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. Alex Gant said on 11th March 2010, 21:14

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Group Lotus officially backing their F1 name-sake.

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Schumacher pulling out before the season’s over.

    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Jaime Algusauri.

    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Bertrand Baguette.

    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Replacement tyre supplier for Bridgestone.

    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?
    Felipe Massa (I hope).

    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)?
    Kamui Kobayashi.

    12. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Spa Francorchamps, Belgium.

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

    14. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Sebastien Vettel.

    15. Who will be the first retirement at Bahrain?
    Mark Webber (a pure leftfield guess).

    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?
    McLaren Mercedes.

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

    20. How many points will the winning driver score?
    280.

  2. Søren Kaae said on 11th March 2010, 21:40

    1. Force India
    2. Lotus brings shame to the name…
    3. Vitaly Petrov
    4. Giancarlo Fisichella
    5. KERS in 2011
    6. Jenson Button
    7. Fernando Alonso
    8. 2
    9. No, he likes crashing in WRC!
    10. Virgin
    11. Kamui Kobayashi
    12. Suzuka
    13. Sebastian Vettel
    14. Michael Schumacher
    15. Karun Chandhok
    16. Lotus
    17. Jeonam Korean Grand Prix
    18. Mclaren
    19. Jenson Button
    20. 230

  3. 1. What will be the best surprise?
    A. Webber wins Melbourne
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    A. Another scandal of horrific proportions
    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    A. Algesuari
    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    A. Riccardo
    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    A. Flav tries to return to F1
    6. Jenson Button vs Lewis Hamilton: who will score the most points?
    A. Lewis will wipe the floor with Button
    7. Felipe Massa vs Fernando Alonso: who will score the most points?
    A. Nando for WDC!
    8. How many races will Michael Schumacher win?
    A. 2
    9. Will Kimi Räikkönen announce a return to F1 in 2011?
    A. No
    10. Who will have the worst reliability?
    A. HRT – moody car, that ;)
    11. Who will be the most impressive rookie (including Kamui Kobayashi and Jaime Alguersuari)?
    A. Hulkenburg
    12. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    A. Melbourne
    13. Who will set the most pole positions?
    A. Nando
    14. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    A. Lewis
    15. Who will be the first retirement at Bahrain?
    A. Chandhok
    16. Which will be the best new team?
    A. Lotus
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    A. Brazil
    18. Who will win the constructors’ championship?
    A. Red Bull
    19. Who will win the drivers’ championship?
    A. Nando (but would dearly love it to be Webber)
    20. How many points will the winning driver score?
    A. 236

  4. MacBromba said on 11th March 2010, 22:07

    1. Bruno Senna making a podium finish
    2. Mercedes running at low pace
    3. Pedro de la Rosa
    4. Bruno Senna
    5. Super difusor in one of the big teams.
    6. Hamilton
    7. Massa
    8. 2
    9. Yes
    10. Virgin
    11. Bruno Senna
    12. Interlagos
    13. Massa
    14. Massa
    15. Pedro de la Rosa
    16. HRT
    17. Interlagos
    18. Red Bull
    19. Massa
    20. 320

  5. Joe S said on 11th March 2010, 22:08

    3 & 4. The new teams probably wont let anyone go, because not many drivers would be willing to stand as a replacement. For me, either Buemi or Liuzzi. Giancarlo Fisichella should replace them. Plenty of experience, speed and ability to keep the car on the track

  6. Sharon said on 11th March 2010, 22:10

    1. What will be the best surprise? Top 6 drivers within 10 points of one another going into last race
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Schumacher and Mercedes dominate and win the championships in Valencia
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? Alguersuari
    4. Who will he be replaced by? A.N. Other Red Bull Young Drivers Scheme chap
    5. What will be the biggest political story? No tyre supplier for 2011
    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? 3
    9. Will Kimi Räikkönen announce a return to F1 in 2011? Only if he gets bored of crashing in rallying
    10. Who will have the worst reliability? Virgin
    11. Who will be the most impressive rookie (including Kamui Kobayashi and Jaime Alguersuari)? Hulkenburg
    12. Which will be the most entertaining race? Brazil
    13. Who will set the most pole positions? Hamilton
    14. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Button
    15. Who will be the first retirement at Bahrain? At least one HRT won’t make it to the grid
    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? McLaren
    19. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Alonso
    20. How many points will the winning driver score? 301

  7. Five Red Lights said on 11th March 2010, 22:11

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Hulkenberg winning a race

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Max Mosley running down the hangar straight

