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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  1. Daniel (@oji) said on 8th March 2013, 12:00

    1. 5
    2. Vettel – 1st corner crash
    3. Vettel/Hamilton – same number
    4. Grosjean
    5. 3
    6. 6
    7. 4
    8. no
    9. no
    10. –
    11. –
    12. Maldonado
    13. Perez
    14. Marussia
    15. Gutierrez
    16. USA
    17. more parts/systems bans
    18. USA
    19. Red Bull
    20. Alonso

  2. James (@jimmyd13) said on 8th March 2013, 12:01

    1. 5 Teams
    2. Van der Garde
    3. Vettel (I’m not brave enough to take a risk with Hamilton)
    4. Maldonado
    5. Ooh tricky question well Mark will have 2 Seb will have 6 Button 3 Perez 2 Alonso 3 leaving Hamilton 3 races up for grabs, but I reckon we’ll have a Lotus take at least one of them so i’ll say 2.
    6. Last year he took 7, they roughly in the same position as last year but Mercedes may be in the mix so I would take 2 away from that and give Raikkonen 5, but it could be 6.
    7. Last year he got 4th so lets give him a podium 3rd.
    8. Yes
    9.Yes (unless something goes wrong)
    10. I don’t think that will happen, the only way it could is if Grosjean is up to his old tricks.
    11. If it is Grosjean then Lotus will put in their reserve in D’ambrosio
    12. Maldonado
    13. Webber he’s won two years in a row he knows how to drive that track.
    14. Caterham, I know they came 10th last year but Marrusia now have kers for their first time and their car looks a lot better than it was last year and you could see how close the battle was in Brazil so Caterham last sorry. :(
    15. Is this question a joke almost certainly Bottas
    16. I’d like to see it go down to the wire but the maths shows that if your first in the standings at the penultimate race and have a good car at that end of the season you’ll take it in Austin.
    17. It will have to be some news about the 2014 car, most likely that an engine company is dropping or coming, seeing that the car rules aren’t likely to change from what they are. So 2014 engine story.
    18. Most entertaining race, I know this will contradict 16 but you never know what will happen at Brazil, especially if there is a title to be won.
    19. Now for the big questions and although I would like to see other winners looking at how it stands at the moment, unless a car really surprises us Red Bull. Button isn’t a championship winning style driver.
    20. The problem is the only car that looks like it will win is Red Bull, McLaren are putting their hopes in Button, who don’t get me wrong he is an amazing driver, but not the sort that wins championships (2009 was an exception) and Ferrari are having their wind tunnel problems, we all know that Webber won’t get any backing, so this one sadly is another win for Vettel.

  3. Ben Furtula (@raikkonen25) said on 8th March 2013, 12:02

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

    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Van Der Garde Or Guittarez.

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

    4. Who will crash out of the most races? Van Der Garde.

    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win? 1.

    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium? 7-10.

    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be? Second or a win.

    8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014? Most likely not.

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

    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? Alexander Rossi or Ma Quinha.

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

    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Mark Webber, Kimi Raikkonen or 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? Brazilian Grand Prix.

    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Something to do with Bernie.

    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Brazilian Grand Prix.

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

    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Fernando Alonso or Kimi Raikkonen.

  4. Lamag (@lamag) said on 8th March 2013, 12:02

    1. How many different teams will win races? Five
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Max Chilton
    3. Who will set the most pole positions? Sebastian Vettel
    4. Who will crash out of the most races? Adrian Sutil
    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win? One
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium? Five
    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? None
    11. And who will take their place? None
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements? Pastor Maldonado
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Nico Rosberg
    14. Who will finish last in the constructors’ championship? Marrusia
    15. Which rookie driver will finish highest in the championship? Valteri 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? US Grand Prix
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? Mercedes Benz
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Nico Rosberg.

  5. Josh (@krusectrl) said on 8th March 2013, 12:03

    1. How many different teams will win races?
    5 Red Bull, Mclaren, Ferrari, Lotus, 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?
    Esteban Gutierrez
    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?
    Adrian Sutil
    11. And who will take their place?
    Luiz Razia
    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?
    Valterri 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?
    Spa

  6. W-K (@w-k) said on 8th March 2013, 12:06

    1. How many different teams will win races?
    Six
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    Kimi
    3. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Hamilton
    4. Who will crash out of the most races?
    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?
    Second
    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?
    Maldonado
    11. And who will take their place?
    Bruno Senna
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements?
    Maldonado
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Button
    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?
    Bernie retires due to ill health
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    Japan

  7. raymondu999 (@raymondu999) said on 8th March 2013, 12:09

    1. How many different teams will win races?
    6 – Mercedes, Lotus, Ferrari, McLaren, Res Bull, Sauber(!)
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    Esteban “Stevo” Gutierrez
    3. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Sebastian 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?
    7
    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be?
    Win
    8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014?
    No
    9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull?
    Another 1 year deal
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race?
    Daniel Ricciardo
    11. And who will take their place?
    Antonio Felix da Costa
    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?
    Caterham
    15. Which rookie driver will finish highest in the championship?
    Valtteri Bottas
    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?
    Penultimate
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    Ross Brawn rumored to be switching teams to Williams
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    A mixed weather Nurburgring (remember 2007?)

