20 questions on the 2013 F1 season

2013 F1 season preview

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013The first practice session for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix is just one week ahead.

Are we in for a closely-fought and unpredictable season or will one team steal a march on the opposition and dominate the 19 races that lie ahead?

How will Lewis Hamilton fare at Mercedes and what’s in store for the five new drivers on the grid?

Make your predictions for the season ahead by answering these 20 questions – and at the end of the year we’ll see how many we got right.

1. How many different teams will win races?
2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
3. Who will set the most pole positions?
4. Who will crash out of the most races?
5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win?
6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium?
7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be?
8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014?
9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull?
10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race?
11. And who will take their place?
12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements?
13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
14. Who will finish last in the constructors’ championship?
15. Which rookie driver will finish highest in the championship?
16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?
17. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?

19. Who will win the constructors?óÔéĽÔäó championship?

  • Red Bull (58%)
  • Ferrari (22%)
  • McLaren (11%)
  • Lotus (4%)
  • Mercedes (5%)
  • Sauber (0%)
  • Force India (0%)
  • Williams (0%)
  • Toro Rosso (0%)
  • Caterham (0%)
  • Marussia (0%)

Total Voters: 579

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20. Who will win the drivers?óÔéĽÔäó championship?

  • Sebastian Vettel (22%)
  • Mark Webber (2%)
  • Fernando Alonso (45%)
  • Felipe Massa (1%)
  • Jenson Button (10%)
  • Sergio Perez (1%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (11%)
  • Romain Grosjean (1%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (6%)
  • Nico Rosberg (1%)
  • Nico Hulkenberg (0%)
  • Esteban Gutierrez (0%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (0%)
  • Jean-Eric Vergne (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Charles Pic (0%)
  • Giedo van der Garde (0%)
  • Jules Bianchi (0%)
  • Max Chilton (0%)

Total Voters: 580

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282 comments on 20 questions on the 2013 F1 season

  1. Francuis (@francuis) said on 8th March 2013, 10:25

    1. How many different teams will win races? 5.
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Giedo van der Garde.
    3. Who will set the most pole positions? Vettel.
    4. Who will crash out of the most races? Max Chilton.
    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win? 1.
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium? 9.
    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be? 3rd.
    8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014? Yes.
    9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull? Yes.
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race? Wil not happen.
    11. And who will take their place? No one.
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements? Pastor Maldonado.
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Alonso
    14. Who will finish last in the constructors’ championship? Catheram.
    15. Which rookie driver will finish highest in the championship? Valtteri Bottas.
    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? Austin USA.
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year? RDA, RED BULL over spends by far.
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Austin USA.
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? Ferrari.
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Alonso.

  2. 1. How many different teams will win races?
    7 – Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren, Lotus, Mercedes, Sauber, Williams

    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    Sebastian Vettel (Due to ‘first-lap nutcase’)

    3. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Sebastian Vettel – 7

    4. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Esteban Gutierrez

    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win?
    1

    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium?
    7

    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be?
    1

    8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014?
    No.

    9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull?
    No.

    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race?
    Giedo Van Der Garde

    11. And who will take their place?
    Heikki Kovalainen

    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements?
    Esteban Gutierrez – 4

    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Mark Webber

    14. Who will finish last in the constructors’ championship?
    Marussia

    15. Which rookie driver will finish highest in the championship?
    Valtteri Bottas

    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?
    Brazil

    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    Concorde Agreement

    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    British

    19. Who will win the Constructor’s championship?
    Ferrari

    20. Who will win the driver’s championship?
    Jenson Button

  3. Seamus Reeve (@nooginy) said on 8th March 2013, 10:27

    1. How many different teams will win races?
    6
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    Vergne
    3. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Vettel
    4. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Esteban Gutierrez
    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win?
    3
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium?
    12
    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be?
    DNF
    8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014?
    Yes
    9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull?
    Yes
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race?
    If any, Esteban Gutierrez
    11. And who will take their place?
    Kamui Kobayashi
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements?
    Sergio Perez
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Lewis Hamilton
    14. Who will finish last in the constructors’ championship?
    Caterham
    15. Which rookie driver will finish highest in the championship?
    Valtteri Bottas
    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?
    Brazil, sau paulo
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    The whole ‘pay drivers’ thing, we could see more coming in next year.
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    Montreal (wet)
    19. Ferrari
    20. Fernando Alonso, but watch out for ‘ICE MAN’ Kimi Raikkonen

