The 2010 season in 20 questions

Michael Schumacher is my tip for the title - who's yours?

Michael Schumacher is my tip for the title - who's yours?

In less than 24 hours’ times we’ll start to get answers to all the questions we have about the hugely anticipated new Formula 1 season.

As is traditional, now’s the time to make your guesses on the big stories of the season ahead. Answer these 20 questions on the 2010 season below and we’ll check them again in eight months’ time to see who did best:

1. What will be the best surprise?
2. What will be the worst surprise?
3. Which driver will be replaced first?
4. Who will he be replaced by?
5. What will be the biggest political story?
6. Jenson Button vs Lewis Hamilton: who will score the most points?
7. Felipe Massa vs Fernando Alonso: who will score the most points?
8. How many races will Michael Schumacher win?
9. Will Kimi R?â?ńikk?â?Ânen announce a return to F1 in 2011?
10. Who will have the worst reliability?
11. Who will be the most impressive rookie (including Kamui Kobayashi and Jaime Alguersuari)?
12. Which will be the most entertaining race?
13. Who will set the most pole positions?
14. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
15. Who will be the first retirement at Bahrain?
16. Which will be the best new team?
17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
18. Who will win the constructors’ championship?
19. Who will win the drivers’ championship?
20. How many points will the winning driver score?

Here are my answers:

1. Lotus getting on the pace by the end of the season
2. HRT not making it to the end of the season
3. Jaime Alguersuari
4. Daniel Ricciardo
5. Plans for a new engine specification
6. Lewis Hamilton
7. Fernando Alonso
8. Six
9. No
10. HRT
11. Nico H?â??lkenberg
12. Canada
13. Lewis Hamilton
14. Fernando Alonso
15. Karun Chandhok
16. Lotus
17. Brazil
18. Mercedes
19. Michael Schumacher
20. 308

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230 comments on The 2010 season in 20 questions

  1. Browny said on 11th March 2010, 12:30

    1. Hulkenburg regularly scoring points and maybe a podium
    2. red bull not matching mclaren, ferrari and mercedes, finishing a lonely 4th
    3. Chandcock
    4. Probably no one because HRT can’t afford to race two cars
    5. some crazy steward decision affecting the title race
    6. Lewis Hamilton
    7. Fernando Alonso
    8. 2, germany and monza
    9. Yes with Red Bull taking Marks seat :(
    10. Virgin
    11. Nico Hulckenburg, he will comfortably outperform Kobayshi and other rookies
    12. Australia, always throws up a good race, pitty its no longer the first round of the championship
    13. Felipe Massa
    14. Lewis Hamilton
    15. Chandock will not select first gear on parade lap
    16. Lotus
    17. Brazil (again, should be the final race, way better atmosphere)
    18. Ferrari
    19. Fernando Alonso
    20. 412 points

  2. racefan said on 11th March 2010, 12:33

    It’s hard to answer all but I’ll do some.

    6. Jenson Button vs Lewis Hamilton: who will score the most points?
    Ans: Lewis.
    7. Felipe Massa vs Fernando Alonso: who will score the most points?
    Ans: Alonso.
    13. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Ans: Vettel.
    14. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Ans: Alonso.
    16. Which will be the best new team?
    Ans: Lotus.
    18. Who will win the constructors’ championship?
    Ans: Mercedes
    19. Who will win the drivers’ championship?
    Ans: Michael

  3. 1. HRT making it to end of season
    2. Renault (Company) withdrawing support for team.
    3. Lucas di Grassi
    4. Davide Valsecchi
    5. Modern tyres, i.e. small side walls.
    6. Lewis Hamilton
    7. Fernando Alonso
    8. Two
    9. No
    10. HRT
    11. Nico HĂĽlkenberg
    12. Spa-Francorchamps
    13. Fernando Alonso
    14. Jensen Button
    15. Lucas di Grassi
    16. LOtus
    17. ABU DHABI
    18. McLaren
    19. Sebastian Vettel
    20. 297

  4. Mercedes easily the best new team, they are technically a new team after all.

  5. Beninlux said on 11th March 2010, 12:43

    1. HRT scoring a point
    2. Schuey’s neck giving up on him before the end of the season.
    3. Jaime Alguersuari
    4. Brendon Hartley
    5. Budget cap actually agreed for 2011
    6. Lewis Hamilton
    7. Fernando Alonso
    8. 4
    9. No
    10. HRT
    11. Kamui Kobayashi
    12. Brazil
    13. Hamilton
    14. Hamilton
    15. Brendon Hartley
    16. Lotus
    17. Brazil
    18. Ferrari
    19. Hamliton
    20. 208

