Season review: The battle of the team-mates

There is no fiercer rivalry than that between team-mates and the battle to be top dog within the teams’ was as hot as ever in 2013.

0862LW1D2989For some, there was no real contest but for others it was a close fight for inter-team supremacy. Here is a look at who came out on top this season.

Red Bull Racing

This is a pretty obvious one, isn’t it? Sebastian Vettel dominated the whole field in 2013, let alone his team-mate. He was bettered by Mark Webber in qualifying just twice, including the Aussie’s stunning pole lap in Abu Dhabi, and when both drivers’ finished the race; the German was always the leading RB9.

The four-time world champion scored 67% of Red Bull’s total points this season. Even if the Milton Keynes-based outfit was one car down, they still would have taken the constructors’ crown.


The battle at Mercedes was a close one, which some may find surprising. Nico Rosberg really proved his pace in 2013 by consistently matching and, on occasion, bettering his highly rated team-mate. They both finished 16 of the 19 rounds, with both Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton crossing the line as the lead Mercedes eight times.

In qualifying Hamilton had a slight edge, beating Rosberg 11 times. The Brit scored 52% of the Brackley-based squad’s points.


Like Red Bull Racing, Ferrari had a clear team leader with Fernando Alonso finishing ahead of Felipe Massa 15 times over the course of the 2013 season. The fight was slightly closer in qualifying, the radio being 11-8 to Alonso, but the Spaniard still scored 68% of the team’s points. Expect the inter-team battle to be much closer with Kimi Raikkonen joins the team in 2014.


Speaking of Raikkonen, he had a clear upper hand over Romain Grosjean in the 17 races that they both competed in for the Lotus F1 Team. The Finn missed the final two races of the 2013 season after deciding to undergo back surgery. His replacement Heikki Kovalainen finished behind Grosjean in both races.

Raikkonen struggling at times in qualifying but still started ahead of his team-mate 10 times. The Finn scored 62% of the team’s total points thanks to finishing ahead of Grosjean on eight occasions, from the 12 races that they both made it to the chequered flag.


Sergio Perez was dropped by McLaren after just one season, but he proved to be quite a strong match for 2009 world champion Jenson Button – particularly in qualifying. The Mexican driver finished ahead of the Brit on ten occasions, beating him six times on the following day.

However, Button still scored 60% of the team’s total points in what was a disappointing year overall for the Woking-based outfit.

Force India

The team had a strong 2013 season despite a string of disappointing performances mid-season. Paul di Resta had the edge, out-qualifying Adrian Sutil 11 times and finishing ahead of him in eight of the 12 races that they were both classified in.

Despite only scoring 38% of Force India’s total points this season, Sutil will remain on the grid next season after switching to Sauber. Meanwhile di Resta looks to be returning to the DTM series.


As expected, Nico Hulkenberg was a dominant force at Sauber. The German driver beat his rookie team-mate 18 to one in qualifying and finished behind him in just three races that they both finished in.

Hulkenberg scored 89% of the team’s points, with the majority coming towards the end of the season – including a haul of 12 points at the Korean Grand Prix for fourth place.

Toro Rosso

Daniel Ricciardo was, without doubt, the better qualifier in 2013, but his team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne managed to beat him in five of the races that both Toro Rosso’s reached the chequered flag. Red Bull-bound Ricciardo dominated Vergne on Saturday afternoon, starting ahead of him in 15 of the 19 races and scored 61% of the team’s points.


It was a truly dismal season for the nine-time constructors’ champions, scoring just five points. After a number of stand-out qualifying performances in 2012, it was a surprise to see Pastor Maldonado down on his rookie team-mate seven to 12.

He made up for it by finishing ahead of Bottas in nine of the 14 races that they both finished in, despite scoring just 20% of the team’s points haul.


Jules Bianchi proved just how talented he is in 2013 despite racing at the back of the grid. He blew his team-mate Max Chilton, a GP2 race winner, out of the water this season, out-qualifying him 17 times over the course of his rookie year.

Such was the reliability of the MR02, both drivers finished in 16 of the 19 rounds. Bianchi was the lead Marussia in 14 of them, only losing out to Chilton in Italy and India.


Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde proved to be well matched in 2013. Pic beat him in qualifying 11 to eight and was the lead CT03 in eight of the 12 races that they both finished, but his team-mate made the biggest impact with a few Q2 appearances.

However, they suffered more reliability issues than most with at least one car failing to reach the chequered flag in seven races, including a double DNF in India.

Images courtesy of Octane Photographic

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