Jody Scheckter vs Fernando Alonso

Champion of Champions

Champion of Champions Round 1: Jody Scheckter vs Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso is already a two-times world champion; with better luck, Jody Scheckter might have been.

In his first full season with Tyrrell in 1974, Scheckter placed third in the championship, ten points behind winner Emerson Fittipaldi.

As Tyrrell went up a blind alley with the six-wheeled P34, Scheckter moved to new team Wolf for 1977. he nearly ‘did a Button’ in the championship after winning the first race of the year, but finished the year runner-up to Niki Lauda’s Ferrari.

Two years later Scheckter had a Ferrari of his own and although he and team mate Gilles Villeneuve were closely matched, Scheckter had the edge. Late in the season the team ordered Villeneuve to let Scheckter claim the title.

Had Alonso won this year’s world championship he would have emulated Scheckter by winning the title in his first season for Ferrari. But Alonso already has a pair of titles under his belt from his Renault days.

As well as finishing runner-up this year, he tied on points with second-placed Lewis Hamilton in 2007, a single point behind champion Kimi R??ikk??nen.

Which of these drivers should go through to the next round of the Champion of Champions? Vote for which you think was best below and explain who you voted for and why in the comments.

Jody Scheckter Fernando Alonso
Jody Scheckter, Nurburgring, 1975 Fernando Alonso, Interlagos, Renault, 2004
Titles 1979 2005, 2006
Second in title year/s Gilles Villeneuve Kimi R??ikk??nen, Michael Schumacher
Teams McLaren, Tyrrell, Wolf, Ferrari Minardi, Renault, McLaren, Ferrari
Notable team mates Patrick Depailler, Gilles Villeneuve Giancarlo Fisichella, Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa
Starts 112 158
Wins 10 (8.93%) 26 (16.46%)
Poles 3 (2.68%) 20 (12.66%)
Modern points per start1 8.00 10.58
% car failures2 18.75 10.76
Modern points per finish3 9.85 11.86
Notes Partial season as McLaren’s third driver in 1973 Debuted for Minardi in 2001 then spent a year testing for Renault before making race return
Spent three seasons with Tyrrell before giving Wolf a win in their first race in 1977 Back-to-back titles for Renault in 2005 and 2006
Won the 1979 title for Ferrari after Gilles Villeneuve was instructed not to pass him at Monza Formerly the youngest ever world champion
Bio Jody Scheckter Fernando Alonso

1 How many points they scored in their career, adjusted to the 2010 points system, divided by the number of races they started
2 The percentage of races in which they were not classified due to a mechanical failure
3 How many points they scored in their career, adjusted to the 2010 points system, divided by the number of starts in which they did not suffer a race-ending mechanical failure

Which was the better world champion driver?

  • Jody Scheckter (21%)
  • Fernando Alonso (79%)

Total Voters: 718

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145 comments on Jody Scheckter vs Fernando Alonso

  1. Cristian (@cristian) said on 2nd January 2011, 20:05

    I voted for Alonso. In my opinion he is one of the most complete drivers in the sport. Jody Scheckter was stelar early in his career ( fighting for the title for Tyrrel and for Wolf!!) but ,after he won the title with Ferrari, he scored only 2 points,and that doesn’t have any justification.

  2. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 2nd January 2011, 20:28

    Just as easy as the first one. Alonso is clearly the better of the two. I did think of letting his whining come in the way of his driving, but he is just too good.

    And the pass outside Schumi in the 130R is one of the best I’ve ever seen – even being a Schumi fan.

  3. craig-o (@craig-o) said on 2nd January 2011, 20:55

    Easy choice for me. Alonso is one of, if not, the most feared driver of this era.

    Scheckter was not the quickest, but a consistent driver (once he solved his crashing problem), and that helped him to his one and only title. Team orders did help (Hmm… Ferrari, team orders?) though. Also, he dropped off the radar after winning his title, when he should have been at the peak of his powers.

  4. LuvinF1 (@luvinf1) said on 2nd January 2011, 21:11

    Maybe this is unusual, but Scheckter does not make my top 32 drivers list.

  5. RIISE (@riise) said on 2nd January 2011, 22:38

    Alonso for sure, anyone who has voted against him has done it purely to be Anti-Fernando.

    I’m dreading it if it goes to Alonso vs Schumacher…oh who do I pick…

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 2nd January 2011, 23:16

      anyone who has voted against him has done it purely to be Anti-Fernando.

      If we did vote against him, I’m pretty sure we had a good reason to other than to upset you.