  4. Jack Lenox (@jacklenox) said on 8th March 2013, 10:30

    1. How many different teams will win races?
    Four

    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    Pastor Maldonado

    3. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Fernando Alonso

    4. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Pastor Maldonado

    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win?
    Three

    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium?
    Six

    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be?
    Third

    8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014?
    Yes

    9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull?
    Yes

    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race?
    Pastor Maldonado

    11. And who will take their place?
    Susie Wolff(!)

    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements?
    Pastor Maldonado

    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Mark Webber

    14. Who will finish last in the constructors’ championship?
    Caterham

    15. Which rookie driver will finish highest in the championship?
    Gutierrez

    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?
    Brazil

    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    2014 engine appeals

    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    Spa

  5. wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 8th March 2013, 10:31

    1. How many different teams will win races? 3
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Mark Webber
    3. Who will set the most pole positions? Tie between Vettel and Alonso
    4. Who will crash out of the most races? Esteban Gutierrez
    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win? 0
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium? 8
    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be? 4th
    8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014? Sadly, yes(because Alonso will not want Hulkenberg, who’ll have a strong 2013).
    9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull? No, he’ll be replaced by Hulkenberg.
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race? Grosjean(for injuring himself at part 1 of a double header)
    11. And who will take their place? Davide Valsecchi
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements? Esteban Gutierrez
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Kimi Raikkonen
    14. Who will finish last in the constructors’ championship? Marussia(because Max Chilton will need five stops apiece for the first 5 races, and Bianchi will be at par with VDG and Pic)
    15. Which rookie driver will finish highest in the championship? Valtteri ‘MAXIMUM ATTACK’ Bottas
    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? Interlagos
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Mercedes favouring Hamilton over Rosberg.
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Spa-Francorchamps(in line with @francorchamps17)
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Fernando Alonso

  6. robk23 (@robk23) said on 8th March 2013, 10:32

    1. How many different teams will win races?
    5

    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    Jules Bianchi.

    3. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Sebastian Vettel.

    4. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Esteban Gutierrez.

    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win?
    1

    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium?
    6

    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be?
    3rd

    8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014?
    No.

    9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull?
    Yes.

    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race?
    I don’t think there will be any, if there is it will be surprising.

    11. And who will take their place?
    Don’t know.

    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements?
    Pastor Maldonado

    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Fernando Alonso.

    14. Who will finish last in the constructors’ championship?
    Caterham.

    15. Which rookie driver will finish highest in the championship?
    Valtteri Bottas.

    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?
    Brazil.

    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    2014 engines.

    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    Canada.

  7. Slr (@slr) said on 8th March 2013, 10:33

    1. How many different teams will win races? Four
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Chilton
    3. Who will set the most pole positions? Vettel
    4. Who will crash out of the most races? Gutierrez
    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win? Zero
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium? Seven
    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be? Fourth
    8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014? Yes
    9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull? No
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race? Van der Garde
    11. And who will take their place? Karthikeyan
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements? Gutierrez
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Alonso
    14. Who will finish last in the constructors’ championship? Marussia
    15. Which rookie driver will finish highest in the championship? Bottas
    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? Brazil
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Bahrain
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Australia
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? Ferrari
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Alonso

  8. James (@goodyear92) said on 8th March 2013, 10:36

    1. How many different teams will win races?
    4 – Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes

    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    Esteban Gutierrez

    3. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Sebastian Vettel

    4. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Romain Grosjean or Pastor Maldanado

    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win?
    2 – and one of them won’t be Canada

    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium?
    Between 5 and 10 times

    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be?
    3rd

    8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014?
    No

    9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull?
    Yes

    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race?
    Nobody will

    11. And who will take their place?
    N/A

    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements?
    Pastor Maldanado

    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Lewis Hamilton

    14. Who will finish last in the constructors’ championship?

    Caterham

    15. Which rookie driver will finish highest in the championship?
    Valterri Bottas

    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?

