The 2012 F1 season in 20 questions

2012 F1 season preview

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Barcelona, 2012

Will Alonso win more than one race this year?

The curtain is about to come up on a new season of Formula 1.

But before then we get to anticipate what might be for just a few days longer – and that’s part of the fun, isn’t it?

With that in mind, here are 20 question on the subjects that will shape the season ahead.

Post your answers in the comments and come the end of the season we can all reflect on how wrong we were. Especially me.

1. What will be the best surprise?
2. What will be the worst surprise?
3. How many different teams will win races?
4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race?
5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win?
6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be?
7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship?
8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013?
9. How many teams will still belong to FOTA at the end of the season?
10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted?
11. And who will take their place?
12. Which driver will receive the most penalties?
13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012?
14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix?
16. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
18. How many points will the winning driver score?

The final two questions take the form of these polls:

19. Who will win the constructors’ championship?

Who will win the constructors' championship?

  • Red Bull (38%)
  • McLaren (55%)
  • Ferrari (4%)
  • Mercedes (3%)
  • Lotus (1%)
  • Force India (0%)
  • Sauber (0%)
  • Toro Rosso (0%)
  • Williams (0%)
  • Caterham (0%)
  • HRT (0%)
  • Marussia (0%)

Total Voters: 577

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20. Who will win the drivers’ championship?

Who will win the drivers' championship?

  • Sebastian Vettel (35%)
  • Mark Webber (4%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (26%)
  • Jenson Button (19%)
  • Fernando Alonso (8%)
  • Felipe Massa (0%)
  • Michael Schumacher (2%)
  • Nico Rosberg (1%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (3%)
  • Romain Grosjean (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Bruno Senna (0%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Narain Karthikeyan (0%)
  • Pedro de la Rosa (0%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Charles Pic (2%)

Total Voters: 565

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219 comments on The 2012 F1 season in 20 questions

  1. attarda (@attarda) said on 14th March 2012, 20:26

    1. What will be the best surprise? Catherham
    2. What will be the worst surprise? No Wins for ferrari
    3. How many different teams will win races? 4
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Karthikeyan
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? 2
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 1
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 9
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013? yes
    9. How many teams will still belong to FOTA at the end of the season? 7
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Kathikeyan
    11. And who will take their place? Jarno Trulli
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Schumacher
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? no
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? De laRosa
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Jenson Button
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Blown Exhaused
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    Spa
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    304

  2. Helen (@helen) said on 14th March 2012, 21:09

    1. What will be the best surprise? Caterham decide to stay in Norfolk and brother keeps his job!
    2. What will be the worst surprise? RB does it again and makes the best car – everyone else plays catch up
    3. How many different teams will win races? 4
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? De la Rosa
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? 3
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 3rd
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 9th – overtaking Williams
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013? No – he won’t like Rosberg doing better than him
    9. How many teams will still belong to FOTA at the end of the season? Don’t care
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Karthikeyan
    11. And who will take their place? Someone I’ve never heard of
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Hopefully Hamilton will keep his nose clean, but…
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? No, unless he replaces Massa?
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Mid field 1st corner crash – Senna
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Button
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Who will replace Ecclestone as he drowns in his cash
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Monza
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 290
    McLaren for team title and Vettel for Driver’s.

  3. clay (@clay) said on 14th March 2012, 22:22

    1. What will be the best surprise? Kimi wining a couple of races – Spa and Suzuka.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? HRT and/or Marussia changing owners due to no money
    3. How many different teams will win races? Five
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Pic
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? Two
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? Win x 2
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? Tenth
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013? No (Please no!)
    9. How many teams will still belong to FOTA at the end of the season? Five
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? De La Rosa
    11. And who will take their place? Liuzzi
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Maldonado
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? No
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Probably Webber knowing his luck…
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Lewis
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Lewis to RBR
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? China or Turkey
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 267

  4. 1. What will be the best surprise?
    Senna winning in Brazil or Monaco

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Vettel or Red Bull winning either of the championships.

    3. How many different teams will win races?
    6

    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race?
    Charles Pic
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win?
    2

    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be?
    1st
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship?
    9th

    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013?
    I don’t think so, he’s too old, but i don’t think he’ll disappear from F1. I can imagine him taking part in DTM or helping out with Mercedes in 2013.

