The F1 Fanatic 2009 predictor (Poll)

Will Honda's F1 team be back on the grid in 2009?

Will Honda's F1 team be back on the grid in 2009?

How well can we predict what’s going to happen in F1 this year?

In this post we’ll put ten predictions for the 2009 season to the vote and see which ones come true…

Which of the following do you think will happen in 2009? Vote for each one you’ll think will happen and explain your choices below.

Which of these predictions will come true in 2009?

  • Kimi Raikkonen beats Felipe Massa in the world championship (14%)
  • Max Mosley steps down as FIA president (6%)
  • McLaren beats Ferrari in the constructors' championship (7%)
  • Toyota quits Formula 1 (3%)
  • Lewis Hamilton gets at least three penalties (11%)
  • The British Grand Prix is dropped from the 2010 calendar (5%)
  • Felipe Massa will win the Turkish Grand Prix (12%)
  • The team formerly known as Honda makes it to Melbourne (15%)
  • Fernando Alonso confirms he is moving to Ferrari (15%)
  • Nelson Piquet Jnr loses his F1 seat (12%)

Total Voters: 2,468

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38 comments on The F1 Fanatic 2009 predictor (Poll)

  1. Alianora La Canta said on 6th January 2009, 22:43

    I’m taking:

    ex-Honda get to Melbourne (by the skin of its teeth)
    Massa to win the Turkish GP (and at least Brazil and China as well)
    Hamilton to get at least three penalties (more like four or five)
    McLaren beats Ferrari in the constructor’s championship (by a small but noticeable margin)
    Toyota quits F1 (but Williams announces that it doesn’t care because it will have Cosworths instead)

    I have no idea about whether Raikkonen or Massa will have the upper hand. But I think the British GP will happen, Piquet Jr will get a seat either at Renault or (ex-)Toro Rosso in 2010, Alonso will wait until late in 2010 before making his mind up on Ferrari and Max Mosley will win the 2009 election.

  2. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 6th January 2009, 23:39

    I voted for:

    The team formerly known as Honda makes it to Melbourne
    Felipe Massa will win the Turkish Grand Prix – he’s a form tracks kind of guy, and Ferrari will be competitive again this year
    Nelson Piquet Jnr loses his F1 seat – I don’t expect him to do enough in 2009 to justify a place in F1
    Lewis Hamilton gets at least three penalties – Which would be an improvement on 2008′s five

    I don’t think Mosley will step down. He’ll see his senate vote win during Spankgate as a referendum on his presidency.

  3. 4 for me:
    1. Massa wins in Turkey – duh?
    2. Piquet loses his seat – about time
    3. Lewis gets 3 penalties – with MaFIA and FIArrari in bed, duh?
    4. McLaren beats Ferrari – I can dream can’t I?

  4. Steven Roy said on 7th January 2009, 2:18

    I think ex-Honda will probably make Melbourne. Apart from any other reason because Bernie can’t afford to see any other team leve as he is close to the minimum number of cars he has to supply to each race.

    I don’t see Alonso going to Ferrari being announced next year as Kimi has a contract signed for 2010 already.

    I doubt Massa will get a car that suits him so much more than his team mate two years in a row with so many rule changes.

    Turkey is an understeer track so should belong to Massa, Alonso or Kubica. My bet is Massa will have the best package of the three.

    Alonso is more confident and comfortable than a year ago so for me Piquet is in trouble this season.

    He is the biggest threat to Ferrari and as Bernie has recently highlighted F1 is massively biased towards Ferrari so lots of penalties for Lewis again.

    Ferrari are struggling with KERS and have shuffles some of their senior people again so McLaren should beat them in the constructors championship.

    Max said during the vote of confidence that if the vote went his way he definitely wouldn’t stand again. Unfortunately the man is a liar so we will be stuck with him for another few years.

    The 2010 British GP will be at Silverstone. Just as when Brands Hatch won the contract the race never left Silverstone. Bernie spotted that the Donington people were mugs and only signed a deal to get a payment for them defaulting while at the same time turning the screws on Silverstone.

    I think Renault will quit before Toyota. I expect Toyota and Renault to see out the 2009 season.

  5. Rich said on 7th January 2009, 2:39

    U guys are dreamers!

    1) “Honda” sinks into the setting sun (not the “rising” sun) and is never heard from again.

    2) Piquet JR becomes a pedestrian and is disinherited by Sr.

    3) Massa crashes out Hamilton in Turkey but crosses the line upside-down and backwards in first place and is declared the winner. Hamilton is penalized for driving a McLaren.

  6. I voted four.
    1. Nando to Ferrari (sadly)
    2. Lewis gets 3 penalties (sadly)
    3. No British GP in 2010 (sadly)
    4. Flippy wins Turkey (sadly)

    My. what a dire lot of predictions ! I’d love to have voted for S&Max to step down, but that won’t happen (sadly). You’d never think I am looking forward to the 2009 season, would you!

  7. theRoswellite said on 7th January 2009, 5:50

    …Kimi won’t prevail over Master Massa, as the former is on the other side of his peak and Felipe is at his apogee. (If you run the ’08 season over 10 times, so as to norm out any bad luck…Massa wins 7/10)

    …Max steps down(this is a joke, right?)

