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. AndrewMansell (@andrewmansell) said on 14th March 2012, 1:35

    1. What will be the best surprise? Red Bull lack of performance
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Massa racing next seasson
    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? One
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? First position
    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? Don’t know, even care
    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? Maybe
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Charles Pic
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Buttton
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Just like watching race, sorry
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Suzuka
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 300

  2. Gagnon (@johnniewalker) said on 14th March 2012, 1:35

    1. What will be the best surprise? Lotus
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Force India
    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? 4
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 1
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 9
    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? 8
    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? Maldonado
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Fernando Alonso
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Something about Mclaren
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Montreal
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 300
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? Mclaren
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship ? Fernando Alonso

  3. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 14th March 2012, 1:35

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Lotus (Renault).

    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    Ferrari.

    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?
    Only one.

    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be?
    2nd.

    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship?
    9th, ahead of Williams.

    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013?
    Nope.

    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 – Surprised?

    11. And who will take their place?
    Tonio

    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties?
    Hamilton, of course.

    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012?
    Sadly, no.

    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    Senna.

    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix?
    Sebastian Vettel.

    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    Ferrari to leave F1 after another dismal season.

    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    China.

    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    271

    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? RBR.
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Vettel.

  4. AndrewMansell (@andrewmansell) said on 14th March 2012, 1:36

    18. Mclaren, 19. Jenson button

  5. robbiepblake (@driftin) said on 14th March 2012, 1:38

    1. What will be the best surprise?
    Raikkonen winning
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    HRT disbanding
    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? 1
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 1st
    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?
    Karthikeyan or De La Rosa
    11. And who will take their place?
    Don’t know
    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?
    Di Resta
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix?
    Vettel
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    FOTA and Bahrain
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    Spa
    18. How many points will the winning driver score?
    250/strong>
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship?
    McLaren
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Vettel

  6. Browny (@browny) said on 14th March 2012, 1:49

    1. What will be the best surprise? Caterham finally scoring a point in F1
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Mark Webber again getting trounced by his teammate
    3. How many different teams will win races? 3 (McLaren,Red Bull and Ferrari)
    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 (Canada & Singapore)
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 4th place
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 9th
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013? Yes with Mercedes
    9. How many teams will still belong to FOTA at the end of the season? Lotus will leave, so 9
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Pedro de la Rosa
    11. And who will take their place? Jarno Trulli
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Pastor Maldonado
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? No unfortutantly
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Nico Hulkenburg with broken suspension following turn 3 shunt
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Lewis Hamilton
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Massive protests at the Bahrain Grand Prix from fans and sponsers
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canada
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 325
    19. Constructors Champion? McLaren
    20. Drivers Champion? Sebastian Vettel

  7. Aficion said on 14th March 2012, 1:55

    Okay, let’s make this fun, and take a few chances :)

    1. What will be the best surprise? Sauber will do much better than any expected by leading the midfield and challenging the forerunners.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Red Bull lets go of Webber (I hope this one doesn’t come true)
    3. How many different teams will win races? 5
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Hulkenberg (I don’t think anyone else has said it…)
    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? 9th
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013? Yes, after outdriving Rosberg
    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? Whoever brings in the least sponsorship money for the team.
    11. And who will take their place? Whoever makes more sponsorship money for the team. Haha!
    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? Ricciardo (touch of irony)
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Button
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Ecclestone forces through a spending cap
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Suzuka!!!!
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 300-ish

  8. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 14th March 2012, 2:04

    1. What will be the best surprise? Sauber
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Mercedes
    3. How many different teams will win races? 4
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Hamilton
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? 3
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 3
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 1o
    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?
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Hamilton
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? NO but may test
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Hamilton
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Button
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? ANYTHING
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canada
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 200+

  9. Rocky (@rocky) said on 14th March 2012, 2:51

    1.What will be the best surprise? Nico Rosberg Gets 1st win!
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Red Bull Continue to dominate.
    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? 5th
    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?
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Vitaly Petrov (No Funds)
    11. And who will take their place? Jarno Trulli
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Kamui Kobayashi
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? Sadly No!
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Pedro de la Rosa
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Jenson Button
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Red Bull exhaust system.
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Montreal
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 155

  10. 3v3r10n9 (@3v3r10n9) said on 14th March 2012, 4:30

    Just some fun before bed!

    1. What will be the best surprise? All “new” teams scoring points.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? US GP cancellation.
    3. How many different teams will win races? 6
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Senna
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? 3
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 1
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? Sure.
    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 as now.
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? One of the HRT’s.
    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? No.
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Perez.
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Webber.
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Something about Bernie.
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canada.
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 258

  11. MJ (@mjf1) said on 14th March 2012, 4:52

    1. What will be the best surprise? Tight and closely fought season.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Spa or some other fan favorite being removed or rotated in the future.
    3. How many different teams will win races? 4
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Karthikeyen
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? 4
    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? 7
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Karthikeyen
    11. And who will take their place? Clos
    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? Karthikeyen
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Lewis Hamilton
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Bahrain
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Spa
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 257
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? Red Bull
    20. Whol will win the drivers’ championship? Alonso

  12. d3v0 (@d3v0) said on 14th March 2012, 4:52

    1. What will be the best surprise? A fast Sauber C31
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Vettel’s pole in Australia!
    3. How many different teams will win races? Three.
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Charles Pic
    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? 9th, ahead of STR.
    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? Doesnt matter.
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Whichever flavor of the week drives for HRT.
    11. And who will take their place? Some rich guy.
    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? Alexander Rossi, wait – thats my heart. I mean Lewis.
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Montezemolo fires Domenicali
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Isnt it always Monza?
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 25

  13. Gill (@gill) said on 14th March 2012, 5:11

    1. What will be the best surprise? Ferrari
    2. What will be the worst surprise? United States GP
    3. How many different teams will win races? 4
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Pic , Narain
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? 5
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 3rd at Australia
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 10th again but with a point or 2
    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? Mercedes will depart
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Narain
    11. And who will take their place? Trulli
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Vergne(
    Torro Rosso)
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? No
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Hamilton
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Vettel
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Spa
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 236

  14. Motion Blur (@nr_monza) said on 14th March 2012, 5:12

    1. What will be the best surprise? Kimi Raikkonen
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Williams
    3. How many different teams will win races? 5
    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? 1st
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 10
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013? Maybe
    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? 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? Maybe
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Narain Karthikeyan
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Sebastian Vettel
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? SKY TV
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Spa-Francorchamp
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 250+

  15. ANDREW (@johnson102) said on 14th March 2012, 5:42

    1. What will be the best surprise? Schumacher on the podium
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Red Bull dominating again
    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? 2
    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? Same as now, is it 10?
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? de la Rosa
    11. And who will take their place? Alguersuari
    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? de la Rosa
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Button
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Bahrain
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Brazil
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 287
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? McLaren
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Vettel

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