No - lacks the dedication. Like spending three days before the USGP this year in Vegas. Such a freakish talent though that it's not really apparent. Should have won the '08 title but turned off having climbed the mountain and chillaxed; given the Ferrari was good enough to push Massa to within a midge's minim of the title, Raikkonen should have won it by Monza.
To me the should-have-wons were 03 and 05, by which he would have 3 times as many WDCs as everyone else except Vettel ;) But it wasn't his fault.
2008 there's no reason to assume he didn't do his best. He's an oversteer driver and Massa a heavy understeer driver. The suspension change was just what the doctor ordered for Massa and just what the doctor warned against for Raikkonen (that's why the tire warming problems were gone they switched Raikkonen's car back to the old design). Look back on the history of that season. I wouldn't be surprised if the experience was the biggest cause of Ferrari switching back so extremely to the 1st driver, 2nd driver approach (and, relatedly, why Massa's been nowhere so often since).
Anyway, there's way too much talk about 2008. It seems to be the place people who don't like him see opportunity for criticism. To me, Alonso din't do any better that year and it's not as if it was as bad as Hamilton 2011 etc -- he obviously had lot of bad luck (e.g. rear-end in pits from Hamilton), the infamous suspension mistake, yet was still 3rd in WDC.
Edited by 2ms, 27 December 2012 - 12:49.