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

  1. frecon said on 10th March 2008, 20:01

    Who will have the best car? Ferrari. Will anyone other than McLaren and Ferrari win a race? No. Sad but true How will Williams do? Better than last year, but still far from the top teams. Who will win the first race? Kimi Raikkonen. Will traction control make the racing better? I don’t think so… wait a minute, i forgot about Massa. Felipe is going to suffer. What word will have the suffix ‘-gate’ added to it? Briatore’s thong gate. What will be the biggest surprise of the year? Bourdais will be a big surprise, but not for me, i’m telling you now. OK, i know some of you agree. Which driver will be dropped first? Giancarlo Fisichella Who will be the most impressive rookie? Bourdais. In case you can say rookie to Sebastiaen. What will be the biggest political issue of the year?  Teams using not-allowed ways to develop KERS Champion driver and team? Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari.

  2. Isn’t a prediction all about trying to be right?

  3. Green Flag said on 10th March 2008, 20:46

    Actually, Clive, it’s not boring having Ferrari and McLaren win regularly, just as its not boring having Federer or Tiger dominate their sports. I certainly don’t want to see these benchmark teams, motor racing’s superstars if you will, whose lifeblood is and has always been building racing and sports cars, matched by manufacturers of mass-produced, mainly humdrum passenger cars – BMW, Ford, Honda, Mercedes, Renault, Toyota et al. It’s indeed satisfying to see these large corporations striving to catch the cars from Maranello and Woking and just not achieving it. Sure, it’s interesting having a Renault or BMW at the front now and again, but F1 will be much diminished were Ferrari and McLaren ever to lose their edge.

  4. Fer no.65 said on 10th March 2008, 21:31

    Who will have the best car? Ferrari. Will anyone other than McLaren and Ferrari win a race?  mmh, i don’t think so. They might be closing the gap, but Mclaren and Ferrari will be in another story. How will Williams do? Forth place, regular point finishes for both drivers, but they’ll be overtaken by BMW at the end of the season. Who will win the first race? Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari

    What word will have the suffix ‘-gate’ added to it?
    ECU
    What will be the biggest surprise of the year? Renault not being able to develop the car. Which driver will be dropped first?
    Jarno

    Who will be the most impressive rookie?  Nakajima (he’s not a rookie but he’s not an experienced guy neither). What will be the biggest political issue of the year?
    The night races. Champion driver and team? Drivers: Kimi Raikkonen
    Team: Ferrari

  5. Who will have the best car? Ferrari. Will anyone other than McLaren and Ferrari win a race? Fernando Alonso How will Williams do? 4th, just ahead of Red Bull and then BMW. Who will win the first race? Kimi Raikkonen. Will traction control make the racing better? Barely noticeable in terms of laps times, more offs in the wet.  Only hope for driver errors when under pressure to improve racing. What word will have the suffix ‘-gate’ added to it? Mosley What will be the biggest surprise of the year? Renault challenging for wins. Which driver will be dropped first? Davidson. Who will be the most impressive rookie? Nakajima. What will be the biggest political issue of the year?  Probably the US election? Champion driver and team? Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari.

  6. Wesley said on 10th March 2008, 23:41

    Just when I think I have it figured out,Clive has to chime in and stir my hopes up!..GO BMW!!!

    rookie of the year….Nakajima,
    best car….Ferrari,
    ?gate….same as last season,
    surprise(s) of the year….Heikki @ McLaren & the boys @ Williams kickin’ some butt,
    champion….Kimi,traction control….@ milos…"we will see smoke when the races start"….ha,ha..love that!

  7. Pink Peril said on 11th March 2008, 1:14

    Who will have the best car?
    I hate to say it, Ferrari.
    Will anyone other than McLaren and Ferrari win a race?
    Put me down for a couple of Alonso wins, a Heidfeld or two and with a little luck a Webber on the top step.
    How will Williams do?
    Podiums, but not the top step.
    Who will win the first race?
    Webber , long overdue.
    Will traction control make the racing better?
    Yep. Bye bye Felipe !
    What word will have the suffix ‘-gate’ added to it?
    I don’t think Stepneygate is going to go away this year either. :(
    What will be the biggest surprise of the year?
    Alonso doing well at Renault.
    Which driver will be dropped first?
    Sorry Rubens, the tribal council has spoken.
    Who will be the most impressive rookie?
    I think Nelsinho. For entertainment value, anyway.
    What will be the biggest political issue of the year?

