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Though Max Verstappen stole the headlines for successful the 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, it was additionally the weekend Alex Albon out-qualified Williams team-mate Logan Sargeant but once more.

It meant the 27-year-old completed the F1 season as the one driver to have out-qualified their team-mate for each race in 2023.

Sargeant struggled in his rookie marketing campaign with Albon all the time proving superior, however different driver pairings have been a lot nearer. So how did every driver evaluate to their team-mate within the 2023 F1 season?

Crimson Bull – Max Verstappen vs Sergio Perez

Class 

Max Verstappen

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Sergio Perez

Championship standings

1st (575 factors)

2nd (285 factors)

Grand prix outcomes head-to-head

20

2

Qualifying head-to-head

20

2

Grand prix wins

19

2

Pole positions

12

2

Podiums

21

9

Greatest end

1st (x19)

1st (x2)

Retirements

0

2

Quickest laps

9

2

Grand prix factors finishes

22

19

Dash outcomes head-to-head

5

1

Dash race wins

4

1

Dash shootout head-to-head

5

1

Dash race podiums

6

3

Arguably probably the most one-sided pairings in 2023 was Crimson Bull, as Verstappen proved an excessive amount of for Sergio Perez. The triple world champion clinched the title with six grands prix to spare and set many records in doing so.

One document was for the largest factors hole to second within the championship, with the margin greater than the whole factors Perez amassed throughout 2023. Whereas Verstappen was persistently claiming the race wins, Perez usually struggled for a podium end regardless of Crimson Bull’s superiority over the remainder of the grid.

Perez did begin the season fairly nicely although with two victories within the opening 4 races, in addition to second in Bahrain. However from Miami onwards, Verstappen took it to a different degree leaving Perez to wrestle and doubts to linger over his Crimson Bull future. The strain is on the Mexican to enhance considerably in 2024, which is the ultimate yr of his contract.

Class 

Lewis Hamilton

George Russell

Championship standings

third (234 factors)

eighth (175 factors)

Grand prix outcomes head-to-head

15

7

Qualifying head-to-head

11

11

Grand prix wins

0

0

Pole positions

1

0

Podiums

6

2

Greatest end

2nd (x3)

third (x2)

Retirements

2 (contains 1 DSQ)

4

Quickest laps

4

1

Grand prix factors finishes

20

17

Dash outcomes head-to-head

2

4

Dash race wins

0

0

Dash shootout head-to-head

2

4

Dash race podiums

1

0

Lewis Hamilton bounced again from a disappointing 2022 the place George Russell, in his first season at Mercedes, beat him within the standings and have become the third team-mate of the seven-time world champion – after Jenson Button (2011) and Nico Rosberg (2016) – to take action.

However the roles reversed in 2023 and Russell stated “this yr the drivers’ championship has simply been an entire catastrophe”. Hamilton, in the meantime, was one among F1’s greatest, being the highest-placed driver behind Crimson Bull’s pair within the standings with a pole place in Hungary his standout consequence.

However, on the entire it has been a disappointing season for Mercedes who failed to say a race victory for the primary time since 2011. A lot work is to be completed if they’re to enhance on their second-place end from 2023 and develop into world champions as soon as once more.

Essential to that focus on is the drivers, who remain committed to the project having recently signed new contracts. Hamilton and Russell have a great relationship with a lot respect between the 2, regardless of their collision in Qatar the place the 38-year-old retired on lap one after delivering on his team-mate on the opening nook.

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Carlos Sainz, Scuderia Ferrari with Charles Leclerc, Scuderia Ferrari watching a magic present

Class 

Charles Leclerc

Carlos Sainz

Championship standings

fifth (206 factors)

seventh (200 factors)

Grand prix outcomes head-to-head

12

10

Qualifying head-to-head

15

7

Grand prix wins

0

1

Pole positions

5

2

Podiums

6

2

Greatest end

2nd (x3)

1st (x1)

Retirements

5 (contains 1 DNS and 1 DSQ)

3 (contains 1 DNS)

Quickest laps

0

0

Grand prix factors finishes

16

18

Dash outcomes head-to-head

3

3

Dash race wins

0

0

Dash shootout head-to-head

3

3

Dash race podiums

2

1

Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz have been team-mates for 3 seasons now, but it’s all the time shut between the 2. 2023 was a transparent instance of that as simply six factors separated each drivers within the championship going within the favour of Leclerc, however Sainz could be the happier one because it’s him who acquired the race victory.

