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. adzz36 (@adzz36) said on 13th March 2012, 18:16

    1. What will be the best surprise? More than two teams competing for race wins.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? US Grand Prix will fail to go ahead.
    3. How many different teams will win races? 4.
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Karthikeyan if anyone.
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? None.
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 2nd.
    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? 7.
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Karthikeyan.
    11. And who will take their place? Alguersauri.
    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? Massa.
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? If it happens, Button.
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? The new Concorde Agreement.
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Australia.
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 260.

  2. sharmin. (@spartle) said on 13th March 2012, 18:16

    1. What will be the best surprise? Romain Grosjean
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Jenson Button
    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? 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? 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? No
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Maldonado
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Sebastian 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? Spa.
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 254
    19. Who will win the Constructor’s Championship? Red Bull Racing.
    20. Who will win the Driver’s Championship? Sebastian Vettel.

  3. Ed Marques (@edmarques) said on 13th March 2012, 18:20

    1. What will be the best surprise? Mercedes winning races
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    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? 1
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? Win
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 10th but will score some points.
    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? The same
    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? Di Resta
    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? Hamilton
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Concorde Agreement
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canada
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 257
    19 and 20. Mclaren and Hamilton

  4. Fixy (@fixy) said on 13th March 2012, 18:25

    1. What will be the best surprise? – Ferrari will reach the podium sometime
    2. What will be the worst surprise? – Caterham will remain 10th
    3. How many different teams will win races? – 3
    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? – 1
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? – 2nd
    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? – 4
    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? – Senna
    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? – N/A
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? – Spa
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? – 322

  5. alexf1man (@alexf1man) said on 13th March 2012, 18:26

    Thanks @keithcollantine for doing this again!

    Note: where multiple answers are entered, they are in the order of most likely to least likely.

    1. Caterham getting in the midfield / into the points, or the stepped nose being banned (for 2012 and / or 2013)
    2. Vettel dominating again, Schumacher and / or Raikkonen having poor seasons, Spa not being in F1 for more than one year, Webber not being in F1 next year
    3. Four or Five
    4. Narain Karthikeyan, if anyone
    5. One or Two at a push
    6. 2nd
    7. Ninth, possibly ahead of Williams
    8. Unlikely, but that depends on this season
    9. Three or Four
    10. Narain Karthikeyan
    11. A pay driver, a Red Bull development driver, or Liuzzi
    12. Lewis Hamilton or Pastor Maldonado
    13. No
    14. Narain Karthikeyan or Jean Eric Vergne
    15. Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber or Jenson Button
    16. Aero performance from exhausts / stapped noses / w ducts / suspension, phone hacking F1 personnel by Sky during their coverage
    17. Canada, failing that Italy, otherwise Britain
    18. 316
    19. Probably Red Bull, but otherwise McLaren
    20. Sebastian Vettel, but failing that hopefully Jenson Button

  6. 1. What will be the best surprise? – An absolutely titanic scrap for the championship
    2. What will be the worst surprise? – DRS, what else?
    3. How many different teams will win races? – 5
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? – None, all drivers will qualify
    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, ahead of Williams
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013? – For one more season
    9. How many teams will still belong to FOTA at the end of the season? – 9
    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? – Vitaly Petrov
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? – Not in 2012, but Ferrari will sign him up for 2013
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? – Timo Glock
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? – Jenson Button
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? – The continued unrest in Bahrain
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? – Spa
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? – 266</strong
    19. WDC – Red Bull, only just though.
    20. WCC – Being the optimist, Kimi Raikkonen.

  7. grotos (@grotos) said on 13th March 2012, 18:35

    1. What will be the best surprise? Lotus
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Williams poor form
    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? 1
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 10
    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? 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? Yes
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Maldonado
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Vettel
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Exhaust systems
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canada
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 270

  8. black (@black) said on 13th March 2012, 18:37

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Best championship ever

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    spa having to lose his slot from France

    3. How many different teams will win races?
    5 teams and 10 different drivers

    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race?
    no one

    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win?
    2 ( spain & italy )

    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be?
    1st ( in Monaco & spa )

    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship?
    10 but with a point at least

    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?
    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?
    karthikeyan

    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?
    china or canada or spa

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

  9. George (@george) said on 13th March 2012, 18:38

    Woo, it’s that time again! Completely inaccurate predictions coming up!
    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Nico Rosberg wins!
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Raikkonen is pants still
    3. How many different teams will win races?
    4 (RBR,McL,Fer,Merc)
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race?
    n/a
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win?
    2
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be?
    5th
    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?
    However many are in now
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted?
    Vitaly Petrov
    11. And who will take their place?
    Alexander Rossi
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties?
    Romain Grosjean
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012?
    No :(
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    Timo Glock
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix?
    Fernando Alonso
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    Race fees
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    Monaco
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    320

  10. Mads (@mads) said on 13th March 2012, 18:39

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Raikönnen to have a great comeback season.