    3. Which driver will be replaced first? Jaime Alguesuari

    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Daniel Ricciardo

    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Something to do with the pirate.. Alonso

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

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

    8. How many races will Michael Schumacher win?
    Four

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

    10. Who will have the worst reliability?
    Virgin

    11. Who will be the most impressive rookie?
    Hulkenberg

    12. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Brazil

    13. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Webber

    14. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Schumacher

    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?
    McLaren

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

    20. How many points will the winning driver score?
    277

  8. Angus said on 11th March 2010, 22:30

    1. What will be the best surprise? – 4 drivers in with a shot at the title still at the last race in Abu Dhabi (Schumacher, Hamilton, Alonso, Vettel)

    2. What will be the worst surprise? – The 4-way title fight obscures the fact that the actual racing is worse without refuelling than it was with

    3. Which driver will be replaced first? – Petrov

    4. Who will he be replaced by? – Nelson Piquet Jr. (lol)

    5. What will be the biggest political story? – Unrest at McLaren between Button and Hamilton

    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

    8. How many races will Michael Schumacher win? – 4

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

    10. Who will have the worst reliability? – Virgin

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

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

    13. Who will set the most pole positions? – Sebastian Vettel

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

    15. Who will be the first retirement at Bahrain? – Michael Schumacher. A massive anti-climax on his return, but Schuey will make amends later and challenge for the title

    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? – Red Bull

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

    20. How many points will the winning driver score? 290

  9. jmfly said on 11th March 2010, 22:33

    1. the rookies!
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    3. Alguersuari
    4. ?
    5. Michael schumacher wi
    6. Jenson Button vs Lewis Hamilton: who will score the most points?
    7. Felipe
    8. 2
    9. Non
    10. Virgin
    11. Kobayashi
    12. Brazil
    13. Felipe
    14. a Ferrari
    15. Virgin
    16. Lotus
    17. Brazil
    18. Ferrari
    19. ?
    20. 300

  10. yelrom said on 11th March 2010, 22:50

    1. Sauber on podium a few times
    2. HRT
    3. Vitaly Petrov
    4. Nick Heidfeld
    5. Every thing about Bernie
    6. Lewis
    7. Felipe
    8. 1
    9. Hope not, but I say no
    10. HRT
    11. Hulkenberg
    12. Canada
    13. Fernando
    14. Webber
    15. Trulli
    16. Lotus
    17. Last (hopefully)
    18. Red Bull
    19. Alonso
    20. Have no idea

  11. charles fox said on 11th March 2010, 23:00

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    williams wi

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    2 or more teams bailing

    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Vitantonio Liuzzi or alg

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

    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    team selection 2011

    6. Jenson Button vs Lewis Hamilton: who will score the most points?
    it’ll be ~5 point difference depending on whos quick at Bahrain

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

    8. How many races will Michael Schumacher win?
    1/2

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

    10. Who will have the worst reliability?
    VR

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

    12. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Wet Silverstone or Spa

    13. Who will set the most pole positions?
    LH

    14. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    JB or MS

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

    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?
    Mclaren

    19. Who will win the drivers’ championship?
    JB

    20. How many points will the winning driver score?
    More than 241

  12. Ronan said on 11th March 2010, 23:30

    1. What will be the best surprise? Sauber
    2. What will be the worst surprise? One of the big four running away from the others.
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? Tonio Liuzzi
    4. Who will he be replaced by? Paul di Resta
    5. What will be the biggest political story? The efforts to fill the grid next year after some of the new teams go bust.
    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? 4
    9. Will Kimi Räikkönen announce a return to F1 in 2011? Yes, with Red Bull
    10. Who will have the worst reliability? Hispania
    11. Who will be the most impressive rookie (including Kamui Kobayashi and Jaime Alguersuari)? Kobayashi
    12. Which will be the most entertaining race? Canada
    13. Who will set the most pole positions? Alonso
    14. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Schumacher
    15. Who will be the first retirement at Bahrain? Chandhock
    16. Which will be the best new team? Lotus
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? Abu Dahbi
    18. Who will win the constructors’ championship? McLaren
    19. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Alonso
    20. How many points will the winning driver score? 250

  13. Dr Jones said on 11th March 2010, 23:40

    1. Lotus to make it on podium
    2. HRT leaving F1 early
    3. Chandok
    4. Lopez
    5. Schumi for his 8th WDC
    6. Button
    7. Alonso by a very close margin
    8. 4
    9. don’t think so
    10. HRT
    11. Hulkenburg
    12. Turkey
    13. Hamilton
    14. Alonso
    15. Chandok/Senna
    16. Lotus
    17. Brazilian GP (again)
    18. Ferrari
    19. Alonso
    20. 110+

  14. Catalina ;) said on 11th March 2010, 23:58

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    A: Renault getting on pace and finishing above Force India and Sauber

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    A: Renault finally quit the sport

    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    A: Rubens.

