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Analysing Lewis Hamilton’s Stunning Qualifying Improvement Versus Nico Rosberg

After nine races of the 2014 Formula One season, Nico Rosberg had outqualified his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton 5-4, and each driver had scored four pole positions. At the same point this year, about halfway through the season's 19 races, Hamilton has outqualified Rosberg 8-1 (the two Merc drivers have swept the front row of the grid seven times and taken all nine poles). But what is behind this swing in qualifying fortunes? Has Hamilton improved that much, or has Rosberg regressed? And what does it mean for the rest of the season? To find out, let's take a look at some numbers. The table below shows the qualifying gap from Hamilton to Rosberg at each of the first nine races in 2014 and 2015 (negative numbers indicate Hamilton was ahea...

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