Who is the best driver on each team in 2023?

Who is the best driver on each team in 2023?

The Formula 1 season is coming to a close, and every driver on the grid wants to finish the year ahead on the other side of the garage. Some duos are so carefully balanced that they can be played for in the final three races, while others are completely one-sided with no chance of changing.

So, here’s a recap of the battles for supremacy, team by team.

Red Bull: Max Verstappen vs Sergio Perez

That’s a done deal Verstappen has a massive 17-2 advantage over Perez in qualifying – including 10 poles to Perez’s two – and is the same 17-2 in races (although Perez has retired twice to Verstappen’s zero). The odds of Perez retiring for a third time are 12/1.

The world champion has claimed 18 podium finishes, while Perez has only managed eight podium finishes, a disappointing return considering the level of machinery available to him. As for points, Verstappen got more than double what his teammate did at 491-240.

Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton vs. George Russell

It’s a more balanced battle at Mercedes, where everything has to be fought for in the final three races, at least in qualifying. It’s 10-9 for Hamilton on Saturday (or Friday in the Sprints!) but the seven-time champion’s experience shows in the races, as the tally moves to 13-6.

Russell may not have performed as hoped during a difficult second season at Mercedes at times. He has just one podium to his teammate’s six, and when it comes to points, Hamilton’s 69 points are more than the smaller Briton’s 151. Hamilton is 9/1 to win this weekend.

Ferrari: Charles Leclerc vs Carlos Sainz

Leclerc is one of the best single-lap drivers in the field, and it shows with his 12-7 lead over Sainz in qualifying and four poles to his teammate’s two. But in racing, they are more closely matched.

Carlos Sainz, Scuderia Ferrari, pole-sitter Charles Leclerc, Scuderia Ferrari, congratulate each other at the Park Firm

Photography: Zach Mauger/Motorsports Images

Carlos Sainz, Scuderia Ferrari, pole-sitter Charles Leclerc, Scuderia Ferrari, congratulate each other at the Park Firm

Leclerc still has the advantage on Sunday, but by a slim margin at 10-9 with both drivers failing to finish the race twice, and Leclerc being disqualified once as well. However, when it comes to points, Sainz leads with 183 to 166 with higher positions being placed. The double platform odds are 12/1.

McLaren: Lando Norris vs. Oscar Piastri

Norris was the best at McLaren last season, and despite some impressive performances from newcomer Piastri, the Briton has retained that position. He has a comfortable upper hand in every statistic and is 15/8 to finish in the top two this weekend.

Norris won the balance of qualifying 13-6 and races 15-4 while claiming six podium finishes to Piastri’s two and collecting nearly double the points at 169 to 87. However, Piastri does have one stat that Norris would love – he has a pole and a win…it was That’s at the Sprint race in Qatar.

Both drivers were also helped in the races by their team’s speed in the pitlane. The crew broke the pit stop record of 1.8 seconds in Qatar as they chase Red Bull in the ‘Championship’ pit stop performance. The odds of them progressing faster again are 2/1.

Aston Martin: Fernando Alonso vs Lance Stroll

Alonso started the season as a title contender but the team has failed to keep pace with the upgrades of its rivals and is now battling at the wrong end of the top ten. Alonso has withdrawn from the last two races and the odds for both cars taking the points this weekend are 7/2.

Alonso has completely dominated Stroll – even more than Verstappen has dominated Perez. He has more points than TRIPLE Stroll with 183 to Stroll’s 53, has seven podium finishes to Stroll’s zero and has outscored the Canadian in qualifying 17-2 and in races 16-3. Now that’s dominance.

Alps: Esteban Ocon vs. Pierre Gasly

When Gasly joined Alpine at the start of the year, a lot was said about this partnership – would it catch fire or explode? The two French drivers are not the best of friends, but they have fought hard, and Gasly currently has the upper hand.

Esteban Ocon, Alpine A523, Pierre Gasly, Alpine A523

Photo by: Alpine

Esteban Ocon, Alpine A523, Pierre Gasly, Alpine A523

Gasly led Ocon in qualifying 12-7 and races 10-8, with an additional 11 points at 56-45. However, Ocon – who was given 25/1 for the final stop this weekend – has retired six times to Gasly’s one, and has been leading in three of the last four races.

Williams: Alex Albon vs. Logan Sargeant

If you thought Verstappen was the driver with the most control on the grid, think again. That award goes to Alex Albon – especially in qualifying, where he outscores his fellow American 19-0, and has even become a regular in the top 10 in penalty shootouts.

Albon’s advantage is similar to the one former Williams driver Russell had over Nicholas Latifi. He has a 16-2 advantage in races, and although Sargent took his first point in the United States – he is 12/1 to take another in Brazil – Albon has scored 27 points, with two ninth-place finishes in the last two races.

AlphaTauri: Yuki Tsunoda vs. Daniel Ricciardo

Tsunoda has had three different teammates this season. He comfortably held off Nyck de Vries throughout half the year, but had a tougher time against Ricciardo, who raced midway through the season, and William Lawson, who was replaced for five races when the Australian broke his hand.

Ricciardo surprised the final race in Mexico when he put himself fourth on the grid and finished seventh – the team’s best result ever this year. She is currently 2-2 in qualifying and races, but the Australian could pick up more points in Brazil and is 20/1 to make the top six.

Alfa Romeo: Valtteri Bottas vs Zhu Guanyu

This pairing favors former Mercedes driver Bottas, with a 12-7 ratio in qualifying and races. The Finn only scored once more points than his Chinese teammate, but the value of those points was higher, leaving him with a 10-6 lead.

Bottas finished the first race in eighth place with the team showing a lot of promise, but that faded as the season went on. Cho finished ahead of Bottas in the last race in the USA, so there is still a chance to improve that balance, but Bottas is 9/4 in terms of points.

Zhu Guanyu, Alfa Romeo C43, Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C43

Photo by: Alfa Romeo

Zhu Guanyu, Alfa Romeo C43, Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C43

Haas: Nico Hulkenberg to Kevin Magnussen

F1 driver Hulkenberg joined Haas with high expectations this year, but faced a difficult teammate in Magnussen. He did it with a 13-6 advantage in qualifying and an 11-8 advantage in races. Magnussen qualified first in Brazil last year, but the odds of him doing so again are 500/1.

Hulkenberg scored more points than his teammate 9 to 3 – but that doesn’t tell the whole story, as Magnussen finished with three points while all of Hulkenberg’s points came from a seventh-place finish in Australia as well as a sixth-place finish in the Austrian sprint.

Work tracking

To track the action, wherever you are, bet365’s F1 Live Tracker is a good place to go – covering all the information you could need, from all the practice sessions, through to qualifying, the sprints and the race itself.

It allows users to track each driver’s position from the start to finish grid, live throughout the race, with current leaderboard information, most recent lap times, current lap times, number of pit stops by a driver, current tire settings and gaps between drivers.

To make it easier to catch up, the schedule details all important race updates – including all major overtakes and incidents – and also allows for two drivers to be compared head-to-head during the race, highlighting them on the tracker.

Furthermore, all safety car updates and red and yellow flags are covered, while track information such as temperatures, humidity and chances of precipitation make it possible to monitor potential changes and challenges and more easily predict what could happen.

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