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. 1. How many different teams will win races? – 5 (McLaren, Red Bull, Ferrari, Lotus, Mercedes)
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? – Gutierez
    3. Who will set the most pole positions? – Vettel
    4. Who will crash out of the most races? – Chilton
    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? – A podium, I’ll go for 2nd.
    8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014? – No
    9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull? – No, too many Red Bull youngsters queing up now.
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race? – Gutierez
    11. And who will take their place? – Frijns
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements? – Maldonado!
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? – Perez
    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? – Driver contracts (likely Massa or Webber)
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? – Canada
    19. WCC – Red Bull
    20. WDC – Alonso

  2. RagingInferno (@raginginferno) said on 8th March 2013, 14:35

    1. How many different teams will win races?
    6 – RedBull, Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes, Lotus, Williams
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    Gutierrez – get’s caught up in a collision somewhere in the midfield.
    3. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Vettel
    4. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Bianchi
    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?
    4th
    8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014?
    Yes – Unless Ferrari make what I think would be a smart move, and hire Hulkenburg.
    9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull?
    Yes, for one more year.
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race?
    Van der Garde – Loses his seat to Qinghua Ma for FP1 at China, but not the race.
    11. And who will take their place?
    Qinghua Ma
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements?
    Vergne
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    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 – Down to the wire again!
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    RedBull pushing boundaries and the FIA is not impressed…again.
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    China

  3. Ciaran (@ciaran) said on 8th March 2013, 14:38

    1. How many different teams will win races? 5 – Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari, Lotus and Mercedes
    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? Sergio Perez
    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? 3rd
    8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014? Hopefully not
    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? Max Chilton
    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? Kimi Raikkonen
    14. Who will finish last in the constructors’ championship? Marussia
    15. Which rookie driver will finish highest in the championship? Vatteri Bottas
    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? Austin
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year? An unpopular rule change for 2014 that gets reverted within a few weeks
    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 drivers’ championship? Fernando Alonso

  4. Klait (@f1kb) said on 8th March 2013, 14:39

    1. How many different teams will win races? 6 teams
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Sutil
    3. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Vettel
    4. Who will crash out of the most races? Guiterrez
    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win?
    2
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium? 11
    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? Sutil
    11. And who will take their place?
    Jules Bianchi
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements? Guiterrez
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Vettel
    14. Who will finish last in the constructors’ championship? the replacement for Bianchi at marussia
    15. Which rookie driver will finish highest in the championship?
    Bottas
    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?Austin
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    doping scandal Maldonado
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?Spa
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship?
    Red Bull
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship?Sebastian Vettel

  5. Häkkimi (@feynman) said on 8th March 2013, 14:44

    1. How many different teams will win races? 6 (McLaren, Red Bull, Ferrari, Mercedes, Lotus, Williams)
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Esteban Gutierrez
    3. Who will set the most pole positions? Vettel
    4. Who will crash out of the most races? Perez or Chilton
    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win? 3
    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? 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? Bianchi
    11. And who will take their place? Razia
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements? Perez or Sutil
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Grosjean
    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? Mercedes’ pace and consistency? Lotus as the dark horse with Grosjean fully backing up Raikkonen? Ferrari dominating Red Bull? Vettel going for his 4th title and truly showing he’s one of the all time greats?
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? US or Japanese GP

  6. goofy (@goofy) said on 8th March 2013, 14:45

    1. How many different teams will win races? 4
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Maldonado
    3. Who will set the most pole positions? 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? 2
    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be? 2nd
    8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014? No
    9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull? Webber will get a new contract
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race? Bianchi
    11. And who will take their place? Ma Qing Hua
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements? Hamilton
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Webber
    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? US GP
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Bernie has to leave…
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Spa
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? Red Bull
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Vettel

  7. Girts (@girts) said on 8th March 2013, 15:05

    1. How many different teams will win races? 6
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Nico Hulkenberg
    3. Who will set the most pole positions? Sebastian Vettel
    4. Who will crash out of the most races? Valtteri Bottas
    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? 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? Sergio Perez
    11. And who will take their place? Heikki Kovalainen
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements? Esteban Gutierrez
    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? Austin
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year? FIA presidential election
    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 drivers’ championship? Romain Grosjean

  8. greg76 (@greg76) said on 8th March 2013, 15:34

    1. How many different teams will win races?
    5
    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?
    Van de Garde
    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?
    2nd
    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?
    Chilton
    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?
    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?
    Interlagos
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    BarhaĂŻn
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    Melbourne