  6. James_mc said on 11th March 2010, 12:44

    1. Sebastian Loeb driving an F1 Car
    2. Schumacher’s neck giving in and having to miss a race
    3. Hai-Meee Alg-Ay-Swarray
    4. Brendon Hartely
    5. Someone being excluded from races for dangerous driving
    6. Hamilton
    7. Alonso
    8. 3
    9. Hopefully yes
    10. Virgin
    11. Nico Hulkinberg
    12. Turkey
    13. Vettel
    14. Rosberg
    15. Alguasari (crash)
    16. Which will be the best new team?
    17. Abu Dhabi
    18. Ferrari
    19. Fernando
    20. 236

  7. James said on 11th March 2010, 12:47

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    A team other than the “Big 4″ winning a race.

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    A driver getting replaced, or a team failing to complete the seaosn.

    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Algusauri or Schumacher… if his neck doesnt hold out

    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    If Algusuari then probably Hartley, if Schumacher then Heidfield for sure

    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Diffusers probably, Mclaren’s rear wing

    6. Jenson Button vs Lewis Hamilton: who will score the most points?
    Hard to call this early, but I reckon Lewis by a small margin

    7. Felipe Massa vs Fernando Alonso: who will score the most points?
    Alonso, easily

    8. How many races will Michael Schumacher win?
    I reckon 4 is a distinct possibility

    9. Will Kimi Räikkönen announce a return to F1 in 2011?
    Depends how the rallying goes. As it stands, it wouldnt suprise me if he did

    10. Who will have the worst reliability?
    Virgin, Lotus and HRT

    11. Who will be the most impressive rookie (including Kamui Kobayashi and Jaime Alguersuari)?
    The Hulk or Koby

    12. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Monaco is generally a good one. Any race which is wet will always be a barrel of laughs

    13. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Alonso

    14. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Too early to call.

    15. Who will be the first retirement at Bahrain?
    Tough one. Could be anyone going into the first corner

    16. Which will be the best new team?
    Sauber, if you count them as a new.

    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    Korea

    18. Who will win the constructors’ championship?
    Ferrari

    19. Who will win the drivers’ championship?
    Alonso/Hamilton/Scumacher/Button/Vettel – Take your pick

    20. How many points will the winning driver score?
    A lot! Could break the 250 barrier?

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 11th March 2010, 12:58

      Sauber, if you count them as a new.

      I don’t – they raced last year, just had a change of owner. Even the name is (rather oddly) the same.

      By ‘new teams’ I meant Lotus, Virgin and HRT.

      • James said on 11th March 2010, 14:28

        In which case it’s a tough one to call… haha

        HRT is an unknown due to their lack of runing

        Lotus is just miles off the pace. A real suprise for a Mike Gascoyne inspired motor

        Virgin have had poor reliability, and I expect that to remain the case at least until after Canada.

        I might just say HRT for the hell of it =D

  8. Peter said on 11th March 2010, 12:48

    1. Virgin’s pace midseason
    2. Rubens Barrichello
    3. No replacements this year
    4. Not applicable
    5. Something with Flavio Briatore
    6. Hamilton
    7. Alonso
    8. 2
    9. No
    10. Lotus
    11. Nico Hulkenberg
    12. Brazil
    13. Alonso
    14. Schumacher
    15. Sutil (first corner crash but who will he take with him?)
    16. Virgin
    17. Abu Dhabi
    18. Red Bull
    19. Alonso
    20. 239

  9. GQsm said on 11th March 2010, 12:53

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Force India becoming a force to be reckoned with
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Back markers not relatively improving at all.
    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Schumacher
    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Heidfield
    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Massa friction
    6. Jenson Button vs Lewis Hamilton: who will score the most points?
    Lewis
    7. Felipe Massa vs Fernando Alonso: who will score the most points?
    Alonso
    8. How many races will Michael Schumacher win?
    1
    9. Will Kimi Räikkönen announce a return to F1 in 2011?
    Yes
    10. Who will have the worst reliability?
    Virgin
    11. Who will be the most impressive rookie (including Kamui Kobayashi and Jaime Alguersuari)?
    Kobayashi
    12. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Brazil
    13. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Lewis
    14. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Alonso
    15. Who will be the first retirement at Bahrain?
    Chandhok
    16. Which will be the best new team?
    Lotus
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    Final race – Abu Dhabi
    18. Who will win the constructors’ championship?
    Ferrari
    19. Who will win the drivers’ championship?
    Lewis
    20. How many points will the winning driver score?
    More than the others

