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. daykind said on 22nd March 2011, 16:42

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Schumacher fighting back
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    The lack of pace from Massa and Webber
    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 Orders
    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?
    Penalties or technical issues.
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    1st (x quite a few)
    10. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Tonio Liuzzi
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability?
    Hispania
    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points?
    Paul Di Resta
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Korea or Australia
    14. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Vettel
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Fernando Alonso
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne?
    Adrian Sutil
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    Brazil
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    253
    19.Who will win the 2011 Constructor’s Championship?
    Mercedes
    20.Who will win the 2011 Driver’s Championship?
    Michael Schumacher

  2. Neil Davies (@neil-davies) said on 22nd March 2011, 16:51

    Oh go on then:

    1: Massa beating Alonso to a win
    2: Renault’s exhaust system being a disaster
    3: Liuzzi
    4: ?
    5: Something to do with tyre wear
    6: 4
    7: No
    8: No idea
    9: 2nd
    10: Petrov
    11: HRT
    12: Di Resta
    13: Silverstone
    14: Vettel
    15: Vettel
    16: Barichello
    17: Brazil
    18: 265
    19: Red Bull
    20: Vettel

  3. polishboy808 said on 22nd March 2011, 16:52

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Massa winning a few races

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    HRT Pulling out mid season

    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Vitantonio Liuzzi

    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Christian Klien

    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Lotus vs. Lotus

    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    3

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

    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about?
    Lapped cars using DRS to unlap themselves.

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

    10. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Sergio Perez/Vitaly Petrov
    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?
    India

    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?
    Sergio Perez

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

    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    221

  4. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 22nd March 2011, 17:10

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    One of the teams outside of the current ‘big 3′ winning at least one race.
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    HRT dropping out mid season.

    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Vitantonio Liuzzi

    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Sakon Yamamoto

    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    The first instance in which team orders will be used in a blatant fashion.

    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?
    Number of pit stops the drivers have to make (after Ferrari lose a race because of it ;P)

    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?
    MELBOURNE!!

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

    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Jenson Button.

    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne?
    Jarno Trulli

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

    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    238.

  5. magon4 (@magon4) said on 22nd March 2011, 17:12

    1. More overtakings without feeling too odd about it.
    2. Red Bull dominance and no real title race.
    3. Jérôme D’Ambrosio
    4. Nico HĂĽlkenberg
    5. Bahrain GP – it will happen, and it shouldn’t.
    6. Zero.
    7. No.
    8. Unbalanced car.
    9. He’ll win at least one race.
    10. Sergio PĂ©rez
    11. HRT
    12. Sergio PĂ©rez
    13. Spa-Francorchamps or Interlagos
    14. Fernando Alonso
    15. Sebastian Vettel
    16. Narain Karthikeyan
    17. Abu Dhabi
    18. 280 points

  6. GeoCucc (@geocucc) said on 22nd March 2011, 17:15

    1. HRT will again beat Virgin in the championship without any testing
    2. realizing that Kubica is not fit enough for race anymore
    3. Jarno Trulli
    4. by Chandhok at the Indian GP
    5. cancelling the DRS or not
    6. 3
    7. No.
    8. something about the tyres
    9. 2nd
    10. Liuzzi
    11. Virgin
    12. Maldonado
    13. Chinese (because the rain)
    14. Vettel..
    15. Rosberg
    16. Liuzzi
    17. Korean GP
    18. 314
    19. Red Bull
    20. Vettel

  7. TFLB said on 22nd March 2011, 17:28

    1. What will be the best surprise? A 2010 midfield team winning races.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? The continuation of the DRS after a few races.
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? Di Resta.
    4. Who will he be replaced by? Hulkenberg.
    5. What will be the biggest political story? Three-car teams.
    6. How many races will McLaren win? 0.
    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season? No.
    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about? The unfairness of having tyres which make strategy even more important.
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? 1st.
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? Di Resta.
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability? Team Lotus or whatever they end up being called.
    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points? Perez.
    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? Maldonado.
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne? Hamilton.
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? Brazil.
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 231.
    19. Champion team: Mercedes.
    20. Champion driver: Alonso.

  8. MonF said on 22nd March 2011, 17:29

    1. What will be the best surprise? Lotus-Renault is a serious title contender
    2. What will be the worst surprise? McLaren struggling all season
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? Liuzzi
    4. Who will he be replaced by? some Paydriver
    5. What will be the biggest political story? everything regarding the tires and rule changes
    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 tires
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? 1
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? buemi
    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? Vettel
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Schumacher
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne? Karthikeyan
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? The last one
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 250
    19. Red Bull
    20. Sebastian Vettel

  9. Eggry (@eggry) said on 22nd March 2011, 17:41

    1. What will be the best surprise? – Quick Nick’s maiden and last win
    2. What will be the worst surprise? – Mclaren’s poor start
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? – Narain Karthikeyan
    4. Who will he be replaced by? – Crhistian Klien
    5. What will be the biggest political story? – Controversies on technical regulation
    6. How many races will McLaren win? – 2
    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season? – Definitely!
    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about? – Someone interrupted Alonso
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? – 2nd
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? – Jerome d’Ambrosio
    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? – Canadian GP
    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? – Abu Dhabi GP
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? – 280
    19. I voted Ferrari but Redbull much likely
    20. Fernando Alonso!