In the meantime, Leclerc usually has the higher hand in qualifying, successful that battle 15-7 – together with 5 pole positions in comparison with Sainz’s two. Issues could be tight, but 2023 was not their closest statistically as Sainz beat Leclerc within the 2021 championship by simply 5 and a half factors.

Class 

Lando Norris

Oscar Piastri

Championship standings

sixth (205 factors)

ninth (97 factors)

Grand prix outcomes head-to-head

17

5

Qualifying head-to-head

15

7

Grand prix wins

0

0

Pole positions

0

0

Podiums

7

2

Greatest end

2nd (x6)

2nd (x1)

Retirements

1

3

Quickest laps

1

2

Grand prix factors finishes

16

12

Dash outcomes head-to-head

4

2

Dash race wins

0

1

Dash shootout head-to-head

5

1

Dash race podiums

2

2

Lando Norris comfortably beat former team-mate Daniel Ricciardo within the championship for 2 consecutive years, so McLaren needed nearer competitors in 2023. Oscar Piastri gave it precisely that as he impressed in his rookie season which earned the 22-year-old a new contract that expires in 2026.

Whereas the head-to-heads ended at 17-5 and 15-7 to Norris within the grand prix and qualifying battles respectively, a lot of that was firstly of the yr when Piastri was nonetheless making an attempt to adapt to F1. As soon as he did, issues have been a lot nearer.

Piastri out-qualified Norris in 5 of the ten grands prix after the summer time break, which included a victory within the Qatar GP dash race, whereas a win of any variety in F1 nonetheless eludes the Briton.

Class 

Fernando Alonso

Lance Stroll

Championship standings

4th (206 factors)

tenth (74 factors)

Grand prix outcomes head-to-head

18

4

Qualifying head-to-head

19

3

Grand prix wins

0

0

Pole positions

0

0

Podiums

8

0

Greatest end

2nd (x3)

4th (x1)

Retirements

2

3

Quickest laps

1

0

Grand prix factors finishes

19

12

Dash outcomes head-to-head

4

2

Dash race wins

0

0

Dash shootout head-to-head

5

1

Dash race podiums

0

0

Aston Martin was a much-improved staff in 2023 as they jumped as much as fifth within the championship after ending seventh in 2022. This included eight podiums and three front-row begins, but that was all completed by Fernando Alonso who dominated team-mate Lance Stroll.

Whereas Alonso was usually preventing for podium positions, Stroll was within the midfield, with the Canadian solely attaining three top-five finishes – two of which got here within the ultimate three grands prix. However his seat continues to be safe for 2024 the place he’ll hope to shut the hole on Alonso.

Aston Martin additionally want to make sure its outcomes stay constant all through a season. Its type tailed off in the direction of the top of 2023 as six of Alonso’s podiums got here within the opening eight grands prix, which left Aston Martin third within the constructors’ championship till they fell behind Ferrari and McLaren within the ultimate 14 rounds.

Pierre Gasly, Alpine A523, Esteban Ocon, Alpine A523

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Pierre Gasly, Alpine A523, Esteban Ocon, Alpine A523

Class 

Pierre Gasly

Esteban Ocon

Championship standings

eleventh (62 factors)

twelfth (58 factors)

Grand prix outcomes head-to-head

11

11

Qualifying head-to-head

8

14

Grand prix wins

0

0

Pole positions

0

0

Podiums

1

1

Greatest end

third (x1)

third (x1)

Retirements

3

7

Quickest laps

0

0

Grand prix factors finishes

11

12

Dash outcomes head-to-head

5

1

Dash race wins

0

0

Dash shootout head-to-head

3

3

Dash race podiums

1

0

There was little or no to separate the Alpine team-mates in Pierre Gasly’s first season with the staff, however Esteban Ocon might blame that on misfortune. He retired extra instances than every other F1 driver in 2023, a lot of which was all the way down to reliability – his failed gearbox in Singapore being only one instance.

This led to the drivers being matched head-to-head in race outcomes, however Ocon comfortably beat Gasly within the qualifying battle. Which may give Ocon additional satisfaction contemplating it’s in opposition to Gasly, who has been his rival since childhood.

There was a lot anticipation firstly of 2023 over how the 2 will fare as team-mates given their historical past – the 2 usually collided when competing in opposition to one another as kids in karting – however on the entire Ocon and Gasly have labored nicely collectively and issues haven’t flared up. That’s regardless of it being a disappointing season for Alpine, who completed sixth – two locations decrease than their place in 2022.

