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

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  1. Osmar CassĂŁo said on 11th March 2010, 14:27

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Rubens Barrichello
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Rubens Barrichello

    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Rubens Barrichello x Shummacher
    6. Jenson Button vs Lewis Hamilton: who will score the most points?
    Button
    7. Felipe Massa vs Fernando Alonso: who will score the most points?
    Alonso
    8. How many races will Michael Schumacher win?
    Zero
    9. Will Kimi Räikkönen announce a return to F1 in 2011?
    Only if he dont kill herself on wrc
    10. Who will have the worst reliability?
    Renault Engine
    11. Who will be the most impressive rookie (including Kamui Kobayashi and Jaime Alguersuari)?
    Hulk have best chances with williams
    12. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Canada (the brakes will be serious issue)
    13. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Alonso
    14. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Rubens Barrichello
    15. Who will be the first retirement at Bahrain?
    HRT
    16. Which will be the best new team?
    Lotus
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    The last one
    18. Who will win the constructors’ championship?
    Ferrari
    19. Who will win the drivers’ championship?
    Vettel
    20. How many points will the winning driver score?
    306

  2. Cyclops said on 11th March 2010, 14:30

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    The underestimated Renualt getting back to their winning ways.

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Rosberg quitting after he realizes that he’s number two and always will be.

    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Liuzzi

    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    di Resta

    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Jean Todt being too friendly towards Ferrari

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

    7. Felipe Massa vs Fernando Alonso: who will score the most points?
    Fernando, not so big as everybody expects but it will be enough to make Massa’s days at Ferrari over.

    8. How many races will Michael Schumacher win?
    No more than three

    9. Will Kimi Räikkönen announce a return to F1 in 2011?
    He’s gone. Forever.

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

    11. Who will be the most impressive rookie (including Kamui Kobayashi and Jaime Alguersuari)?
    Kobayashi. From the real rookies – Petrov might show us some good racing.

    12. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Spa!

    13. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Lewis the Speed Demon.

    14. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Fernando or Michael

    15. Who will be the first retirement at Bahrain?
    Both HRT drivers at the same lap, probably crashing with each other ;) Or with Virgin ;)

    16. Which will be the best new team?
    Lotus.

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

    18. Who will win the constructors’ championship?
    Ferrari

    19. Who will win the drivers’ championship?
    Lewis/Fernando/Seb, with emphasis on Fernando.

    20. How many points will the winning driver score?
    285?

  3. Stealthman said on 11th March 2010, 14:31

    This is a great idea Keith. :)

    1. One of the new teams running competitive times, and maybe even getting into the points.
    2. One of the new teams dropping out.
    3. Alguersuari and/or Buemi. It’s a given, really.
    4. Daniel Ricciardo (or is it Ricciardello? I can’t remember :P.)
    5. Yet more unnecessary rule changes. :(
    6. Hamilton. Button is consistent, but I don’t see him at the tip of the field.
    7. Alonso. Sorry Felipe, but your injury may very well set you back.
    8. At the very least, 3.
    9. Nope… I believe he’s happy where he is now.
    10. Virgin or HRT.
    11. Kobayashi. He has that little something…
    12. Brazil, what else?
    13. Very up in the air. I’d say Alonso, Schumacher or Hamilton.
    14. Hamilton.
    15. One of the HRT or Virgin cars.
    16. Lotus.
    17. Abu Dhabi. I think this season will go down to the wire.
    18. Ferrari.
    19. Extremely hard to tell… I’d put my money on Alonso or Hamilton, with Schumi a very high possibility as well.
    20. Gah, you have to be kidding me… :P

  4. JediJames said on 11th March 2010, 14:33

    most people are giving Schumi a few reace wins, so how many different race winners will we have?

  5. Emmet said on 11th March 2010, 14:34

    1. What will be the best surprise? – Korea turns out to be a good race

    2. What will be the worst surprise? – Renault withdrawing factory support

    3. Which driver will be replaced first? – I’m going to stick my head out and say no one :P

    4. Who will he be replaced by? – No one

    5. What will be the biggest political story? – New engine formula for the future

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

    7. Felipe Massa vs Fernando Alonso: who will score the most points? – Fernando Alonso, but only just

    8. How many races will Michael Schumacher win? – 7

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

    10. Who will have the worst reliability? – HRT, mainly due to no testing

    11. Who will be the most impressive rookie (including Kamui Kobayashi and Jaime Alguersuari)? – Nico Hulkenburg

    12. Which will be the most entertaining race? – Melbourne

    13. Who will set the most pole positions? – Fernando Alonso

    14. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? – Michael Schumacher

    15. Who will be the first retirement at Bahrain? – Karun Chandhok

    16. Which will be the best new team? – To most peoples’ surprise, the Virgin will be a good consistent performer. Not bad for a first time :P Right, the Virgin jokes need to stop now!

