According to former Ferrari general manager Peter Windsor, the perfect driver would be a combination of Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso: “If you were to pose this question to many engineers, they would all tell you that by combining Kimi’s talent with Fernando’s, you would have the ideal driver,” he stated.
“Because you have one who is unbeatable on a single lap [Raikkonen], and then there’s Alonso, who wasn’t lightning fast on Saturdays but phenomenal in the race. He had this incredible ability to achieve results in any type of conditions, be it track conditions or car conditions,” he specified.
“It’s a matter of choosing which aspect you prefer between the two to determine the best. The fastest driver is Kimi, but when you consider all the variables present during a season [weather, car damage], I would say Fernando. The Finn is a great driver in races, just as the Spaniard is in qualifying, but that’s not where their strengths shine.” – the former Ferrari general manager pointed out.
Finally, in response to his interviewer, Peter Windsor stated, “The question you asked me is ‘who is the fastest,’ so I’ll say Raikkonen, but I’m a huge fan of Alonso,” he concluded.
Despite the journalist’s argument that Kimi is quicker on a single lap and Fernando more well-rounded in races, statistics favor the Spaniard on both Saturdays and Sundays, with 22 pole positions compared to Kimi Raikkonen‘s 18 and 32 wins to 21.
Nevertheless, both are top-level drivers and certainly among the best of the first two decades of the 2000s.