2008: Predictions

What are your predictions for 2008? Here are mine…

Who will have the best car? Ferrari. On balance, an F2007 was the car to have last year, and at the very least I expect them to have slightly increased their advantage over McLaren.

Will anyone other than McLaren and Ferrari win a race? If it rains I’d put some money on Fernando Alonso, otherwise not.

How will Williams do? I think they’ll score points consistently early in the season but be overtaked by Renault and BMW as the season goes on.

Who will win the first race? Kimi Raikkonen.

Will traction control make the racing better? Perhaps a little – I think we’ll see a few more mistakes and more drivers suffering tyre degradation.

What word will have the suffix ‘-gate’ added to it? Lewis.

What will be the biggest surprise of the year? Honda won’t be as bad as everyone expects.

Which driver will be dropped first? Rubens Barrichello.

Who will be the most impressive rookie? Timo Glock.

What will be the biggest political issue of the year? The combined problem of the economic downturn, containing costs, small teams in jeopardy and the legality of customer cars.

Champion driver and team? Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari.

Make your predictions for the year below…

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35 comments on 2008: Predictions

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  1. I predict that Kovi and Lewis will be pretty evenly matched and will swap places consistently. We will have to wait until the end of the season to find out who comes out on top.

    Massa will have problems and will be the best of the rest with Rosburg taking the fourth spot.

    Honda will be deep in the points by mid season.

    Alonso and Piquet will strike up an instant dislike for each other and knock each other off the track on a regular basis.

    Raikonnen will win the championship as the driver with the best car and a teammate that takes less points away from him than the other contenders team mates take from them.

  2. Dave M said on 10th March 2008, 13:22

    I’ll think about these properly later but my instant reaction to the ‘gate’ question has to be ‘SECU-gate’ – this one’s going to run and run I fear…

  3. Who will have the best car? Ferrari. Will anyone other than McLaren and Ferrari win a race? Nick Heidfeld, he deserves! How will Williams do? I think they’ll score points consistently early in the season but be overtaked by Renault and BMW as the season goes on. (YES!) Who will win the first race? Lewis. What word will have the suffix ‘-gate’ added to it? Ferrari´s tractionGATE What will be the biggest surprise of the year? Toyota with Timo! Which driver will be dropped first? Sebastien Bourdais (going right back to USA!). Who will be the most impressive rookie? Kazuki Nakajima! Champion driver and team? Lewis, McLaren (against Kimi and the “best car”)

  4. Journeyer said on 10th March 2008, 13:29

    Who will have the best car? Ferrari. McLaren will make a huge effort to catch up, but by then it might be too late to stop the Scuderia.Will anyone other than McLaren and Ferrari win a race? Yes, someone else will.  But it will only no more than thrice this year.  Who will do it?  In any order: Alonso, Kubica, Rosberg.How will Williams do? They’ll be in the reckoning for 3rd all year, but will lose it in the end to Renault.Who will win the first race? Kimi Raikkonen.Will (the lack of) traction control make the racing better? Sure, it will.  But I’m guessing there will only be overtaking if someone spins or goes off.  Otherwise, expect the same processions.What word will have the suffix ‘-gate’ added to it? If I may use an acronym, ‘TC’.What will be the biggest surprise of the year? Honda will have a 2nd-half comeback ala 2005.Which driver will be dropped first? Rubens Barrichello, but not until the year ends.Who will be the most impressive rookie? Nelson Piquet Jr.What will be the biggest political issue of the year? The privateers (or lack of them) due to the customer cars issue.Champion driver and team? Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari.

  5. Who will have the best car? BMW. Will anyone other than McLaren and Ferrari win a race? Yes. BMW will have to, if they’re going to come through on my prediction, and Williams will too. How will Williams do? They will win the constructors’ championship (well, I have to say that, don’t I?).Who will win the first race? Heikki Kovalainen.Will (the lack of) traction control make the racing better? Marginally, mainly in dropping those who don’t cope well with it.What word will have the suffix ‘-gate’ added to it? Bernie.What will be the biggest surprise of the year? The gradual degeneration in performance of both Ferrari and McLaren.Which driver will be dropped first? Anthony Davidson.Who will be the most impressive rookie? Kazuki Nakajima.What will be the biggest political issue of the year? The spygate thing again.  Facts will emerge that prove extremely embarrassing for the FIA.Champion driver and team? Nick Heidfeld, Williams.

  6. Come on Clive, Williams? Heidfeld? Champions? Seriously?

  7. Dan Brunell said on 10th March 2008, 16:22

    Who will have the best car? Ferrari, but I think McLaren are closer then many people think.

    Will anyone other than McLaren and Ferrari win a race?  Yes, I bet Rosberg, Alonso, and one of the BMW boys will win one or two between then

    How will Williams do? Third place in the championship

    Who will win the first race? Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari

    What word will have the suffix ‘-gate’ added to it?
    Spy-gate (again… the story that will never die)

    What will be the biggest surprise of the year? That Super Aguri makes it through the season

    Which driver will be dropped first?
    David Coulthard (forced too retire due to pressure from team a’la Wurz last year) or Jarno Trulli (put in a straight jacket and sent off to the loony bin.)

