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. Slovenia said on 11th March 2010, 12:22

    1.Kobayashi will win one race
    2.Bernie Ecclestone will leave F1
    3. Jaime Alguersuari
    4.Nick Heidfeld
    5.I don’t know….
    6.Lewis Hamilton
    7.Fernando Alonso
    8.Five
    9.No
    10.HRT
    11.Kamui Kobayashi
    12.Abu Dhabi GP
    13.Lewis Hamilton
    14.Fernano Alonso
    15.Karun Chandhok
    16.Lotus
    17.Abu Dhabi GP
    18.Ferrari
    19.Michael Schumacher
    20.287

  2. Xanathos said on 11th March 2010, 12:22

    1. Once again Toro Rosso
    2. The dead-slow Lotus
    3. Vitantonio Liuzzi
    4. Paul Di Resta (obviously)
    5. Ferrari’s continued rants aimed at the new teams and at Mosley
    6. Lewis Hamilton
    7. Felipe Massa
    8. four
    9. No
    10. Virgin
    11. Kamui Kobayashi
    12. Bahrain, just because the teams haven’t sorted out their strategies yet and the cars haven’t run in the heat yet
    13. Sebastian Vettel
    14. Michael Schumacher
    15. An over-ambitious rookie, propably Petrov
    16. HRT with one lucky point
    17. Abu Dhabi
    18. Red Bull
    19. Michael Schumacher
    20. around 250

  3. 1. Confirmation of Indian GP
    2. Schumacher quitting midway due to neck muscle strain.
    3. Jaime Alguersuari
    4.
    5. Lack of overtaking/night races
    6. Lewis Hamilton
    7. Fernando Alonso
    8. 2
    9. Yes in RB.
    10. HRT/Virgin
    11. Nico HĂĽlkenberg
    12. Spa
    13. Lewis
    14. Lewis
    15. Glock
    16. Lotus
    17. Abu Dhabi
    18. Ferrari
    19. F.Alonso
    20. 248

  4. Ads21 said on 11th March 2010, 12:25

    1. Paul Di Resta winning at Monza after replacing Sutil mid-season. Although I do like Vlad’s idea of a Willaims winning in Cananda.
    2. A sand-storm stopping the race in Bahrain
    3. Sutil for Di Resta at Hungary after Di Resta had shown amazing speed on Fridays and Luizzi had outdriven Sutil
    4. See Above
    5. I don’t know but I’m sure it’ll have the suffix ‘gate’
    6. Hamilton
    7. Alonso
    8. 1, Spa
    9. No
    10. Virgin
    11. Paul di Resta
    12. Canada
    13. Fernando Alonso
    14. Fernando Alonso
    15. Di Grassi
    16. Lotus probably by the end of the year
    17. Singapore
    18. Ferrrari
    19. Fernando Alonso
    20. Far too many because of a silly points system. But it’ll add up to about 130/140 points in old money.

  5. Prisoner Monkeys said on 11th March 2010, 12:27

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    The competitiveness of the new teams by season’s end

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Flavio forces his way back into the paddock (or at least tries to)

    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Vitantonio Liuzzi

    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Paul di Resta

    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Ferrari and the new teams

    6. Jenson Button vs Lewis Hamilton: who will score the most points?
    Lewis Hamilton, but it will be closer than most people are willing to give Jenson Button credit for

    7. Felipe Massa vs Fernando Alonso: who will score the most points?
    Fernando Alonso, but it will be another close one and Ferrari’s undoing in their bid for both titles

    8. How many races will Michael Schumacher win?
    Two or three

    9. Will Kimi Räikkönen announce a return to F1 in 2011?
    No

    10. Who will have the worst reliability?
    Scuderia Toro Rosso

    11. Who will be the most impressive rookie (including Kamui Kobayashi and Jaime Alguersuari)?
    Vitaly Petrov will surprise

    12. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Bahrain (first race of the season), Hungary (seven different winners from seven different races … until 2009)

    13. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Tie between Felipe Massa and Leiws Hamilton

    14. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Jenson Button

    15. Who will be the first retirement at Bahrain?
    Pedro de la Rosa

    16. Which will be the best new team?
    Virgin Racing

    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    Korea, if not Japan

    18. Who will win the constructors’ championship?
    Mercedes GP

    19. Who will win the drivers’ championship?
    Sebastian Vettel

    20. How many points will the winning driver score?
    More than 225, less than 275

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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