The 2012 F1 season in 20 questions

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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. michaeldobson13 (@michaeldobson13) said on 13th March 2012, 17:54

    1. What will be the best surprise? Lotus Winning a race
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Sebastian Vettel not being on pole every race
    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? 3
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 9
    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? 7
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Karthikeyan
    11. And who will take their place? The next person to win the Euromillions jackpot(!) Or someone with a lot of sponsorship
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Lewis Hamilton
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? No
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Pastor Maldonado
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Jenson Button
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? 2014 Rules
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canada
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 276.5

  2. hamilz0rs said on 13th March 2012, 17:55

    1. What will be the best surprise? MERCEDES.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? MORE THAN ONE RACE CANCELLED.
    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? 3
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 4
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 9
    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? 0
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? GROSJEAN
    11. And who will take their place? D’AMBROSIO
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? KARTHIKEYAN
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? NO
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? ROSBERG
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? VETTEL
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? A DRIVER WILL QUIT MIDSEASON
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? AUSTRALIAN GP
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 323

  3. PJ (@pjtierney) said on 13th March 2012, 17:58

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

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Williams consistently beaten by Caterham.

    3. How many different teams will win races?
    4 (the big 3 and Mercedes)

    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race?
    Charles Pic, Melbourne

    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?
    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?
    12 (an agreement will be made and all teams return)

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

    11. And who will take their place?
    Buemi

    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?
    Bruno Senna

    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix?
    Jenson Button

    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    Bahrain

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

    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    299

    19. Red Bull

    20. Vettel

  4. DCG-1994 said on 13th March 2012, 17:59

    1. What will be the best surprise? Mercedes Winning
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Vettel winning a third title
    3. How many different teams will win races? 5
    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? 2
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 2nd
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 9th
    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? 8
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? de la Rosa
    11. And who will take their place? Dani 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? Glock
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Hamilton
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? The Exhausts
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canada
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 250
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? McLaren
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Hamilton

  5. Troy Alexander (@troy-alexander) said on 13th March 2012, 18:00

    1. What will be the best surprise? Caterham
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Ferrari extremely off the pace in the opening rounds
    3. How many different teams will win races? 5
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Narain 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? 9th
    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? Seven
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Narain Karthikeyan
    11. And who will take their place? Vitantonio Liuzzi
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Lewis Hamilton
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? No
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Pastor Maldonado
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Lewis Hamilton
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Exhaust Blowing Diffuser
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Monza
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 246

  6. Atanu (@ilovevettel) said on 13th March 2012, 18:01

    1. What will be the best surprise?–Rosberg first win
    2. What will be the worst surprise?–HRT not able to qualify in Australia
    3. How many different teams will win races?–Three
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race?–Karthikeyan
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win?–Two
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be?–Podium
    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?–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
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?–Petrov
    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?–Indian GP(Ok, I am biased :D)
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?–290
    19. WCC — Red Bull
    20. WDC — vettel

  7. andy.price (@andy-price) said on 13th March 2012, 18:01

    1. What will be the best surprise? Eddie Jordan will wear sensible shirts
    2. What will be the worst surprise? One team will not complete all 20 races
    3. How many different teams will win races? 5
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Pic
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? 2
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? A win
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 8th or 9th
    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? Could be anyone
    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? One of the Virgins
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Hamilton
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Trouble in Bahrain – protests?
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Monaco
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 256

  8. Glenn (@glenn) said on 13th March 2012, 18:05

    1. What will be the best surprise? Mercedes and Lotus are competitive.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Further restrictions and rule changes
    3. How many different teams will win races? 4
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Narain
    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? 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? 4
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Grosjean
    11. And who will take their place? Kubica
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Maldonado
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? Yes
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Charles Pic
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Hamilton
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Bahrain
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? US GP
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 290

  9. luchogv (@luchogv) said on 13th March 2012, 18:07

    1. What will be the best surprise? Lotus and Kimi’s Performance
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Ferrari performance going down even more
    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? 1
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 1st place in one of the first 3 GP’s
    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? 6
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Karthikeyan
    11. And who will take their place? No idea, maybe Liuzzi
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Grosjean or Vergne
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? No
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Karthikeyan
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? J. Button
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Something about the new regulations
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Malaysia if rains
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 285
    19. WCC? McLaren
    20. WDC? J. Button

  10. robk23 (@robk23) said on 13th March 2012, 18:08

    1. What will be the best surprise? Caterham
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Williams
    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? 2
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 2nd
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 9th
    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? 7
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Karthikeyan
    11. And who will take their place? Dani Clos
    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? Glock
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Vettel
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? The Concorde Agreement
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canada
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 347
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? Red Bull
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Vettel

  11. f1alex (@f1alex) said on 13th March 2012, 18:08

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Raikkonen being a title contender

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Bahrain being cancelled.

    3. How many different teams will win races?
    4

    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race?
    Pic

    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?
    9th

    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?
    7

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

    11. And who will take their place?
    Liuzzi

    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties?
    Maldonado and Hamilton

    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012?
    No

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

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

    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    Bahrain

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

    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    242

  12. Alehud42 (@alehud42) said on 13th March 2012, 18:12

    1. If McLaren wins the WDC.
    2. If HRT survive this season.
    3. Five: RBR, McLaren, Ferrari, Mercedes and Lotus
    4. Narain Karthikeyan
    5. 2
    6. 1st
    7. 9th, ahead of Williams
    8. Yes
    9. Noone will leave, that’s for sure.

  13. Bumfez (@bumfez) said on 13th March 2012, 18:12

    1. What will be the best surprise? Raikkonen or Schumacher winning a race.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Vettel winning a third championship.
    3. How many different teams will win races? 4
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Narain Karthikeyan
    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
    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? 8
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Narain Karthikeyan
    11. And who will take their place? Dani Clos
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Felipe Massa
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? I think not but I’d like to see it happen.
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Narain Karthikeyan
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Jenson Button
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Work arounds to the EBD ban.
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Malaysia.
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 312.
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? McLaren.
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Voted Lewis Hamilton but I wish Alonso would win it for the 3rd time.

  14. djdaveyp85 (@djdaveyp87) said on 13th March 2012, 18:13

    1. What will be the best surprise? Force India & Renault ahead of Ferrari
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Felipe Massa losing his drive
    3. How many different teams will win races? 3
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Narian Karthekeyan
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? 0
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 3rd
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 9th
    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? 8
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Narain Karthekeyan
    11. And who will take their place? Antonia Liuzzi
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Nico Hulkenberg
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? No
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Vitaly Petrov
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Lewis Hamilton
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Concorde Agreement (another threat of a breakaway).
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canada
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 394

  15. Nick24 (@nick24) said on 13th March 2012, 18:16

    Best surprise: Lotus getting two or three podiums.
    Worst surprise: Spa having to share it’s slot with France.
    Different winning teams: Three
    First driver to DNQ: Karthikeyan
    Alonso wins: One
    Raikkonen’s best result: Third
    Caterham’s championship position: Tenth
    Schumacher contract extension: No
    FOTA members: Five
    First driver replaced: Karthikeyan
    Who replaces them: Clos
    Most penalties: Maldonado
    Will Kubica race?: Nope
    First retirement in Australia: De La Rosa
    US GP winner: Vettel
    Biggest political story: Some sort of disagreement on the Concorde Agreement
    Most entertaining race: Belgium
    Winning driver points: 312
    Teams’ champion: Red Bull
    Drivers’ champion: Vettel

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