    Singapore – if something goes wrong at the night race.
    Champion driver and team?
    I think McLaren will do the honours for the CC. But WDC is prolly going to be another feast of Finland. But do I mean Kimi or Heikki there ;)

  8. Haplo: Yes, it’s about being right – but there is little value in being right when the vast majority say the same thing.  It’s the seemingly wild prediction that comes true that gets noticed – do that a couple of times in a row and you’re the new prophet!

    Look at it this way: Supposing one of us had said Hamilton and McLaren for the championship at this time last year – he’d have been laughed at (everyone was going for Raikkonen or Alonso).  Okay, so all those people were right but who were they?  Too many names to remember, that’s who.

    Now, say Hamilton and McLaren had won (and they very nearly did), the guy who said that would be a hero.  Hey, that’s real discernment, we’d be thinking.  It might have been just a lucky guess but it would sure look good.

    There is more to life than just being right.  ;)

    Green Flag: For Ferrari read FIAT and for McLaren read Mercedes – they’re virtually the same thing and certainly more so than BMW Sauber is just a part of the BMW empire.  The point you’re making is really that Ferrari and McLaren are the establishment because they’ve been racing a long time.  So has Williams and so has Renault (off and on).  It really doesn’t matter a bit – the corporate style teams will never win, as demonstrated by Toyota, Ford and maybe Honda, and the real racing teams, the ones left to get on with racing, whoever owns them (Ferrari, McLaren, Williams, BMW, Renault) will continue to win.  No big deal.

    But those guys in teams like BMW and Williams work just as hard as Ferrari’s and McLaren’s employees and it is right and inevitable that, sooner or later, they will win (and perhaps become the establishment themselves).  All I’m saying is that their moment has come now.

    And, if I’m right, next year you’ll all be saying Nico for champ, BMW for the constructors!  Which will mean I’ll have to suggest something like Glock and Toro Rosso, just to stay ahead of the game.

    Both McLaren and Ferrari have lost their edge before yet F1 survived and somehow coped.  Another period in which they have to struggle wouldn’t go amiss at all.

  9. Nico Savidge said on 11th March 2008, 3:11

    Who will have the best car? Based on testing, Ferrari. But I think Monaco and Hungary will belong to McLaren. Will anyone other than McLaren and Ferrari win a race?  Highly unlikely, but if there’s a big first corner crash and some rain Fernando might come through and take oneHow will Williams do? I’d like to see them be better than BMW, and (like you said) I think they will at the beginning of the year before ze Germans get a better grip on the car.Who will win the first race? Kimi Raikkonen [I hope]Will traction control make the racing better?Definitely, especially at the wet races. It’s gonna be interesting seeing oversteer-happy Lewis Hamilton have to manage the tail end
    What word will have the suffix ‘-gate’ added to it? "Fisichella" [just kidding]What will be the biggest surprise of the year? How well Heikki Kovalainen adjusts to the new McLaren seatWhich driver will be dropped first? Sadly, Anthony Davidson – I like him, but Super Aguri needs sponsorship money. I hate to say this, but we might welcome back Yamamoto or Ide this year….Who will be the most impressive rookie? Sebastien Bordais – like Sebastian Vettel, he’ll need a few GPs to get himself comfortable, but once he does… What will be the biggest political issue of the year? Customer cars, definitely – look for the manufacturers to get mad when Toro Rosso starts scoring more points than they do.Champion driver and team? Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari [I hope]

  10. Gman said on 11th March 2008, 3:31

    Who will have the best car? Ferrari, with McLaren not far behind, and Williams making continued progress.Will anyone other than McLaren and Ferrari win a race? Yes, BMW will get at least one, and Williams and Renault at least one between them.How will Williams do? They should be in the points on a regular basis, grab 3-4 podiums and win one race if they get the right mix.Who will win the first race? Raikkonen.Will traction control make the racing better? Yes, unless some top dirvers, such as Massa, don’t adapt to it well.What word will have the suffix ‘-gate’ added to it? Bernie and/or Max- perhaps the supremo has something surface that gives him a nasty taste of the scandals he seems to love.What will be the biggest surprise of the year? Either BMW, Williams or Renault challenging as a legitimate third contender.Which driver will be dropped first? Barrichello.Who will be the most impressive rookie? PiquetWhat will be the biggest political issue of the year? Continued discussion over the future of Ron Dennis, and the future of several different races and venues. Hopefully that includes a return for the USGP in the 2009 schedule, and the Australian GP has a secure spot also.Champion driver and team? Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari.