    …Big-Mac over The-F-Team…only if KERS really works.

    …Toyota isn’t going to follow Honda…anywhere.

    …if LH gets less than 3 penalties next year, he isn’t really trying.

    …if the British GP goes, Bernie will have carved himself out a special place in F1 history, not to mention a certain other location.

    …gee, why not, after a certain point it just isn’t about probability anymore. (Massa in Turkey)

    …Wanted: one corporation with more faith in the future, than fear of the present. (The common prayer…Honda survives)

    …by 2010 Ferrari will be focused on the future, Vettel, not the past, Alonso.

    …Nelsinho can’t lose his seat in 2009, that, in a manner of speaking, has already taken place.

  8. I have only clear that Max Mosley WILL NOT resign.

    For the rest of the points, I have no idea, and this is one of the reasons why I visit this blog!

    If something is quite clear for me is F1 is quite a lot unpredictable; as Kimi and Felipe btw, not to say Alonso/Renault…

    Happy new year to everybody!

  9. 1) Honda make it to Melbourne – wishful thinking because I’ll be there and I want to see 20 cars
    2) McLaren beat Ferarri – wishful thinking because I really really want Kovalainen to surprise everyone
    3) Kimi beats Massa – his performances in ’03, ’05 and ’07 compared to ’04 ’06 and ’08 lead me to believe he hibernates every second year
    4) Piquet to lose his seat – I’m shocked he’s kept it this long…

  10. jason said on 7th January 2009, 23:24

    how about we just hope for the 2 things that would make the sport recapture the old senna days and finally get rid of the cancer that has dragged the sport so far down, Bernie and max have got to go, they have basically set up a system where the driver and team of there choice has the biggest advantage it’s no shock who cough..(ferrari) the ******** thing about that is all the other teams like Mclaren are not only fighting against the juggernaut of Ferrari but also both the evil juggernauts of max and Bernie that impose penalties when they feel either massa or kimi are having a bad race

    basically i can sum it up by saying the REAL evil that max and Bernie have done to the sport is the REMOVAL of some of the great US circuits not to mention that we have to watch in horror as more and more of the great circuits that we love are disappearing one by one from the calender THAT’S THE TRULY SAD PART!!

  11. Fernando said on 8th January 2009, 2:24

    What’s with a…Massa wins the Championship…. stop hating already!!!!!

  12. Kimi won’t be beating Massa. Media predicted Kimi to steamroll Massa when Traction Control was banned; look what happened. Again; media are predicting that slicks will favor Kimi; I am betting on them being wrong again.

    Fernando won’t be moving to Ferrari.
    This rumor is probably going to be the biggest bubble after “Honda’s 2009 season of redemption” went kaput. In 2009; Renault will be back to the tail-end of the field, Fernando won’t be able to do any wonders.
    Instead; I feel Fernando will be moving to BMW; who will definitely change 1 driver after 3 years of same pairing.

    Felipe will win in Turkey
    . The only one who comes close to Felipe there is Lewis. And he can’t go for a 3-stopper once; tyre warmers are banned.

  13. NDINYO said on 8th January 2009, 12:25

    I think following the latest from Max, a prediction for 2010 would see Toyota, Ferrari, Mercedes, BMW and Renault leaving formula1

  14. NDINYO said on 8th January 2009, 12:39

    “But as already stated, we will be ready to recognise an independent series should some teams prefer to go their own way.” – Keith, is Max Mosley allowing for a break away group of manufacturers in 2010 by this statement in his letter?

  15. winterbear said on 8th January 2009, 12:48

    Max quits, Bernie stays on with no end in sight.

    2009 WDC Drivers standings:

    1) Fernando wins the WDC as Renault improves just enough to give him the points needed. No one can agree if its the car or the driver…. Fred stays at Renault and wins in 2010 before going to Ferrari in 2011.

    2) Kimi looses by a point because Ferrari has Kers problems… winning a few races by a record setting margins and loosing or Kablamo’ing more races than not.

    3) Hamilton is in third after blowing a 20 point lead with 3 races to go. (for the 3rd year in a row)

    4) Kovi finishes 4th… but doesnt win a race.

    5) Rosburg does really well… podiums often

    6) – Massa does well initially, but fades mid season and becomes kimi’s faithful team mate, and is in 5th by the end of the season.

    7) – Kubica wins 3 races, but BMW cant consistently place in the top 5. Again.

    8) -Vettle has some amazing drives but only manages to win 2 races in a woefully mediocre Red bull. He has a very nasty Kers problem in one race that scares us all…

    9) – Trully wins his first race for Toyota in the race after he has announced his retirement. Button takes his place next year.

    10) – Webber does ok but no podiums to finish

    11)- SeaBass gets a few podiums but no wins.

    12) – Kaz scores some good points.. no podiums tho

    13) – Quick Nick has a dismal season with only a couple of good races and retires.

    14) – Glock has two good races and not much else

    15 – Buimi has a tough time at Toro Rosa

    16 – PK jr is replaced by Button who does well but doesnt get enough points to finish higher

    17 and 18 – Fisichella[ starts 3 races before Force india signs Barrichello to a 3 year deal. Fisi very publicly begs Force india to let him continue racing and he vows to find another ride… Rubens and Sutil finish last but score some points.

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