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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  1. Fixy (@fixy) said on 22nd March 2011, 15:12

    1. What will be the best surprise? – Massa winning the title
    2. What will be the worst surprise? – Liuzzi not scoring
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? – Karthikeyan
    4. Who will he be replaced by? – Valsecchi
    5. What will be the biggest political story? – DRS
    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? – Red Bull crashing purposely on Alonso
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? – 1st
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? – Karthikeyan
    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? – Penultimate (Abu Dhabi/Bahrain if it goes ahead)
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? – 301
    19. Who will win the 2011 constructors championship? – Ferrari
    20. Who will win the 2011 drivers championship? – Massa

  2. W-K (@w-k) said on 22nd March 2011, 15:19

    1. What will be the best surprise? McLaren being on the pace at Albert Park
    2. What will be the worst surprise? That some drivers end race early due to having no tyres left.
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? Narain Karthikeyan
    4. Who will he be replaced by? Romain Grosjean
    5. What will be the biggest political story? Bernie’s finances probed
    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? Ferrari cannot overtake the Toro Rossos
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? Third at Monaco
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? Maldonado
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability? HRT
    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points? Paul di Resta
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race? Nurburgring
    14. Who will set the most pole positions? Vettel
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Jensen Button
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne? Massa
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? Japan
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 287

  3. Red Andy (@red-andy) said on 22nd March 2011, 15:22

    1. What will be the best surprise? Ferrari being able to keep up with Red Bull at least some of the time
    2. What will be the worst surprise? No measurable difference in overtaking from 2010
    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? Wrangling over Hamilton’s McLaren contract
    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? The continued sluggishness of HRT, Lotus and Virgin
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? 3rd
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? Adrian Sutil
    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? Brazil
    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? Adrian Sutil
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? Brazil</strong?
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    255
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? Red Bull
    20. Who will win the driver’s championship? Sebastian Vettel

  4. Burnout (@burnout) said on 22nd March 2011, 15:22

    1. What will be the best surprise? Any one of the second-year teams finishing ahead of the established runners in the WCC
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Any of the top cars being more dominant than the F2002/2004
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? None, they’ll all finish the season
    4. Who will he be replaced by? NA
    5. What will be the biggest political story? Lotus vs Lotus
    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 DRS
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? 1st
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? Vitaly Petrov
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability? McLaren
    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points? Pastor Maldonado
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race? Belgium
    14. Who will set the most pole positions? Sebastian Vettel
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Nico Rosberg
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne? Jarno Trulli, Turn 1 pile-up
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? Brazil
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 243

  5. 1. A Toro Rosso on the podium
    2. Petrov not finding the pace
    3. Buemi
    4. Ricciardo
    5. Maybe something related to the DRS
    6. 5
    7. No, he won’t
    8. The weather
    9. A podium, probabily the 2nd place
    10. D’Ambrosio
    11. HRT
    12. Pastor Maldonado
    13. Italian Grand Prix
    14. Sebastian Vettel
    15. Fernando Alonso
    16. Pastor Maldonado
    17. Brazil
    18. 294
    19. Red Bull
    20. Sebastian Vettel

  6. SamS (@sams) said on 22nd March 2011, 15:39

    1. What will be the best surprise? Merc doing a Brawn and dominating 1st half of the season
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Fernando being Ferrari’s no 1 and Massa loosing out massively for it
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? Liuzzi
    4. Who will he be replaced by? Chandock for the 1st all Indian Line up for the India GP
    5. What will be the biggest political story? FIA changing all rules which say that only a red car can win :)
    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? Red Bull being able to look after their tyres
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? 1st
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? Kartykhan
    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? Vettel
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? HAmilton
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne? D Grassi
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? Abu Dhabi
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 290

  7. 1. What will be the best surprise?- Heidfeld wins a race
    2. What will be the worst surprise?- Bahrain gets a race after Abu Dhabi this year
    3. Which driver will be replaced first?- Vitantonoio Luizzi
    4. Who will he be replaced by?- Christian Klein
    5. What will be the biggest political story?- Ferrari winning by team orders (Austrian GP 2002 style) in 5th or 6th race.
    6. How many races will McLaren win? 2-3
    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? KERS maybe
    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? Sergio Perez
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race? Belgian GP
    14. Who will set the most pole positions? Sabestian Vettel
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Jenson Button
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne? Mark Webber
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? Abu Dhabi
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 213
    19. Who will win the 2011 constructors championship? Red Bull
    20. Who will win the 2011 drivers championship? I think Sebastian Vettel, but heart wants Michael Schumacher

    • CORRECTION
      5. What will be the biggest political story?- Alonso winning by team orders (Austrian GP 2002 style) in 5th or 6th race.

