The 2011 F1 season in 20 questions

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Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Barcelona, 2011

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Barcelona, 2011

With the first action of 2011 just three days away it’s time to make our predictions for what the year ahead has in store.

Will McLaren bounce back from their problems? What will the Horse Whisperer find to grumble about?

And who will celebrating come the final round in Brazil? Make your 2011 predictions here.

20 questions on the 2011 F1 season

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. How many races will McLaren win?
7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season?
8. What will the Horse Whisperer?óÔéĽÔäós first complaint be about?
9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
10. Who will crash out of the most races?
11. Which team will have the worst reliability?
12. Which rookie driver will score the most points?
13. Which will be the most entertaining race?
14. Who will set the most pole positions?
15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne?
17. At which race will the drivers?óÔéĽÔäó title be won?
18. How many points will the winning driver score?

19. Who will win the 2011 constructors championship?

  • Red Bull (60%)
  • McLaren (12%)
  • Ferrari (21%)
  • Mercedes (4%)
  • Renault (1%)
  • Williams (0%)
  • Force India (0%)
  • Sauber (0%)
  • Toro Rosso (0%)
  • Lotus (0%)
  • HRT (0%)
  • Virgin (2%)

Total Voters: 449

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20. Who will win the 2011 drivers championship?

  • Sebastian Vettel (27%)
  • Mark Webber (11%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (13%)
  • Jenson Button (2%)
  • Fernando Alonso (37%)
  • Felipe Massa (2%)
  • Michael Schumacher (5%)
  • Nico Rosberg (1%)
  • Nick Heidfeld (1%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Sebastien Buemi (0%)
  • Jaime Alguersuari (0%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Jarno Trulli (0%)
  • Narain Karthikeyan (0%)
  • Sakon Yamamoto (0%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Jerome d'Ambrosio (1%)

Total Voters: 449

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Here are my answers to the 20 questions – cast your votes above and share your answers in the comments:

1. At least one of the second-year teams scoring a point
2. At least one of the second-year teams dropping out before the end of the season
3. Vitantonio Liuzzi
4. Sakon Yamamoto
5. The row over the Concorde Agreement
6. Third
7. Yes
8. Three-car teams
9. Second
10. Narain Karthikeyan
11. HRT
12. Sergio Perez
13. The Brazilian Grand Prix
14. Sebastian Vettel
15. Fernando Alonso
16. Jerome d’Ambrosio
17. The Brazilian Grand Prix
18. 273
19. Ferrari
20. Fernando Alonso

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245 comments on The 2011 F1 season in 20 questions

  1. sorello (@sorello) said on 23rd March 2011, 7:17

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Sauber finishing on the podium at the end.

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Kubica being unable to return to racing.

    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    di Resta.

    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Nico Hulkenberg.

    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Red Bull being caught bending the rules.

    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    None.

    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season?
    Yes.

    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about?
    Red Bull.

    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    One win – Spa Francorchamps.

    10. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Kathikeyan.

    11. Which team will have the worst reliability?
    HRT.

    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points?
    Sergio Perez.

    13. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Montreal.

    14. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Sebastian Vettel.

    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Fernando Alonso.

    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne?
    Petrov.

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

    18. How many points will the winning driver score
    302.

    19. Who will win the 2011 constructors championship?
    Ferrari.

    20. Who will win the 2011 drivers championship?
    Fernando Alonso.

  2. Chris Topher said on 23rd March 2011, 8:13

    1. What will be the best surprise? Nick Heidfeld winning a race
    2. What will be the worst surprise? DRS (Drag Reduction System) causing a major accident
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? Liuzzi
    4. Who will he be replaced by? A sack of magic beans
    5. What will be the biggest political story? Controversy over the DRS
    6. How many races will McLaren win? 4
    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season? Yes
    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about? Massa’s form
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? Victory
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? Pastor Maldonado
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability? Team Lotus
    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points? Paul di Resta
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race? Brazilian Grand Prix
    14. Who will set the most pole positions? Vettel
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Vettel
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne? Perez
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? Brazilian Grand Prix
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 278

  3. Chris Topher said on 23rd March 2011, 8:38

    19. Who will win the 2011 constructors championship? Red Bull.
    20. Who will win the 2011 drivers championship? Mark Webber

  4. smifaye (@smifaye) said on 23rd March 2011, 8:39

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Williams 1 2 finish at Silverstone

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Mark Webber not winning a race

    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Sebastien Buemi

    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Daniel Ricciardo

    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Lotus Lotus

    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    5

    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season?
    No

    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about?
    Marbles

    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    1st

    10. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Petrov

    11. Which team will have the worst reliability?
    HRT

    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points?
    Paul di Resta

    13. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Montreal, Canada

    14. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Vettel

    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Lewis Hamilton

    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne?
    Narain Karthikeyan

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

    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    240

  5. 1. What will be the best surprise?
    Lotus getting Points
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    HRT or Vigin not making it to the end of the year
    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Narain Karthikeyan
    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Cristian Klien
    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Bernie’s Replacement
    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    2
    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season?
    No
    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about?
    Pirelli Tyres
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    2nd
    10. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Jerome d’Ambrosio
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability?
    Virgin
    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points?
    Perez
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Spa
    14. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Vettel
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Alonso
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne?
    d’Ambrosio
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    Abu Dhabi
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    263.5
    19. Who will win the 2011 constructors championship?
    Red Bull
    20. Who will win the 2011 drivers championship
    Vettel

  6. fordsrule (@fordsrule) said on 23rd March 2011, 8:54

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    McLaren having a winning car early in the season.

