|Drivers:||Räikkönen v Vettel|
|H2H Winner:||Vettel (1/5/0)|
|Laps in Top 10||978||1044||Vettel|
|Best Result||2nd (x2)||1st (x5)||Vettel|
The season that almost was for Ferrari. So how did the scarlet marque’s drivers compare? It was a relatively one sided affair but not without exception.
Sebastian Vettel scored 5 race wins for the year compared to Kimi Raikonnen’s 2 second places. This is clearly a significant defeat for the Finn and is obviously reflected in the 112 point gap in the Championship.
Seb’s abilty to pull out a lap in qualifying was also a highlight for the Scuderia in 2017. His 15:5 result was only bettered in team head to heads by Fernando Alonso (16:3) and Felipe Massa (17:2) though the Hulk wiped the floor with Jolyon Palmer 15:0 in their limited race weekends together.
There was however a glitch in the matrix in terms of Vettel’s one lap pace – achieving fastest lap in a race (traditionally a focus for the 4 x Champ). In this factor Raikonnen was the winner (albeit by only one point) outscoring Vettel for Fastest Lap in the 17 races that both drivers finished.
Though a perennial fan favourite it’s hard to see Kimi consistently beating Sebastian in H2H factors in 2018. Even so “the Kimster” will likely be a crucial player in helping Ferrari challenge for a win in both the drivers and constructors championships in 2018.