Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso are widely regarded as two of the most talented drivers in the history of Formula 1. Their remarkable achievements include a total of three championships, 53 victories, and 208 podium finishes. Recently, a former Ferrari manager was tasked with selecting one of these drivers and providing reasoning behind their choice.
When talking about the Formula 1 GOAT (greatest of all time), popular names such as Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna, Lewis Hamilton, and Max Verstappen are frequently mentioned. However, Alonso and Raikkonen are seldom included in these discussions because their statistics do not measure up to those names. Nonetheless, it is important not to underestimate their talent.
In a recent YouTube video, Peter Windsor was posed with the question of determining the faster driver at their prime, either Raikkonen or Alonso. Windsor elaborated that many individuals would argue that a blend of Raikkonen’s quickness in one-lap races and Alonso’s capability to excel in difficult circumstances would create the ideal driver. Nevertheless, as the query focused on speed, Windsor opted for Raikkonen.
Windsor states that if you inquire about the fastest racing driver between the two, he would choose Kimi Raikkonen. However, if you are seeking a driver who can consistently perform throughout a full race season in a car that is damaged half of the time, Fernando Alonso would be his choice. Windsor admits uncertainty but ultimately suggests Kimi as the quicker driver, based on your initial question.
It is understandable why Windsor had difficulty choosing between Alonso and Raikkonen. Both drivers have different approaches to a race weekend, with Raikkonen being known for his few words and Alonso for his many. However, there was one season where they competed against each other in similar cars. What was the outcome?
In the 2014 Formula 1 season, Alonso and Raikkonen were colleagues at Ferrari. Although they both started their careers in 2001, it wasn’t until 2014 that they had the opportunity to race together. Prior to this, they had competed against each other for the championship in 2005 and 2007, with each driver claiming victory once. However, in 2014, Alonso had a better performance than Raikkonen, earning 161 points and securing a 6th place finish in the championship, while Raikkonen only managed to score 55 points and finished in 12th place.
Raikkonen admitted that Alonso has consistently performed at a high level when asked about their 2014 performances. He also suggested that there may have been some underlying tensions between them, stating, “I have a feeling that there was something unusual going on between us. Undoubtedly, I had a challenging year for various reasons. I didn’t perform as well as I would have liked, but it’s widely known that he is consistently quick every weekend.”
In conclusion, the question of who is the better driver between Alonso and Raikkonen is subjective. Windsor chose Raikkonen as the quicker driver based on speed, but both drivers have their own strengths and abilities. The 2014 season saw Alonso outperform Raikkonen, but there may have been other factors at play. Ultimately, it is up to individual opinions to determine who is the better driver.