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. Konrad said on 23rd March 2011, 13:25

    Question 21

    Will Robert Kubica come back some time this season?

  2. Meander (@meander) said on 23rd March 2011, 13:50

    1. What will be the best surprise? – Heidfeld finally winning a race
    2. What will be the worst surprise? – Force India back to backmarker
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? – D’Ambrosio
    4. Who will he be replaced by? – Van der Garde
    5. What will be the biggest political story? – 2013 engine specs
    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? – Something about Red Bull’s strategy
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? – 2nd
    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? – Perez
    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? – Webber
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne? – Sutil
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? – India
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? – 276
    19. Red Bull
    20. Vettel

  3. Alex Bkk (@alex-bkk) said on 23rd March 2011, 14:45

    I’m not touching these questions with a barge pole… This is F1, way too many surprises in a season.

    With the new regulations and tyres … I’m almost looking at this as a new Formula.

    I loved reading your comments, and I hope we can revisit this thread at the end of the season.

    Hope I’m right not answering!

  4. The Edge (@the-edge) said on 23rd March 2011, 14:47

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    – Mclaren winning Melbourne
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    – HRT failing the 107% rule
    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    – Pastor Maldonado
    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    – Nico HĂĽlkenberg
    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    – Concorde
    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    – 6
    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?
    – HRT getting in their way
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    – 4th
    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?
    – Di Resta
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    – Montreal
    14. Who will set the most pole positions?
    – lewis
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    – lewis
    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?
    – 249

  5. B MacGregor (@b-macgregor) said on 23rd March 2011, 15:25

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Toro Rosso moving to the front of the midfield
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Viewers complaining that f1 has become too complicated and automated (lessons of traction control not learnt)
    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Buemi
    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Ricciardo
    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Pirelli tyre choices will be claimed to be to appease Hamilton
    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?
    A Renault holding a Ferrari up
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    1st
    10. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Maldonaldo
    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?
    Great Britain
    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?
    Alguersuari
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    Brazil
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    261
    19. Red Bull
    20. Alonso

  6. MacBromb said on 23rd March 2011, 15:28

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Toro Rosso running into the tops
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Kubica return fail
    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Heidfield
    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Senna
    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Something with Briatore returns
    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?
    The pirelli tires
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    second
    10. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Karthikeyan
    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?
    Melbourne
    14. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Vettel
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Massa
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne?
    Button
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    Brazil
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    230
    19. Red Bull
    20. Ferrari

  7. Andy C said on 23rd March 2011, 15:42

    1. What will be the best surprise?McLaren winning the WCC
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Ferrari fans moaning
    3. Which driver will be replaced first?Buemi
    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Daniel Ricciardo
    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Something to do with human rights and selling F1 to the highest bidding countries coming home to roost.
    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    Six.
    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season?
    No, Renault bound next year, if not Ferrari.
    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about?
    When some drinks company employees wont be good old boys and move out of their way.
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    2 Race wins.
    10. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Crash Bang Wallop (Adrian Sutil)
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability?
    Virgin
    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points?
    Pastor Maldonado
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Australia
    14. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Seb Vettel
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Michael Schumacher (and no I’m not joking ;-)
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne?
    Luizzi
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    Penultimate race
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    260 points
    19. Constructors champions
    McLaren
    20. Drivers champions
    Fernando Alonso.

  8. Laranja Mecanica said on 23rd March 2011, 19:03

    1. What will be the best surprise? McL finishing the season with 0 points
    2. What will be the worst surprise? A McL being able to overtake a HRT (obviously when the HRT is stopped)
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? LH
    4. Who will he be replaced by? Luca Badoer, who will do a lot better
    5. What will be the biggest political story? Button beaten to a pulp by LH in a fisticuff
    6. How many races will McLaren win? 0, in fact will not end a single race higher than 23
    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season? Yes, just in case he would go to McL instead
    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about? The lack of pace by McL, “we could do with a better rival”
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? lapping the McLs for the 10th time in the same race
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? One McL against the other, or vice versa
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability? guess it… McL
    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points? Michael Schumacher
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race? Monaco, seeing the HRTs and Virgin s overtaking the McLs at the Hotel hairpin
    14. Who will set the most pole positions? Anybody but a McL driver
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Anybody but a McL driver
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne? A tie, with the McL crashing into each other before the first turn
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? The same in which both McL drivers call it quits
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 316 more than both McL drivers together

