• Sports Annual

Issue # 24

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Monday July 12 2021



Argentine Carlos Reutemann died on 7 July after a long battle with cancer. He was 79. Ranked P30 on the Sports Annual table he drove for ten years between 1972 and '82 ... retiring when the Falklands War made it difficult to drive for an English team in a sport he had "fallen out of love with". He scored 12 wins from his 146 starts ... just over 12 starts per win ... scoring a very solid 2.219 points per race. It's a career average never worse than fifth ... and included 45 podiums. In any era that's a lot of prize money. Patrick Head of Williams said he was an "absolute gent" who was "incredibly quick" but whose uneven temperament could make him tricky to deal with.


While all of the focus of attention throughout the history of the sport has been with drivers ... an equally turbulent race has always gone onbbehind the pit walls between the teams and their bosses. This week we start a series looking at just how these gun guns of the pit lane compare with one another under the spot light of the Sports Annual formula. This week ... Ron Dennis vs Christian Horner

Using the Sports Annual formula to measure team or team boss performance runs into one major problem. In the 50s and 60s Enzo Ferrari at times sent 6 cars to a Grand Prix ... Albert Neubauer would often send four as did Alfa Romeo and many others. It doesn't render the formula useless but it adds a complication. Not so with these two men. Notwithstanding Dennis remains one of the great mechanics of Formula One and Christian Horner's background is team management ... they both, throughout their careers, raced two cars per GP. They were both responsible for the factory that builds the cars and they both took charge of the pit wall during the race. They may have different approaches and raced in different eras but their goals were identical. They built race cars and raced them against other race car builders in pursuit of the world championship. 
Lets see how their results stack up pound for pound .... 

Austria Sunday July 4 


Max Verstappen overtook Mika Hakkinen on Sunday for P16. Next car up the road? Niki Lauda. Lauda once famously said if he drove today's cars he would be much quicker than he was in the 70s because he wouldn't have to worry about getting killed. But the same could be said of every other driver Lauda raced. And among that 70s generation he remains by far the top ranked driver here with a win from every 6.8 starts and a career point scoring average of 2.6 points per race.

His nearest 70s rival, here as in life, is James Hunt in P20 with 9.2 starts per win and 2 points per start. It's a big gap. And that's the race Max Verstappen started on Sunday. His win at the French GP this year saw him take James Hunt but Lauda is another world. Max has a better points scoring average than Lauda (3.132 vs 2.608) but Verstappen's win rate, at 8.5 starts per win ... needs work. It will be a season long battle. We estimate five more wins this season will absolutely be enough ... four will need good point scoring in the other (possible) ten races. After Lauda? Well the battles get tight and the gaps get smaller so the opportunity for progression improves. After Lauda there's Tony Brooks, Nigel Mansell, Giuseppe Farina and Damon Hill before it's Sebastian Vettel and the top ten. Then the gaps get wider and the road very steep indeed. 


AUSTRIA, JULY 4, 2021. 


Alberto Ascari drew to within 0.087 of Hamilton's P2 on Sunday after the British driver's disappointing fourth at the Austrian GP. Good points will simply delay the loss of Hamilton's prestigious position. Only wins will hold it.



Hamilton's race at the top of the grid against Ferrari royalty Alberto Ascari is very close. His lead is currently 0.087. More than 70 years may separate their careers but their results pound for pound, both men driving against the best and worst their respective eras had to offer ... is extremely close. Hamilton's point scoring is holding him in P2. He has virtually always brought home good points when he hasn't won. 

