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

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  1. Harry (@harryam) said on 13th March 2012, 20:04

    1. What will be the best surprise? Raikkonen back on form
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Ferrari being uncompetetive for most of the year
    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? 10
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013? Yes, if the mercedes performs.
    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? Karthikeyan
    11. And who will take their place? Dani Clos
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Sergio Perez
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? Sadly, no.
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Jean-Eric Vergne
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Hamilton
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? New Concorde Agreement
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Montreal
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 282
    19. Mclaren for the constructors
    20. Button for the drivers championship

  2. Metrium (@metrium) said on 13th March 2012, 20:05

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Robert Kubica going testing

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Belgian Grand Prix becoming a bi-annual race

    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?
    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?
    Eight

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

    11. And who will take their place?
    Vitantonio Liuzzi

    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?
    Jean-Eric Vergne

    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?
    Brazilian Grand Prix

    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    305

    19. Who will win the Constructor’s Championship?
    McLaren

    20. Who will win the Driver’s Championship?
    Lewis Hamilton

  3. Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 13th March 2012, 20:07

    1. What will be the best surprise? Grosjean
    2. What will be the worst surprise? BBC will give up more live races to Sky next year
    3. How many different teams will win races? 4
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Nobody
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? 3
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 1st
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 10th, with points
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013? No, and Ross Brawn will announce it.
    9. How many teams will still belong to FOTA at the end of the season? However many there are now.
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Vergne, after Franz Tost gets out of the wrong side of bed one morning.
    11. And who will take their place? Buemi (for one race, then Vergne will return)
    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? In the usual smash at turn 3, Petrov will be listed as first to retire.
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Vettel
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Tedious soundbites from Bernie and Luca Montezemolo about the Concorde Agreement and whatever’s keeping Ferrari out of it (third cars or whatever)
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Spa
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 287

    I went for Red Bull and Vettel. Would’ve been wishful thinking to say Button. But I hope it’ll be a proper title fight, down to the last couple of races.

  4. 1. What will be the best surprise? Force India get a podium
    2. What will be the worst surprise? If Vettel gets 16 poles
    3. How many different teams will win races? 4
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Timo Glock
    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? 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? Narain Karthikeyan
    11. And who will take their place? Jaime Alguersuari
    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? Charles Pic
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Lewis Hamilton
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? RRA and Concorde Agreement
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Spa
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 293
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? Mclaren
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Sebastian Vettel

  5. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 13th March 2012, 20:10

    1. What will be the best surprise? Williams improving considerably.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Lotus not being at all competitive.
    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? 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? Karthikeyan.
    11. And who will take their place? Jaime Alguersuari.
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Pic.
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? No.
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Felipe Massa.
    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? Canada.
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 275.

  6. 1. What will be the best surprise? Karthikeyan dropped mid-season
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Chandhok taking his place
    3. How many different teams will win races? 4
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Maldonado
    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? 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? 6
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Karthikeyan
    11. And who will take their place? Chandhok
    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? De la Rosa
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Hamilton
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? FOTA
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Silverstone, where the drivers are replaced with bobble-head dolls
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 270

  7. SoLiDG (@solidg) said on 13th March 2012, 20:16

    1. What will be the best surprise? Caterham
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Massa (maybe not a surprise)
    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 (maybe a win is possible)
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 10th
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013? Will depends on results
    If the car is good and he can match Nico he will.

    9. How many teams will still belong to FOTA at the end of the season? 12
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Karthikeyan
    11. And who will take their place? Jules Bianchi
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Massa
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? Probably not, if he does probably in Massa’s seat
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Karthikeyan
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Hamilton
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? RRA (getting it integrated in the concorde)
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Belgium
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 277

  8. 1. What will be the best surprise? Robert Kubica will come back this season
    2. What will be the worst surprise? ?Petrov in Caterham
    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?3
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be?2
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship?10
    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?5
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted?de la Rosa
    11. And who will take their place?Robert Wickens
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties?Lewis
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012?YES
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?Hulkenberg
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix?Webber
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Bahrain
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?Monaco
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?217

  9. Arrrang (@arrrang) said on 13th March 2012, 20:24

    1. best surprise? Great Bahrain GP
    2. worst surprise? Schumacher retirement after 2012
    3. How many different teams? 4teams
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify? not hapening this year or Weber car failure in P3
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? Five
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 2nd
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’? 6th
    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? Hulkenberg
    11. And who will take their place? Rubens!
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Groesjean
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? No, at best he will do a test drive in a F1 car..
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Vettel
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Nico Rosberg
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Flavio Briatore returning
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Spa!
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? Less than 200

  10. PieLighter (@pielighter) said on 13th March 2012, 20:32

    1. What will be the best surprise? Schumacher podium/win
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Some kind of controversy
    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? 0
    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? 3
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? DLR
    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? Karthikeyan
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Vettel
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Bernie vs Austin
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canada
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 248
    19. McLaren
    20. Vettel (with Button and Hamilton taking points off each other)

  11. Guilherme (@guilherme) said on 13th March 2012, 20:36

    1. What will be the best surprise? Schumacher on the podium!
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Williams failing to improve.
    3. How many different teams will win races? Four – Red Bull, McLaren, Mercedes, Ferrari.
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? – Charles Pic
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? – Only two.
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? – Second at Spa.
    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? All of the current outfits
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Narain Karthykeyan
    11. And who will take their place? Dani Clos
    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? Bruno Senna
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Sebastian Vettel
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Negotiation of the Concorde Agreement
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Spa (it will rain, then dry, then rain hard and start to dry again!)
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 240
    19. WCC: Red Bull
    20. WDC: Vettel

  12. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 13th March 2012, 20:43

    1. What will be the best surprise? Robert Kubica’s comeback to the sport.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Mercedes getting out of the sport after yet another disappointing season
    3. How many different teams will win races? 4
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Narain ;P
    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? 10th again, unfortunately
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013? Nope. Enough is enough.
    9. How many teams will still belong to FOTA at the end of the season? None, total collapse of the group.
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Narain :D
    11. And who will take their place? The highest bidder
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Em… I already hear the booing but Hamilton
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? Nope, but he will get quite a lot friday’s and Mugello test.
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Timo Glock (guess)
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Alonso
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Corruption regarding the calendar and awarding GP’s to countries
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canada!
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 257

  13. BS (@bs) said on 13th March 2012, 20:52

    1. Rosberg winning his first race
    2. Another dominated season
    3. 4
    4. Glock
    5. 2
    6. 2nd
    7. 9th
    8. Yes
    9. All
    10.Felipe Massa
    11.Algersuari
    12.Maldonado
    13.No
    14.Mark Webber
    15.Lewis Hamilton
    16.Ferrari influencing Pirelli
    17.Australia
    18.280

  14. tee19810 (@tee19810) said on 13th March 2012, 20:53

    1. What will be the best surprise? Williams back in the points consistently
    2. What will be the worst surprise? if Merc GP dont get that elusive 1st win
    3. How many different teams will win races? 4 RedB, Mc, Ferr, Merc
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? No one
    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? 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? Dani Clos
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Pastor Probably. : (
    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? Bahrain GP
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? a rain soaked china or something similar !
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 295

    Finally Mclaren and Lewis for me this year !

  15. MarcusAurelius (@marcusaurelius) said on 13th March 2012, 20:54

    1. What will be the best surprise? Lotus
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Marussia not finishing the season
    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? Two
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 2nd place
    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? Eight
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Karthikeyan
    11. And who will take their place? Giedo van der Garde
    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? Vettel
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Bahrain
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Hungary
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 378

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