Fernando Alonso is already a two-times world champion; with better luck, Jody Scheckter might have been.
In his first full season with Tyrrell in 1974, Scheckter placed third in the championship, ten points behind winner Emerson Fittipaldi.
As Tyrrell went up a blind alley with the six-wheeled P34, Scheckter moved to new team Wolf for 1977. he nearly ‘did a Button’ in the championship after winning the first race of the year, but finished the year runner-up to Niki Lauda’s Ferrari.
Two years later Scheckter had a Ferrari of his own and although he and team mate Gilles Villeneuve were closely matched, Scheckter had the edge. Late in the season the team ordered Villeneuve to let Scheckter claim the title.
Had Alonso won this year’s world championship he would have emulated Scheckter by winning the title in his first season for Ferrari. But Alonso already has a pair of titles under his belt from his Renault days.
As well as finishing runner-up this year, he tied on points with second-placed Lewis Hamilton in 2007, a single point behind champion Kimi Raikkonen.
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.
|Second in title year/s
|Kimi Raikkonen, Michael Schumacher
|McLaren, Tyrrell, Wolf, Ferrari
|Minardi, Renault, McLaren, Ferrari
|Notable team mates
|Patrick Depailler, Gilles Villeneuve
|Giancarlo Fisichella, Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa
|Modern points per start1
|% car failures2
|Modern points per finish3
|Partial season as McLaren’s third driver in 1973
|Debuted for Minardi in 2001 then spent a year testing for Renault before making race return
|Spent three seasons with Tyrrell before giving Wolf a win in their first race in 1977
|Back-to-back titles for Renault in 2005 and 2006
|Won the 1979 title for Ferrari after Gilles Villeneuve was instructed not to pass him at Monza
|Formerly the youngest ever world champion
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?
- Fernando Alonso (79%)
- Jody Scheckter (21%)
Total Voters: 718
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- 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
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