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. Master firelee (@master-firelee) said on 22nd March 2011, 12:56

    1. What will be the best surprise? Kubica returns for last GP and wins

    2. What will be the worst surprise? Indain gp cancelled

    3. Which driver will be replaced first? Vitaly Petrov

    4. Who will he be replaced by? Bruno Senna

    5. What will be the biggest political story? Something about the DRS

    6. How many races will McLaren win? 3

    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season? No, if he does it would only be one year

    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about? Whos the Horse Whisperer but maybe team orders.

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

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

    11. Which team will have the worst reliability? Hispania

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

    13. Which will be the most entertaining race? Australia

    14. Who will set the most pole positions? Alonso

    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? M.Schumacer

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

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

    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 332

    19.Mercedes

    20.Three way battle between Schumacer, Rosberg and Alonso, Alonso wins.

  2. supernicebob (@supernicebob) said on 22nd March 2011, 12:59

    1. Consistent and good performance from Team Lotus
    2. Poor facilities at the Indian GP
    3. Buemi
    4. Ricciardo
    5. Engine regulations for the future
    6. 5
    7. No
    8. DRS
    9. 1st
    10. Petrov
    11. HRT
    12. Di Resta
    13. Canada
    14. Vettel
    15. Hamilton
    16. Karthikeyan
    17. Brazil
    18. 242
    19. Red Bull
    20. Vettel

  3. Dominic said on 22nd March 2011, 12:59

    1. What will be the best surprise? Michael Schumacher winning again
    2. What will be the worst surprise? McLaren not getting to Q3 in Australia
    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? Team Lotus vs Lotus Renault
    6. How many races will McLaren win? 3
    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? Adjustable Rear Wing
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? 1st (x4)
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? Vitaly Petrov
    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? Belgian GP
    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? Jerome d’Ambrosio
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? Brazil
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? – between 230 – 280
    19. Mercedes
    20. Michael Schumacher

  4. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 22nd March 2011, 13:01

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Vitaly Petrov and Renault.

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Cat-fighting over the Lotus name and agggressive Cold War rhetoric from both sides overshadowing the early races.

    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 vs. Lotus. We haven’t heard the end of it. It will probably have something to do with Team Lotus being told to stop using the name and refusing to comply for fear of losing their FOM payout.

    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    More than most people expect them to, but less than they would like.

    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season?
    No. He will retire at the end of 2011.

    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about?
    Somebody other than Ferrari winning a race.

    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    A podium finish.

    10. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Sebastien Buemi.

    11. Which team will have the worst reliability?
    Tony Fernandes’ verison of Lotus.

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

    13. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Istanbul or Silverstone.

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

    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Someone unexpected. A Mercedes or a Renault.

    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne?
    Fernando Alonso.

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

    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    Impossible to predict.

    19. Who will win the 2011 constructors championship?
    Red Bull Racing.

    20. Who will win the 2011 drivers championship?
    Sebastian Vettel.

  5. Rob Wilson said on 22nd March 2011, 13:04

    1. What will be the best surprise? –
    Schumacher back to his best.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? –
    McLaren can’t develop the car fast enough to keep up.
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? –
    No driver will be replaced.
    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    No driver will be replaced.
    5. What will be the biggest political story? –
    Something like Red Bull finding a loophole in the diffuser rules.
    6. How many races will McLaren win? –
    Only 2.
    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season? –
    Yes, for one more year, then retire at the end of 2012.
    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about? –
    The horse whisperer???
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? –
    1st.
    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? –
    Pastor Maldonado.
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race? –
    Turkish Grand Prix.
    14. Who will set the most pole positions? –
    Sebastian Vettel
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? –
    Sebastian Vettel
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne? –
    Vitantonio Liuzzi
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? –
    Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? –
    318
    19. Who will win the 2011 constructors championship? –
    Red Bull Racing.
    20. Who will win the 2011 drivers championship? –
    Nico Rosberg.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 23rd March 2011, 2:16

      8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about? –
      The horse whisperer???

      “The Horse Whisperer” is Ferrari’s unofficial blog. It’s meant to be a satirical jab at the sport, and the current issues affecting it. What it’s really being used for is an outlet for Ferrari to complain about things they can’t be seen to be complaining about.

