Michael Schumacher vs Fernando Alonso

Champion of Champions

Champion of Champions: Michael Schumacher vs Fernando Alonso

“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 R??ikk??nen 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
Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Istanbul, 2010 Fernando Alonso, Interlagos, Renault, 2004
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 R??ikk??nen, Rubens Barrichello Kimi R??ikk??nen, 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
Starts 268 158
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

Round one

Which was the better world champion driver?

  • Michael Schumacher (77%)
  • Fernando Alonso (23%)

Total Voters: 777

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198 comments on Michael Schumacher vs Fernando Alonso

  1. Schumacher. No one in the modern era even comes close.

  2. Alonso’s not gonna make it to the next round? Oh my…

    • Yo’re not likely to get through to the next round if you’re pitched against the ‘Champion of Champions’. LOL

      The only way to stop what should be a foregone conclusion, is to pitch Hamilton against Schumacher.

  3. kowalsky (@kowalsky) said on 17th January 2011, 12:17

    without looking at the stats, schumacher is better in qualy, better in the wet, and a match for alonso in the dry. They are both very good in race managment, and both won in diferent teams.
    Without a doubt two great drivers, but the kaiser is a top five, while alonso isn’t.

  4. Red Andy (@red-andy) said on 17th January 2011, 12:35

    Alonso is the only driver to have beaten Schumacher, over the course of a season, while driving an inferior car. That’s why he gets my vote.

    • Burnout (@burnout) said on 17th January 2011, 16:10

      That’s not true. The R26 was better than the F248 at least in the first half of the 2006 season. Just look at Fisichella & Massa’s performances in the first 9 races.

      Fisichella: 1 win, 1x 3rd, 37 points
      Massa: 0 wins, 1x 3rd, 28 points.

      In my book, Massa is the better driver of the two.

      • Massa fell to pieces in Bahrain although the Ferrari’s had qualifying trouble in Malaysia so couldn’t stop Renault, Schumacher and Massa both messed up at Australia and Felipe was over ten seconds down on Fisi at Silverstone. I’d agree that Massa is/was better than Fisi but given car failures, Massa’s and Fisi’s inconsistencies it’s a bit harder to judge the speed of the car when looking at those two especially as it was Felipe’s first season in a top car.

  5. Icemangrins said on 17th January 2011, 12:57

    definitely Schumi, the king !!

  6. taurus (@taurus) said on 17th January 2011, 13:26

    hmmm… A massive cheat vs a massive whinger…

    Think I will pass on this one!

  7. wificats (@wificats) said on 17th January 2011, 13:30

    Schumacher, by some margin at this point in time. His drives throughout the 90′s were incredible, with some truly legendary races (Spa 1995, Spain 1996, Hungary 1998 etc.) To be able to beat Ayrton Senna in his first full season of Formula One and consistently challenge in second or third best equipment showed his quality.

    Although what he did a Ferrari later (2000-2004) was less popular, it showed he knew how to win outside the 90 minutes a weekend of the race itself, in building a strong team around him and dominating the sport for 5 years.

    The only real marks against him are the lack of quality opposition (No other world champions after Race 3 in 1994) and his weak comeback, but I think that his drives in the face of adversity and his ability to always be challenging at the sharp end and be 100% committed leave him unsurpassed as a true great.

  8. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 17th January 2011, 13:32

    Oh Keith, why do you do this to us…

  9. A big match up between multiple world champions already, I wasn’t expecting something like this until the next round..

    For me Alonso is probably the best all round driver on the grid at the moment, but evaluating both careers on the whole I have to go for Schumacher.

  10. Pankit said on 17th January 2011, 13:38

    this is easy … its got to be schumi !

  11. OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 17th January 2011, 14:13

    I don’t really like Alonso but he looks more talented than Schumacher. Why? Well, besides the first two Schum’s championships, he didn’t have serious contenders. Mika would have been one but Schum never beat Mika, the Ferrari was a class-apart car and that’s why he used to win. Schum usually won from the first row, he had some troubles overtaking… etc etc but looks like Alonso is going to quit from this contest, I’ve seen the number of votes and Schum is clearly the winner.

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 17th January 2011, 18:45

      Mika would have been one but Schum never beat Mika

      Schumacher beat him fair and square in 2000…

      he had some troubles overtaking

      You missed the 1995 European Grand Prix, 1996 Spanish Grand Prix and the 2006 Brazilian Grand Prix amongst many other races, my friend.

  12. Chalky (@chalky) said on 17th January 2011, 14:23

    I wonder if any of the ,currently alive, F1 champions actually are following this competition?

  13. French Steve (@french-steve) said on 17th January 2011, 14:25

    Hard choice. But if you look at the 2006 season, you will see that Alonso beat Schumacher at equivalent material. So I vote Alonso.

  14. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 17th January 2011, 14:27

    I told it before that Round 2 will be full of surprises, I don’t know how Keith does this but I wonder whether he does do what he likes.

    Only one winner for me
    SCHUMACHER.

  15. Lee Harrison (@lee-harrison) said on 17th January 2011, 14:36

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk2p2nRK-p4

    That gives you an idea as to why Schumacher is the best driver. I know it’s old, but still tells you about how he gets more out of a car than a competent drive like Johnny Herbert. Completely destroyed Hill that year in what was a far better car, again, Hill was not a bad driver at all.

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