    9. How many teams will still belong to FOTA at the end of the season?
    Who knows?!

    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted?
    Karthikeyan

    11. And who will take their place?
    Chandhok :P lol

    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties?
    Hamilton…. no i think he’ll be less aggressive this year and i think it will be one of the midfield drivers trying to poke their nose in to the front runners who will get the most, Maldonado most likely!

    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012?
    I really hope so, he’s a cracking driver, would love to see him in place of Massa at Ferrari, but for this season, Raikkonen and Kubica doesn’t sound too bad at all!

    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    Massa because he’s not very good! :)

    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix?
    Hamilton

    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    Webber and Red Bull not getting on, i can’t imagine him being happy with being number 2 driver for much longer!

    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    As always, one of Montreal, Spa, Monaco, Silverstone tends to be a good show with the McLaren’s. Hard to choose really!

    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    300 exactly

    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship?
    I’d love to say Mclaren, but i can’t help but think Red Bull will!

    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship?
    Hamilton is who i’d like to win, but it’s going to be Vettel isn’t it?

  5. Paul Barrass said on 14th March 2012, 23:31

    1. What will be the best surprise? Lewis makes no more than two cock ups

    2. What will be the worst surprise? If Seb wins hands down

    3. How many different teams will win races? 6 (RBR.Ferrari,McLaren and Mercedes, Lotus and Force India)
    (I hope)
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Karthikeyan

    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? 1

    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 1st

    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 9th

    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013? Yes if he wins a race and Rosberg doesn’t.

    9. How many teams will still belong to FOTA at the end of the season? 0 FOTA disbanded.

    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Massa.

    11. And who will take their place? Perez?.

    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Grosjean .

    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? Surely you jest?

    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Glock.

    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? It won’t take place.

    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Either US GP not taking place, or Bernie indicted on fraud.

    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Oz.

    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 180 something.
    (I hope again: I really hope the points are spread that much)

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

    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Lewis (Hope springs eternal).

  6. Rob Wilson (@rob-wilson) said on 14th March 2012, 23:45

    1. What will be the best surprise? – Ferrari not as bad as first thought.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? – Caterham still being P19 & P20 in quali.
    3. How many different teams will win races? 3, Red Bull, McLaren & Ferrari later on in the season.
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? All drivers will qualify for every race.
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? 2
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 4th
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 10th again.
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013? Yes, a final year contract.
    9. How many teams will still belong to FOTA at the end of the season? Nobody else will leave.
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Nobody will be replaced this season.
    11. And who will take their place? –
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Jean-Eric Vergne.
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? – No.
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? – Heikki Kovalainen
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix?- Lewis Hamilton
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year?- Red Bulls Exhaust gas directing
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? – Hockenheim
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? – Nowhere near as many as Vettel did last year
    19. Who i hope – McLaren. Who will – Red Bull
    20. Who i hope – Lewis Hamilton. Who will – Sebastian Vettel

  7. SetyawanBejo said on 15th March 2012, 6:49

    1. What will be the best surprise? the end of Red Bull domination
    2. What will be the worst surprise? retirement of Mark Webber without title
    3. How many different teams will win races? 4 (McLaren, Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes)
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Charles Pic
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? 1 race
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 3rd
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 10th place
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013? Yes
    9. How many teams will still belong to FOTA at the end of the season? 6
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Narrain Karthikeyan
    11. And who will take their place? Jaime Algesuari
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Pastor Maldonado
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? No
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Narrain Karthikeyan
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Jenson Button
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? FOTA and its Concord Agreement
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Spa Franchoschamps
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 300 something
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? McLaren
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Jenson Button

  8. pytho (@pytho) said on 15th March 2012, 10:27

    1. What will be the best surprise? Lotus
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Ferrari
    3. How many different teams will win races? 3
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Karthikeyan
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? 1
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 1.
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 10. (with points!)
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013? Yes, one year, with option for more)
    9. How many teams will still belong to FOTA at the end of the season? FOTA won’t exist at the end of the season.
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Karthikeyan, for performance and financial reasons.
    11. And who will take their place? Liuzzi.
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Lewis Hamilton
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? No, but he will participiate in free practices.
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Maldonado (start crash with someone)
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Jenson Button
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? The end of the FOTA.
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Monaco.
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 269
    19. WCC: McLaren
    20. WDC: Jenson Button

