First of all, it’s 2005 when Alonso won his first World Championship, but nonetheless it’s an interesting comparison. Also, I have to say I’m a bit biased, because I’m a Trulli fan. From what I’ve read in interviews since, Flavio was heavily biased towards Alonso all season. Both drivers were about equally good, Trulli a little stronger in qualifying, Alonso stronger in the race.
Things first started to get a bit tense when Trulli won the Monaco GP: Alonso was meant to win that one, as Flavio made clear to Trulli after the race. The situation took a turn for the worse when Barrichello caught Trulli napping in the final turn of the French GP. It completely wrecked Trulli’s self-esteem, resulting in him not scoring any points in the rest of the season.
So, qualifying performance: Trulli, often seen as the master over one lap, has the upper hand, but Alonso surely didn’t do too bad in qualifying that year either.