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. jonnyw360f1 (@jonnyw360f1) said on 13th March 2012, 20:56

    1. What will be the best surprise? Caterham regularly scoring points.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? The tyres being as boring as they were in the last half of last year for most of the season.
    3. How many different teams will win races? 4, maybe 5. I’ll say 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? 1, probably Singapore.
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? Second at Spa.
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? Ninth.
    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 those that are still in it now.
    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. He will in 2013, though.
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Timo Glock or Michael Schumacher.
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Sebastian Vettel.
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Exhaust positioning and all that jazz.
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canada.
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 200.

  2. GeoCucc (@geocucc) said on 13th March 2012, 20:59

    1. What will be the best surprise? Lotus’ form
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Red Bull’s adventage is still too big
    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? 2
    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? The same number as now (7, I think?)
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Absolutely no idea! Mark Webber, because of some injury or illness.
    11. And who will take their place? Sebastien Buemi
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? The only answer I’m sure about: 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? Lewis Hamilton
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Ecclestone’s retirement (haha)
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canadian GP
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 319

  3. Puffy (@puffy) said on 13th March 2012, 21:00

    1. What will be the best surprise? Massa being more competitive.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Belgium Grand Prix only happening once every 2 years.
    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? 2nd
    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? None
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Karthikeyan
    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? Pic
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Vettel
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? FOTA disbanding
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canada
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 283
    19. Redbull
    20. Vettel

  4. Odinsthor (@krss77) said on 13th March 2012, 21:07

    1. What will be the best surprise? Mercedes
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Ferrari
    3. How many different teams will win races? 3 Red Bull, McLaren, Mercedes
    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? 3
    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? 7
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Karthikeyan
    11. And who will take their place? depends on money
    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? 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? 257
    19. Red Bull
    20. Vettel

  5. Odinsthor (@krss77) said on 13th March 2012, 21:10

    1. What will be the best surprise? Mercedes
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Ferrari
    3. How many different teams will win races? 3 Red Bull, McLaren, Mercedes
    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? 3
    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? 7
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Karthikeyan
    11. And who will take their place? depends on money
    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? 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? 257

  6. spacák (@spacak) said on 13th March 2012, 21:10

    1. What will be the best surprise? Podium for Kimi
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Alonso without win
    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? None
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 5th place
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 9th 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? Dont care (maybe 10?)
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Pedro de la Rosa
    11. And who will take their place? Dani Clos
    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? Jean Eric Vergne
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Seb
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Brazil
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 354

  7. 1. What will be the best surprise? Michael Schumacher winning early on
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Paul di Resta destroyed by Nico Hulkenberg
    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? 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
    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? Pedro De La Rosa
    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? Vitaly Petrov
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Lewis Hamilton
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Concerns over HRT, financially
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Silverstone
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 279

  8. Daniel said on 13th March 2012, 21:12

    1. What will be the best surprise? Mercedes and Sauber in the front-runners mix
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Bruno Senna struggling to match Maldonado’s pace.
    3. How many different teams will win races? I’d like to watch 6 (the usual 3 teams, plus Mercedes, Sauber and Force India).
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? No one will fail.
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? Perhaps 2
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 2nd place in Spa-Francorchamps
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 9th, but much closer to the mid-runners and marginally ahead of 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? Maybe 5
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Charles Pic
    11. And who will take their place? Robert Vickens
    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? Fernando Alonso
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Nico Rosberg
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? The decision to have racing in Barhein, while the whole country is “busy” with political/religion issues.
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canada
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 251
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? McLaren
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Jenson Button

  9. 1. What will be the best surprise? Massa returning to form (I hope)
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Mercedes failing to win
    3. How many different teams will win races? 3
    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? 3rd at Spa
    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? 5
    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? something budget related
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Spa
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? high 200s
    19. Red Bull
    20. Vettel

  10. sam3110 (@sam3110) said on 13th March 2012, 21:44

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Red Bull not dominating qualifying every race
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Kubica announcing he will not consider returning to Formula 1
    3. How many different teams will win races?
    5, RB, Mac, Fezza, Merc and Lotus
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race?
    Karthikeian
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win?
    3, Monaco, Monza and Korea
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be?
    1st
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship?
    9th, ahead of HRT, Marussia and Williams
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013?
    Yes, for another 2 years
    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?
    Karthikeian
    11. And who will take their place?
    Liuzzi
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties?
    Hamilton, he will still race like he’s playing F1 2011
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012?
    No, he won’t race in F1 again, but will join DTM
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    Maldonado
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix?
    Button
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    The decision to move exhausts again, to a single tailpipe extending past the rear wing next to the rain light
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    Spa
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    295

  11. claudio (@claudio) said on 13th March 2012, 22:07

    1. What will be the best surprise? Schumacher very competitive
    2. What will be the worst surprise? McLaren competitiveness
    3. How many different teams will win races? 4
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? None
    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? 8
    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? None
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Pic
    11. And who will take their place? Kubica
    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? Massa
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Schumacher
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? 2014 engines
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Valencia
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 270

  12. gak67 (@gak67) said on 13th March 2012, 22:14

    1. What will be the best surprise? Ferrari not doing well (possibly not much of a surprise given the testing, but it will be the best)
    2. What will be the worst surprise? 2013 Specifications
    3. How many different teams will win races? 5
    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
    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 – after being beaten again by Rosberg this year.
    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? Glock
    11. And who will take their place? Liuzzi
    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? Webber
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Hamilton
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Bernie retired/ousted
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Brasil
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 295
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? McLaren
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Hamilton

  13. Alex White (@alex-white) said on 13th March 2012, 22:26

    1. What will be the best surprise? Hopefully Force India getting podiums
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Continued Red Bull dominance of Quali
    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 in Australia
    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, but they will score a point.
    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, For a pay driver / driver with funding
    11. And who will take their place? .. a Red Bull youth driver.
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Maldonado.
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? Nope
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Glock – Hydraulic pressure loss.
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? 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? A wet one, hopefully it rains at Monaco.
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 373

  14. Mike (@mike) said on 13th March 2012, 22:29

    1. What will be the best surprise? Schumacher on the Podium.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Williams staying at the back.
    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? 5.
    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? Seven.
    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? 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? Vettel.
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? New concord agreement and the lateral fallout from it.
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Australian GP
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 307.
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? Mclaren.
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Button.

  15. French Steve (@french-steve) said on 13th March 2012, 22:29

    1. What will be the best surprise? 1st win for Rosberg
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Title decided 3 races before the end
    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? 3rd
    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? 6
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Karthikeyan
    11. And who will take their place? Alguersuari
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Grosjean
    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? Accords Concorde
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Montréal
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 284
    19. McLaren
    20. Vettel

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