Debate: Which driver deserves the title?

Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Fuji Speedway, 2007 | Ferrari MediaOne race, three drivers separated by seven points. They’ve all driven blinding races this year, but they’ve all made mistakes as well.

So which one deserves it most – Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso or Kimi Raikkonen? Have your say below

Lewis Hamilton

Wins: Four – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Indianapolis, Hungaroring, Fuji Speedway
Points: 107
Best moment: Faultless win under pressure in pouring rain in Fuji.
Worst moment: Staying out a lap too long in Shanghai and turning a possible win into his first ever DNF.

Fernando Alonso

Wins: Four – Sepang, Monte-Carlo, N??rburgring, Monza
Points: 103
Best moment: Passing Felipe Massa in the dying laps of the European Grand Prix to win.
Worst moment: Several off-track moment in Montreal before being shafted by the appearance of the safety car.

Kimi Raikkonen

Wins: Five: Melbourne, Magny-Cours, Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps, Shanghai
Points: 100
Best moment: Vital win in tricky conditions in Shanghai to keep his title hopes alive.
Worst moment: Crashing in qualifying at Monte-Carlo.

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65 comments on Debate: Which driver deserves the title?

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  1. Kimi.

    not because he’s done anything particularly special this year. but because year in, year out, he’s driven the wheels off of everything he’s ever been given. he’s probably the only true racer in the field, and he’s a man a made who remains thoroughly unaffected despite years of having to drive under Ron Dennis.

    plus it’ll be one in the eye for Ron, who was daft enough to replace him with the motorhomewrecker.

  2. Yasser Tariq said on 8th October 2007, 9:35

    “The Iceman”.

    Because he never gives up even in the worst case scenarios. He’s a genuinely the fastest racer out there. Place him on any place at the grid and he fights till the end for a podium finish.

  3. Ivan said on 8th October 2007, 9:37

    I agree. A win for Kimi would be great to shut McLaren up for a while.

    I vote for Alonso taking out Hamilton in Brazil on turn one to let Kimi win.

    I am very sick of McLaren… ALL of them. Get over yourselves.

  4. nellyweb said on 8th October 2007, 9:38

    All three of them deserve it, but as of today it has to be Lewis, after all he has led the championship for most of the year.

    Alonso and Kimi have both made several driver errors that have cost them points and probably the chance of a win, Hamilton has made errors too, but has been more consistent with the points.

  5. Cristina said on 8th October 2007, 9:44

    Alonso,

    no doubt for me about it.
    – He has to compete without the support of his team (read Ron Dennis words after China)
    – He has been punished when he has broken no rules
    – He has demostrated he can win even in Renault. (Where is Renault now? Where was McLaren last year?)

    Althougt I have to admit there could be other drivers (as Vettel) that have shown great things but has no car to demostrate it.

    Hamilton is amaizing, I have to admit too, but in my opinion has been receiving many favours maybe unneeded from the Fia.

  6. Magnus said on 8th October 2007, 10:19

    Alonso, just to stick it to all those people complaining that he’s a whining, backstabbing *******. ;)

  7. nellyweb said on 8th October 2007, 10:34

    Ah, but Alonso IS a whining, backstabbing *******!!

  8. Jonov said on 8th October 2007, 10:37

    I agree with Magnus and Cristina. Ron Dennis has tried to undermine Alonso by planting false stories about him in the press and sabotaging his effort in the team. Plus the media and F1 power structure are so biased in Hamilton’s favor. Alonso refuses to answer a question and they make all kinds of accusations against him. Hamilton threatens to leave F1 and they give him a pass.

  9. I did feel for Alonso when he said that he expected an equal car in Brazil. He said it was very uncomfortable being in a team where the manager said he thought of the other driver as a son, and who refuses to speak to you.

    I would really like Kimi to win it. His do or die attitue may break cars, but it’s only the points system (which is bogus) which stops that from working as a strategy. I think Kimi believes that you should either win or crash trying.

  10. Hamilton has driven well this year, so I wouldn’t be too upset if he won the title.

    However, I think Alonso has had an awful lot to cope with (maybe some of it has been of his own making, but nevertheless the pressure on him has been immense at times) and the feeling of not having any support from the people meant to be on your side must just crush your confidence so I think I’d prefer him to win.

    Without the safety car debacle in Canada and the stupidity of the Hungarian qualifying penalty then he would be up at the front already on merit.

    As for Kimi, the fact he will have won most races come the end of the year (assuming he wins the title by winning in Brazil) would mean that noone could complain that his was an undeserved title.

    So basically, either Alonso or Kimi would please me best! Probably Alonso though as he seems to have had the toughest battle to get to this position…

  11. Alonso

    Kimi and Lewis have done extremely well this season but they have had to fight only on the track! Alonso was hailed by Mc Laren by his commitment at the start of the season… but nobody mentioned his work after thier two drivers were neck to neck, most importantly for lifting Mc Laren to where it is.

    If Lewis does win the championship this year then he would owe a lot of gratitude to the Spaniard.

  12. Robert Mckay said on 8th October 2007, 11:54

    They’ve all had their good moments and they’ve all had their bad moments. I think you can find a case for any of them to deserve the WDC.

    Having said that, I’d like Hamilton to win it, and if not then Kimi.

  13. kimi;
    he really deserve that championship.
    its mere bad luck that kept him away from the title in2005.
    now in 2007 he had done best winning 5 races.
    so he is the one who should be the favourite.

  14. Anees said on 8th October 2007, 12:17

    Alonso,
    Cause he is the driver who has most potential among all the three… He fights even when his manager don’t bother about him!! None of the drivers walk around the circuit twice but Alonso!

  15. Guillermo said on 8th October 2007, 12:25

    Kimi for sure.

    McLaren do not deserve to get a title this year because they have shown very little respect for the fair play.

    They have been excluded from the constructors’ championship. Why the drivers are allowed to get benefit from the illegal actions of their team?

    Additionally they show race after race favouritism towards one of their drivers … and Mr. Hypocrite Dennis keeps saying something about “equal opportunities”. Ferrari is much fairer than McLaren with the drivers and they have not needed so many headlines to justify the attitudes and actions of the team members.

    It gives the impression that Ferrari is a team and McLaren a bunch of mercenaries.

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