ATLAS F1   Volume 6, Issue 33

  Qualifying Differentials

  by Marcel Borsboom, Netherlands

Atlas F1 is going to keep an eye on the battle between teammates throughout the season with a simple measurement: we compare the qualifying times of each driver against his teammate's result. After every Grand Prix, we will show how teammates have fared up against each other, and where they are overall since the beginning of the season. At the end of the season, the World Champion of Qualifying Differentials will be elected - the driver who was most beaten by his teammates, in seconds. Only those who participate in at least 15 of the 17 rounds are eligible for the coveted crown; and for those who made the efforts and participated in all 17 races, the best and worst result will be scrapped.

With twelve qualifying sessions completed for 2000, the differentials are on a roll! Let's see which drivers deserve bragging rights.

Hungary Notables

  • Herbert. Alas, Jaguar's Johnny Herbert re-assumed his position at the top of the table, after an exceptionally bad qualifying session - not to mention a weekend to forget. With recent fluctuations, however, at the top of the table, Herbert still has five qualifying sessions left to elope from the dubious honours.

  • Barrichello. The winner of the previous Grand Prix in Germany experienced the pendulum that is Formula One - you win some, you lose some. In Hungary, the Brazilian posted one of his worst qualifying times, over eight tenths behind teammate Michael Schumacher

  • The Excuses. Many drivers excused their performace with traffic. However, on a narrow 3.9km circuit with 22 drivers trying to do their best, you couldn't expect it to be differently.

  • Changes Since Germany: Heinz Harald Frentzen overtook his teammate, Jarno Trulli, to be on the faster side of the equation.

The average gap between teammates in Hungary was 0.584, a sharp improvement from Germany's biggest average of this year - 1.072. In contrast, the average gap in Austria was the smallest so far this year - only 0.288s. This, compared to the gap in France, which was 0.400; Canada had 0.449; 0.486 in Monaco; 0.546s in Europe; 0.48s in Spain; 0.725s in Britain; 0.654s in San Marino; 0.455s in Brazil; and 0.874s in Australia.

Hungary Differentials              Total Averages through hungary         
-----------------------------         ----------------------------        
Slower         Diff.   Faster         Slower         Diff.   Faster       
Herbert      > 0.948 > Irvine         Herbert      > 0.642 > Irvine       
Heidfeld     > 0.855 > Alesi          Zonta        > 0.589 > Villeneuve   
Barrichello  > 0.816 > M.Schumacher   Button       > 0.548 > R. Schumacher
Trulli       > 0.743 > Frentzen       Barrichello  > 0.496 > M. Schumacher
Verstappen   > 0.712 > de la Rosa     Mazzacane    > 0.476 > Gene         
Diniz        > 0.703 > Salo           Heidfeld     > 0.421 > Alesi        
Wurz         > 0.652 > Fisichella     Wurz         > 0.379 > Fisichella   
Button       > 0.378 > R.Schumacher   Diniz        > 0.275 > Salo         
Zonta        > 0.335 > Villeneuve     Verstappen   > 0.100 > De La Rosa   
Mazzacane    > 0.251 > Gene           Hakkinen     > 0.079 > Coulthard    
Hakkinen     > 0.036 > Coulthard      Trulli       > 0.030 > Frentzen     

Marcel Borsboom© 2000 Kaizar.Com, Incorporated.
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