Alonso triumphant and Red Bull surprisingly one-sided - who's winning F1's qualifying battles?

Friday, 10 august 2018, 06:53 , by Matthew Scott

There aren't many better ways to gauge the true talent of a Formula 1 driver than his qualifying performances. Driving at full tilt, with no distractions, can you deliver the perfect lap? The battles within teams on Saturdays so far in 2018 throw up a few surprises, and one truly miserable record.

 Stoffel Vandoorne is the only driver to have lost the qualifying battle with his team-mate heading into F1's summer break.

The Belgian has qualified behind McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso in all 12 races so far this season and is yet to finish ahead of the Spaniard in races where both have seen the chequered flag.

In terms of pure pace, Pierre Gasly is the most dominant qualifier, averaging over a second quicker than Brendon Hartley in the Toro Rosso.

Sebastian Vettel holding the wood over Ferrari colleague Kimi Raikkonen is also little surprise - as is Charles Leclerc's domination of Sauber stable-mate Marcus Ericsson.

However, Max Verstappen's fine record over Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull completely passed us by!

Verstappen has qualified ahead of the Australian nine times out of 11 sessions where both have participated, although Ricciardo can rest easy with Red Bull's only pole of the year so far - in the Monaco race he went on to win after Verstappen had smashed into the barriers in FP3.

Check out the full results below, with only qualifying sessions which both drivers in a team participated in counting.

WINNING TEAMMATE

AVERAGE GAP

LOSING TEAMMATE

LEWIS HAMILTON: 7

-0.066secs

VALTTERI BOTTAS: 5

SEBASTIAN VETTEL: 10

-0.275secs

KIMI RAIKKONEN: 2

MAX VERSTAPPEN: 9

-0.672secs

DANIEL RICCIARDO: 2

NICO HULKENBERG: 7

+0.408secs

CARLOS SAINZ JR: 5

KEVIN MAGNUSSEN: 7

-0.133secs

ROMAIN GROSJEAN: 3

ESTEBAN OCON: 9

-0.059secs

SERGIO PEREZ: 3

FERNANDO ALONSO: 12

-0.350secs

STOFFEL VANDOORNE: 0

PIERRE GASLY: 7

-1.382secs

BRENDON HARTLEY: 3

CHALRES LECLERC: 9

-0.598secs

MARCUS ERICSSON: 3

SERGEY SIROTKIN: 6

-0.040secs

LANCE STROLL: 5

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