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. richevans123 (@richevans123) said on 22nd March 2011, 13:39

    1. Schumi doing alonso round the outside somewhere.
    2. HRT missing the 107% rule in Australia
    3. Buemi
    4. Ricciardo
    5. 2013 Regs
    6. 4
    7. No
    8. Exhausts
    9. 1
    10. Kobayashi
    11. HRT
    12. Di resta
    13. Aussi
    14. Vettel
    15. Hamilton
    16. Petrov turn 1, with Buemi(same incident)
    17. Brazil
    18. 205

  2. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 22nd March 2011, 13:41

    I’ve gone with the majority on this…surprised that other people think Fernando could do it as well.

    20 questions on the 2011 F1 season
    1. What will be the best surprise? Kubica coming back before the end of the season
    2. What will be the worst surprise? HRT vanish before the season end
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? Karthikeyan
    4. Who will he be replaced by? Klien
    5. What will be the biggest political story?Legal team orders from Ferrari
    6. How many races will McLaren win? Four
    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season? Doubt it
    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about? Back-markers holding up the front-runners
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? Second
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? Liuzzi
    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? Monza…’cos i’m going ;)
    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? Karthikeyan
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? Interlagos
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 300…ish
    19. Red Bull
    20. Alonso

  3. roberttty (@roberttty) said on 22nd March 2011, 13:44

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

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    A driver getting injured due to DRS

    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?
    Concorde Agreement

    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    Two

    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?
    Three-car teams

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

    10. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Pastor Maldonaldo

    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?
    Canada

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

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

    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?
    299

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

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

  4. ed24f1 (@ed24f1) said on 22nd March 2011, 13:57

    1. Team Lotus scores 5+ points
    2. Alonso refusing to obey team orders
    3. Karthikeyan
    4. Klien
    5. CVC and ownership of F1
    6. 2
    7. No
    8. Adjustable rear-wing
    9. 1st
    10. Maldonado
    11. HRT
    12. Perez
    13. Melbourne
    14. Vettel
    15. Webber
    16. Maldonado
    17. Brazil
    18. 312
    19. Ferrari
    20. Massa

  5. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 22nd March 2011, 13:57

    1. What will be the best surprise? Lotus scoring points in the first half of the season
    2. What will be the worst surprise? McLaren struggling for pace in the early part of the season (not sure if that qualifies as a surprise!)
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? jarno Trulli
    4. Who will he be replaced by? Karun Chandhok (Indian GP once off replacement)
    5. What will be the biggest political story? The 4-pot Turbo Saga.
    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? The fact that too many fans at the circuits haven’t bought Ferrari caps.
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? 2nd
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? Pastor Maldonado
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability? Virgin
    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points? I’d like to say Di Resta, but the Williams looks better than tyhe Force India, so I’ll say Maldonado despite the prediction at 11.
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race? canada or OZ, they always are.
    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? Felipe Massa (in a first corner collision, he’s prone to that)
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? Brazil
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 250
    19. Constructors Champions? Red Bull
    20. Driver’s Champion? Mark Webber

  6. pt747 (@pt747) said on 22nd March 2011, 14:01

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    another close season for both titles

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    HRT not reaching Europe

    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?
    DRS/adjustable rear wing – many claims of “cheat”

    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    3

    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season?
    no – retirement looms

    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about?
    DRS/adjustable rear wing

    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    6th

    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?
    Paul Di Resta

    13. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Brazil

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

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

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

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

    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    274

  7. KoolKieren (@koolkieren) said on 22nd March 2011, 14:02

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Button back to winning ways

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    HRT swapping drivers constantly (Again)

    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Buemi

    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Riccardo

    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    A mechanic getting a KERS shock, which will snowball into drivers/team strikes

    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    6/7

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

    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about?
    If HRT drop out then it will be 3 car teams

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

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

    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?
    Canada

    14. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Vettel

    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Button

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

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

    18. How many points will the winning driver score
    238

  8. 1. What will be the best surprise?
    Kobayashi on the Podium

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    HRT not making it to the end

    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Buemi

    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Ricciardo

    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Lotus v 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?
    Red Bull winning Australia

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

    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?
    Australia

    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?
    Liuzzi

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

    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    250

  9. RandomChimp (@randomchimp) said on 22nd March 2011, 14:06

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    – First Williams win in ages

