Jenson Button vs team mate, 2010

Bahrain

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Jenson ButtonLewis Hamilton
Qualifying position84
Qualifying time comparison (Q3)1’55.672 (+0.455)1’55.217
Race position73
Average race lap2’02.565 (+0.451)2’02.114
Laps49/4949/49
Pit stops11

Australia

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Jenson ButtonLewis Hamilton
Qualifying position411
Qualifying time comparison (Q2)1’24.531 (-0.653)1’25.184
Race position16
Average race lap1’36.837 (-0.515)1’37.352
Laps58/5858/58
Pit stops12

Malaysia

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Jenson ButtonLewis Hamilton
Qualifying position1720
Qualifying time comparison (Q1)1’52.211 (-0.839)1’53.050
Race position86
Average race lap1’41.184 (+0.258)1’40.926
Laps56/5656/56
Pit stops11

China

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Jenson ButtonLewis Hamilton
Qualifying position56
Qualifying time comparison (Q3)1’34.979 (-0.055)1’35.034
Race position12
Average race lap1’54.324 (-0.027)1’54.352
Laps56/5656/56
Pit stops24

Spain

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Jenson ButtonLewis Hamilton
Qualifying position53
Qualifying time comparison (Q3)1’20.991 (+0.162)1’20.829
Race position514
Average race lap1’27.997 (+0.821)1’27.176
Laps66/6664/66
Pit stops11

Monaco

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Jenson ButtonLewis Hamilton
Qualifying position85
Qualifying time comparison (Q3)1’14.637 (+0.205)1’14.432
Race position5
Average race lap1’56.397 (+31.554)1’24.843
Laps2/7878/78
Pit stops01

Turkey

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Jenson ButtonLewis Hamilton
Qualifying position42
Qualifying time comparison (Q3)1’26.781 (+0.348)1’26.433
Race position21
Average race lap1’31.901 (+0.046)1’31.856
Laps58/5858/58
Pit stops11

Canada

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Jenson ButtonLewis Hamilton
Qualifying position51
Qualifying time comparison (Q3)1’15.520 (+0.415)1’15.105
Race position21
Average race lap1’20.510 (+0.032)1’20.478
Laps70/7070/70
Pit stops22

Europe

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Jenson ButtonLewis Hamilton
Qualifying position73
Qualifying time comparison (Q3)1’38.210 (+0.241)1’37.969
Race position32
Average race lap1’46.004 (+0.134)1’45.870
Laps57/5757/57
Pit stops12

Britain

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Jenson ButtonLewis Hamilton
Qualifying position144
Qualifying time comparison (Q2)1’31.699 (+0.581)1’31.118
Race position42
Average race lap1’38.081 (+0.397)1’37.684
Laps52/5252/52
Pit stops11

Germany

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Jenson ButtonLewis Hamilton
Qualifying position56
Qualifying time comparison (Q3)1’14.427 (-0.139)1’14.566
Race position54
Average race lap1’18.931 (+0.039)1’18.892
Laps67/6767/67
Pit stops11

Hungary

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Jenson ButtonLewis Hamilton
Qualifying position115
Qualifying time comparison (Q2)1’21.292 (+0.415)1’20.877
Race position8
Average race lap1’27.940 (-3.449)1’31.389
Laps69/7023/70
Pit stops11

Belgium

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Jenson ButtonLewis Hamilton
Qualifying position52
Qualifying time comparison (Q3)1’46.206 (+0.343)1’45.863
Race position1
Average race lap2’00.639 (-0.821)2’01.461
Laps15/4444/44
Pit stops02

Italy

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Jenson ButtonLewis Hamilton
Qualifying position25
Qualifying time comparison (Q3)1’22.084 (-0.539)1’22.623
Race position2
Average race lap1’26.557
Laps53/530/53
Pit stops10

Singapore

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Jenson ButtonLewis Hamilton
Qualifying position43
Qualifying time comparison (Q3)1’45.944 (+0.373)1’45.571
Race position4
Average race lap1’56.458 (-4.342)2’00.800
Laps61/6135/61
Pit stops11

Japan

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Jenson ButtonLewis Hamilton
Qualifying position58
Qualifying time comparison (Q3)1’31.378 (+0.209)1’31.169
Race position45
Average race lap1’42.657 (-0.492)1’43.149
Laps53/5353/53
Pit stops11

Korea

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Jenson ButtonLewis Hamilton
Qualifying position74
Qualifying time comparison (Q3)1’36.731 (+0.669)1’36.062
Race position122
Laps55/5555/55
Pit stops11

Brazil

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Jenson ButtonLewis Hamilton
Qualifying position114
Qualifying time comparison (Q2)1’19.288 (+0.367)1’18.921
Race position54
Laps71/7171/71
Pit stops22

Abu Dhabi

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Jenson ButtonLewis Hamilton
Qualifying position42
Qualifying time comparison (Q3)1’39.823 (+0.398)1’39.425
Race position32
Laps55/5555/55
Pit stops11

17 comments on “Jenson Button vs team mate, 2010”

  1. Early days – Let’s see what happens in Barcelona

  2. Lewis was always going to show up Jenson in the season opener and I am confident he will continue to wipe the floor with him for the rest of 2010.

