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. US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 13th March 2012, 22:32

    1. What will be the best surprise? Mercedes’ competitiveness
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Lotus’ competitiveness
    3. How many different teams will win races? 4
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Pic & Karthikeyan will both be outside 107% in Australia.
    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, after Toro Rosso follow their sister team and engine suppliers’ leads.
    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? Going out on a limb with a very tentative yes.
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Ricciardo
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Vettel
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Concorde Agreement squabbling
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? A soaking wet Monaco
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 315
    19. WCC Red Bull
    20. WDC Vettel

  2. sato113 (@sato113) said on 13th March 2012, 22:34

    1. What will be the best surprise? close championship
    2. What will be the worst surprise? big crash, injured driver
    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? 3rd
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 10th… again!
    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? same
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? De la Rosa ($$$)
    11. And who will take their place? Bianchi
    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? Button
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Vettel
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? exhuasts
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Spa
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 290

  3. JCF1 (@jcf1) said on 13th March 2012, 22:47

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Schumacher will finally beat Rosberg.
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Caterham still being well off the pace/Lotus not as quick as it seemed.
    3. How many different teams will win races?
    4
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race?
    Karthikeyan
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win?
    1
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be?
    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?
    About six.
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted?
    Karthikeyan again (sorry Narain ;))
    11. And who will take their place?
    Some other well funded non-entity.
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties?
    This is down to the judgement of the stewards which, as we all know, is strange at best.
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012
    Sadly absolutely not.
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    One of the Torro Rossos (most likely Vergne)
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix?
    The driver who is at that time leading the championship.
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    FOTA-RRA-ILLEGAL EBD-GATE!
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    Canada (for third year in a row)
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    Roughly between 280-300.

    Not long to go now, enjoy all!

  4. Lin1876 (@lin1876) said on 13th March 2012, 22:52

    1. What will be the best surprise? A midfield team on the podium.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Caterham not scoring a point.
    3. How many different teams will win races? 6
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Karthikeyan
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? 2
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 2nd
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 10th
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013? Yes, assuming he doesn’t win a race
    9. How many teams will still belong to FOTA at the end of the season? 0
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? De La Rosa
    11. And who will take their place? A pay driver.
    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? Pic
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Alonso
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Bernie Ecclestone found in a compromising situation with a Cream Egg. Failing that, FOTA breaking up.
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canada
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 250
    19. Who will win the Constructors’ championship? McLaren
    20. Who will win the Drivers’ championship? Vettel

  5. Cucamest (@kevincucamest) said on 13th March 2012, 22:56

    1. What will be the best surprise: Fernando Alonso winning the championship.
    2. What will be the worst surprise: Bahrain GP being Canceled.
    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: 3
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be: 1st place.
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship: 11
    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: Hamilton
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012: Hopefully, but don’t think so.
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix One of HRT or Virgin’s drivers
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year: Hamilton with the stewards.
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year: Spa, Monza or Montreal
    18. How many points will the winning driver score: 250+

  6. Hollis Graham (@) said on 13th March 2012, 23:00

    1. What will be the best surprise? FELIPE MASSA!
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Vettel
    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? 1
    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? none
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Karthikeyan
    11. And who will take their place? don’t know. someone new.
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Kobi
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? Yes
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Vettel
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Button
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Customer cars
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Interlagos
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 287

  7. hey (@hey) said on 13th March 2012, 23:08

    Go hard or go home. See you in November.

    1. Petrov moving over so that Kovalainen can get Caterham’s first points.
    2. That uncomfortable moment when that car was parked on top of the other one.
    3. 5
    4. N/A
    5. 2
    6. A (partially) wet win.
    7. 10th
    8. No (the team he signs for will)
    9. At brazil: 10. A week later: 11.
    10. Nico Hulkenberg due to injury.
    11. Jules Bianci
    12. Over whole weekends? Timo Glock
    13. Nope.
    14. Kobayashi
    15. Jenson Button
    16. Bernie Ecclestone shifting over some responsibility
    17. USA
    18. 259
    19. McLaren
    20. Vettel

  8. TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 13th March 2012, 23:12

    1. What will be the best surprise? Valencia being a good race
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Lotus and Mercedes not getting a podium
    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? 1
    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? 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? 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? Mark Webber
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Lightning McQueen
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Something to do with Bernie
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canada
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 302
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? McLaren
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Button

  9. Actascedin (@actascedin) said on 13th March 2012, 23:22

    1. What will be the best surprise? Ferrari not as bad as people thought
    2. What will be the worst surprise? The STR duo
    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? 6
    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? Vergne
    11. And who will take their place? Buemi
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Hamilton
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? No
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Felipe Massa
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Fernando Alonso
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? The Bahrain GP
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Monaco
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 268
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? Red Bull
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Fernando Alonso

  10. Ben (@benf1) said on 13th March 2012, 23:36

    1. What will be the best surprise? – Schumacher getting a win.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? – Vettel winning, or at least dominating the championship again.
    3. How many different teams will win races? – 4
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? – None, they all will.
    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, with a smattering of points.
    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 (Ferrari & RBR to rejoin, Marussia to leave.)
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? – Kartikeyan.
    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? – Webber.
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? – I’ll go for Alonso.
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? – Bahrain as a whole.
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? – Brazil.
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? – 305.
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? – McLaren.
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? – Vettel, unfortunately.

  11. msoerensen (@msoerensen) said on 13th March 2012, 23:47

    1. What will be the best surprise? Michael Schumacher
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Bruno Senna
    3. How many different teams will win races? 3
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Narain Karthikeyan
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? 0
    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? 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? Narain Karthikeyan
    11. And who will take their place? Vitantonio Liuzzi
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Vitaly Petrov
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? No
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Paul di Resta
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Michael Schumacher
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Some diffuser stuff..
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? The Belgian Gran Prix
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 223
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? McLaren :(
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Lewis Hamilton :(

  12. SundarF1 (@sundarf1) said on 13th March 2012, 23:49

    1. What will be the best surprise? Force India’s performance
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Ferrari’s pace
    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? 2
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 1st 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? 9
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Narain Karthikeyan
    11. And who will take their place? Someone unexpected
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Vitaly Petrov
    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? Lewis Hamilton
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Corcorde (Dis)agreement
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canada
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 190
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? McLaren
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Vettel

  13. SundarF1 (@sundarf1) said on 13th March 2012, 23:51

    My bad.

    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Concorde (Dis)agreement

  14. JPedroCQF1 (@joao-pedro-cq) said on 14th March 2012, 0:08

    1. What will be the best surprise? Massa.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Toro Rosso.
    3. How many different teams will win races? 3, maybe four
    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? Second
    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? 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? 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? 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? Montreal or Spa.
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 276.
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? Red Bull.
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Vettel.

  15. Solo (@solo) said on 14th March 2012, 0:57

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    L.Hamilton back in form.
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Bahrain
    3. How many different teams will win races?
    2
    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?
    None
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be?
    Second
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? Tenth
    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?
    One more than now
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted?
    Pic
    11. And who will take their place?
    No idea
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties?
    Massa or Maldonado
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012?
    No
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    Glock
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix?
    Hamilton
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    Bahrain GP
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    Canada
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    323

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