The Winners & Losers of 2014: Part One

The 2014 Formula One season is one that has been dominated by the Mercedes F1 team. Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have taken control of the drivers championship while the team also have a significant lead in the constructors championship. After 11 races, it is a season which looks significantly different to this time last year when Sebastian Vettel was well on his way to his fourth championship. Here is a look at this season compared with the same stage last year and who have statistically been the biggest winners and losers of 2014.

1. Winner: Daniel Ricciardo(+119)

Daniel Ricciardo has certainly blossomed since making the step up from Toro Rosso to Red Bull Racing. The ‘Honey Badger’ is comfortably beating his multiple world champion team-mate and has the coveted title of being the only man to have won a race in 2014 piloting something other than a W05. He is the biggest winner of 2014 in terms of his points this year compared to this time last year. He has seen an increase of 119 points (12 in 2013; 131 in 2014) as well as going from having an average classified finishing position of 12.1 to a 2014 average of 3.67. At this time last year he was 185 points off the championship lead while in 2014 he is 71 points off the lead and lies in third place.

Summary

Points
2013/2014: 12/131 (+119)
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 3.67/12.1 (+8.4)
Championship Position
2013/2014: 16/3 (+13)

1. Loser: Sebastian Vettel (-109)

The unfortunate thing for Sebastian Vettel is that while his team-mate has seen a significant improvement since 2013, the only way for a four time world champion is down. The Red Bull driver is not having a disastrous season but sixth in the championship is unfamilar territory. At this point last season he had a 46 point lead at the top of the championship but this year his deficit to the leader is over double that. He currently lies 114 points off Nico Rosberg’s lead and has seen a drop of 109 points between last season and this season (197 in 2013; 88 in 2014). His average classified finishing position has not seen quite a drastic fall however and currently stands at 4.6 after being 2.1 in 2013.

Summary

Points
2013/2014: 197/88 (-109)
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 2.1/4.6 (-2.5)
Championship Position
2013/2014: 1/6 (-5)

2. Winner: Nico Rosberg (+106)

Nico Rosberg is currently sitting pretty at the top of the drivers championship, 11 points clear of team-mate Lewis Hamilton. He has seen a clear improvement from last season, progressing from eighth in the championship at this stage last year to leading it this year. He has seen a points increase of 106, rising from 96 in 2013 to 202 in 2014. His average classified finishing position has also gone from 6.4 in 2013 to 1.8 in 2014, thanks to his four wins so far this season.

Summary

Points
2013/2014: 96/202
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 6.4/1.8
Championship Position
2013/2014: 1/8

2. Loser: Kimi Raikkonen (-106)

2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen has really struggled in 2014. He has failed to get to grips with the F14 T and is languishing eight places and 88 points behind team-mate Fernando Alonso. Since moving from Lotus, the Finn has seen his points drop after failing to finish higher than sixth so far this year. Raikkonen has seen his points total drop from 134 at this time last year (where he also lay fourth in the championship) to just 27 this year. His average classified finishing position has also dropped significantly from 4.2 in 2013 to 9.3 in 2014 – the biggest drop of any driver.

Summary

Points
2013/2014: 134/27
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 4.2/9.3
Championship Position
2013/2014: 4/12

3. Winner: Valtteri Bottas (+95)

Another driver who has made big strides forward since last season is Valtteri Bottas. Williams had a season to forget last year and the impressive Finnish rookie was only able to pick up four points over the course of the entire season. After 11 races in 2013 he had no points while after the same amount in 2014  he has 95 points, with a string of recent podiums adding to his tally. As well as an increase in his points, his average classified finishing position has also significantly risen from 13.7 in 2013 to 5.5 in 2014 – a rise of 8.2, just shy of Daniel Ricciardo’s total of 8.4.