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Sauber not being as competitive as first thought.

    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Vitantonio Liuzzi

    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Giorgio Mondini

    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Drag Reduction System/Adjustable Rear Wing.

    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    8(6 to Hamilton, 2 to Button)

    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season?
    Yes.

    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about?
    The “New” teams(Team Lotus, Virgin, HRT)

    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    7th(Wishful thinking!)

    10. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Narain Karthikeyan

    11. Which team will have the worst reliability?
    HRT

    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points?
    Sergio Perez(Will have the best car out of the rookies)

    13. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Brazilian Grand Prix.

    14. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Lewis Hamilton, with Vettel a close 2nd.

    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Lewis Hamilton.

    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne?
    Fernando Alonso/Mark Webber tangle at the first corner.

    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    Brazilian Grand Prix.

    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    293

  7. ajokay (@ajokay) said on 23rd March 2011, 9:17

    1. What will be the best surprise? – Heidfeld wins a race
    2. What will be the worst surprise? –
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? – Petrov
    4. Who will he be replaced by? – Grosjean
    5. What will be the biggest political story? – Ferrari runs absolutely rampant with the ‘no team orders’ rule, proper annoying everyone, even Steph.
    6. How many races will McLaren win? – 5
    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season? – No
    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about? – Tyres
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? – 1st, once, in a lucky wet race
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? – Petrov
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability? – HRT
    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points? – Maldonado
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race? – Montreal
    14. Who will set the most pole positions? – Vettel
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? – Schumacher
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne? – Karthikeyan
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? – Brazil
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? – 231
    19. Who will win the 2011 constructors championship? – Red Bull (just)
    20. Who will win the 2011 drivers championship? – Nick Heidfeld (awww, yeah)

  8. Abhijeet MS said on 23rd March 2011, 12:09

    1. What will be the best surprise – Heidfeld gets his first win
    2. What will be the worst surprise- HRT pulling out and Narain Karthikeyan not able to drive in Indian GP.
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? – Vitantonio Liuzzi
    4. Who will he be replaced by? – Sakon Yamamoto
    5. What will be the biggest political story? – Team Orders taking life out of Sport.
    6. How many races will McLaren win? – 2
    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season? – Depends more on if Red Bull wants to reatin him or not.
    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about? – New aero dynamics of mclarens or mercedes.
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? – 1st
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? – perez
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability? – HRT
    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points? – Di resta
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race? – Brazilian GP
    14. Who will set the most pole positions? – Vettel
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? – Vettel
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne? – Vitantonio Liuzzi
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?-The Brazilian Grand Prix
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? – 281

  9. 1. What will be the best surprise?
    a) McLaren actually having a competitive (at the front) car from the begining of the season. (the more the better, hopefully Renault and Mercedes can challenge as well, as the bill of a ‘big four’ last season never materialised) b) neither Vettel or Alonso winning one of the first 3 races.

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    a) Any team dropping out b) A two horse race between Vettel and Alonso only.

    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    ANYONE AT HRT ISN’T SAFE! As we saw last season they like to chop and change.

    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Another young rookie who no-one has heard of, until he himself is also replaced.

    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Either Ecclestone and his rain dancing or the DRS, or both.

    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    2

    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season?
    If he is not in contention, yes. If he wins the title then no, he will want to bow out in glory.

    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about?
    The back markers using DRS to pass Alonso into the first corner of Melbourne, after they have been lapped, causing him to crash after he takes his hand off the wheel to wave and gesture towards the driver.

    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    5th

    10. Who will crash out of the most races?
    From a promissing position under pressure: Vettel or Hamilton (although I consider these to be the best drivers). From the back: Karthekeyan or Buemi

    11. Which team will have the worst reliability?
    By their standards, probably McLaren. Overall, Hispania.

    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points?
    Moldonado (best car)

    13. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Spa or Canada

    14. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Vettel. (Who will win the least races from pole position? Vettel)

    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Hamilton (this is the part of the season where McLaren finally turn up, have a mid-season promise at Monaco and Hungary, then fade again).

    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne?
    Schumacher+Button, first corner collision

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

    18. How many points will the winning driver score
    260-280

    19. Who will win the 2011 constructors championship?
    Red Bull – by a country mile (unless Massa can improve)

    20. Who will win the 2011 drivers championship?
    Alonso – his team mate will put him under less pressure and he is the main man at Ferrari. Although Vettel in the Red Bull is the current driver/car to beat.

