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. S.J.M (@sjm) said on 13th March 2012, 18:54

    1. What will be the best surprise – Mercedes wins a race (Rosberg)
    2. What will be the worst surprise – 4 drivers in the hunt, 2 at Redbull and 2 at Mclaren
    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 – 1
    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 – 9
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted – Pic
    11. And who will take their place – Wickens
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties – Narain Karthikeyan (speeding in Pitlane)
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012 – No
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix – De La Rosa
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix – Button
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year – Concorde Agreement /Lack of
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year – Canada, if true to form.
    18. How many points will the winning driver score – 185

  2. Estesark (@estesark) said on 13th March 2012, 18:54

    1. What will be the best surprise? Lotus and Mercedes challenging Ferrari for third place in the pecking order.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Sebastian Vettel dominating again.
    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? Third.
    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? None.
    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? Pastor Maldonado.
    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? Sebastian Vettel.
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Going to Bahrain.
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canada.
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 324.
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? Sebastian Vettel.
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Red Bull.

  3. Saints (@saints) said on 13th March 2012, 19:09

    1. What will be the best surprise? Toro Rosso finishing 6th in the constructors championship
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Williams and Caterham not scoring any points at all
    3. How many different teams will win races? 3 (Red Bull, McLaren & Ferrari)
    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 (@ Monaco and Germany)
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 5th (@ Spa)
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 10th, just losing out to Williams
    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? Lewis Hamilton
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? No
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Kimi Raikkonen
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Sebastian Vettel
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Concorde
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Monza
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 300+
    19. Red Bull
    20. Sebastian Vettel

  4. fabman (@fabman) said on 13th March 2012, 19:10

    1. What will be the best surprise? lotus renault
    2. What will be the worst surprise? vettels ability to gain pole position
    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? 1 probally by default :)
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 2nd
    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? 6
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? ricardo
    11. And who will take their place? buemi
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? massa
    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? ferrari related but they will get away with it for a change ,wink wink
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? spa
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 266
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? mclaren
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? button

  5. Mooph (@mooph) said on 13th March 2012, 19:18

    1. What will be the best surprise? – Close Qualifying and Racing Q2 could be fantasticly close
    2. What will be the worst surprise? – Overtaking Rules and stupid penalties
    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 hoping for a closer grid
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? – 1
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? – 7th
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? – 10th but maybe with some points
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013? – Yes for one more year if he does well enough
    9. How many teams will still belong to FOTA at the end of the season? – the same as started
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? – Narain Karthikeyan
    11. And who will take their place? – whoever has the money
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? – Massa
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? – No
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? – Grosjean
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? – Button
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? – The Concorde Agreement its going to go on and on and on………
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? – Canada
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? – 265
    19. Red Bull
    20. Vettel

  6. Jack (@) said on 13th March 2012, 19:21

    1. What will be the best surprise? Redbull´s car is found to be ilegal!
    2. What will be the worst surprise? A big shunt and someone goes to the hospital for a long while
    3. How many different teams will win races? 5
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Charles Pic
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? 6
    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? Most definitely!
    9. How many teams will still belong to FOTA at the end of the season? One less than at the begining
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Charles Pic
    11. And who will take their place? M d Villota because she´s a woman!
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Massa
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? No, maybe in 2013
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Khartikeyan… engine failure…
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Alonso
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? I agre with Keith on this one. Concorde Agreement fallout
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Suzuka
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 240 ish
    19. Ferrari
    20. Alonso

  7. Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 13th March 2012, 19:25

    1. What will be the best surprise? Caterham
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Williams (again)
    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? Karthikeyan
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? 4
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 2nd in China and Spa
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship?10th after running Williams close all year
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013? Yes for one more year
    9. How many teams will still belong to FOTA at the end of the season? Six
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Maldonado
    11. And who will take their place? Valtteri Bottas
    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? Jean-Éric Vergne
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Webber
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Bernie seeing his health failing and an opportunity for money has a reality tv contest among team-principles past and present to decide a new heir to the F1 throne. Flavio Briatore wins in controversial fashion.
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Suzuka
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 268