1st.  JM Fangio
2.125 rpw / 5.941 ppr

2nd. Lewis Hamilton
2.806 rpw / 5.338 ppr

3rd. Alberto Ascari
2.461 rpw / 4.906 ppr


Vettel heads Damon Hill for P10 by a pretty healthy margin. 
9th. Stirling Moss
4.125 rpw / 3.090 ppr 

10th. Sebastian Vettel
5.081 rpw / 3.875 ppr

11th. Damon Hill 
5.227 rpw / 3.130 ppr


Max Verstappen won his 15th race from 128 starts. He brought his win ratio down by 0.5 per race ... a huge number on this grid. In the last eleven races he has gone from P31 to P16 ... past 50s Ferrari driver Froilan Gonzalez in P31 ... then Carlos Reutemann, Gilles Villeneuve, Mario Andretti, Peter Collins, Jody Scheckter, Emerson Fittipaldi, Jochen Rindt, Alan Jones, Fernando Alonso, James Hunt, Jack Brabham, Nico Rosberg, Nelson Piquet and finally at Austria on Sunday Mika Hakkinen fell to the fast charging Dutchman.

P15. Niki Lauda
6.840 rpw / 2.608 ppr 

P16. Max Verstappen

8.533 rpw / 3.132 ppr

P17. Mika Hakkinen
8.050 rpw / 2.608 ppr 

P18. Nelson Piquet

8.869 rpw / 2.495 ppr 

P19. Nico Rosberg
8.956 rpw / 2.412 ppr 

P20. Jack Brabham
9.000 rpw / 2.253 ppr 


Alonso's win rate is now slighty behind Jochen Rindt's but his career long solid point scoring continues to hold his competition here at bay. His massive start count continues to cushion his return to the sport. 
21. James Hunt
9.200 rpw / 2.086 ppr

22. Fernando Alonso
10.031 rpw / 2.461 ppr

23. Alan Jones
9.666 rpw / 1.879 ppr


Kimi falls to 16.090 starts per win. He continues to increase his lead over Bottas. His massive win and start count means he falls back in tiny increments with every Grand Prix. He will fall to Phil Hill this year. 

40. Jacques Villeneuve
14.818 rpw / 1.349 ppr

41. Kimi Raikkonen
16.142 rpw / 2.253 ppr

42. Phil Hill.
16.000 rpw / 2.104 ppr


Cruising. Needs wins to progress here despite an excellent point scoring record against his peers. 

42. Phil Hill
16.000 rpw / 2.104 ppr

43. Valtteri Bottas
18.333 rpw / 2.703 ppr

44. Piero Taruffi
18.000 rpw / 2.388 ppr


Ricciardo continues to hold off Barrichello. Leclerc still leads over Eddie Irvine. 

58. Clay Regazzoni
26.400 rpw / 1.643 ppr

59. Pedro Rodriguez
27.500 rpw / 1.327 ppr

60. Daniel Ricciardo
28.142 rpw / 1.436 ppr
61. Rubens Barrichello
29.363 rpw / 1.554 ppr

62. Jacques Laffite
29.333 rpw / 1.329 ppr

63. Ralf Schumacher 
30.000 rpw / 1.438 ppr

64. John Watson 
30.500 rpw / 1.144 ppr

65. Peter Genthin
30.000 rpw / 0.400 ppr
66. G. Nilsson
31.000 rpw / 1.032 ppr
67. Charles Leclerc
33.500 rpw / 1.611 ppr
68. Eddie Irvine
36.750 rpw / 1.306 ppr


Gasly falls to Carlos Pace. A small group of drivers are lining up Gasly. 

81. Patrick Tambay
57.000 rpw / 0.921 ppr

82. Carlos Pace
72.000 rpw / 0.819 ppr

83. Pierre Gasly

73.000 rpw / 0.506 ppr

. Vittorio Brambilla
74.000rpw / 0.256

. H.H Frentzen
76.000rpw / 1.072

. Giancarlo Fisichella
76.666rpw / 0.847

. Alessandro Nannini
77.000rpw / 0.857


Gradually getting hold of the Red Bull. Christian Horner's decision to move away from Red Bull's reliance on drivers from within the group is beginning to pay dividends. Checo's points per race haul coming along nicely.

90. Robert Kubica
97.000 rpw / 1.134 ppr

91. Sergio Perez 
100 rpw / 0.675 ppr

92. J. Bonnier
104 rpw / 0.384 ppr

Sports Annual is grateful to Wikipedia and the teams for pictures.