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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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).

  5. “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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