    Brazil

    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    I’ve no idea, though I’d hazard a guess it will revolve around next year’s engines

    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    Canada

    Who will win the constructors’ championship?
    Red Bull

    Who will win the drivers’ championship?
    Fernando Alonso

  9. JoeToml1n (@joetoml1n) said on 8th March 2013, 10:37

    1. How many different teams will win races? – 5
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? – Gutierrez
    3. Who will set the most pole positions? – Vettel
    4. Who will crash out of the most races? – Guitierrez
    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win? – 3
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium? – 8
    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be? – 6
    8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014? – No
    9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull? – No (Webber to Ferrari)
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race? Wont happen
    11. And who will take their place? N/A
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements? – Perez
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? – Button
    14. Who will finish last in the constructors’ championship? Marussia
    15. Which rookie driver will finish highest in the championship? Guitierrez
    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? – US Grand Prix
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year? – Transfers of engine suppliers and drivers for 2014
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? – German Grand Prix
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? – Red Bull
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? – Fernando Alonso

  10. alexf1man (@alexf1man) said on 8th March 2013, 10:41

    1. At least three, potentially five or even six to seven if a couple of other teams get their act together.
    2. Maldonado or a rookie, unless there is a mechanical failure.
    3. Vettel, as Hamilton isn’t really an option unless his Mercedes lives up to the hype
    4. Tricky now that we have so many rookies and a more experienced pair from Maldonado and Grosjean. Maybe Van De Garde or Maldonado, unless Grosjean has issues.
    5. One or two, unless he gets lucky
    6. Easily 6 or 7 if the car allows, maybe more
    7. Podium, if the car allows him
    8. Yes, if he’s relatively competitive compared to Alonso
    9. Possibly – unless an STR driver wins a race
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race?
    11. And who will take their place?
    12. Pastor Maldonado / Romain Grosjean / Lewis Hamilton / a rookie
    13. Kimi Raikkonen if the car allows!
    14. Marussia unless Bianchi pulls something out of the bag!
    15. Esteban Gutierrez
    16. Abu Dhabi onwards
    17. 2014 rules / money; another team leaving before 2014, or many more changes at Mercedes and / or Marussia (unless there’s yet another loophole found during the season!)
    18. Tricky… maybe China, Canada, Britain or Brazil unless there is a mid-season surprise in Belgium / Italy or somewhere else…
    19. Red Bull easily unless reliability haunts them
    20. Fernando Alonso, if the car lives up to expectation!

    • alexf1man (@alexf1man) said on 8th March 2013, 10:44

      10. Giedo Van De Garde or an underperforming midfield driver
      11. Someone with more money!

      • alexf1man (@alexf1man) said on 8th March 2013, 18:51

        17. Although, potentially three or more races could be cancelled due to political unrest… China, Bahrain, Korea and maybe more depending on what goes on in North Korea and other places.

  11. Wessel (@wessel-v1) said on 8th March 2013, 10:48

    1. How many different teams will win races? 5.
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Bottas, mechanical failure.
    3. Who will set the most pole positions? Vettel, presumably.
    4. Who will crash out of the most races? Bianchi
    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win? One before and one after the summer break.
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium? 5
    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be? 3rd, Brazilian GP.
    8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014? Only if Alonso wins the DWC.
    9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull? Yes, but he rejects the offer.
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race? Chilton
    11. And who will take their place? Da Costa
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements? Maldonado
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Mark Webber wins his final Grand Prix here.
    14. Who will finish last in the constructors’ championship? Marussia.
    15. Which rookie driver will finish highest in the championship? Bottas.
    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? Interlagos
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Let’s hope not, but after viewing the news this morning it may be Korea.
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Interlagos
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? Ferrari (don’t know how they did it though)
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Alonso

  12. Ninjenius (@ninjenius) said on 8th March 2013, 10:49

    1. How many different teams will win races? 5 (RB, McL, Fer, Ren, Merc)
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Grosjean, along with 3 others
    3. Who will set the most pole positions? Sebastian Vettel
    4. Who will crash out of the most races? Grosjean, along with 3 others ;)
    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win? 2
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium? 7
    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be? 4th
    8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014? No
    9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull? Yes
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race? Grosjean, due to a 1 race ban
    11. And who will take their place? Davide Valsecchi
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements? Maldonado
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Sebastian Vettel
    14. Who will finish last in the constructors’ championship? Marussia
    15. Which rookie driver will finish highest in the championship? Bottas
    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? Abu Dhabi
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year? The new concorde agreement
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canada
    19. Red Bull (unfortunately!)
    20. Sebastian Vettel (unfortunately!)