  10. luigismen said on 11th March 2010, 12:59

    1. Sauber getting some podiums
    2. Renault
    3. Pedro de la Rosa
    4. That’s a though one
    5. USF1 wanting to get back in
    6. Hamilton
    7. Alonso
    8. None
    9. Nope
    10. HRT
    11. Hulkenberg
    12. Spa
    13. Hamilton
    14. Alonso
    15. Karun Chandhok
    16. Lotus
    17. Last race
    18. Mclaren
    19. Hamilton
    20. 277

  11. Andrew White said on 11th March 2010, 13:03

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    All the new teams will score points this season.
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Another political scandal despite the departure of Max Mosley.
    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Jaime Alguersuari
    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Brendon Hartley
    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Controversy surrounding the choice of the 13th entry for next year
    6. Jenson Button vs Lewis Hamilton: who will score the most points?
    Lewis Hamilton, but not by a huge amount
    7. Felipe Massa vs Fernando Alonso: who will score the most points?
    Fernando Alonso, again not by a huge amount
    8. How many races will Michael Schumacher win?
    Three
    9. Will Kimi Räikkönen announce a return to F1 in 2011?
    No
    10. Who will have the worst reliability?
    HRT
    11. Who will be the most impressive rookie (including Kamui Kobayashi and Jaime Alguersuari)?
    Nico Hulkenberg
    12. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Canada, closely followed by Belgium
    13. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Fernando Alonso
    14. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Lewis Hamilton
    15. Who will be the first retirement at Bahrain?
    Vitaly Petrov at the first corner
    16. Which will be the best new team?
    Lotus will be fastest by the end of the year (out of the new teams)
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    Abu Dhabi (I hope)
    18. Who will win the constructors’ championship?
    Ferrari
    19. Who will win the drivers’ championship?
    Fernando Alonso
    20. How many points will the winning driver score?
    244

  12. Bolo said on 11th March 2010, 13:04

    1. Button outperforming Hamilton
    2. HRT quitting in the mid-season
    3. Schumacher
    4. Heidfeld
    5. Finding tyre-supplier for 2011
    6. Button
    7. Alonso
    8. 0
    9. No
    10. Lotus
    11. Kobayashi
    12. Spa
    13. Hamilton
    14. Kubica
    15. Glock
    16. Virgin
    17. Abu Dhabi
    18. Ferrari
    19. Alonso
    20. 253

  13. JediJames said on 11th March 2010, 13:09

    Long time reader first time contributor……

    1. New stewards system working well
    2. Schumacher retirement with neck injury
    3. Jamie Algushari
    4. Hartley
    5. Who the back markers let past easily
    6. Lewis (head not heart)
    7. Massa, Alonso good a 2 stop sprinting. Not convinced he will handle full fuel that well.
    8. 3
    9. No
    10. HRT
    11. Kobayashi
    12. Brazil
    13. Alonso
    14. Kubica (shorter wheelbase will handle track better)
    15. HRT (Chandok)
    16. Virgin (development pace with CFD)
    17. Brazil
    18. Mclaren
    19. Lewis
    20. 275

  14. David B said on 11th March 2010, 13:10

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Sauber BMW

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Renault

    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Petrov

    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Don’t know

    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Aerodynamic devices

    6. Jenson Button vs Lewis Hamilton: who will score the most points?
    Lewis

    7. Felipe Massa vs Fernando Alonso: who will score the most points?
    Alonso

    8. How many races will Michael Schumacher win?
    5

    9. Will Kimi Räikkönen announce a return to F1 in 2011?
    No
    10
    . Who will have the worst reliability?
    Hispania

