F1 2009: Your predictions

Will Brawn GP be on the podium at their first race?

Will Brawn GP be on the podium at their first race?

The new season is almost upon us so it?s time for the traditional round of new season predictions.

Tackle these 15 questions on how the 2009 season will unfold and compare your answers with those of other F1 fans.

1. Will Brawn GP get a car on the podium in their first race?
2. How many cars will be classified at Melbourne?
3. Which driver will be the first to leave his team?
4. How many races will McLaren win?
5. Who will Fernando Alonso announce he is driving for in 2010?
6. Which teams will go all season without using KERS?
7. How many drivers will have to get their front wings replaced after the first lap at Melbourne?
8. Will Renault score more points than Red Bull-Renault?
9. Which drivers will win their home race/s?
10. Will Max Mosley win the FIA President election?
11. How many teams will announce before the final race they are leaving F1?
12. Which of BMW?s drivers will have the best season?
13. Will Ferrari win the constructors? title for the 17th time?
14. Which driver will announce his retirement?
15. Who will win the drivers? championship?

Earlier this week I wrote some predictions of my own for Planet-F1 ?ǣ read them here.

Here?s my answers to the 15 questions above ?ǣ post yours below:

1. Yes
2. 12
3. Nelson Piquet Jnr
4. Two
5. Ferrari
6. Brawn GP, Red Bull and Toro Rosso
7. Two
8. No
9. Felipe Massa
10. Yes
11. Two
12. Robert Kubica
13. Yes
14. Giancarlo Fisichella
15. Robert Kubica

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195 comments on F1 2009: Your predictions

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  1. 1. Yes
    2. 14
    3. Mark Webber
    4. 3
    5. Ferrari
    6. Williams
    7. 2
    8. Yes
    9. Hamilton, Alonso, Massa
    10. No
    11. 1
    12. Kubica
    13. No
    14. Fisi
    15. Alonso.

    great questions!

  2. Richard Merk said on 25th March 2009, 12:10

    1. Will Brawn GP get a car on the podium in their first race? Yes
    2. How many cars will be classified at Melbourne? 18
    3. Which driver will be the first to leave his team? Nakajima
    4. How many races will McLaren win? 1
    5. Who will Fernando Alonso announce he is driving for in 2010? Renault
    6. Which teams will go all season without using KERS? Force India, Brawn GP
    7. How many drivers will have to get their front wings replaced after the first lap at Melbourne? 2
    8. Will Renault score more points than Red Bull-Renault? Yes
    9. Which drivers will win their home race/s? Nico Rosberg (hopeful) and Jenson Button
    10. Will Max Mosley win the FIA President election? Yes
    11. How many teams will announce before the final race they are leaving F1? None
    12. Which of BMW’s drivers will have the best season? Kubica
    13. Will Ferrari win the constructors’ title for the 17th time? Yes
    14. Which driver will announce his retirement? Rubens Barrichello, and Giancarlo Fisichella
    15. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Kimi Raikkonen

  3. Striay said on 25th March 2009, 12:10

    1. yes
    2. 12
    3. Nakajima
    4. 2
    5. Ferrari 51% sure!
    6. 2
    7. 4
    8. Yes
    9. Massa,Alonso,Heidfield,Button.
    10.Yes
    11.1
    12.Kubica
    13. yes (i hope so)
    14. Barichello
    15. the ultimate question! Kimi Raikkonen hopefully

  4. Andy said on 25th March 2009, 12:15

    1. Will Brawn GP get a car on the podium in their first race? Yes
    2. How many cars will be classified at Melbourne? 10
    3. Which driver will be the first to leave his team? Sutil
    4. How many races will McLaren win? 2
    5. Who will Fernando Alonso announce he is driving for in 2010? Ferrari
    6. Which teams will go all season without using KERS? Force India, Torro Rosso, Brawn
    7. How many drivers will have to get their front wings replaced after the first lap at Melbourne? 4
    8. Will Renault score more points than Red Bull-Renault? No
    9. Which drivers will win their home race/s? None
    10. Will Max Mosley win the FIA President election? Yes
    11. How many teams will announce before the final race they are leaving F1? 1
    12. Which of BMW’s drivers will have the best season? Quick Nick.
    13. Will Ferrari win the constructors’ title for the 17th time? yes
    14. Which driver will announce his retirement? Fisi & Rubens
    15. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Raikkonen

