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. innim said on 22nd March 2011, 18:18

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Hamilton winning the world championship.
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    HRT dropping out.
    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Kartikayen
    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Sakon Yamamoto
    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Renault having a much more complex exhaust system than everyone thought – like the EBD was last year.
    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?
    Back-markers and DRS.
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    2nd
    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?
    Sergio Perez
    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?
    Hamilton
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne?
    Kobayashi – (crash at first corner?)
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    Brazil
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    270
    19. WCC – Red bull
    20. WDC – Vettel

  2. highdownforce said on 22nd March 2011, 18:29

    1. Best surprise = LRGP/Rosberg
    2. Worst surprise = TL forced to change its name
    3. First driver replaced = Liuzzi
    4. Replaced by = Don’t know
    5. Biggest political story = 2013 rules
    6. McLaren wins = 3
    7. Webber in RBR for 2012 = Yes
    8. HW’s first complaint = 2013 rules
    9. Schumacher’s best result = 3rd
    10. Driver with most crashes = Maldonado
    11. Worst reliability = Virgin
    12. Rookie with more points = Perez
    13. Most entertaining race = Brazilian GP
    14. Most pole positions = Vettel
    15. Monaco GP winner = Hamilton
    16. First retirement AUS GP = Karthikeyan
    17. WDC decision = Abu Dhabi GP
    18. WDC score = 250-280
    19. WCC = RBR
    20. WDC = Vettel

  3. George (@george) said on 22nd March 2011, 18:42

    1. Nick Heidfeld scores first win
    2. Red Bull dominates championship (surprise?)
    3. Narain Karthikaryan
    4. Bill Gates
    5. Bernie Ecclestone on engines
    6. 2
    7. No
    8. Red Bull’s diffuser
    9. 3rd
    10. Petrov
    11. Virgin
    12. Maldonado
    13. Canada
    14. Vettel
    15. Webber
    16. Liuzzi
    17. 18th
    18. 300

  4. manik56 (@manik56) said on 22nd March 2011, 19:04

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Schumacher wins a race

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Felipe Massa will have another poor season

    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?
    The Tires

    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?
    Who?

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

    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?
    Sebastian Vettel

    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne?
    Sebastien Buemi

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

    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    290

    19. Constructors: Red Bull

    20. Drivers: Sebastian Vettel

  5. theRoswellite said on 22nd March 2011, 19:17

    BIG TWENTY…

    1) ..best surprise…Mercedes is competitive for podiums and wins.

    2) ..worst surprise…already answered.. with the absence of Robert.

    3) ..first driver replaced…di Resta.

    4) ..replaced by Hulkenburg.

    5) ..biggest political story…issues surrounding the commercial rights now controlled by BE.

    6) ..how many races will McLaren win Zero, the Big Nada.

    7) ..Webber does not extend contract.

    8) ..first Horse Whisperer’s complaint…that this question wasn’t listed higher in these questions!

    9) ..Schumacher’s best result…1st, (also listed under #2)

    10) ..who will crash out of most races…Maldonado.

    11) ..team with worst reliability..Virgin.

    12) ..rookie scoring most points…Maldonado, despite #10.

    13) ..most entertaining race…Monaco, if you count the off track activities.

    14) ..who has the most poles…Vettel, uncontested.

    15) ..who wins Monaco…Webber.

    16) ..first retirement of the year…Petrov.

    17) ..driver’s championship decided at…Abu Dhabi.

    18) ..championship points total…324.

    19) ..Constructor’s champion…Red Bull.

    20)…Driver’s champion…Vettel.

