Thursday, May 29, 2008


There has long been a notion doing rounds amongst the F1 media and fans that Kimi Raikkonen is the fastest, most consistent driver of today. It was not tough to believe it--many statistics, which we'll see in due course, have been in favour of him. The past two years, however, have not been all too easy for the Finn. Massa has had the measure of him in quite a number of races and has proved undoubtedly superior to Raikkonen in qualifying. What's then the realistic situation? Is Massa better or is it Raikkonen? Continue reading.

This is a 3 part article: the first part (this one) looks at Massa's statistics since his debut year 2002. Raikkonen will be the subject of the second part, while the final part will make direct comparisons between the two, hard-slugging teammates.

Team-Mate Comparison

Year Team Points Position Teammate Position
2002 Sauber 4 13 18
2003 Test Driver      
2004 Sauber 12 12 11
2005 Sauber 13 11 14
2006 Ferrari 80 3 2
2007 Ferrari 94 4 1
2008* Ferrari 34* 3* 2*

Or, if you'd rather do with a graphical representation...

Massa and his Team-Mates (click to enlarge)

Massa has been ahead of his respective team-mate twice up until 2007. He trails Raikkonen this season by one point. His team-mates: Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Giancarlo Fisichella, Jacques Villeneuve ('97 World Champion), Michael Schumacher ('94, '95, '00, '01, '02, '03, '04 World Champion) and of course, Kimi Raikkonen ('07 World Champion).

Career Highlights

Year Wins Poles Fastest Laps
2002 0 0 0
2003 - - -
2004 0 0 0
2005 0 0 0
2006 2 3 2
2007 3 6 6
2008* 2* 3* 0*

Below is the graphical representation of the above information:

Grand Prix Wins, Poles and Fastest Laps (click to enlarge)

His career highlight so far has been the 2007 season in which he has scored a not-so-inconsequential 6 pole positions and 3 Grand Prix victories.


Win Percentage: 7.4

Pole Percentage: 12.7

Fastest Lap Percentage: 8.5

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1 comment:

Sriram said...

Eagerly waiting for your Verdict.