      • RIISE (@riise) said on 2nd January 2011, 23:38

        Upsetting me? Not at all, This whole site is full of people who will vote for favourites, only the neutrals (Like me actually despite the avatar) will vote fairly. If Fernando was against Prost, i’d pick Prost. But of course you’re just going to say i’m trying to make a point so i’ll leave you with your opinions.

  6. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 2nd January 2011, 23:15

    The short version is that Fernando Alonso is not a champion. He might have carried the number one for two start years, but he’s missing that al-important X-factor: the attitude. He’s been a pivotal figure in the two biggest controversies that wracked the sport, the Stepney Affair and the Singapore Incident. He hasn’t shown a shred of remorse for his role in either; look at the way he handled the revelations that he race in Singapore was fixed – he didn’t care. Of more concern is the way he treats his team-mates. As soon as he is paired with someone who can beat him, he goes into a childish, unsportsmanlike state, sprouting conspiracy theories about how the team doesn’t want him to win. Not to mention the way he takes advantage of his team-mates and team orders because he can’t pass them on his own. He may have been described as “the most complete driver on the grid”, but Fernando Alonso is lacking that essential element that makes him stand out from the others – he’s just not a very likeable person. I’ve never seen anything that makes me want to take his side. His on-track behaviour betrays him as little more than a spoiled child.

    • Juan Pablo Heidfeld (@juan-pablo-heidfeld-1) said on 3rd January 2011, 0:01

      So Schumacher isn’t a champion either I assume…

      • David A said on 3rd January 2011, 0:08

        Or Senna apparently…

        But i’m afraid that PM is over-estimating the bad side of Alonso. Up until 2007 he would have seemed a likable fellow and was rarely very childish back then.

        • David A said on 3rd January 2011, 0:11

          And I did vote Alonso, since when not being seen as “childish” he is a consistent top performer. His pre-Mclaren, 2008-09 and post-Hockenheim ’10 performances have demonstrated that he is at least one of the best around.

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 3rd January 2011, 0:10

        Schumacher and Senna managed to redeem themselves with subsequent championships. Alonso hasn’t won a championship since this rut of bad behaviour began, so he hasn’t done anything to demonstrate that he’s capable of actually acting like a champion.

  7. Faraz said on 2nd January 2011, 23:48

    Wow my goodness people are actually for once not having a go at Alonso. I am really happy that people here are talking sense and true facts not fan-boyism.

    Happy New Year everyone.

  8. LHJBFTW (@lhjbftw) said on 2nd January 2011, 23:58

    But Scheckter is the only driver to win in a 6 wheeled F1 car :) I don’t really know why but I do love the Tyrrell p34. I couldn’t really not vote for Scheckter, Alonso’s a better driver but he’s going to win so it doesn’t really matter if I want to have my fun.

  9. Argent (@argent) said on 3rd January 2011, 2:24

    Hi Keith,

    I’m really digging this series. Do you think that next you could do a head-to-head best championship winning car championship?

    My vote went to Alonso. Based upon his percentage of wins and poles he deserves to go further up the brackets.

  10. mark in florida (@mark-in-florida) said on 3rd January 2011, 3:32

    Easy,Alonso he is probably one of the most talented drivers around.A bit of a prima donna sometimes but still very talented.

  11. Johnny86 said on 3rd January 2011, 4:17

    Well scribe, i think that applies to most driver. We cant go by if’s and but’s. IF he had accepted brawn’s offer for a year contract, he might have been triple wdc. IF schumi had stayed in benetton he might’ve been 2x wdc. These things arent practically applicable in these kind of polls according to me.
    On topic, i vote alonso because he is the best f1 driver today. When conditions are adverse no one in the current grid performs better.getting the most out of a car, relentless,tactically good ,agressive, mind games , rallying his team around him, you name it and he’s got it. Yes he has flaws but his qualities far out weighs them.

  12. Radoye (@radoye) said on 3rd January 2011, 5:05

    I liked Jody a lot back in the day, but this is really no contest. Alonso has had much more impact in F1, if for nothing else because he is the one to finally dethrone Schumacher and end his domination. And i believe there’s more to come from him in the future!

  13. Gill (@gill) said on 3rd January 2011, 7:26

    Dont know much abt Jody so Alonso was the obvious choice. I did not put much thought abt this :) Lets see who is pitched against who next ?

    Wish u all a very happy and prosperous new year. God Bless

  14. Funkyf1 (@funkyf1) said on 3rd January 2011, 7:54

    Not Alonso fan, but stats speak for themselves.

  15. Bob (@bob) said on 3rd January 2011, 11:27

    You see how many people voted, or wanted to vote, for Jody just because they dislike Fernando?

    That’s why Lewis Hamilton was voted best driver of 2010 on this website. Not because of British bias. Only because of idiots.

    And not all idiots are British.

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