Williams – Alex Albon vs Logan Sargeant

Class 

Alex Albon

Logan Sargeant

Championship standings

thirteenth (27 factors)

twenty first (1 level)

Grand prix outcomes head-to-head

19

3

Qualifying head-to-head

22

0

Grand prix wins

0

0

Pole positions

0

0

Podiums

0

0

Greatest end

seventh (x2)

tenth (x1)

Retirements

4

4

Quickest laps

0

0

Grand prix factors finishes

7

1

Dash outcomes head-to-head

6

0

Dash race wins

0

0

Dash shootout head-to-head

6

0

Dash race podiums

0

0

Williams very a lot had essentially the most one-sided driver pairing in 2023. Albon actually impressed this season with a number of level finishes and Q3 appearances, subsequently displaying why he’s able to main the staff ahead.

But it was a distinct story within the reverse facet of his storage. Sargeant struggled throughout his rookie season which is obvious within the qualifying document versus Albon, whereas solely beating him in three grands prix. Nonetheless, these three events have been as a result of Albon retired so in races the place each drivers completed the Thai-British driver was all the time forward.

Sargeant did rating a degree, nevertheless it solely got here on account of Hamilton and Leclerc being disqualified from the United States GP. Regardless of the struggles, Williams has retained Sargeant for 2024 so he ought to do a lot better in his sophomore yr.

Class 

Yuki Tsunoda

Nyck de Vries

Factors scored throughout temporary spell as team-mates

2

0

Grand prix outcomes head-to-head

8

2

Qualifying head-to-head

8

2

Grand prix wins throughout temporary spell as team-mates

0

0

Pole positions throughout temporary spell as team-mates

0

0

Podiums throughout temporary spell as team-mates

0

0

Greatest end throughout temporary spell as team-mates

tenth (x2)

twelfth (x1)

Retirements throughout temporary spell as team-mates

0

2

Quickest laps throughout temporary spell as team-mates

0

0

Grand prix factors finishes throughout temporary spell as team-mates

2

0

Dash outcomes head-to-head

1

1

Dash race wins throughout temporary spell as team-mates

0

0

Dash shootout head-to-head

2

0

Dash race podiums throughout temporary spell as team-mates

0

0

The team-mate battle at AlphaTauri may be very messy given what number of instances the staff modified its line-up in 2023. Starting the season was Yuki Tsunoda and Nyck de Vries till the F1 rookie was dropped after 10 grands prix for poor performances.

De Vries left AlphaTauri having failed to attain a degree whereas on the time, Tsunoda had two. The 23-year-old comfortably gained the qualifying battle as nicely, as de Vries struggled all through his tenure with six bottom-five finishes together with two retirements.

Daniel Ricciardo, Scuderia AlphaTauri, Yuki Tsunoda, Scuderia AlphaTauri

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Daniel Ricciardo, Scuderia AlphaTauri, Yuki Tsunoda, Scuderia AlphaTauri

AlphaTauri – Yuki Tsunoda vs Daniel Ricciardo

Class 

Yuki Tsunoda

Daniel Ricciardo

Factors scored throughout temporary spell as team-mates

15

6

Grand prix outcomes head-to-head

4

3

Qualifying head-to-head

4

3

Grand prix wins throughout temporary spell as team-mates

0

0

Pole positions throughout temporary spell as team-mates

0

0

Podiums throughout temporary spell as team-mates

0

0

Greatest end throughout temporary spell as team-mates

eighth (x2)

seventh (x1)

Retirements throughout temporary spell as team-mates

1

0

Quickest laps throughout temporary spell as team-mates

1

0

Grand prix factors finishes throughout temporary spell as team-mates

4

1

Dash outcomes head-to-head

1

1

Dash race wins throughout temporary spell as team-mates

0

0

Dash shootout head-to-head

1

1

Dash race podiums throughout temporary spell as team-mates

0

0

Daniel Ricciardo changed de Vries for the Hungarian GP, which marked his return to F1 after leaving McLaren on the finish of 2022. Ricciardo instantly had the higher of Tsunoda by beating him in qualifying and the race on the Hungaroring, however the Japanese driver levelled each scores per week later in Belgium.

But Ricciardo then spent a prolonged time on the sideline, as he broke his hand throughout second follow for the Dutch GP. He returned two months later at the US GP the place issues have been as soon as once more tight between Ricciardo and Tsunoda.

