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. Green Flag said on 10th March 2008, 18:47

    What duopoly are you refering to Clive?  The 2 years prior to last both chamionships were won by Renault/Alonso while McLaren’s last constructors championship was in 1998, and its last drivers champion Mika Häkkinen in 1999.
    Who will have the best car? Ferrari
    Will anyone other than McLaren and Ferrari win a race?
    Only if these two teams suffer technical/accident problems
    How will Williams do? Not as well as BMW and Renault.
    Who will win the first race? A Ferrari driver.
    Will traction control make the racing better? Not really.
    What word will have the suffix ‘-gate’ added to it? It’s time to stop this foolish ‘-gate’ suffix thing.
    What will be the biggest surprise of the year? Kovalainen thumping Hamilton (LH will be most surprised).
    Which driver will be dropped first? During the season? Nobody.
    Who will be the most impressive rookie? Sebastien Bourdais.
    Champion driver and team? Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari.

  2. Robert McKay said on 10th March 2008, 19:31

    Who will have the best car? Ferrari
    Will anyone other than McLaren and Ferrari win a race? Definitely if it rains, maybe even if it doesn’t. In the dry noone outside BMW or Alonso to do it. In the wet, could be anyone.How will Williams do? Not as well as the hype says – they’ll look great in a couple of races throughout the year but still end up fifth overall in the WCC, behind BMW and Renault and in front of Red Bull. Shame though, ‘cos I’d love them to win.Who will win the first race? Raikkonen.Will traction control make the racing better?  Yes – more changing of positions off the start, more mistakes leading to more position changing during the race, more worn tyres near the end leading to quite noticeble differences in pace. I predict at least a couple of dry races will see a comfortable win lost by a leader making a spin and the wet races will to a large extent be a complete lottery. What word will have the suffix ‘-gate’ added to it? Whatever part Ferrari is giving Mclaren the ability to stay with them in the title chase and run to the FIA to complain about. What will be the biggest surprise of the year? Alonso revealing his Ferrari drive for 2009, and F1’s great status quo ensuring the WCC looks almost identical to 2008. Which driver will be dropped first? Nakajima dropped to third driver role as Williams crash repair bill mounts steadily. May make reappearance after a few months out just testing.Who will be the most impressive rookie? Bourdais. Piquet will score most points, but in the best car, and people will be raving instead about Bourdais.What will be the biggest political issue of the year?  So many to choose from…teams complaining ever more about KERS, complaints about the "greenness" of the Singapore nightrace despite increasing pressure for races in Asia to consider running at night, continued fallout from spygate. Plenty of controversial stewards decisions late at night after the GP. All overshadowed by a combination of budget cap talk and absolutely everything Max Mosely says being complete crap. Champion driver and team? Raikkonen, Ferrari.

  3. Robert McKay said on 10th March 2008, 19:36

    P.S I mean Piquet has the best car of all the rookies, just to make that clear!

  4. The duopoly of the moment is the one I refer to, Green Flag – the red and silver one.  It may have been red and blue/yellow before that but it’s the present order I want to see changed.

    And Haplo, I assure you they’re predictions as well as wishes (were they wishes alone, BMW would win the CC).  That’s why I mentioned a calculated stab – I look at the possibilities, discount the obvious and see what’s top of the heap afterwards.  You guys are just trying to be right!  ;)

  5. Cheese-gate all the way and Bourdais as best rookie and biggest surprise.
    Champions? Kimi and Ferrari, easy.

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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 ;)

  13. 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.

  14. 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]

  15. 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.

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