Summary

Points
2013/2014: 0/95 (+95)
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 13.7/5.5 (+8.2)
Championship Position
2013/2014: 18/5 (+13)

3. Loser: Romain Grosjean (-45)

Lotus were a race winning team in 2013 and Romain Grosjean was a solid top ten finisher, with two podiums to his name at this stage last season. This year, however, Lotus have struggled with reliability and the car in general and Grosjean has picked up just eight points. This sees him drop 45 points on his total last year. Despite that though his average classified finishing position has only dropped 2.3 from 8.5 to 10.8. He has had more DNFs this year, however – failing to finish five out of 11 races this season while he finshed nine in 2013. He has also dropped down the championship standings from eighth in 2013 to 14th in 2014.

Summary

Points
2013/2014: 53/8 (-45)
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 8.5/10.8 (-2.3)
Championship Position
2013/2014: 8/14 (-6)

4. Winner: Nico Hulkenberg (+62)

A return to his former team for 2014 has seen Nico Hulkenberg enjoy a much more fruitful season in terms of points. Up until the most recent race of the season, Hulkenberg was one of only two drivers to finish every race in the points. The other was Fernando Alonso who is still maintaining his 100% record. He currently has 69 points and lies seventh in the championship. This is an increase of 62 having scored just seven points at this stage last year. His average classified finishing position has also risen from 11.1 to 6.6 thanks to his consistency.

Summary

Points
2013/2014: 7/69 (+62)
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 11.1/6.6 (+4.5)
Championship Position
2013/2014: 15/7 (+8)

4. Loser: Fernando Alonso (-36)

At this stage last year Fernando Alonso had two wins under his belt, along with four further podiums and he lay second to Sebastian Vettel in the championship. What a difference a year can make as Ferrari have struggled with their car. Alonso has once again shown in class in a car that isn’t quite up to scratch. His consistent scoring leaves him 87 points off the championship leader but sees a drop of 36 points on last year. He currently has 115 points while his tally was 151 in 2013. His average classified finishing position has seen a marginal transition from 3.5 to 4.9.

Summary

Points
2013/2014: 151/115 (-36)
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 3.5/4.9 (-1.4)
Championship Position
2013/2014: 2/4 (-2)

5. Winner: Lewis Hamilton (+52)

Lewis Hamilton didn’t have a bad 2013 and at this stage last season he was third in the championship with 139 points. Mercedes have taken an ominous step forward in 2014 however, leaving their rivals trailing by quite a margin. Hamilton currently lies second to his team-mate by 11 points and has seen his overall points tally increase from 139 in 2013 to 191 at the same stage in 2014. As was the case with his team-mate, his average classified finishing position is also a 1, but Hamilton’s is marginally better thanks to his extra win meaning his average is 1.6 to Rosberg’s 1.8. That’s an increase for Hamilton of 2.69 on last year.

Summary

Points
2013/2014: 139/191 (+52)
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 4.3/1.67 (+2.69)
Championship Position
2013/2014: 3/2 (+1)

5. Loser: Felipe Massa (-27)

Felipe Massa ended his eight year Ferrari career at the end of 2013 and moved to Williams for this season. In a year that has  seen Williams take significant steps forward, Massa has dropped back on where he was at this stage last year. 27 points is the difference between where he is this year and where he was this time last year (67 in 2014; 40 in 2013). In Massa’s defence he has been involved in three first lap incidents, two of which he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, which have obviously prevented his point scoring capabilities. He is driving a car capable of podiums, and perhaps even wins. His average classified finishing record has also dropped between last year and this year by 1.9 places. He has also lost out two positions in the championship – 7th in 2013 and 9th in 2014.

Summary

Points
2013/2014: 67/40 (-27)
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 6.89/8.75 (-1.86)
Championship Position
2013/2014: 7/9 (-2)

6. Winner: Jenson Button (+13)

They may have been celebrating 50 years in 2013, but for McLaren it was a season to forget. With a highest position of fifth, achieved just once, Jenson Button was the team’s highest placed driver and he has seen an improvement on last season. In 2014, Button has finished fourth on two occasions as well as one third place and he has seen his points tally increase from 47 in 2013 to 60 this year. His average classified finishing position has not improved much, however, increasing just 0.72 since last season from 9 to 8.27. He’s also a position higher in the championship but that won’t be much consolation to the 2009 world champion who was winning races in 2012.