  9. Prateek727 (@prateek727) said on 15th March 2012, 11:33

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    A hugely competivite grid with 4-5 different teams vying for victory in each race.
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Ferrari renew Massa’s contract for another year.
    3. How many different teams will win races?
    6
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race?
    No driver will fail to qualify for a race this year.
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win?
    2
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be?
    1st Place at Spa
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship?
    8th
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013?
    Yes.
    9. How many teams will still belong to FOTA at the end of the season?
    Seven
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted?
    Karthikeyan
    11. And who will take their place?
    Liuzzi
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties?
    Maldonado.
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012?
    No. But I predict he will test a GP2 car by the end of the year.
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    Charles Pic
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix?
    Jenson
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    Something to do with the new engine formula for next year.
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    Canada
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    214

  10. vinicius.jlantunes (@vinicius-jlantunes) said on 15th March 2012, 16:34

    1. What will be the best surprise? One (at least) Mercedes win in the first 6 races
    2. What will be the worst surprise? HRT pulling off at the end of the year
    3. How many different teams will win races? 5
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Karthikeyan
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? 2
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? Race victory
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 10th
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013? No
    9. How many teams will still belong to FOTA at the end of the season? 6
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Pedro de la Rosa
    11. And who will take their place? Clos
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Maldonado
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? No
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Pic
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Button
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Concorde agreement
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? British GP (there will be rain)
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 275

  11. PJA (@pja) said on 15th March 2012, 19:20

    1. What will be the best surprise? – A different team winning a race compared with the top three from the last two years.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? – The Championship not being as close as everyone thinks it will be.
    3. How many different teams will win races? – Four.
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? – Pic.
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? – Three.
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? – Second.
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? – Tenth.
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013? – No.
    9. How many teams will still belong to FOTA at the end of the season? – Nine.
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? – I think the first replacement will be die to and injury rather than financial reasons, so a complete random choice de la Rosa.
    11. And who will take their place? – Paffett.
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? – Lewis.
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? – No.
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? – First corner crash so again a random choice of Hulkenberg.
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? – Vettel.
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? – Concorde Agreement.
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? – Probably a race BBC won’t be showing live, Canada.
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? – 301.
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? – Red Bull.
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? – Vettel.

  12. 1. What will be the best surprise? Lotus good form
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Red Bull
    3. How many different teams will win races? 4
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Charles Pic
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win?4
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 2nd (Spa)
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship?8
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013? no
    9. How many teams will still belong to FOTA at the end of the season?6
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Karthikeyan
    11. And who will take their place?Sutil
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Hamilton
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? No
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?Charles Pic
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Button
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? The movements side to side during passing manouvers
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?Spa
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?around 300

  13. 1. What will be the best surprise? Lotus good form
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Red Bull
    3. How many different teams will win races? 4
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Charles Pic
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win?4
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 2nd (Spa)
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship?8
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013? no
    9. How many teams will still belong to FOTA at the end of the season?6
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Karthikeyan
    11. And who will take their place?Sutil
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Hamilton
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? No
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?Charles Pic
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Button
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? The movements side to side during passing manouvers
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?Spa
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?around 300
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? McLaren.
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Alonso

  14. matt90 (@matt90) said on 16th March 2012, 21:04

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Vettel not dominating
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    spa losing its 2013 slot
    3. How many different teams will win races?
    4
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race?
    Karthikeyan and de la Rosa
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win?
    2
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be?
    3rd
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship?
    10th
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013?
    Yes
    9. How many teams will still belong to FOTA at the end of the season?
    5
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted?
    Discounting potential injuries, Karthikeyan
    11. And who will take their place?
    Liuzzi
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties?
    Hamilton
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012?
    No
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    Pic
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix?
    Hamilton
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    FOTA break-up, and how stupid it is
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    Canada
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    275

  15. Anthony Royal (@anthonyroyal) said on 16th March 2012, 22:50

    1.Lewis Hamilton having a great season
    2.Massa still doing shockingly bad.
    3.3
    4.Kimi Raikkonen
    5.0
    6.6
    7.8
    8.Yes
    9.10 Teams
    10.Karthikeyan
    11.Clos
    12.Maldonado
    13.No
    14.Massa
    15.Jenson Button
    16.FOTA dispute
    17.Belgium
    18.230 Points

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