  10. Odinsthor (@krss77) said on 23rd March 2011, 12:27

    1. What will be the best surprise? – Alguersuari gaining podium
    2. What will be the worst surprise? – Mercedes lack of performance and Hamilton’s constant problem with the tires
    3. Which driver will be replaced first?- Narain Karthikeyan
    4. Who will he be replaced by? – Sakon Yamamoto
    5. What will be the biggest political story? – DRS safety concerns
    6. How many races will McLaren win? – 3 – but they will have to wait half a season
    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season? – No
    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about? – Alguersuari in Red Bull
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? – Win
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? – Petrov
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability? – Virgin
    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points? – Di Resta
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race? – Canada
    14. Who will set the most pole positions? – Vettel
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? – Alonso
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne? – Maldonado
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? – Last one
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? – 272
    19. Who will win the 2011 constructors championship? – Red Bull
    20. 20. Who will win the 2011 drivers championship? – Alonso

  11. Francuis (@francuis) said on 23rd March 2011, 12:42

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Nick Heifeld winning his first race.
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    HRT not able to qualify both cars for first half the season.
    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Sebastien Buemi
    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Daniel Ricciardo
    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Lotus Renault buying back the Team Lotus name.
    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    Zero
    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season?
    No
    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about?
    The Chaos caused by rapid degrading tires and excessive marbles.
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    One win in the rain.
    10. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Maldonado
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability?
    Virgin
    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points?
    Sergio Perez
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Canada
    14. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Sebastian Vettel
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Alonso
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne?
    Timo Glock
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    224
    19. Who will win the 2011 constructors championship?
    Red Bull
    20. Who will win the 2011 drivers championship?
    Alonso

  12. Browny (@browny) said on 23rd March 2011, 12:44

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    first ever win for Nico Rosberg
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Ferrari deploying team orders in the early races
    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Sebastian Buemi (after Hungary)
    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Daniel Riccardo
    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Ferrari threaten to leave F1 unless backmakers are culled
    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    4 (LH at Spa,Monza, Singapore & JB at Abu Dhabi)
    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season?
    Yes he will despite playing second fiddle to Vettel all season
    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about?
    Backmakers holding up Alonso in qualifying
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    2nd place at a wet Spa
    10. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Nahrain Karthikyan
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability?
    Virgin
    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points?
    Maldono, with Di Resta a close second
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Australia
    14. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Sebastian Vettel
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Fernando Alonso
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne?
    Vitantio Luizzi crash in Turn 1
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    Brazil
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    261 points
    19. Contructors Champions?
    Ferrari
    20. Drivers Champion?
    Fernando Alonso

  13. Pedal to the Vettel (@pedal-to-the-vettel) said on 23rd March 2011, 12:54

    1.What will be the best surprise?/Nico wins multiple races.

    2.What will be the worst surprise?/1 Driver dominates.

    3.Which driver will be replaced first?/Buemi.

    4.Who will he be replaced by?/Ricciardo.

    5.What will be the biggest political story?/concorde agreement.

    6.How many races will McLaren win?/3

    7.Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season?/Don’t think he will be given the option…

    8.What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about?/That nobody cares what he thinks…

    9.What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?/2nd.

    10.Who will crash out of the most races?/Maldonado.

    11.Which team will have the worst reliability?/HRT.

    12.Which rookie driver will score the most points?/ Perez.

    13.Which will be the most entertaining race?/Korea.

    14.Who will set the most pole positions?/Vettel.

    15.Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?/Alonso.

    16.Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne?/ Maldonado.

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

    18.How many points will the winning driver score?/272

    19.(After seeing cars)= Vettel

    20.(Same as above)= Red Bull

  14. Toro Stevo said on 23rd March 2011, 13:06

    1. Rosberg to win a race
    2. Another ‘team orders’ victory
    3. Buemi
    4. Riccardo
    5. Spending caps
    6. 2
    7. Yes
    8. Flapping wings
    9. Third
    10. d’Ambrosio
    11. Virgin again
    12. Maldonado
    13. Silverstone is due some rain
    14. Sebastian Petal
    15. Webber
    16. Kamui @ first corner
    17. Abu Dhabi
    18. 281
    19. Red Bull
    20. Petal unfortunately

  15. Klon (@klon) said on 23rd March 2011, 13:06

    1. What will be the best surprise? – Barrichello scoring a shocking win for Williams
    2. What will be the worst surprise? – A very, very heavy accident somewhere
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? – D’Ambrosio
    4. Who will he be replaced by? – Yamamoto
    5. What will be the biggest political story? – New concorde agreement
    6. How many races will McLaren win? – None
    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season? – No
    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about? – Backmarkers
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? – Third
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? – Perez
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability? – Virgin
    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points? – Maldonando
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race? – Brazil
    14. Who will set the most pole positions? – Vettel
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? – Barrichello
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne? – D’Ambrosio
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? – India
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? – ~290 Points

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