  6. als (@als) said on 22nd March 2011, 19:26

    1. Lotus beating Force India
    2. Heidfeld getting more 2nd places without a win
    3. Sebastian Buemi
    4. Daniel Ricciardo
    5. 2013 Engines
    6. 3
    7. No
    8. Pirelli Tyres
    9. 2nd
    10. di Resta
    11. HRT
    12. Malddonado
    13. Korea
    14. Vettel
    15. Vettel
    16. Liuzzi
    17. Abu Dhabi (assuming there’s no Bahrain)
    18. 299
    19. Red Bull
    20. Fernando Alonso

  7. Eddie Irvine (@eddie-irvine) said on 22nd March 2011, 19:35

    1. What will be the best surprise? Williams scoring many points maybe a win
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Kubica will never be able to race again
    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? Bernie’s FOM rights
    6. How many races will McLaren win? 7
    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 double floor of torro rosso
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? 3rd
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? Vitaly Petrov
    11. Which team will have the worst reliability? Hispania Racing
    12. Which rookie driver will score the most points? Pastor Maldonado
    13. Which will be the most entertaining race? Silverstone
    14. Who will set the most pole positions? Sebastian Vettel
    15. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Lewis Hamilton
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne? Vitaly Petrov
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? Brazil
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 260

  8. Faraz (@faraz) said on 22nd March 2011, 19:40

    1. What will be the best surprise? Kobayashi
    2. What will be the worst surprise? If Buemi gets dropped
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? Liuzzi
    4. Who will he be replaced by? Yamamoto
    5. What will be the biggest political story? three car teams
    6. How many races will McLaren win? 2-4
    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season? Yes hopefully
    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about? They might not complain
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? 1st
    10. Who will crash out of the most races? Ambosio
    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? All hopefully
    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? Either HRT
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won? ABU DHABI
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? Loads

  9. David-A (@david-a) said on 22nd March 2011, 19:40

    1. What will be the best surprise? – Heidfeld winning a race
    2. What will be the worst surprise? – HRT pulling out at the end of the season, if not earlier
    3. Which driver will be replaced first? – Buemi
    4. Who will he be replaced by? – Ricciardo
    5. What will be the biggest political story? – Complaints about Red Bull’s car
    6. How many races will McLaren win? – 3
    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season? – Yes, for 1 more year
    8. What will the Horse Whisperer’s first complaint be about? – HRT
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be? – 1st (x2)
    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? – 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? – Vettel
    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? – 262
    19. Who will win the 2011 constructors championship? – Alonso
    20. Who will win the 2011 drivers championship? – Ferrari

  10. Hairs (@hairs) said on 22nd March 2011, 19:40

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Any one of the pre-season favourites being beaten by their teammate.
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Vettel running away with it.
    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Liuzzi.
    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    A bank manager.
    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Team Orders, when Ferrari do it at the first race.
    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 quality of sapphic entertainment on offer in the hotels.
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    3rd.
    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?
    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?
    Liuzzi.
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    None – it doesn’t get won until after the season finishes!
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    More than the man who comes second.

  11. Girts said on 22nd March 2011, 19:57

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Vitaly Petrov winning a GP.

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Cancellation of another race.

    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Trulli

    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Chandhok

    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Luca di Montezemolo becoming the new Italian Prime Minister.

    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    One

    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season?
    No, RBR is going to sign Alguersuari for 2012.

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

    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    He’s going to win a race again.

    10. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Kamui Kobayashi

    11. Which team will have the worst reliability?
    Lotus

    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?
    Sebastian Vettel

    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne?
    Timo Glock

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

    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    295

    19. Who will win the 2011 constructors championship?
    Red Bull. Adrian Newey is the man!

    20. Who will win the 2011 drivers championship?
    Sebastian Vettel. He will be even more self-convinced than in 2010, the team has momentum and the car is going to have less reliability issues.

  12. 1. What will be the best surprise?
    Heidfeld winning his 1st GP
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Sprinklers effecting the outcome of the WDC
    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    Kartikeyin
    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    Chandok
    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    Vettel shunting Webber to win the WDC
    6. How many races will McLaren win?
    3, 2 for Lewis, 1 for Jense
    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 not listening to team orders now they are legal
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    1st after Rosberg lets him through in the last lap of the German GP
    10. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Petrov
    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?
    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?
    Petrov
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    Korea
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    298
    19. Red Bull
    20. Vettel

