Champion of Champions
“The most dangerous champion for me is always Michael”, said Fernando Alonso last week.
But does Alonso have the measure of the man he beat to the 2006 world championship?
Alonso has acted as Schumacher’s successor more than once in his career. He took the Renault team (previously Benetton) back to championship glory ten years after Schumacher won his last title for them.
Today he is in a similar role at Ferrari, picking up where Kimi Räikkönen left off as Schumacher’s successor.
The statistics make it clear how much work Alonso has to do to emulate Schumacher’s success at Ferrari. He doesn’t have the ‘dream team’ of Jean Todt, Ross Brawn and Paolo Martinelli behind him – but time is on his side.
Schumacher, meanwhile, had a troubled comeback season with Mercedes after three years out of the cockpit.
Both these drivers are still racing and adding to their records. But which 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.
|Michael Schumacher||Fernando Alonso|
|Titles||1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004||2005, 2006|
|Second in title year/s||Damon Hill, Damon Hill, Mika Hakkinen, David Coulthard, Rubens Barrichello, Kimi Räikkönen, Rubens Barrichello||Kimi Räikkönen, Michael Schumacher|
|Teams||Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari, Mercedes||Minardi, Renault, McLaren, Ferrari|
|Notable team mates||Nelson Piquet, Eddie Irvine, Rubens Barrichello||Giancarlo Fisichella, Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa|
|Wins||91 (33.96%)||26 (16.46%)|
|Poles||68 (25.37%)||20 (12.66%)|
|Modern points per start1||14.05||10.58|
|% car failures2||8.21||10.76|
|Modern points per finish3||15.30||11.86|
|Notes||Missed several races in 1999 after breaking his leg at Silverstone||Debuted for Minardi in 2001 then spent a year testing for Renault before making race return|
|Retired in 2006 after 11 seasons with Ferrari||Back-to-back titles for Renault in 2005 and 2006|
|Returned with Mercedes in 2010||Formerly the youngest ever world champion|
|Bio||Michael Schumacher||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?
- Michael Schumacher (77%)
- Fernando Alonso (23%)
Total Voters: 777
Read the F1 Fanatic Champion of Champions introduction for more information and remember to check back tomorrow for the next round.
Have you voted in the previous rounds of Champion of Champions yet? Find them all here:
Champion of Champions
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- Champion of Champions in stats
- Champion of Champions Final: Senna vs Schumacher
- Ayrton Senna vs Juan Manuel Fangio
- Michael Schumacher vs Alain Prost
- Ayrton Senna vs Jack Brabham
- Juan Manuel Fangio vs Jackie Stewart
- Alain Prost vs Niki Lauda
- Jim Clark vs Michael Schumacher
- Jack Brabham vs Lewis Hamilton
Images © Renault/LAT (thumbnail, Alonso), Mercedes (Schumacher)