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

    18. Who will win the constructors’ championship? – Ferrari

    19. Who will win the drivers’ championship? – Michael Schumacher, as the Ferrari drivers will compete too much for points between themselves

    20. How many points will the winning driver score? – 300

  6. James Brickles said on 11th March 2010, 14:36

    1. An exceedingly close championship
    2. Renault announcing their exit
    3. Pedro de la Rosa
    4. Nick Heidfeld
    5. New Tyre Suppliers
    6. Hamilton
    7. Alonso
    8. 2
    9. Hopefully
    10. Virgin
    11. Nico Hulkenberg
    12. Australia
    13. Sebastian Vettel
    14. Lewis Hamilton
    15. Lucas Di Grassi
    16. HRT
    17. Abu Dhabi
    18. Red Bull
    19. Mark Webber
    20. 252

  7. TeviotMoose said on 11th March 2010, 14:37

    1. What will be the best surprise? The number of different Grand-Prix winners. At least 7.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? That HRT won’t finish the season
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? None of them
    4. Who will he be replaced by? No-one
    5. What will be the biggest political story? Todt vs McLaren
    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? Massa
    8. How many races will Michael Schumacher win? 2
    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)? Hulkenberg
    12. Which will be the most entertaining race? Spa
    13. Who will set the most pole positions? Lewis Hamilton
    14. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Schumacher (Michael)
    15. Who will be the first retirement at Bahrain? Petrov
    16. Which will be the best new team? Virgin
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? Brazil
    18. Who will win the constructors’ championship? Ferrari
    19. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Lewis Hamilton
    20. How many points will the winning driver score? 275

  8. bluelotus f1 said on 11th March 2010, 14:42

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Barichello owning Schumacher by the end of this year
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Schumacher pulling out mid-way due to some sort of injury
    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Chandok
    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Any other dude who has BIG MONEY.
    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Briatore finding his way back in.
    6. Jenson Button vs Lewis Hamilton: who will score the most points?
    Lewis Hamilton
    7. Felipe Massa vs Fernando Alonso: who will score the most points?
    Alonso
    8. How many races will Michael Schumacher win?
    3
    9. Will Kimi Räikkönen announce a return to F1 in 2011?
    Yes.
    10. Who will have the worst reliability?
    HRT
    11. Who will be the most impressive rookie (including
    Kamui Kobayashi and Jaime Alguersuari)?
    Hulkenberg
    12. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Japanese GP
    13. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Alonso
    14. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Vettel
    15. Who will be the first retirement at Bahrain?
    Di Grassi
    16. Which will be the best new team?
    Dibs on Lotus
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    Brazil
    18. Who will win the constructors’ championship?
    McLaren
    19. Who will win the drivers’ championship?
    Hamilton
    20. How many points will the winning driver score?
    320

  9. Scribe said on 11th March 2010, 14:42

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Eight Winners.

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Sauber runs out of money mid season

    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Jaime Algesurari
    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Daniel Ricardo
    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Ever increasingly boarderline Double diffusers
    6. Jenson Button vs Lewis Hamilton: who will score the most points?
    Hamilton
    7. Felipe Massa vs Fernando Alonso: who will score the most points?
    Alonso
    8. How many races will Michael Schumacher win?
    Three
    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)?
    Kamui Kobayashi, will have the most memorable drive.

    12. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Intergalos
    13. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Lewis Hamilton
    14. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Lewis Hamilton

    15. Who will be the first retirement at Bahrain?
    Lucas Di Grassi

    16. Which will be the best new team?
    Lotus
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

    18. Who will win the constructors’ championship?
    Ferrari

    19. Who will win the drivers’ championship?
    Lewis Hamilton

    20. How many points will the winning driver score?
    248

  10. sumedh said on 11th March 2010, 14:46

    Keith, you are a Michael Schumacher fan? Since when? This article: http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/f1-information/whos-who/whos-who-s/michael-schumacher/ doesn’t make you sound like a Schumi fan at all. I am very surprised.
    Anyways, my answers.