    11. Who will be the most impressive rookie (including Kamui Kobayashi and Jaime Alguersuari)?
    Kobayashi, for sure!

    12. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Korean

    13. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Hamilton

    14. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Hamilton

    15. Who will be the first retirement at Bahrain?
    Chandok

    16. Which will be the best new team?
    Lotus

    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    Abu Dhabi

    18. Who will win the constructors’ championship?
    Ferrari

    19. Who will win the drivers’ championship?
    Schumacher

    20. How many points will the winning driver score?
    260

  15. explosiva said on 11th March 2010, 13:10

    1. Kimi Raikkonen showing up to watch a GP w/ a popsicle in his mouth.

  16. Dr. Gonzo said on 11th March 2010, 13:17

    1. 7 different race winners
    2. The number of Hamilton’s DNFs
    3. Alguersuari
    4. Hartley
    5. FIA selection of replacement teams for 2011
    6. Button
    7. Alonso
    8. Five
    9. No
    10. Virgin
    11. Kobayashi
    12. Japan
    13. Vettel
    14. Rosberg
    15. di Grassi
    16. Lotus
    17. Abu Dhabi
    18. Ferrari
    19. Schumacher
    20. 276

  17. seven89x said on 11th March 2010, 13:17

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    A: Kobayashi.

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    A: Hamilton.

    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    A: That Russian guy.

    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    A: That Chinese guy.

    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    A: Don’t know.

    6. Jenson Button vs Lewis Hamilton: who will score the most points?
    A: Probably Button by a small margin.

    7. Felipe Massa vs Fernando Alonso: who will score the most points?
    A: Alonso.

    8. How many races will Michael Schumacher win?
    A: None.

    9. Will Kimi Räikkönen announce a return to F1 in 2011?
    A: Yes.

    10. Who will have the worst reliability?
    A: The Virgin car.

    11. Who will be the most impressive rookie (including Kamui Kobayashi and Jaime Alguersuari)?
    A: Kobayashi.

    12. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    A: Don’t know.

    13. Who will set the most pole positions?
    A: Alonso.

    14. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    A: Alonso.

    15. Who will be the first retirement at Bahrain?
    A: Schumacher.

    16. Which will be the best new team?
    A: They’re all rubbish.

    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    A: Singapore or sooner.

    18. Who will win the constructors’ championship?
    A: Ferrari.

    19. Who will win the drivers’ championship?
    A: Alonso.

    20. How many points will the winning driver score?
    A: 475 points.

  18. The Comedian 39 said on 11th March 2010, 13:17

    1.) Schumacher surprises everyone by sabotaging Mercedes and returning to Ferrari becuase Massa is unable to continue racing.
    2.) Karun Chandhok slowly limps around tthe track at evry race in the HRT, leading to numerous jokes about his ‘bedroom life’
    3 & 4.) Nico Roberg mysteriously dissapears so Nick Heidfelf has to replace him from Australlia
    5.) Numerous mistakes at Mercedes, unknown to them it was Schumacher sabotaging them.
    6.) Button marginally as Hamilton keeps looking at Button’s no.1, thinkin ‘isnt that mine’ before crashing.
    7.) Alonso as Massa ‘retires’ with his injuries.
    8.) 5 with Ferrari after the sabotage of Mercedes
    9.) Yes and he will continue the trend of crashing like in rally :D
    10.) Mercedes, numerous engine problems but no engine problems for McLaren or Force India strangely.
    11.) Brunno Senna, as he manages to finsih a race in the HRT.
    12.) The German GP – who do the german fans choose: Schuey or Mercedes??
    13.) Sutil ;)
    14.)Schumacher was leading Massa until the last lap when he runs wide allowing Massa through and blocks Heidfeld, like he did in Monaco a few years ago.
    15.) Rosberg, as his car didnt get flown in.
    16.) Virgin,
    17.) Schumacher wins the title in Korea
    18.) Ferrari, thanks to Schumacher.
    19.) Look at 17 :)
    20.) 197

    I think i have 0.01% chance of being correct, eh? :D

  19. SKUZZ said on 11th March 2010, 13:23

    1. Stefan GP will be granted entry? (No idea if this can really happen)
    2. Ferrari will get away with even more blatant offences!
    3. Vitantonio Liuzzi
    4. Paul di Resta
    5. Not sure if this could be political or not but I think the lack of overtaking will be one of the biggest talking points…
    6. Lewis Hamilton
    7. Alonso
    8. 2-3
    9.? no
    10. Virgin
    11. Kobayashi
    12. Brazil
    13. Hamilton
    14. Alonso
    15. Virgin
    16. Lotus
    17. Brazil
    18. Ferrari
    19. Alonso (but I hope not!)
    20. No idea! 250+ maybe

  20. sagar said on 11th March 2010, 13:24

    1.Renault is definitely going to be best surprise.

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