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. lundis (@lundis) said on 22nd March 2011, 14:23

    1. What will be the best surprise? Williams on the podium again.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Just how few races HRT finish.
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? Liuzzi.
    4. Who will he be replaced by? Yammamto
    5. What will be the biggest political story? Ferrari + Bernie (together) on the new engine regs.
    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? Safety car/stewarding.
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? 1st.
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? Toro Rosso
    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? Monaco
    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? Glock
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? Abu Dhabi
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 284
    19. Who will win the 2011 constructors championship? Ferrari
    20. Who will win the 2011 drivers championship? Alonso

  2. Babis1980 said on 22nd March 2011, 14:23

    1. What will be the best surprise? – The effectiveness of the DRS, which will be great in quali and great during races as well.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? – The cancelation of the Bahrein GP.
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? – Liuzzi (No brainer!).
    4. Who will he be replaced by? – Whoever has 10 million US dollars….
    5. What will be the biggest political story? – All teams will strike against MERCEDES passive F-duct system (which is not a myth!!!!).
    6. How many races will McLaren win? – couple.
    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 and the lack of them during free practice (thus lack of running time for every team)which will result to more boring free practice sessions as well.
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? – He will be a victor for sure…..
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? – Ardrian Sutil.
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability? – Marussia Virgin.
    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points? – Di Resta.
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race? – Canada (with 6 pit stops!!!!)
    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? – Trulli (he has great deal of bad luck).
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? – Brazil.
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? – 263
    19. Who will win the 2011 constructors championship? – Red Bull
    20. Who will win the 2011 drivers championship? – Felipe Massa.

  3. Tango (@tango) said on 22nd March 2011, 14:24

    1. What will be the best surprise? Lotus able to contend for points
    2. What will be the worst surprise? HRT unable to be in the 107% And if that’s not a surprise, then Kobayashi getting involved in a massive crash.
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? Trulli
    4. Who will he be replaced by? Chandokh
    5. What will be the biggest political story? A team order related mess up
    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? Team orders by another team that leads to a loss of points for Alonso
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? 2nd
    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? 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? Rubens
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne? Karthikeyan, before the race; Perez, first corner.
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? Bahrain! (just joking, Brazil really)
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 249

  4. SpideR-OnE said on 22nd March 2011, 14:25

    1. What will be the best surprise? Kubica start before end of the season
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Some of Bernie Ecclestone weird ideas will take place
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? di Resta from Force India
    4. Who will he be replaced by? Hulkenberg
    5. What will be the biggest political story? Schumacher’s good form
    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? KERS
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? two times 2-end place.
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? HRT/VIRGIN guys
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability? HRT
    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points? Heidfeld ?! but maby Maldonado
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race? SPA
    14. Who will set the most pole positions? Webber
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Webber
    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? 220

  5. Arrrang (@arrrang) said on 22nd March 2011, 14:26

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Renault fighting Mercedes and Ferrari for constructors.
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Redbull (lack off) reliability
    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Massa
    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Kubica
    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Team orders banned again (be cause of “Seb is faster than you Mark can you confirm…?”)
    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    Two races (Canadian GP, Italian GP)
    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season?
    Hopefully not and will move to Williams make a use of their 2012 race winning car.
    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about?
    The duty of ussing two different tyre/rubber compounds during a race.
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    1st (Malaysian GP)
    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?
    Maldonado (Williams car)
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Belgian GP (Spa always delivers)
    14. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Alonso
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Alonso
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne?
    Virgin before the start of the race.
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    Brazilian GP
    18. How many points will the winning driver score
    232

  6. 1. What will be the best surprise?
    Nick Heidfeld claiming his maiden win.
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Jenson Button winning the championship.
    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Jarno Trulli.
    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Karun Chandhok.
    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Team orders.
    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    1/3 of the 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?
    Pirelli tyres.
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    First.
    10. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Vitantonio Liuzzi.
    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?
    Spa.
    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?
    Vitantonio Liuzzi.
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    Last race of the season.
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    250.

  7. melkurion (@melkurion) said on 22nd March 2011, 14:29

    1. What will be the best surprise?

    Williams being in contention for the occasional win

    2. What will be the worst surprise?

    Kubica not comming back

    3. Which driver will be replaced first?

    The HRT guy, something karthykian

    4. Who will he be replaced by?

    whatever driver pays the most

    5. What will be the biggest political story?

    the 4 liter turbo formula being canned

    6. How many races will McLaren win?

    zero

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

    Do pigs fly? offcourse not :P

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

    With luca, who knows…the elves that keep him awake at night?

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

    1st place :)

    10. Who will crash out of the most races?

    Pastor 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?

    Spa

    14. Who will set the most pole positions?

    Vettel

    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?

    Nick Heidfeld (going out on a limb here)

    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne?