  8. sam3110 (@sam3110) said on 22nd March 2011, 15:53

    1. What will be the best surprise? The Indian Grand Prix
    2. What will be the worst surprise? The Lotus name dispute not being resolved properly, so we have 2 teams with Lotus in the name for a few more years
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? Trulli
    4. Who will he be replaced by? Senna
    5. What will be the biggest political story? Lotusgate
    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? Bahrain being cancelled, will blame it on McLarens link and Alonso winning there last year
    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? HRT
    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points? Maldonado
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race? Canada, again, it will be epic
    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? Di Resta
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? Abu Dhabi
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 257
    19. Ferrari
    20. Alonso

  9. Journeyer (@journeyer) said on 22nd March 2011, 15:55

    1. What will be the best surprise? Lotus beating Toro Rosso in the WCC.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Williams finishing 7th or lower in the WCC.
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? Narain Karthikeyan
    4. Who will he be replaced by? Random paydriver with money – at a guess, I’ll say Christijan Albers.
    5. What will be the biggest political story? Concorde Agreement negotiations
    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? Red Bull flouting the rules.
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? 1st.
    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? di Resta
    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? Schumacher
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne? Petrov
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? Brazil
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 303
    19. Who will win the 2011 constructors championship? Red Bull
    20. Who will win the 2011 drivers championship? Vettel

  10. Andrew White said on 22nd March 2011, 16:21

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Four teams capable of winning races over the season.

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    There will be at least one Webber-style crash at Valencia with DRS and all teams having high noses.

    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Sebastien Buemi after the British GP

    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Daniel Ricciardo

    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Lotus row dragging on

    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    Two

    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season?
    Only if he is competitive, I say yes.

    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about?
    Unpredictable races ‘robbing’ them of wins.

    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    I think he will snatch a win or two.

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

    11. Which team will have the worst reliability?
    HRT, followed by Team Lotus.

    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points?
    Pastor Maldonado

    13. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    I think Canada will be crazy, although a title showdown in Brazil might top it.

    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?
    Brazil

    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    264

  11. f1alex said on 22nd March 2011, 16:24

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Heidfeld’s first win

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    HRT failing to qualify in most races

    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Liuzzi

    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Klien

    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Team orders

    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    4

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

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

    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    1st (yeah, optimistic)

    10. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Maldonado/Petrov (same amount of races)

    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?
    Melbourne/Montreal

    14. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Vettel

    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Nico Rosberg

    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?
    217

    19. WDC?
    Webber

    20. WCC?
    Ferrari

  12. Ciaran (@walsh-f1) said on 22nd March 2011, 16:34

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Williams win a race.

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    HRT do not see the season out.

    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?
    Controversy over car design.

    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?
    New rules.

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

    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?
    Brazilian 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?
    Jarno Trulli.

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

    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    283

    • Ciaran (@walsh-f1) said on 22nd March 2011, 16:39

      Didn’t realise I was missing two questions!

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

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

  13. 1. What will be the best surprise? A podium sans Ferrari Redbull McLaren
    2. What will be the worst surprise? HRT going bust.
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? Narain Karthikeyan
    4. Who will he be replaced by? Romain Grosjean
    5. What will be the biggest political story? Something Flexi
    6. How many races will McLaren win? 3 if they don’t sort it out post fly aways. 10 if they do.
    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? Something unusual on Redbulls car, history and 61 yrs will be referenced
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? Podium 1st
    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? Montreal
    14. Who will set the most pole positions? Sebastien Vettle
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Mark Webber
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne? Pastor Maldonado
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? Brazil
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? Lots.

  14. BasCB (@bascb) said on 22nd March 2011, 16:40

    Here’s my go at it:
    1. What will be the best surprise? – Robert Kubica actually returning to racing in the last race and being pretty competative.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Hard one, Red Bull being up front is no suprise, Ferrari using team orders the same. Lets go for – no new GP winners this year.
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? – Liuzzi as he is dropped to let v.d. Garde have a drive in Turkey.
    4. Who will he be replaced by? see 3.
    5. What will be the biggest political story? Certainly not Lotus v Lotus, nor the DRS. Maybe something to do with the next concorde agreement and CVC? Or Bahrain getting on the calendar despite crushing down protests.
    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? the DRS and the backmarkers, next up are 3rd cars and a fizzy drinks company winning
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? a podium finish
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? It will be evenly spread between Petrov, Maldonado, Perez and Vettel with 4 each.
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability? McLaren or Toro Rosso
    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points? Perez
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race? Melbourne and 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? Buemi, after he crashes with Kobayashi, while the HRTs and Trulli will start from the pits
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? in Abu Dhabi (if its not cancelled due to further uprising)
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 248 points, oh and it will be Alonso while Red Bull win the constructors.

  15. Slr (@slr) said on 22nd March 2011, 16:42

    1. Michael Schumacher wins
    2. McLaren fail to win
    3. Robert Kubica (or Vitaly Petrov)
    4. Nick Heidfeld (or Bruno Senna)
    5. A lapped car passes a Ferrari and then the team complain.
    6. 0
    7. No
    8. A lapped car passes a Ferrari
    9. 1st
    10. Pastor Maldonado
    11. Force India
    12. Sergio Perez
    13. Australia
    14. Sebastian Vettel
    15. Sebastian Vettel
    16. Adrian Sutil
    17. Brazil
    18. 298
    19. Ferrari
    20. Fernando Alonso

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