Summary

Points
2013/2014: 47/60 (+13)
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 9/8.27  (+0.72)
Championship Position
2013/2014: 8/9 (+1)

6. Loser: Adrian Sutil (-25)

Adrian Sutil made the move to Sauber after a long stint with Midland/Spyker/Force India. His season has been one to forget so far as neither he nor team-mate Esteban Gutierrez have managed to score any points yet due to an under-performing car that struggles with reliability. Sutil has just six classified finishes this year and is down 25 points on this stage last year. Unsurprisingly his average classified finishing position has also dropped – 9.6 to 13 – while his championship position has also fallen. All-in-all Sutil has not enjoyed a successful 2014 so far.

Summary

Points
2013/2014:  25/0 (-25)
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 9.6/13 (-3.375)
Championship Position
2013/2014: 11/17 (-6)

7. Winner: Sergio Perez (+11)

McLaren’s other 2013 driver Sergio Perez is also a winner in 2014. The Mexican was dropped by the team after just one year and he found a seat at Force India. He is one of nine drivers to stand on the podium in 2014 and he has seen his points increase by 11 – from 18 to 29. As well as that his average classified finishing position has improved 2.375 along with his championship position (albeit only by one place).

Summary

Points
2013/2014: 18/29 (+11)
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 11/8.625 (+2.375)
Championship Position
2013/2014: 12/11 (+1)

7. Loser: Jean-Eric Vergne (-2)

Jean-Eric Vergne has been fairly consistent if you compare where he was this stage last year with where he is in 2014. His points tally has only dropped by two points (from 13 to 11) while his average classified finishing position has gone up by 0.2857. In fact, it wouldn’t really be fair to call JEV a loser at all as his championship position is exactly the same,  so his losses have been very minimal.

Summary

Points
2013/2014: 13/11 (-2)
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 10.2857/10 (-0.2857)
Championship Position
2013/2014: 13/13

8. Winner: Jules Bianchi (+2)

It may have taken them three and a bit years but Marussia finally scored their first points in Formula One and it was all thanks to Jules Bianchi. The 2013 rookie picked up two points for finishing ninth in Monaco. This instantly means he betters his points from this time last year as he scored none in the whole of last season (along with both Caterham drivers and Marussia team-mate Max Chilton). As well as that Bianchi’s average classified finishing position has also risen – from 16.3 to 14.875 – while his championship position has progressed from 19th to 16th.

Summary

Points
2013/2014: 0/2 (+2)
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 16.3/14.875 (+1.458)
Championship Position
2013/2014: 19/16 (+3)

8. Loser: Pastor Maldonado (-1)

Pastor Maldonado had a season to forget driving for Williams in 2013. A move for the Venezuelan to Lotus for 2014 promised much. After all, the Lotus team won a race last season and had many podiums. It has been a nightmare of a season for Lotus and Maldonado has gone from having one point at this stage last year, to having no points at all this year. His average classified finishing position has remained pretty constant although it is no silver lining for the 2012 race winner.

Summary

Points
2013/2014: 1/0 (-1)
Average Classified Position
2013/2014: 13.5/13.857 (-0.357)
Championship Position
2013/2014: 16/19 (-3)

And so concludes part one of the winners and losers of 2014. Next up it will be the turn of the teams. Kevin Magnussen, Daniil Kvyat, Marcus Ericsson, and Kamui Kobayashi can neither win nor lose as they have no 2013 season to compare their form with. Max Chilton and Esteban Gutierrez remain on the same amount of points that they did at this time last year – 0.

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