"To beat Fernando, your car has to be perfectly suited to your style, because if everything is not 100 per cent right, it is impossible to beat him."I think that I was wrong at the beginning of the year, that Alonso would tilt himself and Raikkonen would just get on with business. I think that it is clear that Alonso is getting on with the business of wringing the most possible out of the car, while Raikkonen is trying too hard to force things into happening, and not getting away with it.
Massa rates Alonso as on par with Schumacher skill-wise, which I think might be over-rating him a bit -- but not by much. Alonso has the skill to drag an uncompetitive car into contention, even if it isn't quite enough. This is similar to Schumacher's skill, where he was always in the title hunt even if the car wasn't quite up to it. Personally I'm not quite convinced that he's that good. He's pretty good, probably the class of this year's field, and definitely deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Schumacher. But his equal? I'm not sold on that.