  8. K0V4LA1NEN said on 8th March 2013, 12:14

    1. How many different teams will win races? 4, Mclaren, red bull, mercedes and williams
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Gutierrez
    3. Who will set the most pole positions? Sebastein Vettel
    4. Who will crash out of the most races? Jules Bianchi
    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win? 3 races
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium? 3 times
    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? 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? Petrov
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements? Alonso
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Rosberg
    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? tyres (dont know if its pollitical)
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Hungary
    19. constructors champion? Red Bull
    20. drivers champion? Vettel.

  9. Ryan (@rgbargie) said on 8th March 2013, 12:20

    1. How many different teams will win races?
    6 – Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari, Mercedes, Lotus & Force India

    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?
    Pastor Maldonado

    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win?
    2

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

    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?
    No one

    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?
    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?
    Britain

    19. Who will be constructor’s champion?
    Red Bull Racing

    20. Who will be driver’s champion?
    Jenson Button

  10. Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 8th March 2013, 12:23

    1. How many different teams will win races? Six
    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? Giedo van der Garde
    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win? One
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium? Four times
    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be? Third
    8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014? He will not be a race driver for Ferrari in 2014.
    9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull? He will be a race driver for Red Bull in 2014.
    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? Alexander Rossi
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements? Pastor 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? Valtteri Bottas
    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? Brazilian Grand Prix
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Bernie Ecclestone selects his successor.
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canadian Grand Prix
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? Infiniti Red Bull Racing
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Sebastian Vettel

  11. KeeleyObsessed (@keeleyobsessed) said on 8th March 2013, 12:23

    1. How many different teams will win races?
    6 (Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari, Lotus, Mercedes and Sauber)
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    Mark Webber
    3. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Vettel
    4. Who will crash out of the most races?
    I’m gonna take a punt on this one and say Perez, although everyone will be too naive to realise he’s not much of a better driver than Maldonado or Grosjean are compared to at times..
    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win?
    2, but they’ll be more luck than driver-car combination
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium?
    I’d like to think more than 50% of the races, so 11
    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be?
    The previously mentioned Sauber win
    8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014?
    Yes, there’s no-one who’d fit better within the team
    9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull?
    Depends largely on the STR pair, or maybe even Felix Da Costa, but I’d be saddened to see him go
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race?
    Bianchi
    11. And who will take their place?
    Razia, just for the laughs
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements?
    I’m thinking possibly Grosjean. Ignoring the fact that most of them aren’t his fault..
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Alonso. About time he won it again.
    14. Who will finish last in the constructors’ championship?
    Caterham, Marrussia look like they’ve got their act together this year
    15. Which rookie driver will finish highest in the championship?
    Guttierrez, but only due to the fact he’ll have a competitive car
    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?
    I’m hoping Brazil, or at least one of the races the Beeb has live
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    No Concorde Agreement/New rules complaints
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    Canada tends to be a safe bet for providing a good race, so I’ll go for that

  12. Toni (@tsplattwell) said on 8th March 2013, 12:24

    1. How many different teams will win races? 5
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Max 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? 2
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium? 7
    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? no one
    11. And who will take their place? no one
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements? perez
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Kimi Raikkonen
    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? Bahrain
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? British GP
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? Rec Bull
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Vettel

  13. sam11333 (@sam11333) said on 8th March 2013, 12:31

    1. How many different teams will win races?
    5
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    Sergio PĂ©rez
    3. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Kimi Räikkönen
    4. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Pastor Maldonado
    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win?
    1 or 2
    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?
    Maybe, but he wont take it if he get one.
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race?
    Esteban Gutiérrez
    11. And who will take their place?
    Robin Frijns
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements?
    Adrian Sutil
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Jenson Button
    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 rules
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    Brazil

  14. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 8th March 2013, 12:35

    1. 6 teams
    2. Maldonado, taking out Alonso
    3. Vettel
    4. Chilton
    5. 3 wins Lewis
    6. 14 podiums Kimi
    7. First Hulkenberg
    8. Yes. New contract Massa
    9. Yes. Also Webber
    10. Grosjean – penalty
    11. Valsecchi replaces
    12. Grosjean and Maldonado
    13. Kimi Monaco
    14. Toro Rosso last
    15. Bottas Rookie high
    16. Decision in Brasil
    17. Bernie in jail – Tamara takes over
    18. Monaco – rain
    19. Red Bull
    20. Kimi WDC

  15. michaeldobson13 (@michaeldobson13) said on 8th March 2013, 12:35

    1. How many different teams will win races?
    4
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    Giedo Van Der Garde
    3. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Sebastian Vettel
    4. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Jules Bianchi
    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?
    Adrian Sutil
    11. And who will take their place?
    Luis Razia
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements?
    Lewis Hamilton
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Kimi Raikennon
    14. Who will finish last in the constructors’ championship?
    Giedo Van Der Garde
    15. Which rookie driver will finish highest in the championship?
    Valteri Bottas
    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?
    Brazil
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    2014 Aerodynamics
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    Belgium

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