  5. pseudohendrix said on 25th March 2009, 12:15

    1. Yes
    2. 10
    3. Nelsinho Piquet
    4. 2
    5. Ferrari
    6. Brawn, Williams, Force India
    7. 6
    8. Yes
    9. Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa
    10. Yes
    11. 1
    12. Robert Kubica
    13. Yes
    14. Giancarlo Fisichella
    15. Kimi Raikkonen

  6. 1. Yes
    2. 9
    3. Nelson Piquet jr.
    4. Three
    5. Ferrari
    6. Two (Toro Rosso, Force India)
    7. Most of them
    8. Yes
    9. Massa, Vettel
    10. Yes
    11. None (hopefully)
    12. Kubica
    13. Yes
    14. Barichello and Raikkonen
    15. Massa

  7. luky said on 25th March 2009, 12:18

    1. No
    2. 11
    3. None
    4. One
    5. Ferrari
    6. Four
    7. None
    8. Yes
    9. Alonso, Vettel
    10. No
    11. Two
    12. Robert Kubica
    13. Yes
    14. Giancarlo Fisichella
    15. Alonso

  8. Rob Wilson said on 25th March 2009, 12:21

    15. Jenson Button.

  9. Franz4 said on 25th March 2009, 12:21

    1. No
    2. 16
    3. Nelsinho Piquet
    4. 3
    5. Renault
    6. Force India
    7. 5
    8. Yes
    9. Felipe Massa
    10. Yes
    11. 1
    12. Robert Kubica
    13. No
    14. Barrichello/Fisichella
    15. Kimi Raikkonen (I HOPE!!!!!)

  10. Justin Chu said on 25th March 2009, 12:24

    1.Yes
    2.8
    3.Sebestian Bourdais
    4.1
    5.Yes
    6.Red Bull
    7.3
    8.No
    9.Filipe Massa
    10.No
    11.None
    12.Robert Kubica
    13.Yes
    14.Giancarlo Fisichella, Jarno Trulli
    15.Kimi Raikkonen

  11. 1. Will Brawn GP get a car on the podium in their first race? Yes
    2. How many cars will be classified at Melbourne? 12
    3. Which driver will be the first to leave his team? Fisichella
    4. How many races will McLaren win? 3
    5. Who will Fernando Alonso announce he is driving for in 2010? Ferrari
    6. Which teams will go all season without using KERS? Force India, Brawn GP, Toro Rosso
    7. How many drivers will have to get their front wings replaced after the first lap at Melbourne? None
    8. Will Renault score more points than Red Bull-Renault? Yes
    9. Which drivers will win their home race/s? Button, Heidfeld and Massa
    10. Will Max Mosley win the FIA President election? Yes
    11. How many teams will announce before the final race they are leaving F1? One
    12. Which of BMW’s drivers will have the best season? Heidfeld
    13. Will Ferrari win the constructors’ title for the 17th time? No
    14. Which driver will announce his retirement? Fisichella, Barrichello and Raikkonen
    15. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Nick Heidfeld :D

    • Swaveck said on 25th March 2009, 12:46

      #12 and #15.. Clive, you’re joking.. right (?) ;-)

    • Not at all, Swaveck. I’m sticking my neck out, which is what we’re all doing whenever we make a prediction. What would I be doing if I merely stated what was the most likely outcome? Playing it safe, that’s all – and anyone can do that.

      Sure, there’s a lot of hope involved in my faith in Heidfeld – but there’s calculation too. I reckon BMW are doing their usual thing of not bothering with setting the fastest lap in testing and that the car will be much quicker come the races. Others seem to think so too because they’re going for Kubica as champ.