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Caterham not making the midfield again.

    3. How many different teams will win races?
    5 RB, McLaren, Ferrari, Merc and Renault. Lotus. whatever they are called these days. The black one with Raikönnen in.

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

    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win?
    2

    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be?
    A race win !

    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship?
    10th.

    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013?
    Yes he will.

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

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

    11. And who will take their place?
    Bill Gates’ grandmother paying a few quid to have a go..

    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties?
    Lewis.. sadly.

    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012?
    Nope. He will wait for 2013 and be fit to win the championship a million times in a row. I hope at least.

    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    Vergne crashing into the back of Maldonardo. Ending up in a big fireball, red flagging the race. Luckily nobody injured.

    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix?
    Michael Schumacher because all the non silver cars can’t stand the heat and will have to pit and retire at the end of the parade lap to avoid unnecessary stress on the engine and gearbox.

    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    Lewis Hamilton picking a fight with Maldonardo injuring him and as a penalty Lewis has to be a stand in at Williams while Maldonardo is getting sown together.

    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    Valencia. Because all the teams dress up as clown and decide that it would be more fun to do a race driving backwards, just to find out that the reverse gear on their cars are too flimsy and stupid that only one finishes the race.

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

  11. JamieFranklinF1 (@jamiefranklinf1) said on 13th March 2012, 18:41

    1. What will be the best surprise? The close Championship.
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    3. How many different teams will win races? Three.
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Narain Karthikeyan.
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? One.
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 4th.
    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? Same as the start of the year.
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Karthikeyan.
    11. And who will take their place? No idea.
    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? Maldonado
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Lewis Hamilton.
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Positioning and effects of the exhausts.
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Japanese GP (Providing it’s at Suzuka)
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 289.

  12. MahavirShah (@mahavirshah) said on 13th March 2012, 18:44

    1. What will be the best surprise? Two, Force India getting a podium and Caterham getting a point.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Red Bull 1-2 in Australia because it isn’t going to surprise anyone
    3. How many different teams will win races? 4
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? No one
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? 3
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 4th
    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? Probably 2
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Hopefully not but Narain Karthikeyan
    11. And who will take their place? Liuzzi
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Sergio Perez
    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? Mark Webber
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Concorde Agreement
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canada
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 270

  13. Dan_the_McLaren_fan (@dan_the_mclaren_fan) said on 13th March 2012, 18:45

    Oh great, the annual 20 questions for the season!

    1. What will be the best surprise? The comeback of Robert Kubica to racing!
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Someone dying on or around the track.
    3. How many different teams will win races? 4 : I think there’s a fair chance that Lotus will win one race.
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? None, I thought the rule was unoficially scrapped
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? 2 races, no more.
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? I would say a podium finish : let’s say 2nd
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 10th as usual
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013? Not in F1.
    9. How many teams will still belong to FOTA at the end of the season? 9, I’m rather optimistic about it.
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Narain Karthikeyan
    11. And who will take their place? Adrian Sutil?
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Pastor Maldonado
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? Not likely, but I definitely would like it
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Charles Pic
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Lewis Hamilton
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? The discussions about the Concorde agreement most probably, but I won’t be surprised if there will be some controversy around the Lotus E20
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Spa-Francorchamps, if DRS doesn’t spoil it.
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 265
    19. Constructor champion : McLaren
    20. Driver champion : Sebastian Vettel, the finger-boy

  14. douglaswebster (@douglaswebster) said on 13th March 2012, 18:51

    1. What will be the best surprise? – Lotus beats Ferrari
    2. What will be the worst surprise? – Alonso wins Zero
    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? – 0
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? – 2x2nd
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? – 8th
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013? – Y, but not as a driver
    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? – Senna
    11. And who will take their place? – Bottas
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? – Schumacher
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? – N
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? -Maldonado
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? – Rosberg
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? – The stupid EBD again.
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? – Canada
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? – 300

  15. michel said on 13th March 2012, 18:54

    1. What will be the best surprise? kobayashi winning a race!
    2. What will be the worst surprise? hrt will quit f1.
    3. How many different teams will win races? 5
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? the indian guy from hrt
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? 0
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 2nd
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 1st of the new teams behind all the rest
    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? all besides red bull and ferari
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? the indian guy from hrt
    11. And who will take their place? someone with more money
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? alonso
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? no
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? timo glock
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? michael shumacher
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? no idea
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Sepang malaysia
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 25

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