If there's one fundamentally unsatisfactory thing about this sport, and Formula 1 in particular, it's how it is so machinery dependent that it cannot tell us anything definitive about relative driver performance - whether x is really as good as y and if a is quicker than b. All you can do is look at the patterns, watch up close, ask questions of those who are working closely with these men.
But right now, in the early stages of the 2007 season, we have probably one of the best opportunities of all time to get a good handle on how the talents of the pre-eminent drivers of an era - in this case Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen - compare.
Because Alonso has directly replaced Raikkonen, who in turn has directly replaced Schumacher, we have two teams of people with collectively a near-direct comparison of the three greats of the last few years.
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