The bit about Fisico, it was Schumacher voted as 'Best Driver' that year, Fisico won 'Drivers Driver' category which was something like 'greatest driver in weak car' or 'future WDC potential'. It is a bit stretched to use that award to prove something, it was arguably one of his best seasons (lots of point finishes in a really weak car). But overall if you look his career before that (for years in Benneton, not very great results given that Benneton was one of the top 3-4 teams in 90s, with Schumacher winning 2 titles for them) and after that - he didn't really prove to be all that great.
"Fisichella beats Schumacher in F1 drivers' poll
January 12, 2003 17:44 IST
Italian Giancarlo Fisichella has beaten Ferrari's five times world champion Michael Schumacher in a poll of his fellow Formula One drivers." http://www.rediff.co...03/jan/12f1.htm
So Schumacher was very much a contender for that vote, but came behind Fisichella.
For you, but not for others:
For me, Fisico was a driver that would have an odd heoric race here and there, but never had consistency needed for a top driver. But he was one of the better teammates Alonso had, so Alonso beating him so hard proves how great Alonso is, but lets not go into exaggerations with how Fisico was a top class driver. IIRC, many people in mid 2000's actually thought Webber to have potential to be fastest/best driver on grid in a right car, but imo - last couple of seasons proved that there are faster/better drivers out there.
"Giancarlo is one of the top three and I would say even top two drivers these days," said former commentator and Formula One personality Murray Walker at the annual Grand Prix fundraiser on Saturday.
Giancarlo Fisichella has been described by Jean Alesi as "the second best driver in Formula One at the moment, second only to Michael Schumacher."
Unlike Schumacher though, Fisichella has never been in a competitive car at the right time to challenge for the championship. While Schumacher has racked up a record six world championships, Fisichella has yet to realize his dream of driving for a top team, having endured a career of highs and lows.
Edited by Fontainebleau, 10 July 2012 - 20:15.