Within the ultimate 5 grands prix, Tsunoda out-qualified and out-raced his team-mate on three events whereas scoring 15 factors in comparison with Ricciardo’s six. The 2 will stay team-mates in 2024, the place there’s probably a shot at a Crimson Bull seat for the next season.

AlphaTauri – Yuki Tsunoda vs Liam Lawson

Class 

Yuki Tsunoda

Liam Lawson

Factors scored throughout temporary spell as team-mates

0

2

Grand prix outcomes head-to-head

1

4

Qualifying head-to-head

4

1

Grand prix wins throughout temporary spell as team-mates

0

0

Pole positions throughout temporary spell as team-mates

0

0

Podiums throughout temporary spell as team-mates

0

0

Greatest end throughout temporary spell as team-mates

twelfth (x1)

ninth (x1)

Retirements throughout temporary spell as team-mates

2 (contains one DNS)

0

Quickest laps throughout temporary spell as team-mates

0

0

Grand prix factors finishes throughout temporary spell as team-mates

0

1

Dash outcomes head-to-head

1

0

Dash race wins throughout temporary spell as team-mates

0

0

Dash shootout head-to-head

0

1

Dash race podiums throughout temporary spell as team-mates

0

0

Whereas Ricciardo was injured, Crimson Bull junior Liam Lawson stepped in to develop into Tsunoda’s third team-mate of 2023. Lawson, who completed third within the 2022 F2 Championship, instantly impressed coming near factors in Zandvoort and Monza earlier than a ninth-place end on the Singapore GP after he pulled off a shock Q3 look at Marina Bay Road Circuit.

Lawson then completed eleventh in Japan, however was nicely out of competition in Qatar for his ultimate grand prix. By way of race outcomes, he carried out higher than Tsunoda and was subsequently touted for an F1 seat in 2024 however that didn’t current itself. Lawson would be the staff’s reserve driver subsequent yr, however the expectation is that he will eventually be on the grid full-time.

Class 

Valtteri Bottas

Zhou Guanyu

Championship standings

fifteenth (10 factors)

18th (6 factors)

Grand prix outcomes head-to-head

12

10

Qualifying head-to-head

15

7

Grand prix wins

0

0

Pole positions

0

0

Podiums

0

0

Greatest end

eighth (x2)

ninth (x3)

Retirements

3

3

Quickest laps

0

1

Grand prix factors finishes

4

3

Dash outcomes head-to-head

3

3

Dash race wins

0

0

Dash shootout head-to-head

3

3

Dash race podiums

0

0

Zhou Guanyu is firmly holding his personal in opposition to Alfa Romeo team-mate Valtteri Bottas, with the 10-time grand prix winner beating the Chinese language driver by simply 4 factors within the championship. It got here in Zhou’s second F1 season, the place he additionally narrowly misplaced the grand prix battle in opposition to Bottas.

However qualifying is the place Zhou wants to enhance as Bottas gained that battle comfortably. On the entire although, it was an underwhelming yr for the staff with Alfa Romeo ending ninth within the championship.

Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-23, leads Nico Hulkenberg, Haas VF-23

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Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-23, leads Nico Hulkenberg, Haas VF-23

Class 

Nico Hulkenberg

Kevin Magnussen

Championship standings

sixteenth (9 factors)

nineteenth (3 factors)

Grand prix outcomes head-to-head

13

9

Qualifying head-to-head

15

7

Grand prix wins

0

0

Pole positions

0

0

Podiums

0

0

Greatest end

seventh (x1)

tenth (x3)

Retirements

1

3

Quickest laps

0

0

Grand prix factors finishes

1

3

Dash outcomes head-to-head

2

4

Dash race wins

0

0

Dash shootout head-to-head

4

2

Dash race podiums

0

0

Nico Hulkenberg made his return to F1 in 2023 after dropping his full-time seat with Renault on the finish of 2019. But it was like he’d by no means been away as he beat team-mate Kevin Magnussen within the championship, whereas successful each race and qualifying battles fairly comfortably.

That driver pairing was one to look at in 2023 on account of their historical past collectively, the place on the 2017 Hungarian GP Hulkenberg referred to as Magnussen “essentially the most unsporting driver on the grid” after being pushed off the observe whereas making an attempt an overtake.

Nonetheless, there was little or no drama between the 2 of their first yr as team-mates and so they really labored fairly nicely collectively. Hulkenberg and Magnussen have been retained by Haas for 2024, however they are going to be hoping for a extra aggressive automotive after the staff completed backside of the championship.



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