Hamilton leads championship but who really is the fastest?

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    Lewis Hamilton is leading the championship heading into this weekend’s first European race of 2018, but he is doing so despite a wobbly start to the season.

    The championship positions are only one set of numbers – and there are others that tell a more complex story about the season.

    For example, Hamilton’s Mercedes is not the fastest car. That’s the Ferrari. And there are other key stats, too.

    Which driver is out-performing his car the most? Which set of team-mates are the most competitive – and the least?

    We’ve crunched the numbers so you don’t have to – and here they are, revealing the partially hidden real story of F1 2018 so far.

    Team-mate comparison – qualifying battle

    FerrariVettel 3-1 Raikkonen
    MercedesHamilton 2-2 Bottas
    Red BullRicciardo 2-2 Verstappen
    McLarenAlonso 4-0 Vandoorne
    RenaultHulkenberg 4-0 Sainz
    Force IndiaPerez 2-2 Ocon
    Toro RossoGasly 2-2 Hartley
    HaasGrosjean 1-3 Magnussen
    SauberEricsson 2-2 Leclerc
    WilliamsStroll 2-2 Sirotkin
    Qualifying pace*
    *Calculated by an average of the drivers’ fastest qualifying times, omitting races where a comparison is not possible, eg if one crashed or broke down
    FerrariVettel +0.303secs Raikkonen
    MercedesHamilton +0.259s Bottas
    Red BullVerstappen +0.114s Ricciardo
    McLarenAlonso +0.304s Vandoorne
    RenaultHulkenberg +0.258s Sainz
    Force IndiaPerez +0.194s Ocon
    Toro RossoHartley +0.098s Gasly
    HaasMagnussen +0.287s Grosjean
    WilliamsStroll +0.170s Sirotkin
    SauberLeclerc +0.373s Ericsson

    Who is getting the most out of car?

    This chart shows each drivers’ average qualifying position so far this season. Their actual championship positions are also provided to compare the pace of car the versus driver’s effectiveness in races.

    View the original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/44073874

    Fernando Alonso has arguably been the most effective at getting the best out of his resources during the race. His average qualifying position is 12.5 but he currently sits sixth in the drivers’ championship after four top-seven finishes so far this season.

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