  6. Ben N said on 22nd March 2011, 13:07

    1. What will be the best surprise? – HRT will score a few points…
    2. What will be the worst surprise? – Virgin will be the slowest team by a margin.
    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? – A controversy relating to the Safety Car amidst all the pit stops.
    6. How many races will McLaren win? – 4 – 2 apiece.
    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season? – I think he will retire at the end of the year.
    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about? – A form of on-track behaviour
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? – I hope, and will predict that he wins a race.
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? – Pastor Maldonado
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability? – Lotus… the green one…
    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points? – Sergio Perez
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race? Canada again!
    14. Who will set the most pole positions? – Seb Vettel again
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? – a random one… Lewis Hamilton
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne? – Numerous on the first lap – one will be Sutil.
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? – I hope the last one in Brazil
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? – 271

    19. WDC – Can’t see past Vettel again.
    20. WCC – Will say Ferrari.

  7. wificats (@wificats) said on 22nd March 2011, 13:07

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Kobayashi grabbing a podium.

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Team Lotus getting into financial difficulties/ losing the naming rites. That, or Bahrain making it back onto the calendar.

    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Trulli

    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Chandhok will do the Indian GP for Lotus.

    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    DRS rule modifications.

    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 DRS, after Alonso loses out on a victory due to it.

    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    3rd

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

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

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

    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    Abu Dhabi, sigh.

    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    305

    19. Who will win the 2011 Constructors Championship?
    Red Bull

    20. Who will win the 2011 Drivers Championship?
    Mark Webber.

  8. Bigbadderboom (@bigbadderboom) said on 22nd March 2011, 13:09

    Best Suprise: Lotus brand dispute being sorted

    Worst suprise: Kubica retirement (Hope Not)

    Driver replaced First: Buemi

    Replaced by: Grosjaen

    Biggest political story: The purchase of F1 by CVC, a story of Bribery and blackmail may be uncovered this year.

    Race wins for McLaren: 4

    Mark webber Red Bull Extension: No

    Horse Whisperer : Schumacher driving tactics over aggresive.

    Schumacher best result: Win, probably wet race.

    Who will crash out the most: Kobayashi

    Worst Reliability: HRT

    Which Rookie scores most points: Maldonado

    Most etertaining Race: Silverstone (Hope)

    Most Poles: Vettel

    Monaco Winner: Button ( A tyre thing i think)

    First Retirement Melbourne :Beumi

    WDC Decided at :Brazil

    Winning score WDC: 262

    WCC: McLaren

    WDC:Alonso

  9. 1. What will be the best surprise? Massa champion
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Petrov outclassed by Heidfeld
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? Noone
    4. Who will he be replaced by? Noone
    5. What will be the biggest political story? Dangerous ARW
    6. How many races will McLaren win? 5
    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? ARW
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? 2nd
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? Karthikeyan
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability? Lotus
    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? Massa
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Massa
    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? 262

  10. Adrian J (@adrian-j) said on 22nd March 2011, 13:12

    Okay, I took this not at all seriously….

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Damon Hill’s shock victory in the drivers’ championship after a surprise comeback for Virgin Racing.

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Alonso gets beaten by Massa and reveals that Ferrari had been using data stolen from HRT resulting in Ferrari being excluded from the championship and Alonso announcing that he’ll be driving Renault in 2012 which has meanwhile been bought again by Flavio Briatore.

    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Bernd Mayländer after LDM complains about Mercedes being allowed a 3rd car when Ferrari aren’t.

    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    The Stig in a new Safety Car designed by the boys from Top Gear.

    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Sauber announcing a tie-in with Lotus software resulting in a 3rd team called Lotus.

    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    20

    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season?
    No, but only because he’ll sign as Ferrari’s new lead driver and go on to win the next 5 WCC’s

    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about?
    Mercedes being allowed a 3rd car – See my answer to number 3.

    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    Winning his guest appearance on Celebrity Mastermind with the specialist subject on the painting of Pablo Piccasso

    10. Who will crash out of the most races?
    The Stig after Jeremy Clarkson decided to use Brillo pads for the brakes on the new Safety Car

    11. Which team will have the worst reliability?
    The BBC production team after Eddie Jordan’s shirts consistently break the cameras.

    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points?
    Toro Rosso’s late season signing – Keith Collantine after winning the Korean GP

    13. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    The India GP when Bernie announces that in order to increase overtaking each driver will have to stop and take part in a Bollywood dance routine, judged by Len and Bruno from Strictly, during their pit-stops. Nico Rosberg goes on to win the race after dazzling the judges.

