THROWBACK: Ferrari F1 Engineer Compares Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso & Kimi Raikkonen

Published 09/21/2021, 7:18 AM EDT


Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen, and Fernando Alonso were some of the Formula 1 drivers of the 2000s and 2010s to bring success to Ferrari. Of course, Alonso is yet to claim a championship title with the Maranello outfit, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t challenging.

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While Sebastian Vettel was on a title spree, it was the Spaniard who stood up against the Red Bull driver and gave him a hard time. So, with all of the 3 drivers having raced under the governance of Ferrari, which one of them is the better driver?

Well, former Ferrari race engineer and performance engineer, Andrea Stella, is one of the fewest engineers to have worked with the trio of world champions. And using his experience, he managed to compare Schumacher, Raikkonen, and Alonso.

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Former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher of Germany is seen on the Ferrari pitwall before qualifying for the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Let’s start with the 7-time world champion. Stella hailed the German as a great racer but acknowledged that he was too aggressive at times, which cost himself and the team valuable points in the past.

Michael, he was a great racer, very strong in the race, and very strong as a controller. So, he could control the rear-end of the car in a very talented way. Sometimes, he was a bit too aggressive. And occasionally, in some races, this was costing some points,” he said.

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2014 is the only year to date where Alonso and Raikkonen raced each other as teammates. But, it looked like Stella chose to keep Alonso over Raikkonen in terms of performance. He reckoned that the Spaniard doesn’t have weak points.

Kimi is very quick when the car and the conditions operate within a certain window. Within this window, he can be the fastest. The limitation is that outside this window, he may need a bit more work to find that optimal point,” he said.

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And Fernando, one strong point is that basically, he doesn’t have weak points. He’s very strong as a driver inside the car in all conditions from dry to extreme wet. And outside the car, he’s very constant, very solid mentally, which I think is very important in modern Formula 1. 

SPA, BELGIUM – AUGUST 24: Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari looks on in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 24, 2017 in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Things to be improved; maybe just make sure that he always operates within certain limits, especially in the race when sometimes, when there is a bit of action.

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Overall, Schumacher retired almost a decade back, and Raikkonen is soon to going to hang his boots as well. So, all that remains is Alonso. And on top of that, in 2022, the grid will not have a Ferrari world champion for the first time in decades. So, can one of the new-age Ferrari drivers end the drought for the Reds?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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