    One of the HRT’s

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

    The penultimate

    18. How many points will the winning driver score?

    don’t feel like calculations now :P

  8. graigchq (@graigchq) said on 22nd March 2011, 14:30

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Heikki Kovaleinen getting a few points this year

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    HRT finishing anything other than last

    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Nairan Kartikeyan

    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Sakon Yamamoto

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

    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    Seven

    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/new teams pace (most specifically HRT)

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

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

    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?
    Turkey

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

    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Nick Heidfeld

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

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

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

    19. McLaren

    20. Lewis Hamilton

  9. hhg1 (@hhg1) said on 22nd March 2011, 14:35

    1. What will be the best surprise?
 The Pirelli tires don’t degrade as much as everyone feared.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Robert Kubica will be unable to return to the sport due to his injury.
    
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?
 DRS and the 2013 engine rules
    6. How many races will McLaren win?
 Three
    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?
 2013 Engines
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? A win
    
10. Who will crash out of the most races?
 Sergio Perez
    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? Suzuka
    
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?
 Jerome d’Ambrosio, but there’s a possibility that a few cars won’t make it to the grid
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
 Korea
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 317
    19. Who will win the 2011 constructors championship? Red Bull
    20. Who will win the 2011 drivers championship? Fernando Alonso

  10. craig-o (@craig-o) said on 22nd March 2011, 14:37

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Heidfeld winning a race
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Finding out Kubica will never race 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?
    5
    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season?
    Nope
    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about?
    Red Bull
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    1st
    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?
    Di Resta
    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?
    Maldonado
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    Brazil
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    185
    19. Who will win the 2011 Constructors championship? Red Bull
    20. Who will win the 2011 Drivers championship? Fernando Alonso

  11. Vishy said on 22nd March 2011, 14:38

    1. What will be the best surprise? – Mercedez schumi/nico serious contentders for title
    2. What will be the worst surprise? – Macca don’t make it to Q2
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? – Liuzzi (for wrong reasons)
    4. Who will he be replaced by? – don’t know
    5. What will be the biggest political story? – DRS disasters
    6. How many races will McLaren win? – 2-3
    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season? – No (He is gone end of year)
    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about? – How Pirelli tires are terrible and lost them the race
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? – Wins a race
    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? –
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race? – Chinese GP
    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? – Trulli
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? – Brazil
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? – 300+

  12. topdowntoedown (@topdowntoedown) said on 22nd March 2011, 14:42

    1. What will be the best surprise? – Team Lotus (Norfolk) will score regular points finishes.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? – Alonso will walk it this year.
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? – One of the HRT guys. Karthikeyan, probably?
    4. Who will he be replaced by? – Christian Klien
    5. What will be the biggest political story? – Rear Wing Thingy. Ferrari’s will work better than anyone else’s.
    6. How many races will McLaren win? – Two.
    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? – Massa will get taken out by Liuzzi somewhere.
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? – 2nd.
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? – Maldonaldonaldo.
    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? – Alonso
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne? – Karthikeyan
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? – Korea
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 340

  13. goofy (@goofy) said on 22nd March 2011, 14:57

    1. What will be the best surprise? – Heidfeld winnig a race
    2. What will be the worst surprise? – DRS
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? – Petrov
    4. Who will he be replaced by? – Grosjean
    5. What will be the biggest political story? – Ecclestone and Gribkowsky
    6. How many races will McLaren win? – One
    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season? – No, but after the season
    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about? – Pirelli prefering McLaren and Red Bull
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? – Win
    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? – 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? – Webber
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne? – D’Ambrosio
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? – Brazil
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? – 314
    19. Who will win the 2011 constructors championship? – Red Bull
    20. Who will win the 2011 drivers championship? – Sebastian Vettel

  14. Bäremans said on 22nd March 2011, 14:58

    1. What will be the best surprise? Team Lotus
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Virgin as worst team
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? Sutil
    4. Who will he be replaced by? Hulkenberg
    5. What will be the biggest political story? Artificial rain
    6. How many races will McLaren win? 5
    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season? No (he’ll want it, but RBR not)
    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about? I honestly don’t care.
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? A win, but in lucky conditions.
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? Kartikhean.
    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? Melbourne
    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? Kartikhean
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? Brazil
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 250

  15. Cacarella (@cacarella) said on 22nd March 2011, 14:59

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Robert Kubica will make a full recovery before seasons end
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Another front running team caught with another teams data
    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Massa
    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Webber
    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Teams will start positioning themselves for the concorde aggrement renewal – threatening a break away
    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    zero
    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season?
    No – see question 4
    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about?
    Teams who bend the rules to gain an advantage
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    1st
    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?
    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?
    Kobayashi
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    Brazil
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    275

    • DaveW said on 22nd March 2011, 17:39

      Ha. Interesting theory about Webber and Massa. I second that and add that this move will be compelled by Hamilton moving to RBR. Hamilton has 6 more titles to win, he says, and he can’t do it under Whitmarsh.

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