Who will win the battle of the team mates in 2014?

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Almost every driver on the grid has a new team mate to measure himself against this year.

Which driver will come out on top at each team? Cast your vote below.

Red Bull: Sebastian Vettel vs Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Bahrain, 2014After five years alongisde Mark Webber, during which time he comfortably had the beating of his team mate, Vettel is now sharing his team with another Australian.

Ricciardo is only the second Red Bull development driver to be promoted to their ‘A’ team since Vettel himself, so this will make for a barometer of the team’s talent-spotting abilities.

But the four-times champion will surely be expected to hold the upper hand over the newcomer.

Which Red Bull driver will finish ahead in the championship?

  • Sebastian Vettel (91%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (9%)

Total Voters: 737

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Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton vs Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Bahrain, 2014One of only two unchanged driver pairings in the field this year. There wasn’t much to choose between them last year: Rosberg won two races to Hamilton’s one, though Hamilton scored more points.

Hamilton’s ultimate one-lap pace is a lot to deal with but Rosberg has the opportunity to turn the ever-increasing complexity of F1 races to his advantage.

Given Mercedes’ testing performance there could be a world championship riding on the outcome of this contest.

Which Mercedes driver will finish ahead in the championship?

  • Lewis Hamilton (56%)
  • Nico Rosberg (44%)

Total Voters: 740

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Ferrari: Fernando Alonso vs Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Bahrain, 2014Ferrari’s strongest and most exciting driver line-up since Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell faced off against each other in 1990.

The dynamics of this contest are fascinating, and not just because it pits two world championships against each other at a team which has historically avoided having what its president refers to as “two roosters in the same hen house”.

Ferrari has been Alonso’s team since he arrived in 2010, but the re-hiring of the same driver he was brought in to replace sends a clear message about his position.

Which Ferrari driver will finish ahead in the championship?

  • Fernando Alonso (62%)
  • Kimi Raikkonen (38%)

Total Voters: 739

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Lotus: Romain Grosjean vs Pastor Maldonado

Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, Bahrain, 2014Two drivers who have reputations for being quick but somewhat reckless. Grosjean seriously raised his game in the second half of last year with some superb drives.

Maldonado, meanwhile, already has his first win under his belt but didn’t seem to offer anything constructive at the struggling Williams team last year. It would be wrong to see his PDVSA funding as the only reason he’s joined Lotus, but more promising and less well-heeled drivers were passed over for him.

Which Lotus driver will finish ahead in the championship?

  • Romain Grosjean (95%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (5%)

Total Voters: 735

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McLaren: Jenson Button vs Kevin Magnussen

Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, Jerez, 2014McLaren’s decision to drop Sergio Perez after a single season was one of the biggest surprises of last year’s ‘silly season’.

It would be too much to expect Magnussen, who steps up from Formula Renault 3.5, to get on terms with world champion Button in his first season. But wasn’t the same also said about Hamilton and Alonso the last time McLaren put a rookie in one of their cars?

Which McLaren driver will finish ahead in the championship?

  • Jenson Button (63%)
  • Kevin Magnussen (37%)

Total Voters: 737

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Force India: Nico Hulkenberg vs Sergio Perez

Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, Bahrain, 2014Perez will need to produce more of the kind of performances that made him stand out at Sauber in 2012 as he goes up against the highly-rated Hulkenberg, whom many believe is overdue a chance in a front-running car.

Which Force India driver will finish ahead in the championship?

  • Nico Hulkenberg (89%)
  • Sergio Perez (11%)

Total Voters: 737

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Sauber: Esteban Gutierrez vs Adrian Sutil

Adrian Sutil, Sauber, Bahrain, 2014Both these drivers both lost out to their team mates last year: Gutierrez was comprehensively routed by Hulkenberg while Sutil was somewhat closer to Paul di Resta.

Which Sauber driver will finish ahead in the championship?

  • Esteban Gutierrez (22%)
  • Adrian Sutil (78%)

Total Voters: 725

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Toro Rosso: Jean-Eric Vergne vs Daniil Kvyat

Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, Bahrain, 2014Vergne has put a brave face on being passed over for the Red Bull seat for Ricciardo. Now his role is to be the benchmark for GP3 champion Kvyat.

Which Toro Rosso driver will finish ahead in the championship?

  • Jean-Eric Vergne (71%)
  • Daniil Kvyat (29%)

Total Voters: 723

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Williams: Valtteri Bottas vs Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa, Williams, Jerez, 2014A fascinating pairing of old hand with a sophomore driver considered a future star by some.