  9. Mads (@mads) said on 8th March 2013, 15:37

    1. How many different teams will win races?
    4. RB, Ferrari, McLaren, Merc, Lotus
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    Gutierrez in a T1 accident.
    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. The Chinese grand prix.
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium?
    4 times.
    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be?
    4th
    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?
    ………..
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements?
    Perez. Yep I think the pressure will get the better of him.
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Mark Webber will take a crushing victory ahead of Alonso. Vettel will find him self battling further down after a disappointing qualifying and in the end find him self stuck behind Raikönnen and take 4th place.
    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. Another showdown between Alonso and Vettel as main candidates with Button a distant 3rd but still in with a shout.
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    Bahrain.
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    Canada.
    19. WCC
    Red Bull
    20. WDC
    Vettel

  10. Nomore (@nomore) said on 8th March 2013, 15:41

    1. How many different teams will win races? 4 (Ferrari, Mclaren, Red Bull, Mercedes )
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? J.Bianchi
    3. Who will set the most pole positions? F.Alonso
    4. Who will crash out of the most races? S.Perez
    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win? 3
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium? 5
    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be? 5
    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? S. Perez (he will have a race ban)
    11. And who will take their place? Third driver Mclaren
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements? E.Gutierrez
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? L.Hamilton
    14. Who will finish last in the constructors’ championship? Marussia
    15. Which rookie driver will finish highest in the championship? V.Bottas
    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? Japan
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Ferrari exhaust… Red Bull and Mclaren will protest.
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?. In dry SPA, in wet Canada
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? Ferrari
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? F.Alonso

  11. AbeyG (@1abe) said on 8th March 2013, 15:46

    1. How many different teams will win races?
    7
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    Charles Pic
    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?
    2
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium?
    9
    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be?
    1
    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?
    Jean-Éric Vergne
    11. And who will take their place?
    AntĂłnio FĂ©lix da Costa
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements?
    Bottas
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Webber
    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 passive DRS
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    Interlagos
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship?
    Red Bull
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship?
    Alonso

  12. 1. How many different teams will win races? – 5
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? – Bottas
    3. Who will set the most pole positions? – Perez
    4. Who will crash out of the most races? – Gutierrez
    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win? – 0
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium? – 5
    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be? – 4
    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? – van der Garde
    11. And who will take their place? – Qing Hua
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements? – Maldonado
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? – Alonso
    14. Who will finish last in the constructors’ championship? – Chilton
    15. Which rookie driver will finish highest in the championship? – Gutierrez
    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? – R18 US GP
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year? – number of races in the future
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? – Canada
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? McLaren
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Alonso

  13. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 8th March 2013, 16:10

    1. How many different teams will win races? – 5

    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? – Adrian Sutil

    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? – 2

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

    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be? – P3

    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? – Geido van der Garde

    11. And who will take their place? – Alexander Rossi

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

    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? – R18, United States GP

    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year? – Bernie Ecclestone’s death and management restructuring

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

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

    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? - Sebastian Vettel

  14. George (@george) said on 8th March 2013, 16:17

    Here we go again! Hello to myself in 9 months time!
    1. 6 (RB, McL, Fer, Merc, Lot, Sau)
    2. Webber probably
    3. Vettel
    4. Perez
    5. 2
    6. 6
    7. 1st
    8. No
    9. No, he’ll choose to retire
    10. No substitutions
    11. n/a
    12. Perez
    13. Webber
    14. Caterham
    15. Bottas
    16. Brazil
    17. Something to do with engines
    18. Spa

  15. JamieFranklinF1 (@jamiefranklinf1) said on 8th March 2013, 16:18

    1. How many different teams will win races?
    - Five: McLaren, Red Bull, Ferrari, Lotus and Mercedes.
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    - Gutierrez
    3. Who will set the most pole positions?
    - Probably Vettel.
    4. Who will crash out of the most races?
    - I’m going to go with Van der Garde.
    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win?
    - I’m thinking just the one.
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium?
    - Five.
    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be?
    - A podium, third place.
    8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014?
    - Yes, after a reasonably successful 2013 season.
    9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull?
    - Only if Ricciardo or Vergne do not impress.
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race?
    - I don’t think any driver will be this year.
    11. And who will take their place?
    - N/A
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements?
    - Hamilton.
    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?
    - Bottas
    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?
    - The final race, with three drivers still in contention (Vettel, Alonso and Button)
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    - Engine debates for 2014.
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    - Interlagos.
    19. Constructor’s Champion – Red Bull
    20. Driver’s Champion – Jenson Button

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