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    – HRT drops out

    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    – Liuzzi

    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    – Yammamoto

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

    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    – Four

    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?
    – Three car teams

    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    – Fifth

    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?
    – 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?
    – Glock

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

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

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

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

  10. DaveW said on 22nd March 2011, 14:10

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Williams will fight at the front
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    The DRS will be a bust. It will have no effect on passing
    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Buemi
    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Ricciardo
    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Montezemolo runs for Italian president and puts campaign slogans on the side of the F150thDegrees cars and loudspeakers on their engine covers with looped campgain speeches.
    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    2
    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season?
    No. Because Lewis Hamilton will take his seat.
    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about?
    Getting passed and subsequently taken out by a lapped HRT using DRS.
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    5th
    10. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Vitaly 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?
    Spa
    14. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Sebastian Vettel
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Nick Heidfeld
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne?
    Mark Webber
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    The last one.
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    225

    • DaveW said on 22nd March 2011, 17:51

      OK. I see what you did there.

      19. RBR
      20. Vettel. After a ruthless team orders decision allows him to take an extra point, and the title, over Nick Heidfeld. Webber quits in disgust. And as Carcalla accurately predicts, heads to Ferrari—making way for Hamilton, who will have grown tired of getting lapped in the McLaren. Massa does not end up at McLaren though. Paffet gets that seat, while Massa must drive an STR in 2012.

  11. DaveW said on 22nd March 2011, 14:13

    The 20 questions number only 18.

  12. Enigma (@enigma) said on 22nd March 2011, 14:14

    1. What will be the best surprise? Kovalainen finishing 7th in the first race
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Karthikeyan not making the 107% in the first race
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? Buemi
    4. Who will he be replaced by? Ricciardo
    5. What will be the biggest political story? Jean Todt in a sex scandal with Max Mosley
    6. How many races will McLaren win? 5
    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season? Yes, for one year
    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about? Pirelli
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? 1st
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? Sergio Perez
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability? Hispania
    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points? Pastor Maldonado (will be the worst rookie, but still score some points due to the best car of all the rookies)
    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? Alonso (Heidfeld in 2nd)
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne? Perez
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? The last one
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 282

  13. Ads21 (@ads21) said on 22nd March 2011, 14:17

    1. What will be the best surprise? – Di Resta finishing on the podium at a wet Silverstone
    2. What will be the worst surprise? – Heidfeld not winning a race
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? – Karthikeyan
    4. Who will he be replaced by? – whoever can pay the most
    5. What will be the biggest political story? – whether or not to go ahead with the Bahrain GP
    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? – he doesn’t complain, merely points out F1’s failings in an amusing fashion
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? – 1st
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? – Sutil
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability? – ‘Team Lotus’
    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points? – Moldonado because of the car, Di Resta will perform best out of the rookies
    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? – 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? – 335
    19. Red Bull
    20. Vettel

  14. 1. What will be the best surprise? Rubens Barrichello scoring Williams’ first win since 2004.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? A series of nasty crashes in qualifying as drivers try to deploy the ARW through ever-more-risky corners.
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? Sebastian Buemi.
    4. Who will he be replaced by? Daniel Ricciardo.
    5. What will be the biggest political story? Ongoing clashes over 2013 engine regulations.
    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? The degradation on Pirelli tyres, after Alonso gets overtaken by a HRT on fresh rubber.
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? A win.
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? Pastor Maldonado.
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability? Lotus.
    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? Fernando Alonso.
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne? Pastor Maldonado.
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? Abu Dhabi.
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 320.

  15. Joey-Poey (@joey-poey) said on 22nd March 2011, 14:18

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Lotus grabs points
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Multiple teams play the team orders game to help their #1 driver
    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    one of the HRT drivers
    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Anyone with money
    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    107% rule knocks out HRT for a race and debate rages on whether it’s fair to do so after charging ridiculous amounts for them just to join the F1 club in the first place
    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    2
    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season?
    *shakes 8 ball* Answer unclear… try again…
    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about?
    First one will be about how the ARW is fake racing. Then when it helps them later, they’ll praise it.
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    I hope 10th. Realistically, a podium.
    10. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Narain
    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?
    Belgium! Always great to watch.
    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?
    Maldonado
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    Brazil I hope!
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    280

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