  13. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 8th March 2013, 10:51

    1. How many different teams will win races?
    Five. Ferrari, Red Bull, McLaren, Mercedes and Lotus
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    Chilton
    3. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Uh.. Vettel
    4. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Maldonado
    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win?
    2
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium?
    7
    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be?
    Third place, maybe on more than one occasion.
    8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014?
    Yes, and he will deserve continuing his late 2012 form.
    9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull?
    Yup. Whether he will accept it…
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race?
    Someone at Marrussia. For money.
    11. And who will take their place?
    Mr. Petrov
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements?
    Maldonado.
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Webber or Alonso
    14. Who will finish last in the constructors’ championship?
    Marussia of course
    15. Which rookie driver will finish highest in the championship?
    Bottas.
    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?
    Brazil.
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    Bernie getting convicted and forced to leave F1.
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    Spa, Interlagos and one nobody expects to be entertaining but the madness on track will make it so.
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship?
    Surprisingly I say Ferrari. Massa’s revival + Alonso’s usual thing + actually working wind tunnel should give them the title.
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship?
    I want to say Raikkonen, but if Ferrari doesn’t blow it then it must be Fernando.

  14. Avenger said on 8th March 2013, 10:54

    1. How many different teams will win races?
    Ans: 5. Ferrari,Mclaren,Mercedes,Lotus and Redbull
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    Ans: Nico Rosberg.
    3. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Ans: Fernando Alonso
    4. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Ans: Valtteri Bottas
    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win?
    Ans: 3
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium?
    Ans: 4
    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be?
    Ans: 3
    8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014?
    Ans: No
    9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull?
    Ans:Yes as always.
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race?
    Ans: Max Chilton
    11. And who will take their place?
    Ans: Luiz Razia
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving
    infringements?
    Ans: Pastor Maldonado
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Ans: Lewis Hamilton
    14. Who will finish last in the constructors’ championship?
    Ans: Marussia
    15. Which rookie driver will finish highest in the championship?
    Ans: Esteban Gutierrez
    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?
    Ans: Austin
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    Ans: Impact of 2014 cars on grid.
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    Ans:Suzuka
    19. Who will be constructor’s champion?
    Ans: Ferrari
    20. Who will be driver’s champion?
    Ans: Fernando Alonso

  15. Enigma (@enigma) said on 8th March 2013, 10:55

    1. Seven
    2. Esteban Gutierrez
    3. Sebastian Vettel
    4. Romain Grosjean
    5. Two
    6. Eight times
    7. A win
    8. Yes
    9. Yes (unless he’s far behind Vettel)
    10. Noone – all 22 will race for the whole season
    11. Noone
    12. Pastor Maldonado (but much less than in 2012)
    13. Lewis Hamilton
    14. Caterham
    15. Valtteri Bottas
    16. At Interlagos
    17. No idea
    18. Melbourne
    19. Red Bull
    20. Fernando Alonso

    • Enigma (@enigma) said on 8th March 2013, 11:07

      And one just for fun:
      (the first one is the serious one and counts when we compare come the end of the season.)

      1. How many different teams will win races?
      Only Red Bull and Ferrari.

      2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
      Fernando Alonso.

      3. Who will set the most pole positions?
      Pastor Maldonado

      4. Who will crash out of the most races?
      Sebastian Vettel

      5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win?
      None

      6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium?
      Once

      7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be?
      8th.

      8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014?
      No.

      9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull?
      No.

      10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race?
      Mark Webber

      11. And who will take their place?
      Antonio Felix da Costa

      12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements?
      Jenson Button

      13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
      Valtteri Bottas

      14. Who will finish last in the constructors’ championship?
      Marussia

      15. Which rookie driver will finish highest in the championship?
      Esteban Gutierrez

      16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?
      India, with 3 races remaining.

      17. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
      No idea

      18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
      Korean GP

      19. Who will win the constructors’ championship?
      Mercedes (without a win, just by both drivers consistently picking up podiums.

      20. Who will win the drivers’ championship?
      Mark Webber, after getting a huge advantage by picking up 6 wins in the first 9 races.

