In November 2012 McLaren team Principal Martin Whitmarsh commented on Lewis Hamilton’s move to Mercedes that “For anyone leaving McLaren, and he wants to win, I think that’s a mistake because I have faith and belief in this team.”
Today after the completion of first-half of 2013 season, ThisisF1 team analysing whether Hamilton’s decision was good or bad?
2013 Qualifying Analysis: Mercedes vs. McLaren
As per the above result visualisation Mercedes team were able to perform consistently on top during the qualifying sessions. The team has secured record 7 pole positions out of total 10 races and they have fallen below tenth position only in German Grand Prix due to a minor strategy mistake.
On the other side Martin Whitmarsh led McLaren team never being able to secure a top five grid position in this season, their best grid position so far is seventh at Malaysian Grand Prix by Jenson Button and Sergio Perez in Monaco. The Woking based team also failed to get into Q3 at Canadian Grand Prix. The McLaren’s no: 1 Jenson Button couldn’t reach Q3 in Spain, Canada and Hungary, while his team-mate Sergio Perez failed for the same in six out of total ten races.
Race Performance Analysis: Mercedes vs. McLaren
Mercedes speedy Lewis Hamilton consistently finished top five positions in nine races out of total ten, including a top podium at Hungarian Grand Prix. The second Mercedes’ pilot Nico Rosberg has made two top podiums with his W04 machine. In summary during the first-half of the season Mercedes has made six podium finishes out of total ten races including the three top podiums.
Whitmarsh and his squad struggling with off-pace performance in the entire season so far. Only one time they were able to reach in top five at Chinese Grand Prix by Jenson Button. Making things to the worse in their home grand prix at Britain both drivers are finished below 12th position.
A frustrated Jenson Button has already described that McLaren as their “Own worst enemy”
Mercedes vs. McLaren best performance analysis
The above graphs are self explanatory and based on the numbers Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes move has proved one the best decision in his F1 carrier. What you say?