Given how emphatically Alonso beat Massa during their time as team mates, it won’t escape attention if Bottas can do the same. Having been part of the Williams family for several years, he has a sporting chance.

Which Williams driver will finish ahead in the championship?

  • Valtteri Bottas (42%)
  • Felipe Massa (58%)

Total Voters: 732

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Marussia: Jules Bianchi vs Max Chilton

Jules Bianchi, Marussia, Bahrain, 2014The other unchanged driver pairing from last year. Unlike Rosberg and Hamilton, it was a one-sided contest between these two last year, and it’s hard to imagine it ending any differently this time.

Which Marussia driver will finish ahead in the championship?

  • Jules Bianchi (94%)
  • Max Chilton (6%)

Total Voters: 726

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Caterham: Kamui Kobayashi vs Marcus Ericsson

Marcus Ericsson, Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham, Bahrain, 2014Ericsson’s GP2 record may be somewhat underwhelming but it’s no worse than that of Kobayashi, who never achieved the kind of success in the main series which he enjoyed in GP2 Asia.

Kobayashi has much more F1 experience, of course, and you’d expect that to tell over the course of a season, but he should prove a fair benchmark for Sweden’s new F1 driver.

Which Caterham driver will finish ahead in the championship?

  • Kamui Kobayashi (93%)
  • Marcus Ericsson (7%)

Total Voters: 726

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196 comments on Who will win the battle of the team mates in 2014?

  1. George (@george) said on 8th March 2014, 13:15

    And so the predictions begin!
    - I think a happy Hamilton is more than a match for Rosberg, if he keeps his chin up he could win the championship easily
    - The opposite at Lotus, I think Grosjean might dip back to his pre-mid-’13 form, whereas Maldonado is a fighter.
    - Funny you brought up the Prost/Mansell partnership, the drivers are very similar (Alonso is Prost). I doubt they’ll be quite as successful this year though.

    • Deej92 (@deej92) said on 8th March 2014, 21:13

      I have the same feeling about Grosjean, although I still think he’ll edge Maldonado. If he has an average car and he’s back fighting in the middle of the pack, which he wasn’t doing much of after mid-2013 due to his impressive pace, some of his clumsiness may return. 2014 will be a real test for him as Lotus’ no.1 driver.

      I hope he proves me wrong but it’s just a feeling I have.

  2. Lewisiabamf (@lewisisabamf) said on 8th March 2014, 14:01

    I dont see what people see in Hulkenberg.

    • spoutnik (@spoutnik) said on 8th March 2014, 18:50

      @lewisisabamf do you follow the races? :) No, seriously, he made quite a bunch of very strong results despite a weight disadvantage (and I know what I mean, I ask for weight on my cart when I go with friends, to stay fair). Maybe you don’t like the guy, but he’s shown great talent already.

  3. andae23 (@andae23) said on 8th March 2014, 14:03

    I’m surprised by how many people think Massa will win the team mate battle at Williams (two-thirds at the moment). To be fair, Massa hasn’t really performed up to standards the last four years. I think he will do much better at Williams, but I don’t see him returning to his 2008 level. Bottas on the other hand has been very consistent last year, but a bit unlucky at times.

    It is going to be a great team mate battle in my opinion, with two drivers that are very good but haven’t showed it on many occasions (in Massa’s case one or two years, in Bottas’ case one or two races). I hope the Williams is good enough for them to prove their worth.

    • craig-o (@craig-o) said on 8th March 2014, 15:07

      @andae23 Yeah I’m quite surprised by that too. Unfortunately it’s quite difficult to tell just how good Bottas is, although we saw some brilliant performances at times last year, and I think a lot of people are thinking Massa’s form will improve now he’s at a new team.

  4. Lance (@lancelot) said on 8th March 2014, 14:12

    Perez will beat Hulk, mark my words. Hulk is kind of overrated.

    • Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 8th March 2014, 14:24

      … said no one, ever.

      • David (@nvherman) said on 8th March 2014, 14:55

        I think they’re both overrated tbh.

        Not as overrated as Sutil though. If Di Resta is not good enough for F1, Sutil should’ve been gone two seasons ago!

    • craig-o (@craig-o) said on 8th March 2014, 15:10

      Hulkenberg overrated!? He was in lots of people’s top 5 drivers last year, and also showed great potential at Williams and Force India, why do you think he is overrated @lancelot ?