    I am by no means a member Lewis Hamilton’s fan club, but he is a true racer and world champion, if it weren’t for the double diffuser fiasco of early 2009 there is no way Button would’ve come close to the championship.

    1. Seems to me it’s Button doing the wiping

      1. HOW?…unless am looking at different charts from you…
        As far as i can see the graphs show Hamilton delivering better..that is why he is leading the standings now?

        1. because he posted it when button was leading DUH!

  3. Yes, and Hamilton did not have much bother with the tyres, somewhere that Button was supposed to have the upper hand.

    1. No one had any trouble with their tyres in Bahrain because they all underestimated just how hard they could push them. However, in subsequent races…………

  4. The analysis somewhat confirms that Lewis is likely to get the best overall result of the two.
    The very smooth type of driver like Jenson or Heidfeld for that matter, have very few DNF, but that is because they rarely take the fight to the “make or break” level. Jenson did however drive an impressive brave and pushing race in the penultimate race last year, when he was under hard pressure.

    1. “The analysis somewhat confirms that Lewis is likely to get the best overall result of the two.”

      It does?

      1. YES IT DOES unless you are just plainly unable to interpret the charts…

  5. For all the talk about the differing styles, when it comes to the crunch the net effect is negligiable. Hamilton likes an aggressive style which needs 3 or 4 sets of tyres per race but he is often 7 tenths faster over a lap. Always being on new rubber gives that extra speed but it means he has to work hard to make sure he can use it. Jenson negates that speed advantage by doing fewer stops, which also helps him avoid getting bottled up in traffic. Jenson can let Hamilton lap 7 tenths faster than him when he’s the best part of a minute behind him on the road. Also, Jenson is clearly driving at about 95% in order to facilitate his strategy, what his rival should fear is his ability to push hard on an abrasive surface such as Barcelena and still maintain his tyres. Anyone remember last year when he mercilessly robbed Barichello of a victory by metronomically banging in the laps? I think Button’s rivals have bought into the meadia idea that he is a second rate champ and they’ve been caught knapping as a result. Hamilton is still not taking him seriously despite the superiour results. Its as if he thinks Jenson’s results have just been flukes and the victories will soon start to wash over him again. It could be his sense of entitlement that may end up being his undoing. We shall see.

  6. Another lovely set of graphs Keith – you’re turning me into a graph voyeur here. Jenson was well off Lewis’s pace in Bahrain – but look how close it’s gotten how quickly as Jenson’s got to grips with the car and the team. Lewis’ graphs tend to have a lot more lap-to lap spikes and variations than Jenson’s.

    All indicative of what both drivers have been saying about their own and each other’s performances. I like this.

  7. This is a bit like Mansell versus Prost -who you will recall was nicnamed the professor. I loved watching “our Nige” even with all the pantomime that went with him but Prost was a more successful driver. Leave you to decide between Jensen and Lewis who is playing which role today.

  8. Keith, are you trying to make these charts as difficult as possible to read? Choosing almost identical colors is not a smart idea.

  9. OTHER than the Spanish gp where lewis had tyre failure on lap 64..the rest of the graphs shows lewis is more consistant in his ability to make up lost places during qualification…AND IF YOU COMPARE the redbull crew there is no point in getting all those pole positions and then failing to win the races.
    IN ANY CASE THE current championship leadership standings on points are confirming who is the best driver .
    THE thing is LEWIS is not leading the points standings by just not being a good driver…THE OTHER DRIVERS from ferrari and red bull may have better cars now ..but they have to chase Hamilton for the title lead from now onwards…

  10. I really like the comparison with Mansell & Prost…Prost really “destroyed” Mansell while both were driving for Ferrari and if it wasn’t the scandalous accident caused by Senna, Prost would have been probably the champion…but Lewis is not Mansell (more talented, I think, than Mansell) and Jenson is not Prost (less brilliant in terms of tactics). Both drivers are talented but if we didn’t have Lewis, how borring the races would have been. Hamilton is going to “take” the victories when Jenson is more a “gambler” because his 2 victories were only obtained because he decided to gamble by not changing his tyres when the rain were predicted. Let’s see what comes at the end of the season but I bet on Hamilton (even tough his chances of being chamion are decreasing high in regard of the less & less competitive car he has). L

  11. Howard Cartmell
    19th November 2010, 17:23

    Why is everyone so impressed with Hamilton. Yes he is a decent driver, but has been more than lucky swanning into F1 for a top team so every year he knows he’s getting a competitive car.
    Button (and others) have had to race in uncompetitive cars in poorer teams, not unlike an apprenticeship.
    For me Hamilton has premiership footballers syndrome, he thinks he is worth the money he gets (not just favourable supply and demand) and has a sense of entitlement whereas Button appreciates his position, no doubt as a result of his frustrating previous years with poor teams.
    Button will beat Hamilton in 2011 in a car he has input into and Hamilton cannot handle good team mates (Alonso) he prefers bad ones to make him look good (Kovelienen).

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