I came upon this statistic while researching for one of my earlier comments today. I realize it can’t take into account car competitiveness, but the results are still quite close and very interesting to look at.
Alonso has now competed in 52 races for Ferrari, in this time he has achieved 9 wins and 28 podiums.
I wanted to see how that compared to Schumacher’s results in his first 52 races with Ferrari. Having done that I then looked up the figures for Raikkonen and Massa as well, here is what I found out.
First 52 races with Ferrari:
Schumacher- 15 wins, 29 podiums
Massa- 10 wins, 26 podiums
Alonso- 9 wins, 28 podiums
Raikkonen- 9 wins, 26 podiums
Barrichello- 5 wins, 29 podiums
Irvine- 1 win, 15 podiums
It shows that while Alonso has performed very well thus far, the past season and a half in particular, he has not made as big a splash as Schumacher did and his results are actually very similar to those of Massa and Raikkonen. The string of podiums for Rubens show just how good of a number 2 he was in those days!