  8. Klaas (@klaas) said on 13th March 2012, 19:30

    1. What will be the best surprise? Lotus fighting for the championship
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Red Bull dominant again
    3. How many different teams will win races? 4
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Narain of course
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? 2
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? First
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? Just like last season
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013? Hopefully not
    9. How many teams will still belong to FOTA at the end of the season? Don’t really care about this one
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Nobody, hopefully
    11. And who will take their place? Some reserve driver
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? I think it’s obvious
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? No, neither in 2013 unfortunately
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Hamilton, immediately after his collision with Massa
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Kimi Raikkonen
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Something about Bahrain
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canadian GP
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? The most

  9. RumFRESH (@rumfresh) said on 13th March 2012, 19:30

    1. What will be the best surprise? Mercedes winning a race
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Williams moving even further behind
    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? 2nd at Spa
    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? 2 less than at the start
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? 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? Grosjean
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Hamilton
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Something FOTA related
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canada
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 261

  10. Francesco (@hysteria) said on 13th March 2012, 19:33

    1. What will be the best surprise? Raikkonen will win a race.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? There will be technical arguments.
    3. How many different teams will win races? Four (Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari, Lotus).
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Karthikeyan.
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? Three.
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? First.
    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? Four.
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Karthikeyan.
    11. And who will take their place? 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? Pic.
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Alonso.
    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? 278.

  11. HoKu (@hoku) said on 13th March 2012, 19:34

    1. What will be the best surprise? Lotus
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Further tech restrictions
    3. How many different teams will win races? 3 – Red Bull, McLaren, Lotus
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Pic
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? None
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 1st at Spa or Monza
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? ahead of Marussia and HRT
    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? 1-2 less than now
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Felippe
    11. And who will take their place? Roberto (yes its more a wish rather than prediction :) )
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Karthikeyan
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? As in 11 – Yes, even though it’s only myself and Keith so far who thinks so…
    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? Same as 2: Some further tech restrictions
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Spa
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? more than second one ;) Around 200.
    19. WCC – Red Bull
    20. Seb Vettel

  12. 1. What will be the best surprise? hamhead still imature for F1
    2. What will be the worst surprise? button wins with Hill tactics
    3. How many different teams will win races? 6
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? pic
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? 6
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 1st
    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? the point has been lost
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? not this time
    11. And who will take their place? jammy Hunt
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? petrov
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? no
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? 1 off red bulls
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? hamhead
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? who copied who
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? spa
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? less than last year

  13. HUHHII (@huhhii) said on 13th March 2012, 19:46

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Austin’s new track. At least it looks very promising!
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Ferrari not able to qualify to Q3 most of the time.
    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?
    Zero.
    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?
    Five.
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted?
    Narain Karthikeyan and Pedro de la Rosa will both go at the same time.
    11. And who will take their place?
    Vitantonio Liuzzi and Dani Clos.
    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?
    Charles Pic
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix?
    Sebastian Vettel
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    Multiple teams deserting FOTA.
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    Belgian Grand Prix.
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    320

    Red Bull for constructors’ championship and Vettel for drivers’ championship.

  14. Ciaran (@ciaran) said on 13th March 2012, 19:53

    1. What will be the best surprise? Mercedes
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Williams doing even worse than last year
    3. How many different teams will win races? 4
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? All Marussia and HRT drivers
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? 3
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 2nd
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 8th
    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? None
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Narain Karthikeyan
    11. And who will take their place? No idea, someone with more money than racing ability
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Michael Schumacher
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? No
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Romain Grosjean
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Sebastian Vettel
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? More efforts to control diffusers
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canadian Grand Prix
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 260

  15. cfenichi (@cfenichi) said on 13th March 2012, 20:03

    1. Raikkonen
    2. Rosberg
    3. 3
    4. Karthikeyan
    5. 0
    6. 1
    7. 10
    8. no
    9. 10
    10. none
    11. none
    12. Senna
    13. no
    14. alonso
    15. raikkonen
    16. concorde
    17. spa
    18. 300

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