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. Ciaran (@walsh-f1) said on 8th March 2013, 16:21

    1. How many different teams will win races? 5 (Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren, Lotus, Mercedes).
    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? Jules Bianchi
    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win? 1
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium? 5
    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? Giedo Van Der Garde
    11. And who will take their place? Ma Qinghua
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements? Romain Grosjean
    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? Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Bahrain
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Canadian Grand Prix
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? Red Bull
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Sebastian Vettel

  2. Loetkoe (@loetkoe) said on 8th March 2013, 16:22

    1. 6
    2. Romain Grosjean
    3. Sebastian Vettel
    4. Esteban Gutierrez
    5. 1
    6. 6
    7. 1
    8. Yes
    9. No
    10. No-one
    11. No-one
    12. Esteban Gutierrez
    13. Nico Rosberg
    14. Caterham
    15. Valtteri Bottas
    16. Brazil
    17. Engine costs
    18. Canadian Grand Prix

  3. Rigi (@rigi) said on 8th March 2013, 16:23

    1. How many different teams will win races?
    6 – Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren, Lotus, Sauber, Williams
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    Adrian Sutil and Pastor Maldonado crash out on the first corner
    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?
    None
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium?
    8
    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be?
    A win
    8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014?
    No
    9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull?
    No, he’ll stay
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race?
    Adrian Sutil
    11. And who will take their place?
    Jules Bianchi, while Luiz Razia will take the vacant Marussia seat
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements?
    Pastor Maldonado
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Romain Grosjean
    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?
    SĂŁo Paolo
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    2014 engines
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    SĂŁo Paolo
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship?
    Lotus F1 Team
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship?
    Fernando Alonso

  4. f1alex (@f1alex) said on 8th March 2013, 16:31

    1. How many different teams will win races? 5
    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? 8
    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? Yup.
    9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull? Hmmmmm… nah.
    10. Who will be the first driver to be replaced or substituted for a race? Adrian Sutil
    11. And who will take their place? Would’ve said Bianchi before but now it’s more likely to be someone like Razia I guess.
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements? Pastor Maldonado (not because I think he will be a crash magnet, it’s just… it’s 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? Valtteri Bottas
    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? Brazil
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Probably Bahrain again
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Brazil
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? Red Bull
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Fernando Alonso (only just though)

  5. BJ (@beejis60) said on 8th March 2013, 16:32

    1. How many different teams will win races?
    Six
    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?
    MAL
    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win?
    2
    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?
    If the Vettel rumors are not true, then 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?
    NA
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements?
    MAL
    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?
    I want to say Gutierrez, but I feel Bottas is a better driver…
    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?
    Interlagos
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    PDVSA: post-Chavez death and his successor can potentially play a huge shift
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    Probably all of the 17 races with two DRS zones
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship?
    Ferrari
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship?
    Alonso

  6. Rob Wilson (@rob-wilson) said on 8th March 2013, 16:53

    1. How many different teams will win races? 5
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Daniel Ricciardo
    3. Who will set the most pole positions? Lewis Hamilton
    4. Who will crash out of the most races? Esteban Gutierrez
    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win? 7
    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? Nobody will be replaced
    11. And who will take their place? -
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements? Pastor 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? Valtteri Bottas
    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? US
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Pay drivers not up to F1 standard.
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? The Bahrain Grand Prix

  7. PhilEReid (@philereid) said on 8th March 2013, 16:55

    10. Raikonnen (Maybe)
    11. Valsecchi (Maybe)

  8. minnis (@minnis) said on 8th March 2013, 16:55

    1. How many different teams will win races?
    Five – Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari, Lotus, Mercedes.
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    Romain Grosjean
    3. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Sebastien Vettel
    4. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Romain Grosjean
    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win?
    Three.
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium?
    8
    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?
    Romain Grosjean again!
    11. And who will take their place?
    Jerome D’ambrosio.
    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?
    Valterri Bottas.
    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?
    Brazil.
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    Something to do with the 2014 engines, no doubt.
    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?
    Alonso