    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    A: dunnno

    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    A: new team for 2011

    6. Jenson Button vs Lewis Hamilton: who will score the most points?
    A: the one with the yellow helmet.

    7. Felipe Massa vs Fernando Alonso: who will score the most points?
    A: I’m going with Massa, but it wouldn’t be a big gap

    8. How many races will Michael Schumacher win?
    A: 3

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

    10. Who will have the worst reliability?
    A: Vettel’s RB6

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

    12. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    A: Interlagos

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

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

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

    16. Which will be the best new team?
    A: I want to say Lotus, but I think they’re tied with Virgin

    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    A: Interlagos

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

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

    20. How many points will the winning driver score?
    A: 231

  15. 1. What will be the best surprise?
    The new regulations haven’t made the show worse.
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    The 2013 regulations are announced and despite the costly return of KERS, it looks a lot like a return to the ‘economy run’ racing of the last turbo era.
    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Sutil
    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Paul di Resta
    5. What will be the biggest political story? Renault announcing the team will be branded Lada from 2011, causing uproar from Ferrari.
    6. Jenson Button vs Lewis Hamilton:
    Button, by looking after his tyres and keeping his cool.
    7. Felipe Massa vs Fernando Alonso:
    Alonso, but only after some major tantrums.
    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)?
    Kamui Kobayashi grabs the headlines and the wins, Bruno Senna drives the wheels off the HRT and gets a real drive for 2011
    12. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Brazil
    13. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Hamilton
    14. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Schumacher, having barged past Button and stayed ahead when Hamilton threw away another pole at the first corner.
    15. Who will be the first retirement at Bahrain?
    Sutil, along with anyone foolish enough to get anywhere near him on the first lap.
    16. Which will be the best new team?
    Sauber if they count, otherwise Virgin
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    Abu Dhabi
    18. Who will win the constructors’ championship?
    Red Bull, by not having driver issues and not upsetting the stewards or the FIA.
    19. Who will win the drivers’ championship?
    Mark Webber, after Vettel and Schumacher collide in Abu Dhabi
    20. How many points will the winning driver score? 212.5

  16. wasiF1 said on 12th March 2010, 0:46

    I do agree on many things, but I would love Schumacher to win the WC, but I think it will be between Alonso & Hamilton.

  17. Stephen_P83 said on 12th March 2010, 1:20

    Here are my answers.

    1. Virgin Racing will score a podium.
    2. HRT will fail to complete the season.
    3. Jaime Algesuari
    4. Brendan Hartley
    5. The 2011 team selection process
    6. Jenson Button will score more than Lewis
    7. Felipe will beat Alonso
    8. Michael Schumacher will win twice
    9. Kimi Räikkönen will not return
    10. HRT
    11. Nico Hulkenberg
    12. Melbourne
    13. Felipe Massa
    14. Felipe Massa
    15. Karun Chandhoeck
    16. Virgin Racing
    17. Brazil
    18. Ferrari
    19. Felipe Massa
    20. 326

  18. Daffid said on 12th March 2010, 2:02

    Sadly my answers 2-5 all revolve around someone dying

  19. KilledBDeath said on 12th March 2010, 2:25

    1. Fast Petrov :)
    2. Slow Senna :(
    3. Jaime
    4. Valsecchi (not sure about spelling :/)
    5. Jean Todt sleeping with Madonna or something
    6. Lewis quite obviously
    7. Felipe can fire up and outdo Alonso
    8. 4~
    9. Yes
    10. HRT/Virgin
    11. Kamui, followed by Petrov
    12. Spa
    13. Rosberg might if the car delievers
    14. Schumacher
    15. Liuzzi
    16. If you consider Sauber new – they will, otherwise Lotus
    17.Last race
    18. McLaren
    19. Hamilton
    20. More than 200

  20. Mr. Keith,

    You put schumi for world champion with 308 points?
    which means he would score average 16 points every race… wow… means he would get podiums in almost every race… that wont make this year as competitive as it is…

    i was hoping the champion will score about maximum 200 points only :D so it will be an axciting battle to the championship..

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