    1. What will be the best surprise? – Force India doing well
    2. What will be the worst surprise? – HRT not lasting till the end of the season
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? – Jaime
    4. Who will he be replaced by? – Can’t say, I hope Takuma Sato
    5. What will be the biggest political story? – Bernie trying to save HRT and Bruno Senna
    6. Jenson Button vs Lewis Hamilton: who will score the most points? – Easy one, Lewis by far
    7. Felipe Massa vs Fernando Alonso: who will score the most points? – Felipe
    8. How many races will Michael Schumacher win? – 3
    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)? – 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? – Lewis
    15. Who will be the first retirement at Bahrain? – Webber
    16. Which will be the best new team? – Lotus
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? – Brazil (as always)
    18. Who will win the constructors’ championship? – Ferrari
    19. Who will win the drivers’ championship? – Felipe
    20. How many points will the winning driver score? – I am not used to the new points scoring system yet. But multiplying 88 (by old system) by 2.5 gives 220, and after accounting for the extra race, I will say, [b]235 points[/b]

  11. vettelfan said on 11th March 2010, 14:50

    1. Toro Rosso winning a race
    2. Any of the teams leaving mid-season (may not be suprising, but it wouldn’t be a good thing)
    3. None
    4. None
    5. 2011 tyre supplier
    6. Lewis Hamilton
    7. Be much closer than the Button/Hamilton battle, but I think Alonso will edge it.
    8. 1
    9. If Webber doesn’t perform then maybe.
    10. Virgin
    11. Senna or Hulkenberg
    12. Brazil
    13. Vettel (or more realistically .. Hamilton)
    14. Hamilton
    15. Heikki or Di Grassi
    16. HRT
    17. Japan or Brazil
    18. Ferrari
    19. My heart says Vettel, my head says Hamilton or Alonso
    20. 295

  12. Changing my answers to Q1 & 2,
    1. Bernie dies
    2. Bernie leaves control of FIM to the Flav in his will.

  13. Salut Gilles said on 11th March 2010, 14:53

    1. Sauber podium in 1st third of season
    2. Bruno Senna vastly outperformed by Karun Chandok
    3. Adrian Sutil
    4. Paul Di Resta
    5. USF1 entry in 2011
    6. Lewis Hamilton
    7. Fernando Alonso
    8. Two
    9. No
    10. HRT
    11. Kamui Kobayashi
    12. Turkey
    13. Sebastien Vettel
    14. Jenson Button
    15. Bruno Senna
    16. Lotus
    17. Korea
    18. Ferrari
    19. Sebastien Vettel
    20. 231

  14. 1. The new teams catching up quickly
    2. Kamui Kobayashi causing some accidents
    3. Vitantionio Liuzzi
    4. Paul di Resta
    5. The next step in the budget limit/Resource agreement saga
    6. Lewis Hamilton
    7. Fernando Alonso
    8. 1
    9. Unfortunately no
    10. HRT
    11. Hulkenberg
    12. Spa
    13. Hamilton
    14. Hamilton
    15. Kovalainen
    16. Virgin
    17. Interlagos
    18. Ferrari
    19. Hamilton
    20. 250

  15. MonF said on 11th March 2010, 14:59

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    More than 5 different teams will win races
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Multiple drivers having to retire from races because of bad fuel calculations
    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Chandhok
    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Villeneuve
    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Ferrari vs. FIA in budget cutting
    6. Jenson Button vs Lewis Hamilton: who will score the most points?
    Button
    7. Felipe Massa vs Fernando Alonso: who will score the most points?
    Alonso
    8. How many races will Michael Schumacher win?
    Four
    9. Will Kimi Räikkönen announce a return to F1 in 2011?
    Yes
    10. Who will have the worst reliability?
    Renault
    11. Who will be the most impressive rookie (including Kamui Kobayashi and Jaime Alguersuari)?
    Kobayashi
    12. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Monaco
    13. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Vettel
    14. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Schumacher
    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?
    The last one
    18. Who will win the constructors’ championship?
    Ferrari
    19. Who will win the drivers’ championship?
    Alonso
    20. How many points will the winning driver score?
    250

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