      They’re doing that because Kubica seemed to be quicker than Heidfeld last year. But, considering that the F1.08 did not suit Heidfeld, he was very close to Kubica in the races. This year I am expecting the car to be more to Heidfeld’s taste (plus he’s lost a bit of weight) and I think he’ll be the better of the two Beemer boys as a result.

      Add it up – fast, reliable car, quick and experienced driver – and you get Heidfeld as champ and probably BMW winning the constructors’. Yes, it’s a guess, but aren’t all the “Raikkonen for champ” guys gambling equally as much on the Ferrari being good and reliable?

    • todd said on 25th March 2009, 13:34

      i’d agree with that, Heidfeld is supremely quick and he didn’t suit that car too well. with the change of driving style required this year I’d not be surprised to see a role reversal, kubica struggle and play #2 and Heidfeld get the more points.

    • Clare msj said on 25th March 2009, 15:05

      I compeletly agree with you Clive – I have very high hopes for Heidfeld this year – there are many reasons why I think he will do well, most of which you covered there. I put five whole pounds on him to win the title the other week – he has relatively long odds compared to many of those who I would consider to be main rivals – seem the bookies underestimate him too. i think will be close with him and Kubica, but i beleive he will have the upper hand come the end of the season – just.

  12. JonA said on 25th March 2009, 12:27

    1. Yes
    2. 16
    3. Buemi
    4. 4
    5. Ferrari
    6. None of them
    7. 4
    8. Yes
    9. Massa, Button
    10. Yes (sadly)
    11. None
    12. Kubica
    13. No
    14. Fisi and Reubens
    15. Button

  13. David said on 25th March 2009, 12:29

    1. Will Brawn GP get a car on the podium in their first race? No
    2. How many cars will be classified at Melbourne? 11
    3. Which driver will be the first to leave his team? Bourdais
    4. How many races will McLaren win? 4
    5. Who will Fernando Alonso announce he is driving for in 2010? Renault
    6. Which teams will go all season without using KERS? Force India, Toro Rosso, Brawn
    7. How many drivers will have to get their front wings replaced after the first lap at Melbourne? 0
    8. Will Renault score more points than Red Bull-Renault? Yes
    9. Which drivers will win their home race/s? Alonso
    10. Will Max Mosley win the FIA President election? No
    11. How many teams will announce before the final race they are leaving F1? 1
    12. Which of BMW’s drivers will have the best season? Nick
    13. Will Ferrari win the constructors’ title for the 17th time? yes
    14. Which driver will announce his retirement? Rubens
    15. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Raikkonen

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  14. wisiu said on 25th March 2009, 12:33

    1.No
    2.16
    3.Nelson Piquet Jr
    4.6
    5. Renault
    6. None
    7. 1
    8.Yes
    9. Massa
    10. Yes
    11.One
    12. Kubica
    13.Yes
    14.Fisichella, Raikkonen, Barrichello
    15. R.Kubica

  15. Loki said on 25th March 2009, 12:36

    1. Will Brawn GP get a car on the podium in their first race?
    Yes (Diffuser issue pending)
    2. How many cars will be classified at Melbourne?
    8-12
    3. Which driver will be the first to leave his team?
    Piquet.
    4. How many races will McLaren win?
    2
    5. Who will Fernando Alonso announce he is driving for in 2010?
    Renault-but-hoping-Ferrari
    6. Which teams will go all season without using KERS?
    Force India, but probably none
    7. How many drivers will have to get their front wings replaced after the first lap at Melbourne?
    4
    8. Will Renault score more points than Red Bull-Renault?
    Aye
    9. Which drivers will win their home race/s?
    Felipe (although Rubens may have a good result if his Brawn is still up to the task by then). Lewis needs his McLaren up to speed by Silverstone anyway, to stand a chance at the title – so it’s a possibility.
    10. Will Max Mosley win the FIA President election?
    Probably.
    11. How many teams will announce before the final race they are leaving F1?
    1 – Toyota.
    12. Which of BMW’s drivers will have the best season?
    Tough one – maybe Nick
    13. Will Ferrari win the constructors’ title for the 17th time?
    Yeah!
    14. Which driver will announce his retirement?
    Fisico

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