Monday, August 8

Formula 1 2022: Assessing the key team-mate battles so far as George Russell holds Lewis Hamilton lead

Who’s leading the key team-mate head to heads at the halfway stage of the season? Assessing Charles Leclerc vs Carlos Sainz, Lewis Hamilton vs George Russell and more, comparing qualifying and race results; Watch the French GP live on Sky Sports F1 this weekend, Sunday’s race at 2pm

New cars, new title contenders – and new team-mate battles.

It’s been an epic first half of the 2022 season with wheel-to-wheel action aplenty between rival teams and drivers, but the ultimate yard stick in F1 is beating your team-mate, one that can be crucial come contract time.

There have been some impressive – and somewhat surprising – benchmarks being set by drivers so far this year, as the comparisons below show as we round up all the key numbers and results from 11 rounds.

QUALIFYING
Verstappen 9-2 Perez
Best result: Verstappen 1st, Perez 1st
Poles: Verstappen 3-1 Perez

SPRINTS
Verstappen 2-0 Perez

RACE DAY
Verstappen 7-3 Perez
Best result: Verstappen 1st, Perez 1st
Wins: Verstappen 6-1 Perez
Podiums: Verstappen 8-6 Perez
Points: Verstappen 208-151 Perez

WHAT’S THE STORY?
The seat alongside Max Verstappen has been a poisoned chalice in recent years and the Dutchman has continued his fine record of dominating his team-mate thus far – though Sergio Perez is enjoying a much more competitive second campaign with Red Bull.

The new-for-2022 cars appear to suit Perez and he has delivered his first pole this year and a maiden Monaco win and while the head-to-heads are stacked in Verstappen’s favour, the gaps have been much closer. Still, Verstappen has been in great form through the first half of his title defence.

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