Atlas F1 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 three qualifying session completed for 2000, the differentials are once again on a roll! Let's see which drivers deserve bragging rights.

San Marino Notables

  • Heidfeld and Herbert. The two H boys - the old and the young - seem to be sharing a relatively similar season: both their cars break down all the time, and both their teammates keep outclassing them...

  • Fisichella. The talented Benetton driver had the worst bad hair day possible on Saturday. Well that, as well as a really bad qualifying session, which saw the Italian outqualified by teammate Alex Wurz by the largest gap between them in two years.

  • Diniz. The Brazilian Sauber driver had his best ever qualifying session in his entire F1 career, starting the race from 10th and just barely outqualifying his Finnish teammate, by less than a tenth of a second.

  • The excuses: Marc Gene had to drive in Gaston Mazzacane's car, after his own car broke down.

  • Changes since Brazil: Pedro de La Rosa is now ahead of his more experienced teammate, Jos Verstappen.

The average gap between teammates in San Marino was 0.654s. This, compared to 0.455s in Brazil and 0.874s in Australia.

San Marino Differentials

Total Averages through San Marino

Marcel Borsboom© 2000 Kaizar.Com, Incorporated.
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