  9. foleyger (@foleyger) said on 23rd March 2011, 22:45

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Lotus scoring points in 3 or 4 races
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Hrt not actually qualifying in the first few races and then pulling out
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? Liuzzi
    4. Who will he be replaced by?Klien
    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Bahrain to be reinstated as the final race of the season
    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?
    Alonso being knocked out of the race at the first corner at Melbourne and one of the Red Bull drivers doin it and not getting punished for it
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? 3rd
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? Liuzzi
    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?
    Brazil
    14. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Sebastian Vettel
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Webber
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne?
    D’Ambrosio-
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    266
    19. Who will win the 2011 constructors championship?
    Red Bull
    20. Who will win the 2011 drivers championship?
    Alonso

  10. OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 24th March 2011, 2:04

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Heifield will score his first victory
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    A major accident, with a seriously-injured pilot, because of a DRS misfunction
    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Karthikeyan
    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    By Hulkemberg
    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Some complaints started by (oh surprise) Montezemolo
    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    Just twice
    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before
    the end of the season? No, he will say the team is just focused on Vettel. So he retires definitely or moves to another team
    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about? About tyre degradation affecting “only” to Alonso
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    2nd
    10. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Paul di Resta
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability?
    Virgin (and Mc Laren the first part of the year, but my final answer is Virgin)
    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points?
    Pastor Maldonado
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Subjective question.. I may have my own opinion, but by the F1-fanatic voters will be Turkey
    14. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Vettel (not assuring victory again though)
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    A surprising Massa
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne?
    Multiple crash at the back, Petrov, Kovalainen, Di Resta. (Petrov first)
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    Last one again (I won’t say Brazil because Bernie can crazily try to finish in Barhein)
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    Definitely less than Vettel last year, I predict a 5 or Fven 6-way championship (The Bulls, ONE Alo-Ferrari, One HaMcLaren, One Heid-Renault and probably one BarriWilliams)… the points: 224

  11. LocustGP (@locustgp) said on 24th March 2011, 6:52

    1. What will be the best surprise? – 2 podiums for Kobayashi
    2. What will be the worst surprise? – Schumacher winning a race or two. scratch that… HRT dropping out by race 15
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? – Petrov
    4. Who will he be replaced by? – Grosjean
    5. What will be the biggest political story? – Serious injury caused by DRS in practice
    6. How many races will McLaren win? – 4
    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? – BBC coverage
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? – second but promoted to a win due to a penalty
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? – Maldonado
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability? – Ferrari
    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points? – di Resta
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race? – Hopefully, a rain soaked Singapore…
    14. Who will set the most pole positions? – Vettel
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? – Heidfeld
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne? – Petrov in turn 1 or 2
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? – Korea
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? – 241.5

  12. JUGNU (@jugnu) said on 24th March 2011, 14:05

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Mclaren as fast as RBR before the half way mark.
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Massa will again be in similar struggle against Fernando
    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Nick
    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    If Kubica doesn’t return than Bruno Senna.
    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Circuit designs to improve over taking
    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    Four
    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?
    DRS
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    2nd.
    10. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Petrov
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability?
    Team Lotus
    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points?
    Perez
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Belgium
    14. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Vettel
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Hamilton
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne?
    Rubens
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    Brazil
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    200
    Champions: Hamilton/Red Bull

  13. Stefanauss (@stefanauss) said on 24th March 2011, 14:57

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Exciting races again, bringing millions of new fans.

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Lewis Hamilton will at least try to drop McLaren.

    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Vitaly Petrov.

    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Robert Kubica.

    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    When Pirelli will alter the specifications of the tires.

    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    0.

    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?
    Use of the DRS in qualifying and/or its limitation in the race.

    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    He will fight again for wins in some races. So this probably means WIN or very close 2nd.

    10. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Easy one. 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?
    Turkey.

    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?
    HRT won’t start the race.

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

    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    225-250. My guess is 227.

    WDC: Vettel
    WCC: Ferrari.

  14. skodarap (@skodarap) said on 24th March 2011, 15:15

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Sauber winning, Spa or Suzuka prolly

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    HRT quitting half way trough the season

    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Buemi

    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Riccardo

    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Bahrain GP

    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    5-6

    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?
    I’d say another complaint about 1.6l engines

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

    10. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Sutil I think

    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?
    Hamilton

    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne?
    di Resta

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

    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    233

  15. Paolone (@paolone) said on 24th March 2011, 17:40

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Lotus scoring more than 20 points
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    McLaren’s new car
    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Karthikeyan
    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Davide Valsecchi
    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Safety car use that affects strategies in races with many pit-stops
    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    0
    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?
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    2nd
    10. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Kobayashi
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability?
    HRT
    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points?
    D’Ambrosio
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Monza
    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?
    Kobayashi
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    Two races before the end
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    310

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