F1 2009: Your predictions

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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  1. 1.No
    2.15
    3.None of them
    4.7
    5.Brawn GP
    6.Force India
    7.6
    8.No
    9.Hamilton, Massa, maybe Alonso
    10.Yes
    11.Possibly 2
    12.Kubica
    13.No
    14.Fisichella
    15.Lewis Hamilton

  2. Well, I made a good score last year, been THE ONLY ONE who predicted Lewis Hamilton winning the championship and the first race, so be aware at my predictions to 2009 guys:

    1. OH, YES
    2. 13 (MY LUCKY NUMBER!)
    3. MY FELLA, PIQUET JT
    4. 4
    5. NO
    6. BRAWN
    7. NICO ROSBERG, DEFINITELY, FERNANDO ALONSO, ROBERT KUBICA, GIANDCARLO FISICHELLA and SEBASTIAN VETTEL
    8. YES
    9. LEWIS HAMILTON and FELIPE MASSA
    10. YES
    11. None
    12. “QUICK NICK”
    13. NO
    14. GIANCARLO
    15. NICK HEIDFELD

    1. now you’re pushin’ it BIG TIME…

    2. “Quick Nick” would need a rocket to achive that.

  3. I don’t understand the people predicting Räikkönen to win championship and Alonso going to Ferrari. Do you reckon Massa is gonna leave?

  4. Hugo Bourgeois
    25th March 2009, 14:00

    1. Yes
    2. 16
    3. Sebastian Bourdais
    4. 3
    5. Brawn GP (who will then not be good anymore ;) )
    6. None
    7. 2
    8. Yes
    9. Hamilton, Massa
    10. Yes
    11. Just Toyota, after another anonymous season
    12. Kubica (after Heidfeld bores out of F1)
    13. No
    14. Heidfeld, Webber, Button
    15. Kubica or Raikkonnen

  5. 1. Yes
    2. 10
    3. Piquet JR
    4. 1
    5. Renault
    6. Force India, Brawn,
    7. 7
    8. Yeah
    9. Vettel, Massa
    10. Hope not
    11. None
    12. Kubica
    13. Big Yes
    14. Fisico,Rubens,
    15. KIMI

  6. 1. No
    2. 13
    3. Nelson
    4. 2
    5. Ferrari
    6. None
    7. 2
    8. Yes
    9. Vettel ftw!!!
    10. Yes
    11. all will stay after some success
    12. Kubica
    13. No
    14. Fisichella, Barichello
    15. Kubica

  7. 1. Yes
    2. 12
    3. Piquet
    4. 2-3
    5. Renault
    6. Brawn
    7. 3
    8. Yes
    9. Alonso, Massa, Button
    10. NO
    11. 1
    12. Kubica
    13. No
    14. Fisichella, Barichello
    15. Alonso (in 2005, he won the WDC in a much inferior car compared to Kimi’s McLaren).

    1. McLaren in 2005? Oh, you mean that silver smokin’ thing?
      Yeah, it was superior allright…

    2. Yeah with that Renault that only gained like 3 places of every start.

  8. 1. Will Brawn GP get a car on the podium in their first race? => NO
    2. How many cars will be classified at Melbourne? => 13
    3. Which driver will be the first to leave his team? => Piquet Jr
    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? => 1
    7. How many drivers will have to get their front wings replaced after the first lap at Melbourne? => 3
    8. Will Renault score more points than Red Bull-Renault? => Of course
    9. Which drivers will win their home race/s? => Alonso, Massa
    10. Will Max Mosley win the FIA President election? => No (I hope)
    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? => Fisichella, Barrichelo and Raikonnen
    15. Who will win the drivers’ championship? => Fernando Alonso

  9. 1. Will Brawn GP get a car on the podium in their first race?
    Yes
    2. How many cars will be classified at Melbourne?
    16
    3. Which driver will be the first to leave his team?
    Piquet
    4. How many races will McLaren win?
    5
    5. Who will Fernando Alonso announce he is driving for in 2010?
    Ferrari
    6. Which teams will go all season without using KERS?
    None
    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?
    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?
    1
    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?
    No idea
    15. Who will win the drivers’ championship?
    Kubica

  10. 1. Yes, but it will be disqualified…
    2. 14
    3. Barrichello, he’ll stop at Interlagos amid lots of blubbing, and give Davidson a go in Abu Dhabi
    4. 4
    5. Ferrari, hopefully announced a few days before Monza
    6. They’ll all use KERS
    7. 5
    8. Same number of points :)
    9. Massa as usual, Hamilton if it rains, and Alonso because he has two goes at it
    10. He’ll find a way
    11. Either none, or all of them
    12. Kubica
    13. Yes
    14. Barrichello will announce his, but Fisichella will find himself with nowhere to go
    15. Massa

  11. 1.NO
    2.20
    3.Heikki Kovalainen
    4.0
    5.Ferrari
    6.Brawn GP
    7.3
    8.Yes
    9.None
    10.YES
    11.1
    12.Robert Kubica
    13.NO
    14.Noone
    15.Robert Kubica

  12. 1. Will Brawn GP get a car on the podium in their first race? Yes
    2. How many cars will be classified at Melbourne? 15
    3. Which driver will be the first to leave his team? Piquet
    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, Torro Rosso, Brawn
    7. How many drivers will have to get their front wings replaced after the first lap at Melbourne? 3
    8. Will Renault score more points than Red Bull-Renault? Yes
    9. Which drivers will win their home race/s? Felipe 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? 1
    12. Which of BMW’s drivers will have the best season? Kubica.
    13. Will Ferrari win the constructors’ title for the 17th time? No
    14. Which driver will announce his retirement? Rubens
    15. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Alonso