  10. toddjamin (@toddjamin) said on 22nd March 2011, 17:44

    1. What will be the best surprise? Lotus grabbing a podium
    2. What will be the worst surprise? adjustable wing making overtaking fake
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? Narain Karthikeyan
    4. Who will he be replaced by? another rubbish pay driver
    5. What will be the biggest political story? Ferarri doing something unsportsmanly
    6. How many races will McLaren win? 6
    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? 1st
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? Narain Karthikeyan
    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? Montreal/silverstone
    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? A virgin
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? Brazil
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 240

  11. Jonathan Wallcroft said on 22nd March 2011, 17:56

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    HRT win 1st 7 races and Alonso signs for them due to his “Spanish pride”
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Karthikeyan and Alonso swap seats and Karthikeyan win the title after Massa gives way
    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Hmmm i dont think HRT can last to Torro Rosso’s traditional dumping ground of Hungary so Vitantonio Liuzzi
    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Klien/Yamamoto/Mondini/Ide/Deletraz/Inoue in the same race (Malaysia)(changing at each pitstop)
    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Ecclestone runs for Priminister
    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?
    Vettel disrespecting them by passing Alonso
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    13th
    10. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Pastor Maldonado
    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?
    Malaysia for reasons in Question 4
    14. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Sebastian Vettel
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Sebastien Vettel
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne?
    Buemi
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    Brazil
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    235

  12. Sush Meerkat said on 22nd March 2011, 17:58

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    The Hulk getting a race seat, somehow.

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    The Hulk not getting a race seat (surely Q1 and 2 go hand in hand?, oh alright, proper answer)
    Kubica not recovering from his injuries.

    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Buemi

    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Karun Chandhok

    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    The power struggle by Bernie and CVC and who will his replacement be, you know he’s going to nominate Uncle Flavio

    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    2

    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season?
    Yes providing he’s on form, because if he’s got a chance of winning the Championship Horner isn’t going to let Webber take the coveted Number 1 badge over to HRT.

    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about?
    Australia’s race having only 4 classified finishes due to all the mechanical failure’s and crashes, it wouldn’t have happened if Ferrari were allowed to field 18 F150′s.

    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    Only getting fined ÂŁ20,000 instead of getting a 2 race ban for punting someone off the track.

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

    11. Which team will have the worst reliability?
    Force India

    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points?
    DI Resta

    13. Which will be the most entertaining race?
    Canada

    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?
    Buemi

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

    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    Due to F1′s complex points system, the winning driver will have 325.978 points.

  13. SoerenKaae (@soerenkaae) said on 22nd March 2011, 18:02

    1. Massa wins a race.
    2. Ferrari takes away another win from Massa.
    3. Narain Karthikeyan
    4. Karun Chandhok
    5. Complaints over the ever changing rules of DRS.
    6. 1
    7. No.
    8. That HRT with an untested car is inside the 107% rule, but alledgelly blocks the Ferraris.
    9. A victory.
    10. Lewis Hamilton
    11. HRT
    12. Pastor Maldonado.
    13. Monaco GP
    14. Vettel
    15. Nick Heidfeld.
    16. Liuzzi.
    17. Brazillian GP.
    18. 261

  14. Steve said on 22nd March 2011, 18:08

    1. What will be the best surprise? FOM announcing the RSA Gran Prix.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Ferrari struggle for pace.
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? Heidfeld.
    4. Who will he be replaced by? Kubica.
    5. What will be the biggest political story? Mclaren complaining about another teams development.
    6. How many races will McLaren win? None.
    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? Who the hell is the Horse Whisperer?
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? First.
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? Massa, probably.
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability? Ferrari.
    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points? Glock!
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race? If it rains… Spa.
    14. Who will set the most pole positions? Vettel
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Alonso. Ferrari is good there.
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne? Who ever starts in pole.
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? Korea is well placed.
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 9000!

  15. Chippie said on 22nd March 2011, 18:08

    1. What will be the best surprise? – Lotus scoring points
    2. What will be the worst surprise? – Schumacher retiring
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? – Buemi
    4. Who will he be replaced by? – Riccardo
    5. What will be the biggest political story? – Eccelstone’s leadership and judgement
    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 being rigged by the FIA
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? – 4th
    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? – Di Resta
    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? – Liuzzi
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? – Brazil
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? – 287
    19. Who will win the 2011 constructors championship? – Ferrari
    20. Who will win the 2011 drivers championship? – Webber

    This will be awesome!

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