    Who will be the most impressive rookie?  Since Nakajima is technically not a rookie,  I say Nelson Piquet Jnr.

    What will be the biggest political issue of the year?
    The on-coming fight between Bernie and the CVC Partnership investment group. There are already hints out their that Bernie management style and performance are not to the groups expectations. This could explode if F1 continues to hemorrhage money and not develop alternative revenue streams.

    Champion driver and team? Drivers: Kimi Raikkonen
    Team: McLaren

  8. ooops your MySQL went away, your old logo appeared and my predictions disapeared :-) trying again:

    Who will have the best car? Ferrari. At least early on in the season

    Will anyone other than McLaren and Ferrari win a race? Rosberg, Alonso

    How will Williams do? Very good, they will have some great races and results but with the midfield teams looking to be so close, they can finish anywhere between 3rd and 6th or even 7th.

    Who will win the first race? Kimi

    Will traction control make the racing better? Yes, we will see smoke when the races start :-)

    What word will have the suffix ‘-gate’ added to it? ECUgate I am tempted to agree

    What will be the biggest surprise of the year? Kovalainen will be clearly ahead of Hamilton

    Which driver will be dropped first? Rubens Barrichello was my first thought, but I say Sutil. Fisi will dominate in Force India, and getting beaten by Fisi is not cool these days …

    Who will be the most impressive rookie? Nakajima, if he is not a rookie, than Glock

    What will be the biggest political issue of the year? customer cars and Bernie and his track dumping crusade

    Champion driver and team? Kimi, Ferrari.

  9. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 10th March 2008, 17:12

    Yes, apologies to anyone else having connection problems, I’m looking into it. Please email me if you’re experiencing any particular problems with this.

  10. Yes, seriously, Haplo.  Have a read of everyone else’s guesses – they all expect Ferrari and McLaren to be top again.  Which is obvious from testing time, form and just about everything else.  And it’s also boring in the extreme.  Where is the spirit of adventure in these guys?  Have they never known a season in which a totally unexpected driver and/or team won?  Come on, let’s get a bit of optimism around here, take a wild (but calculated) stab at something different, live on the edge a bit!

    Thing is, sooner or later I’m going to be right.  Ferrari and McLaren won’t stay in front forever, one day another team will come up with something that breaks the duopoly.  Nothing lasts in this world and change is here to stay.  I’m just refusing to give in to the likelihood of yet another silver and red season (can you imagine how I hated the Schumacher years?) and proposing that <em>this</em> time we’ll see something different.

    It can happen.

  11. And I see the Comments system doesn’t take HTML – I was supposed to notice the word processor buttons instead.  Shame on me.

    But it gives me the chance for a parting shot: suppose all of you are right and Kimi gets the WDC, Ferrari or McLaren the CC – what the heck are you but one amongst the millions who thought so too?  But, if I’m right and Nick gets the WDC, Williams the CC, I don’t half look good…  :D

  12. Williams is my fave team, but Keith asked for predictions, not wishes! ;)

  13. Rohan said on 10th March 2008, 18:33

    Who will have the best car? Ferrari, without a shadow of a doubt.

    Will anyone other than McLaren and Ferrari win a race? Yeah, Nico, Alonso or Kubica are all in with a shout should Ferrari have an off day.

    How will Williams do? Third overall, with a couple of podia.

    Who will win the first race? Kimi, for sure. 

    Will traction control make the racing better? Not in the slightest.

    What word will have the suffix ‘-gate’ added to it? McLaren (again) 

    What will be the biggest surprise of the year? Force India will finish in the points on more than one occasion.

    Which driver will be dropped first? Sato, hopefully. Or Davidson, again, hopefully.

    Who will be the most impressive rookie? Nakajima.

    What will be the biggest political issue of the year? The illegality of Super Aguri and Toro Rosso for the third consectuive year.

    Champion driver and team? Kimi , Ferrari

  14. openwheel said on 10th March 2008, 18:39

    Clive,
    you stole all of my thunder.

    I agree how boring to predict Ferrari and/or McLaren.

    Who will have the best car?           BMW
    Will anyone other than McLaren and Ferrari win a race?  Yes, Williams will be the first followed by the BMW.

    How will Williams do? 4th in the constructors points

    What word will have the suffix ‘-gate’ added to it? Ferrari’s "no traction control"

    Who will win the first race? Heidfeld

    What will be the biggest surprise of the year? Bourdaiswill get a podium finish

    Who will be the most impressive rookie? Bourdais

    What will be the biggest political issue of the year?
    I hate to say it but spygate just won’t die!!

    Champion driver and team?  I am going out on a limb here — Heidfeld BMW

  15. openwheel said on 10th March 2008, 18:44

    I did that backwards BMW will have the first win followed by a Williams car.

    also–Driver most likely to have a terribly long year–Alonso

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