  9. Rousseau (@orpheu) said on 8th March 2013, 16:58

    1. How many different teams will win races? 5
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Hamilton and Massa crash
    3. Who will set the most pole positions? Vettel
    4. Who will crash out of the most races? Vergne
    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win? 2
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium? 13
    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? it will not happen
    11. And who will take their place? –
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements? Max Chilton
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Lewis Hamilton
    14. Who will finish last in the constructors’ championship? Marussia
    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? New future GP in some country with human rights problems
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Spa
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? Lotus
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? Raikkonen

  10. cjpdk (@cjpdk) said on 8th March 2013, 17:10

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

    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

    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win?
    1

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

    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?
    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?
    Mark Webber

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

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

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

    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    Bahrain GP

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

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

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

  11. James_mc (@james_mc) said on 8th March 2013, 17:19

    1. How many different teams will win races?
    6 (at risk of being wrong): Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes, Enstone, Sauber

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

    3. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Vettel

    4. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Felipe Massa

    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win?
    4

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

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

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

    9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull?
    Perhaps. But the end result will be Webber leaving Red Bull and possibly the sport.

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

    11. And who will take their place?
    Algusuairi

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

    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Hamilton

    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, final race of the season again. Although I suspect results in the preceding rounds will mean that it is essentially a formality.

    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    Can’t remember what I said last year, pretty sure it was something to do with engines. I suspect it’ll all kick off with engines in some way, shape or form.

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

  12. ShaneB457 (@shaneb12345678910) said on 8th March 2013, 17:37

    1. How many different teams will win races?
    Seven.
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    Ricciardo.
    3. Who will set the most pole positions?
    Alonso.
    4. Who will crash out of the most races?
    Max Chilton.
    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win?
    One.
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium?
    13 Times.
    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be?
    1st Place.
    8. Will Felipe Massa get a contract extension at Ferrari for 2014?
    Yes.
    9. Will Mark Webber get the same at Red Bull?
    He will, but he’ll retire anyway.
    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?
    Fellipe Massa.
    13. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
    Romain 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?
    Austin.
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    The exclusion of a team from winning a certain race because something on their car was illegal.
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    Japan.

    World Champion – Grosjean.
    Constructors – Ferrari.

  13. Stagger (@stagger) said on 8th March 2013, 17:39

    1. How many different teams will win races?
    Four
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix?
    F.Massa
    3. Who will set the most pole positions?
    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?
    12.
    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?
    No
    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?
    Pastor Maldonado.
    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?
    Abu Dhabi.
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year?
    Bernie found dead, he suffered heart attack in the bed with a playboy bunny… (joking)
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year?
    Spa
    19. Who will win the constructors’ championship?
    McLaren
    20. Who will win the drivers’ championship?
    Kimi Raikkonen.

  14. foleyger (@foleyger) said on 8th March 2013, 17:48

    1. How many different teams will win races? 5
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Estaban Gutierrez
    3. Who will set the most pole positions? Sebastian Vettel
    4. Who will crash out of the most races? Estebian Gutierrez
    5. How many races will Lewis Hamilton win? 1
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium? 5 times
    7. What will Nico Hulkenberg’s best result be? 6th
    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? Bruno Senna
    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? Bottas
    16. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? US Grand Prix
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Ecclestone might die and there is a fight for control over F1
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Spa
    19. Constructors-Red Bull
    20. Drivers Championship- Alonso

  15. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 8th March 2013, 18:06

    1. How many different teams will win races? Five
    2. Who will retire first in the Australian Grand Prix? Van der Garde
    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? Two
    6. How many times will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium? Seven
    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? Adrian Sutil
    11. And who will take their place? Jules Bianchi
    12. Which driver will receive the most penalties for driving infringements? Romain Grosjean
    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? American GP
    17. What will be the biggest political story of the year? Something to do w/ Red Bull’s illegal car
    18. What will be the most entertaining race of the year? Chinese GP

    WCC: Scuderia Ferrari
    WDC: Fernando Alonso

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