Champion of champions
Kimi Räikkönen and Jackie Stewart’s F1 careers each lasted less than a decade. That’s not particularly long by the standards of today – consider that Rubens Barrichello is heading into his record-breaking 19th season.
But they both did a lot of winning in their nine-year stints in the top flight as the statistics below make clear.
An in addition to their championships both also finished as runner-up in two seasons. Stewart was second to Graham Hill in 1968 and Emerson Fittipaldi in 1972, his performance in the latter season dogged by a stomach ulcer.
Arguably, both retired earlier than they might have done. Stewart decided early in 1973 it would be his last season, and he spurned big-money offers to come back.
Räikkönen was dropped by Ferrari at the end of 2009 and has not shown an interest in returning, happy instead to concentrate on rallying.
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.
|Kimi Räikkönen||Jackie Stewart|
|Titles||2007||1969, 1971, 1973|
|Second in title year/s||Lewis Hamilton||Jacky Ickx, Ronnie Peterson, Emerson Fittipaldi|
|Teams||Sauber, McLaren, Ferrari||BRM, Matra, Tyrrell|
|Notable team mates||David Coulthard, Juan Pablo Montoya, Felipe Massa||Graham Hill, Johnny Servoz-Gavin, Francois Cevert|
|Wins||18 (11.54%)||27 (27.27%)|
|Poles||16 (10.26%)||17 (17.17%)|
|Modern points per start1||9.60||11.20|
|% car failures2||19.23||32.32|
|Modern points per finish3||11.89||16.55|
|Notes||Signed by McLaren after a single season with Sauber||Finished his first six races in the points and won his eighth start|
|Championship runner-up in third season and again in 2005||Runner-up to Graham Hill in 1968 before winning three titles in five years|
|Won title in first season for Ferrari after stunning late-season turn-around||Retired on the eve of what would have been his 100th start after team mate Cevert was killed|
|Bio||Kimi Räikkönen||Jackie Stewart|
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?
- Kimi Räikkönen (24%)
- Jackie Stewart (76%)
Total Voters: 685
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 © Ferrari spa (Räikkönen), Ford.com (Stewart)