to Maldonado’s four.
|Driver||Average Qualifying||Average Finish||Top 10s||Retirements|
Quite a big difference again, Grosjean very clearly ahead in the average qualifying position but it’s a lot closer in the average finish. Both had a lot of retirements due to poor reliability and accidents, but Grosjean only finished a race outside of the points three times, Maldonado four.
For 2016 Grosjean will be racing for the new Haas team alongside Gutierrez. Maldonado was due to race for Renault but was dropped after sponsors failed to pay, replaced by Kevin Magnussen.