Wednesday , 19 September 2018
Mercedes, the first team that have had the same two drivers for three years running, perfect for some statistical comparisons! I will start off with the 2012 comparisons, then some short previous year stats and finally a full 3 year comparison.

Teammate Head to Heads – Mercedes

Mercedes, the first team that have had the same two drivers for three years running, perfect for some statistical comparisons! I will start off with the 2012 comparisons, then some short previous year stats and finally a full 3 year comparison.

Michael Schumacher v Nico Rosberg – Mercedes

Champ Pos

Best Finish

2nd Best Finish

Best Qual

Worst Finish

Worst Qual

Retirements

MSC

13

3

6

1

16

18

7

ROS

9

1

2

1

15 (x2)

18

3

The 7 time champion had 7 retirements in 2012, not the best, though many were through no fault of his own. Rosberg’s two best finishes were ahead of Schumacher’s best, both have topped one Q3 session, but Schumacher had a penalty so did not start there.

Out of Q1

Out of Q2

Into Q3

Average Qual

Grid Drops

Beaten Teammate

MSC

1

7

12

9.05

3

10

ROS

1

5

14

9.45

2

10

Incredibly even in qualifying, quite surprised at the 10/10 split and the slightly higher average qualifying for Schumacher. Decided to look at the average starting positions for them as a comparison and Schumacher’s is 9.65 compared to Rosberg’s 9.4.

Beaten Teammate

Fastest Lap

Race

Av Finish

Distance

Stops

km per Stop

Points

Races in Points

MSC

7

7

10

4996.535km

40

83.276km

49

8

ROS

11

3

8.76

5208.824km

39

88.285km

93

10

These stats have really surprised me to be honest, Mercedes have only had 10 races with both drivers finishing the race but Rosberg, who was 44 points ahead of Schumacher, only finished ahead of Schumacher 3 times in the race. Rosberg has been faster in slightly more races, but if you remove all retirements then, much like qualifying, it’s split completely even 5/5. In fact throughout the season Schumacher has been, on average, just 0.083 seconds slower than Rosberg in qualifying, second closest of all teammates, but you’ll find out which two were closest another day.

Some basic 2011 stats next.

Beaten Teammate

Average

Qualifying

Race

Grid Pos

Race

Points

Races in Points

Champ Pos

Retirements

MSC

2

6

10.32

8.29

76

11

8

5

ROS

15

7

7.53

7.65

89

14

7

2

Incredibly dominant qualifying performances by Rosberg last year, very different to how it was this year. Fairly even in the races but Rosberg had the better average and more races in the points. Now for the 2010 stats.

Beaten Teammate

Average

Qualifying

Race

Grid Pos

Race

Points

Races in Points

Champ Pos

Retirements

MSC

5

3

9.95

8.65

72

12

9

2

ROS

14

12

7.37

6.53

142

15

7

2

Not really very surprising here, more Rosberg dominance but it was 2010, Schumacher’s first year back in the sport.

Wins

Podiums

Fastest Laps

Poles

Front Row Starts

Total Points

Retirements

MSC

0

1

1

0

1

197

14

ROS

1

5

2

1

3

324

7

Rosberg has beaten Schumacher in all three years, so unsurprisingly he’s had more of everything except retirements compared to him over the three years. But as Schumacher was improving each year you’d have to wonder just how well he would do in 2013 if he didn’t retire for the second time, could have beaten Rosberg, or he could have been beaten again. We will never know.

Next up in the teammate head to heads will be Lotus!

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