  16. Abnash (@abnash) said on 8th March 2013, 10:56

    1. How many different teams will win races? 5
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Esteban Guittierez
    3. Who will set the most pole positions? Sebastian Vettel
    4. Who will crash out of the most races? Esteban Guittierez
    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win? 2
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium? 9
    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be? 5th
    8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014? Yes
    9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull? Yes
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race? Adrian Sutil
    11. And who will take their place? James Rossiter
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements? Esteban Guittierez
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Lewis Hamilton
    14. Who will finish last in the constructors’ championship? Caterham
    15. Which rookie driver will finish highest in the championship? Valterri Bottas
    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? USA
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Bahrain
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? USA
    19. Who will win the constructors championship? Ferrari
    20. Who will win the drivers championship? Fernando Alonso

  17. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 8th March 2013, 10:56

    1. How many different teams will win races? 4
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Nico HĂĽlkenberg (he has prior)
    3. Who will set the most pole positions? Lewis Hamilton
    4. Who will crash out of the most races? Esteban Guitierrez
    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win? 3
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium? 3
    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be? 4th
    8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014? no
    9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull? no
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race? Paul di Resta
    11. And who will take their place? Heikki Kovalainen
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements? Maldonado
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Nico Rosberg
    14. Who will finish last in the constructors’ championship? Caterham, courtesy of Bianchi
    15. Which rookie driver will finish highest in the championship? #BOTTAS
    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? Brazil
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Engine costs too much for the lower third of the grid
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Brazil
    19. WCC? Red Bull
    20. WDC? Sebastian Vettel

  18. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 8th March 2013, 10:58

    1. How many different teams will win races? (5)

    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? (Gutierrez)

    3. Who will set the most pole positions? (S. Vettel)

    4. Who will crash out of the most races? (P. Maldonado)

    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win? (2)

    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium? (11 times)

    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be? (5th)

    8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014? (Depends if he delivers results)

    9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull? (Yes)

    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race? (Van der Garde)

    11. And who will take their place? (Who ever
    Caterham’s test driver is)

    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements? (Maldonado)

    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? (F. Alonso)

    14. Who will finish last in the constructors’ championship? (M. Chilton)

    15. Which rookie driver will finish highest in the championship? (Bottas)

    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? (Abu Dhabi)

    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year? (Ferrari demoting Massa to help Alonso)

    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? (The Belgian GP)

    19. Red Bull

    20. S. Vettel

    • Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 8th March 2013, 11:06

      Whoops! Correction:

      14. Who will finish last in the constructors’ championship? (M. Chilton)

      Marussia

  19. James (@iamjamm) said on 8th March 2013, 10:59

    1. How many different teams will win races?
    Five. Ferrari, Lotus, Mercedes, McLaren, Red Bull.

    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    Romain Grosjean

    3. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Sebastian Vettel

    4. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Maldonado

    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win?
    Two

    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium?
    Six

    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be?
    Fourth

    8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014?
    Yes – on the basis that Ferrari can’t have Perez and Bianchi won’t be ready

    9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull?
    Yes – but I’m not sure he’ll take it.

    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race?
    Romain Grosjean

    11. And who will take their place?
    Davide Valsecchi

    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements?
    Maldonado

    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Lewis Hamilton

    14. Who will finish last in the constructors’ championship?
    Caterham

    15. Which rookie driver will finish highest in the championship?
    Bottas

    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?
    Brazil

    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    The unsigned concorde agreement

    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    Canada

    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship?
    Red Bull

    20. Who will win the driver’s championship?
    Alonso

  20. Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 8th March 2013, 11:05

    Keith,
    I think you might add another question- “Will any team(s) announce that 2013 will be their last season due to finance/engine uncertainties for 2014?”

    Anyway, predicitions are boring to read after the first couple. So I’m answering the questions in terms of what I want to see and their entertainment value.

    1. How many different teams will win races? 7.
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Vettel, front wing disintergration.
    3. Who will set the most pole positions? Kimi.
    4. Who will crash out of the most races? Chilton
    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win? None.
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium? 7
    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be? 1st at Monaco
    8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014? No; replaced by Kimi.
    9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull? Yes (Vettel announces shock retirement).
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race? Button – broken foot in triathlon
    11. And who will take their place? Mansell Junior
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements? Hamilton
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Mark Hulkenburg – see 7 above.
    14. Who will finish last in the constructors’ championship? Toro Rosso.
    15. Which rookie driver will finish highest in the championship? Chilton.
    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? Austin
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Bernie converts to Buddhism; withdraws to monestary in Thailand. CVC sold to Alan Sugar.
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Bahrain . . . no, really.
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? Williams
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Grosjean

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