  13. 1. Yes
    2. 10
    3. Piquet Jr
    4. 6
    5. If Renault will perform well, he’ll stay!
    6. None
    7. 4 (at least :)
    8. Yes!
    9. Alonso
    10. No
    11. None
    12. Heidfeld (against all odds)
    13. No
    14. Raikkonen, Fisico and Rubinho
    15. Button (if the BrawnGP car will be declared legal)

  14. graham228221
    25th March 2009, 14:41

    1. Will Brawn GP get a car on the podium in their first race?
    Yes!

    2. How many cars will be classified at Melbourne?
    15

    3. Which driver will be the first to leave his team?
    Rubens Barrichello

    4. How many races will McLaren win?
    Five

    5. Who will Fernando Alonso announce he is driving for in 2010?
    Renault

    6. Which teams will go all season without using KERS?
    Brawn GP, Toro Rosso
    7. How many drivers will have to get their front wings replaced after the first lap at Melbourne?
    Four

    8. Will Renault score more points than Red Bull-Renault?
    No

    9. Which drivers will win their home race/s?
    Alonso, 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?
    None

    12. Which of BMW’s drivers will have the best season?
    Robert Kubica

    13. Will Ferrari win the constructors’ title for the 17th time?
    Nope

    14. Which driver will announce his retirement?
    Fisichella, Barrichello, Trulli

    15. Who will win the drivers’ championship?
    Kimi Raikkonen ftw!

  15. It is good that many believe that KIMI is to be WDC.They still agree that KIMI is the fastest driver.
    Great to see the faith many showed on this ICEMAN.

    1. I dislike Kimi very much, but I still think he’ll end up winning it because of the car he’s in, rather than any faith shown in him.

  16. Nice answer keith
    6. Which teams will go all season without using KERS?
    6. Three

    :D LOL

    1. Yes
    2. 13
    3. Hopefully, Nelshino Piquet
    4. 3
    5. Renault
    6. Williams & Force India
    7. Nobody
    8. Yes
    9. Massa
    10. Hopefully, no.
    11. None.
    12. Kubica, sadly.
    13. Yes
    14. Fisichella, but he will be forced to.
    15. Alonso

    1. Yes I should add a biut more detail there!

      Brawn GP, Toro Rosso and Red Bull.

  17. 1. Will Brawn GP get a car on the podium in their first race?

    Yes – but I wouldn’t be surprised if they were then disqualified and then perhaps even reinstated. I can’t see them still being at the top come Abu Dhabi though.

    2. How many cars will be classified at Melbourne?

    Somewhere between 9 and 12.

    3. Which driver will be the first to leave his team?

    I don’t think any will leave mid season.

    4. How many races will McLaren win?

    3 – 2 for Hamilton, 1 for Kovalainen.

    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, and possibly Brawn GP.

    7. How many drivers will have to get their front wings replaced after the first lap at Melbourne?

    3 – Nakajima is a cert, and I wouldn’t be against one of the McLarens needing a wing change either.

    8. Will Renault score more points than Red Bull-Renault?

    Too close to call – I think Webber and Vettel will be evenly matched in the midfield, but Alonso will trounce Piquet over the course of the season, and the two teams will end up with similar points totals.

    9. Which drivers will win their home race/s?

    Massa.

    10. Will Max Mosley win the FIA President election?

    Unfortunately, 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?

    Kubica will win more races, Heidfeld will score more points.

    13. Will Ferrari win the constructors’ title for the 17th time?

    I’d like to say no, but they probably will.

    14. Which driver will announce his retirement?

    Kimi Raikonnen, Giancarlo Fisichella. I think Rubens will want to stay on but I think that the issue is whether or not he’ll get a drive for 2010.

    15. Who will win the drivers’ championship?

    Felipe Massa – but I’m off to Ladbrokes to put a fiver on each of Alonso and Kubica (despite my answer to Q12!).

  18. Hey, if anyone’s interested, here are some links to some info on the mkaing of the BBC’s F1 intro made by Liquid TV and a short preview on liquid’s site:

    http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/technology/creativereview/2009/03/creative_review__formula_1_branding.html

    http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/technology/news/2009/03/griffin_provides_f1_soundscape.html

    http://www.liquid.co.uk/main.html

    And my predictions for this weekend are:
    -Brawn cars will be on the front row, but will have trouble keeping the KERS cars (Ferrari & Renault) behind at the start and during expected safety car periods!
    -1 Brawn driver will be on the podium
    -Alonso will be on the podium
    -Buemi will not finish the race, probably crash out!
    -A Toyota will finish 4th
    -Hamilton will finish 8th after damaging his front wing on the first lap!

    Just a feeling, but hopefully things won’t be as predictable as that!

    1. – Hamilton will shred his rear tyres also, dont forget!

  19. 1. No
    2. 13
    3. Piquet Jr.
    4. 5
    5. Ferrari
    6. Toro Rosso
    7. 3
    8. Yes
    9. Alonso, Hamilton, Massa
    10. Yes
    11. None
    12. Kubica (but I prefer Nick)
    13. No
    14. Fisichella, Barrichello
    15. Hamilton

  20. Who CARES??? The FIA and FOM have already buggered up this season with their ineptitude and greed. The opening race has a question mark hanging over it which will taint the entire season, regardless of outcome.

    The only winners will be the lawyers (and Bernie, of course).

    I love F1 and I hate what’s happening to it.

    1. Williams 4ever
      25th March 2009, 16:46

      @Alaistar – ||The FIA and FOM have already buggered up this season with their ineptitude and greed.||
      This has been a age old fact. But hopes die hard and F1 fans maybe the most hopeful lot in the world. Come March everyone dons their team jerseys and looking for another season of action ( most of which happens between the racing weekends though :P)

    2. I intend to enjoy the season in spite of the political stuff. Don’t let it get you down.

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