Raikkonen vs. Alonso.
‘Head to head’ statistics are not only meaningless, but they are boring. Moreover, they are useless, superfluous, and potentially lacking in any guidance.
What will matter, is the results in 2014, as the men drive the ‘same’ car, at the same time.
We’ve seen this kind of thing before – the pleasantries to begin with:
“I respect him, he is one of the top drivers”
“We can learn from each other”
“We are good friends”
“I love him and I am carrying his baby”
All of this goodwill and good PR, is burnt off with the first touch of the throttle.
Something tells you first, that Alonso can come out top here, with his ability to get speed out of anything.
But then you are reminded of Raikkonen’s ability to produce perfection – at times.
Therefore, it feels as though some of it depends on the car: if Ferrari, as usual recently, make some mistakes and the car is not perfect, perhaps Alonso has the nouse and hustle to get the most out of it.
But if Ferrari make a perfectly functioning and understood car, it could be Raikkonen that is then motivated to give the car his all also.
In any case, this is the best driver pairing to look forward to, that there has been for many years.
But for the team, it’s a strange choice to have drivers who can easily take points off of each other!
That itself is going to be the main issue for Ferrari, and one which their competitors do not have for 2014.