Trulli: Frightening qualifier that later ended Ralf's career at Toyota.
Fisichella: Blew Button and Massa away as team mates and was a Grand Prix winner for two teams.
Piquet: Finished on F1 podium and ran Hamilton close in GP2.
Grosjean: Was always frightenly quick but also dangerously erratic. Has blown Kimi away for qualifying pace this season.
Massa: 22 points more than Räikkönen in 2008, could've been champion that year and ran the top close in 2007 too.
All of those have had their reputations destroyed (except perhaps Trulli) by Alonso.
This is getting a bit ridiculous. Alonso lost to Trulli in one of those seasons. Wrt Ralf and Trulli, it was more to do with Ralf waning away as an F1 driver rather than Trulli demolishing the career of 2001/2002 Ralf.
Fisichella: Weren't both Button and Massa in their first seasons? Or, are you saying Fisichella was beating the Button we saw in 2009-2012?
Piquet: Finished on a F1 podium and fought Hamilton in GP2? Come on now, that is really desperate.
Grosjean: Was frighteningly quick back then? Must have missed that. Blown washing in qualifying pace this year? So what, race is what counts. Even in GPs where they both finished and Grosjean was faster than Kimi in qualy, Kimi was still better in races and overall finished ahead. That's all that matters. He was ahead in qualy, practice, pit-stops, out-laps, etc. don't matter. Kimi was better when all said and done.
Massa: I certainly don't think Alonso is adding 1.5 s to the car when Massa is loitering at P15 and Alonso fighting for pole. When a driver is losing to inferior cars, it is a case of under-performance rather than saying his teammate is making all the difference.
Trulli's reputation was not destroyed. Piquet and Grosjean did not have any reasonable reputation to begin. Only 2 of them. Hardly the destroyer. bourbon meant destruction by team politics, undermining, etc.
Edited by SpaMaster, 14 September 2012 - 15:18.