  11. not that I wish him that but I have that bad feeling that Bourdais will be one of the disapointments of the season …

  12. Dan Brunell said on 11th March 2008, 16:49

    Who will have the best car? McLaren. Ferrari might have the speed, but I get the feeling that there are some gremlins in their car. Will anyone other than McLaren and Ferrari win a race? I think one or two races might be won between Alonso, Rosberg, and the two BMW boys. How will Williams do? A very solid third Who will win the first race? Kimi Raikkonen Will traction control make the racing better? Yes, drivers will have to pay for mistakes now. Now if we can get rid of paved runoff areas. What word will have the suffix ‘-gate’ added to it? Racism-gate. I get the feeling that we haven’t heard the last from the Spanish fans. What will be the biggest surprise of the year? Nakajima. Which driver will be dropped first? Trulli… in a straight jacket Who will be the most impressive rookie? Since Nakajima isn’t technically a rookie… Nelson Piquet Jnr What will be the biggest political issue of the year? The growing fight for control of F1 between the CVC holding group and Bernie. I sense that the company will want to drop him rather than later. Especially with dropping earning margins and the brutish management style. Champion driver and team? Kimi Raikkonen, however McLaren two drivers will be more consistent and win the constructor championship.

  13. Loki said on 11th March 2008, 19:57

    Who will have the best car? Ferrari, as long as they address reliability. Will anyone other than McLaren and Ferrari win a race? I’d say Alonso, through sheer drive and determination, may pick up a surprise somewhere.   How will Williams do? I had a dream recently that both Williams drivers ended up on the podium at the same time.  Think 3rd or 4th may be ambitious, but certainly doable from testing. Who will win the first race? Kimi, unless something dire happens.  Who knows, maybe the other Finn, who’se debut race for Renault last year was "diabolical", could make an impressive start. Will traction control make the racing better? It may make the racing more sloppier in terms of technical ability, but these drivers are meant to be the best in the world so I see them adapting very quickly.  By the end of the season it may not be that much different.  It’ll be more interesting to observe which drivers cope with it throughout the season. What word will have the suffix ‘-gate’ added to it? Maybe ECU. What will be the biggest surprise of the year? Honda WILL be as bad as everyone didn’t expect! Maybe Force India could upset a thing here or there. Which driver will be dropped first? Coulthard or Rubens.  Although Ross Brawn has a prior working relationship with Rubens which may (or may not) work in his favour. Who will be the most impressive rookie? Bourdais is probably the more interesting rookie pre-season with his Champ car success and known determination, however he won’t be as successful as the others in the Torro Rosso. What will be the biggest political issue of the year? Fixtures for the racing calenders ahead. Champion driver and team? Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari.

  14. Toncho said on 12th March 2008, 20:04

    Who will have the best car? MCL Will anyone other than McLaren and Ferrari win a race? BMW
    How will Williams do? they can finish anywhere between 4th and 6th Who will win the first race? Kimi Will traction control make the racing better? No, the drivers will be used to after a couple of races. I don’t count Massa as a driver here. What word will have the suffix ‘-gate’ added to it? MCLgate2 What will be the biggest surprise of the year? In the past there was always a disappointment within the top teams (2005 Ferrari, 2006 MCL, 2007 Renault). I will put my money on Renault, but BMW may also deserve this honor. Which driver will be dropped first? Fisi Who will be the most impressive rookie? Bourdais What will be the biggest isssue of the year? New circuits to come, old europe circuits to be left behind Champion driver and team? Kimi, Ferrari (if they solve the problems with realibility).

  15. “predictions”

    Who will have the best car?
    Will anyone other than McLaren and Ferrari win a race? Of coure, BMW, Torro Roso and Renault

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

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

    Which driver will be dropped first? Piquet, into the wall.

    Who will be the most impressive rookie? Timo Glock.

    What will be the biggest political issue of the year? Ma’s ********.

    Champion driver and team? Lewis and Ferrari.

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