Why F1 still sees value in ageing drivers

It’s easy to poke fun at the number of not-so-young drivers in this week’s Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi – but with experience comes value, says Ben Edwards

Two decades after bursting up to the top level of motorsport, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen will be headliners again in 2021. With three world titles between them, plus several that slipped away, their impressive statistics set the scene.

Alonso has won 11 races more than Raikkonen, but the 2007 champion has the higher number of podiums (103, including race wins). Add their joint tally together and it comes to 200 and counting. Alonso has half the number of Raikkonen’s fastest laps (23), but the Spaniard has led one more race (84). And both have scored close to 1900 points in total.


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