    14. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Damon Hill

    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    The race will be cancelled after Jenson Button’s dad forgets where he left his car again – unfortunately it’s in the middle of the Rascasse and he’s lost both sets of keys.

    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne?
    Adrian Newey – after being offered the chance to design the next space-shuttle by McLaren

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

    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    42

    • So McLaren will win all 20 races despite Monaco gets cancelled, and so Damon Hill takes the title for Virgin with 42 points. I see…

      • Adrian J (@adrian-j) said on 23rd March 2011, 8:42

        Yes, I was going for irony since it is unlikely we’ll get the Bahrain Grand Prix so there are already only 19.

        And how could Damon Hill win the championship for Virgin if McLaren win all the races and how could the McLaren drivers not score more than 42 points if they won all the race between them etc etc….

    • GeeMac (@geemac) said on 22nd March 2011, 14:10

      Number 3…awesome.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 22nd March 2011, 15:40

      I must say I am really looking forward to a stunning season like that!

      A bit of a contradiction with McLaren winning 20 races, Monaco cancelled and you forgot to mention Rosberg changing to McLaren before the Indian GP.
      But it will be a nice show altogether!

  11. sato113 (@sato113) said on 22nd March 2011, 13:13

    1. What will be the best surprise? -the tyres creating racing…
    2. What will be the worst surprise? DRS
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? Heidfeld
    4. Who will he be replaced by? Kubica
    5. What will be the biggest political story? flexi wings
    6. How many races will McLaren win? 1
    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? red bull
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? 3rd
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? d’ambrosio
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability? virgin
    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points? maldonado
    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? trulli
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? India
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 270

  12. narboza22 (@narboza22) said on 22nd March 2011, 13:19

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    – Lotus on the podium
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    – DRS does nothing to improve racing
    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    – Karthikeyan
    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    – Klien
    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    – Red Bull having some alleged illegal element on their car that is completely responsible for their pace
    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    – 3
    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?
    – Red Bull cheating
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    – One 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?
    – Spa
    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?
    – Karthikeyan
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    – Brazil
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?

  13. Spaulding (@spaulding) said on 22nd March 2011, 13:30

    1. What will be the best surprise? Team Lotus scoring points
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Passing doesn’t improve due to excessive marbles off line and rapidly dwindling lap times
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? Liuzzi
    4. Who will he be replaced by? Yamamoto or other random driver with money
    5. What will be the biggest political story? Tires leading to crap racing
    6. How many races will McLaren win? 2
    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? HRT/Virgin being in the way
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? 3rd
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? 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? 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? Liuzzi
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? Abu Dhabi
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 300
    19. Who will win the 2011 constructors championship? Ferrari if they don’t screw up strategy… again. Otherwise -> Red Bull.
    20. Who will win the 2011 drivers championship? Alonso

  14. djdaveyp85 (@djdaveyp87) said on 22nd March 2011, 13:34

    1. What will be the best surprise?

    McLaren’s radical changes working straight out of the box!

    2. What will be the worst surprise?

    Robert Kubica unable to drive again.

    3. Which driver will be replaced first?

    Buemi

    4. Who will he be replaced by?

    Ricciardo

    5. What will be the biggest political story?

    Tyres

    6. How many races will McLaren win?

    11

    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?

    A win.

    10. Who will crash out of the most races?

    Vitaly Petrov

    11. Which team will have the worst reliability?

    Virgin

    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points?

    Paul Di Resta

    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?

    Pastor Maldonado

    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne?

    Vitaly Petrov

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

    India

    18. How many points will the winning driver score?

    265

  15. james_gastovski (@james_gastovski) said on 22nd March 2011, 13:38

    1. What will be the best surprise? – more teams fighting for podiums
    2. What will be the worst surprise? – HRT won’t complete the season, Virgin outside of 107% in a couple of races
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? – Buemi
    4. Who will he be replaced by? – Ricciardo
    5. What will be the biggest political story? – disagreement over the new engines and other rules for 2013
    6. How many races will McLaren win? – 2
    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? – Pirellis
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? – 3rd
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? – Maldonado
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability? – Williams
    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? – Alonso
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne? – Perez
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? – Abu Dhabi
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? – 225
    19. Who will win the 2011 constructors championship? – Red Bull
    20. Who will win the 2011 drivers championship? – Alonso

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