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. Dev (@dev) said on 14th March 2012, 5:52

    1. What will be the best surprise? Michael Schumacher
    2. What will be the worst surprise? HRT needing more help
    3. How many different teams will win races? Four
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Charles Pic
    5. How many races will Fernando Alonso win? Zero
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? second place at spa
    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?7
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted?None
    11. And who will take their place? None
    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? Glock
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Michael Schumacher
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? blown diffussers
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Spa
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? around 360
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? Mercedes
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Michael Schumacher

  2. Francuis (@francuis) said on 14th March 2012, 5:55

    1. What will be the best surprise? Williams
    2. What will be the worst surprise? HRT
    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? 5
    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? 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? Jaime
    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? 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? Canada
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 240

  3. bwells88 (@bwells88) said on 14th March 2012, 6:03

    1. What will be the best surprise? Caterham
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Red Bull
    3. How many different teams will win races? 5
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? HRT as a team
    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 with 8 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? The same
    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? 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? Alonso
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Bahrain again
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Spa
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 257

  4. Adam Tate (@adam-tate) said on 14th March 2012, 6:05

    1. What will be the best surprise? Massa
    2. What will be the worst surprise? STR
    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? 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? 7
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Karthikeyan
    11. And who will take their place? Algesuari
    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? Button
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Something with Ferrari.
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Brazil
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 308

  5. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 14th March 2012, 6:22

    1. What will be the best surprise? Caterham scoring a point.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Rosberg still not having managed to crack that first win.
    3. How many different teams will win races? 4 (Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari and one of Mercedes or Lotus).
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Narain Kartikeyan
    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, but they won’t be pointless.
    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 (Everyone bar Red Bull, STR, Ferrari, Sauber and HRT).
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Narain Kartikeyan
    11. And who will take their place? Dani 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? Felipe Massa (in a first corner crash, he’s prone to that).
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Vettel, it looks like a Red Bull track.
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? The break up of FOTA following a row on the Resource Restriction Agreement and the Concorde Agreement.
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canada.
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 290
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? McLaren (I feel it in my bones!)
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Hamilton.

  6. girish (@enzo) said on 14th March 2012, 7:52

    1. Vettel losing.
    2. Vettel taking hat-trick.
    3. Three.
    4. Karthikeyan.
    5. two
    6. 8th
    7. 10th
    8. Doubtful
    9. Dont care.
    10. Karthikeyan.
    11. Sutil.
    12. Massa.
    13. No.
    14. Hmmm…
    15. Button
    16. EBD.
    17. Canada.
    18. _____.

  7. Rick Hendrikse said on 14th March 2012, 8:33

    1. What will be the best surprise? Williams
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Torro Rosso
    3. How many different teams will win races? 5 (RBR, Ferrari,McLaren, Mercedes, Lotus)
    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? 1nd (Monaco)
    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? Petrov
    11. And who will take their place? G. van der Garde
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Grosjean
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? Maybe on a Playstation.
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? on of the HRT’s.
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Vettel (Red Bull has already driven there with Coulthard… hahahaha).
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Front airhole/fduct RBR
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Barcelona, Valencia, Korea, India.. Oh wait.. is says most entertaining…. Canada of course!
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 235.
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? McLaren
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Button.

  8. narboza22 (@narboza22) said on 14th March 2012, 8:48

    1. What will be the best surprise? McLaren winning their first constructor’s title in a long time.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? HRT and Marussia will fail to qualify at several races.
    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? 1st at Spa
    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? The same as at the start.
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Narain.
    11. And who will take their place? Clos.
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Perez
    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? Concorde Agreement
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canada
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 312

  9. Philip (@24hourjog) said on 14th March 2012, 8:52

    1. What will be the best surprise? Both Hamilton and Button outscoring Vettel
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Ferrari failing to win a race
    3. How many different teams will win races? 3, McLaren, Red Bull, Mercedes
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? 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? 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? 12, teams re-sign
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? Karthikeyan
    11. And who will take their place? An unknown with no racing pedigree whatsoever
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Senna
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? Kobayashi
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Hamilton
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Rosberg
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? The new Concorde Agreement
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canada
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 280
    19. Who will win the Constructors’ Championship? McLaren
    20. Who will win the Drivers’ Championship? Hamilton

  10. mattg21 (@mattg21) said on 14th March 2012, 9:36

    1. What will be the best surprise? Mercedes getting a few podiums.
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Williams failing to impress.
    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? 1
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? 5th
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 9th.
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013? Yes, final season.
    9. How many teams will still belong to FOTA at the end of the season? The same.
    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? Alonso
    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? Button
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Another set of bribery charges.
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Montreal
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 280

  11. 1. What will be the best surprise? Petrov
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Red Bull were sandbagging beyond anything during testing and won with ease
    3. How many different teams will win races? 5
    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? 1
    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? The one with the most cash
    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? Any HRT or Marussia, if not all
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Button
    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? Canada
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 25

  12. Matthew (@f1matt) said on 14th March 2012, 9:54

    1. What will be the best surprise? Michael Schumacher strong performances
    2. What will be the worst surprise? How badly Ferrari have got it to start with.
    3. How many different teams will win races? 3 but not the expected 3
    4. Who will be the first driver to fail to qualify for a race? Kartikeyan
    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? 4
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted? De la Rosa
    11. And who will take their place? Trulli
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Maldonado
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? Not on your nelly
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Massa
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? It won’t run
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Exhaust positioning etc
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Australia
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 282

  13. DanP (@) said on 14th March 2012, 9:55

    1. What will be the best surprise? schumacher wins a race (surprise?), or podium (not surprise?).
    2. What will be the worst surprise? red bull dominate opening races
    3. How many different teams will win races? 3/4
    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? 4 (+/- 1)
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? mid-low midfield – 7/8/9
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013? yes, undoubtedly
    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? villeneuve (they love old timers :) )
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties? Kobayashi
    13. Will Robert Kubica start an F1 race in 2012? no
    14. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? someone unexpected – lewis, vettel, kimi
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? button
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? lewis to red bull
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? canada
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 240 ish
    19 – mclaren
    20 – button (and, no, im not a mclaren fan)

  14. 1. What will be the best surprise? Schumacher getting a podium
    2. What will be the worst surprise? Vettel winning the first race
    3. How many different teams will win races? 5 [Red Bull, McLaren, Mercedes, Lotus, 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? 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? You bet.
    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? Clos
    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? Pic
    15. Who will win the United States Grand Prix? Button
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Concorde Agreement fall out
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? All of them but Valencia
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 293
    19. Who will make contact first? Massa and Hamilton
    20. Who will win the drivers/constructors championship? Too early to decide.

  15. Chris Lord (@redbulllordy) said on 14th March 2012, 9:59

    1. What will be the best surprise? Caterham
    2. What will be the worst surprise?
    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? 0
    6. What will Kimi Raikkonen’s best result be? Win
    7. Where will Caterham finish in the constructors’ championship? 8th
    8. Will Michael Schumacher announce a new contract for 2013? Probs Not
    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? Pedro De La Rosa
    11. And who will take their place? Van Der Garde
    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? Jenson Button
    16. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Red Bull’s Rear End
    17. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canada/Germany
    18. How many points will the winning driver score? 500 is max, so 412.

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