  13. Dougie (@f1droid) said on 22nd March 2011, 20:05

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    TEAM LOTUS BEATING LOTUS RENAULT… DREAM ON ;-)
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    MCLAREN NOT BEING CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDERS
    3. Which driver will be replaced first?
    ROBERT KUBICA ;-)
    4. Who will he be replaced by?
    NICK HEIDFELD
    5. What will be the biggest political story?
    TEAM LOTUS/LOTUS RENAULT
    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?
    SCHUMI WINNING IN OZ
    9. What will Michael Schumacher’s best result be?
    8TH WORLD DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP
    10. Who will crash out of the most races?
    TONIO LUIZZI
    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?
    ALONSO
    16. Who will be the first retirement at Melbourne?
    TONIO LIUZZI
    17. At which race will the drivers’ title be won?
    BRAZIL
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    187

    • Dougie (@f1droid) said on 22nd March 2011, 20:07

      19. Who will win the 2011 constructors championship?
      FERRARI
      20. Who will win the 2011 drivers championship?
      SCHUMACHER

    • Chippie (@chippie) said on 22nd March 2011, 20:53

      187 points! Are you sure? You see there are 1919 points to earn over the course of a season, even if they were all divided up equally between all 24 drivers they would all earn at least 79 points. Vettel last year got 256 points, and that was an unpredictable season where Vettel himself only led the championship on the last day of the season.

  14. alexf1man (@alexf1man) said on 22nd March 2011, 20:05

    1. The 2013 engine spec will be similar to 2011 as Ecclestone doesn’t like the idea of 4 cylinder engines
    2. DRS causing serious crashes
    3. Vitantonio Liuzzi
    4. a “Pay Driver”
    5. Penalties as a result of misuse of the DRS
    6. three at best
    7. No unless he’s offered a pay rise
    8. Red Bull have found another loophole in the regulations
    9. 2nd
    10. Vitantonio Liuzzi
    11. Hispania a.k.a. HRT
    12. Paul Di Resta
    13. Brazil
    14. Sebastian Vettel
    15. Fernando Alonso
    16. Narain Karthikeyan
    17. Abu Dhabi or Brazil unless Red Bull pull away at the front
    18. About 270
    19. Red Bull
    20. Sebastian Vettel

    • alexf1man (@alexf1man) said on 27th December 2011, 9:17

      This article should be reviewed to see how well everyone did :-)

      • alexf1man (@alexf1man) said on 27th December 2011, 9:31

        1) Correct (delayed to 2014), but not sure if it was the best story.
        2) Monaco in particular, but again unsure of it being the worst within F1 (the deaths in other categories probably overshadowed this).
        3) Karthikeyan, I was close.
        4) Ricciardo, so yes because he’s from the Red Bull development program.
        5) Very debatable. Maybe the Massa-Hamilton crash fest!
        6) I was definitely wrong :-) they got six, three for both drivers
        7) Not sure about pay rise, but I was otherwise wrong.
        8) Again debatable.
        9) 4th, should’ve been 2nd if it wasn’t for DRS in Canada.
        10) and 11) I Don’t know
        12) Correct
        13) Canada. Brazil was good but nowhere near as insane and unpredictable.
        14) Obviously (15)
        15) Vettel as well! Should’ve been Alonso if it wasn’t for the Practice Crash.
        16) HRT didn’t qualify. Who was the first retirement?
        17) Japan. I got that wrong, even WCC gone by Korea!
        18) 392, I was definitely wrong but at least I knew it would be more than 2010.
        19) and 20) Easily correct.

  15. Mild7Nick said on 22nd March 2011, 20:06

    1. What will be the best surprise? The new regs will actually work!

    2. What will be the worst surprise? HRT will not last the season

    3. Which driver will be replaced first? Buemi

    4. Who will he be replaced by? Riccardo

    5. What will be the biggest political story? This summer Red Bull will sign Hamilton for 2013 and then force Mclarens hand into letting him go early for 2012 with it all getting very messy between Lewis and the team. Guaranteed.

    6. How many races will McLaren win? 2

    7. Will Mark Webber extend his Red Bull contract before the end of the season? No, see question 6

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

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

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

    11. Which team will have the worst reliability? Mclaren

    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? Massa

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

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

    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 364

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

    20. Who will win the 2011 drivers championship?
    Fernando Alonso, he will steal the title ala Prost 86.

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