We're now at the end of the 2016 season, so how did the team mates compare against one another? Let's find out!
The graphs on the left show how each driver compares to their team mate over various areas so far this season. The areas compared are:
The graphs on the right show a cumulative qualifying gap. The respective colours relate to a driver to show who was quicker at each round and by how much, while the line represents a cumulative gap, adding together all qualifying results so far this season in sessions that both cars have set times in.
The table at the bottom shows which driver was ahead and finished where in each session over every race weekend of the year.
The DS Mathershaw comparison shows just how well Olen Inman did in his rookie season. The Monegasque finished just two points off the title and ended the year level with Adrien Simon on the qualifying head-to-head, 9-9. He also ended the cumulative qualifying battle nearly 1.5 seconds clear, an impressive margin over the World Champion though largely aided by better performances in wet sessions. The biggest let down for Inman was his race craft, where he was beaten 9-4 in those races both cars made the end, however this further goes to show just how impressive his season was, though Simon was notably plauged with two technical retirements while Inman only failed to reach the end of one race after crashing in Belgium.
While it looked clear Johan Halvosen had the beating of Stuart Harrison, it was closer in lots of areas than many would have stated. The qualifying battle was only 9-8 in the Danes favour, while the final points difference was just 23. Nonetheless Halvosen dominated in races 9-3 and ended up over 1 second clear in cumulative qualifying. It should be noted however that Harrison was quicker in the last three qualifying sessions, beat Halvosen in Portugal and was ahead in Brazil, indicating he may be more of a threat next season.
Carson Davenport has two team mates over the season after Romano Agostino was dropped following the fifth race to make room for Will Hoskins. It was argued as unfair at the time and this further goes to justify that, in the three races both had finished prior to France, Agostino was ahead - but the crucial first podium for FUN scored by Davenport in France sealed the Italian's fate. Will Hoskins was equally as much of a match for Davenport upon his arrival. They were equal on qualifying head-to-head (6-6) and race performances too (6-6) and Hoskins scored more points in their time together (135-128), though came out ahead by nearly 2.5 seconds in cumulative qualifying thanks to better wet weather pace.
It's fair to say that 2015 champion Elroy Wagner was being made to look silly by Enrique Ruiz in the early half of the season, but three wins in the final four races went some way to repairing the damage after the announcement of his move to Lopez for 2017. He ended the qualifying battle ahead (10-8) but races well behind as his race craft was lacking more often than not (4-10), and despite his three wins his other poor performances meant he was still beaten by Ruiz in the championship. He did have one more technical retirement than his team mate however, but in a year when Franklin were not fighting for the championship for the first time ever his lack of consistency cost them dear, however they will be hoping Ruiz perks back up in 2017 after a slight dip in form late season.
As ever the Ingram drivers were closesly matched, but once again it was Jean Mattson who came out on top. 11-7 in the qualifying battle and 8-5 in races show the Frenchman has lost none of his talent, but the lack of a podium will haunt him as team mate Nikolai Milkovich scored three. Had a run of 8-0 in qualifying over Milkovich mid-season which went a long way to securing his cumulative qualifying win by nearly 2 seconds.
It's fair enough to say this was likely the most one sided qualifying battle as James Harding won 13-5, but that only serves to show how much poorer he was in races as Jochem van Snelheid turned the tables to win the battle 9-7 with a run of 8 consecutive finishes ahead of Harding in the final 8 races of the season. This further shows how van Snelheid improved with more seat time, though his one lap pace desperatley needs work before his likely stint at Franklin in 2017, finishing cumulatively over 6 seconds adrift.
Despite a marked improvement from Lewis Ellington in the second half of the season, this was close as the most one-sided battle of the season. Ellington's qualifying pace improved drastically in the second half of the season, but Felix Beyer had done the damage in the first half, was better in races, and was still the only AMR driver to pull out the odd stunning performance, cruelly robbed of a potential maiden victory in Mexico. He also suffered 2 technicaly retirements while Ellington had none.
Tumo Kinnumen performed equally or better than each of the three drivers that were placed alongside him in 2016, but surely more would have been expected from the driver who won the last two races of 2015 and outclassed both WIll Hoskins and Nathaniel Powers? Hoskins had the measure of the Finn before beind shipped off to FUN, Maxwell flopped, but Christodoulou performed admirably for a rookie and would have caused headaches for Westwood with their 2017 line-up. The battle between Christodoulou and Kinnumen ended: 4-5 (qualifying), 3-2 (races), 3-1 (points), and it's likely the young Greek feels hard done by to be replaced for 2017.
Marcus Thunder can bow out of Formula Virtual and head to IndyVirtual knowing for the second time in two seasons he's been more than a match for the 2013 world champion. Nathaniel Powers' qualifying pace was lacking and hugely bolstered by two impressive wet performances at the years end, while the race battle ended 6-6, yet Powers scored the results when it mattered, with eighth in the Netherlands aiding the team to ninth overall ahead of Ocelot.
Despite missing three races through injury Puccio Giodano had the beating of Karl Beckenbauer, despite the German securing what was effectively a whitewash over Giodano's replacement Hilario Bull, who rather flopped. Take out the wins over Bull and Giodano beat Beckenabuer more obviously, though the battle was still close: 9-6 (qualifying), 6-6 (races), 3-2 (points).
The first of three teams where neither driver scored points, but they never had the car to do so. Surprinsgly they were evenly matched in qualifying with Douglas Bacon actually coming out one ahead (9-8), though his 2013 Germany pole proves he does has single lap pace. Races were more one-sided however (7-3) in Arden Hutchinson's favour, but like Downton it was Bacon that clinched the important big result with 13th in Belgium to secure them 11th. The cumulative qualifying was squewed by a big five second difference between the drivers in a wet session in Mexico.
Judson Sikes did well to turn the battle around in the second half of the season after being shown the way by his rookie team mate in the early stages, but the battle likely still ended closer than he'd have wished. Tied on qualifying (9-9) and with both suffering two technical retirements, he came out 7-6 ahead in races and picked up the teams best result, but Aleksy Nowosinki ran him close.
Kiara Thunder comfortably had the beating of Aron Einarsson and Sebastian Bergkvist, but it's fair to say the regular driver did improve throughout the season. Nonetheless, this was probably the most one-sided battle of the year, as despite five technical retirements, Thunder was ahead in races 6-3, and outqualified Einarsson 9-5. Remarkably however, Einarsson ended cumulative qualifying ahead by just over two seconds, though was aided by wet sessions late on.