      • Lance (@lancelot) said on 8th March 2014, 15:38

        @craig-o Hulk is a solid driver, but he was very flattered by his weak teammate last year. He had a very solid car in the second half of the season thanks to the tyre changes, and his rating very benefited from it. Until the tyre changes, he was nowhere in people’s top 5. He had the opportunity to win a race in 2012 and he blew it himself. Even Maldonado, who people like to ridicule, didn’t.
        Don’t get me wrong: I think Hulk is a solid driver, but I don’t consider him a top driver. Yet.

        • craig-o (@craig-o) said on 8th March 2014, 16:57

          @lancelot Yes the car was better once the tyres changed, but he was still beating the likes of Hamilton and Alonso in race trim and qualifying. The Sauber was, at the end of the day, a midfield car at best, so those were some great performances by him. Yes he had the opportunity to win, and made a mistake. It was in tricky conditions and there were backmarkers involved and he made an error. Given the car he will get plenty more chances to win. Didn’t Perez also throw away a chance at a race victory though?

          • Lance (@lancelot) said on 8th March 2014, 17:11

            @craig-o Sauber in the second half of the season was more than “a midfield car at best.” It was a very solid car that was very difficult to overtake(and that’s why the likes of Alonso and Hamilton kept being stuck behind it). In some races, the car wasn’t much worse than the Ferrari. I remember Dan Ricciardo not letting Alonso overtake him in some race, and his STR was worse than Hulk’s Sauber, and yet no one hypes him.

            Yes, you’re right: Perez had a chance at a race victory, but no one is overrating Perez like they do overrate and overhype Hulk. The hype around Hulk is insane, considering what a weak teammate he had last year. If he had a better teammate, people wouldn’t talk like he was outperforming his car. The mere fact that people voting in this poll think Sutil(a very, very average driver) would crush Hulk’s former teammate speaks volumes.

            To sum it up, I think Hulk is a good driver but he doesn’t deserve the insane hype, and many people are going to be very surprised when Perez more than matches him.

          • craig-o (@craig-o) said on 8th March 2014, 17:19

            @lancelot I’m not sure whose opinions you read but I see lots of people calling Perez a multiple world champion. Well, 12 months ago anyway. The Sauber was very quick in a straight line but not so quick in the corners. I’m unsure what the data from last year said but I am fairly certain that the Sauber was only the 7th fastest car over the course of the season. You have to remember that Hulkenberg actually pulled out a similar performance in 2012 at Korea. He also shone at Spa and outscored Di Resta 63-46. Finishing ahead of Kobayashi, Schumacher, Maldonado and Senna who were all in better cars that year.

          • Lance (@lancelot) said on 8th March 2014, 18:09

            @craig-o I was of the opinion that Perez was overrated when everyone hyped him in 2012 as the next best thing, and he was. I can’t say I’m a fan of him. I think Hulk and Perez are drivers of the same caliber, actually, but Perez will likely have the edge thanks to his experience at McLaren.

    • Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 8th March 2014, 16:10

      @lancelot

      Hulk is kind of overrated

      His records in Junior Formula’s are better than Sebastian Vettel (that doesn’t mean that he is better than Vettel but just an indication that he definitely deserves his place in F1), if there is someone that is overrated it must be Sergio Perez

      • Lance (@lancelot) said on 8th March 2014, 16:16

        @tifoso1989
        Perez was overrated in 2012, too(and I was of that opinion when McLaren chose him).
        Records in Junior Formulas have little to do with Formula 1. There are a lot of drivers that had successful Juniors careers and didn’t succeed in Formula 1(and vice versa). And I’ve never said that Hulk didn’t deserve his place in F1–he definitely does. I said he was overrated. Those are two different things.

    • JerseyF1 (@jerseyf1) said on 8th March 2014, 18:25

      @lancelot I thought Hulk was overated after his Williams season, figuring his phenomenal pole at Interlagos in the wet was partly luck. However, in the seasons since he has had a few other stand-out performances.

      He had the opportunity to win a race in 2012 and he blew it himself

      He alone created that opportunity in a car which quite honestly wasn’t up to it – the fact that he didn’t convert it to a win is less important than the fact that he put himself in the position to win in a sub-par car in the first place. The question we all want answered is what would happen if he was given a genuine front-runner to drive.

      • Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 8th March 2014, 18:56

        @jerseyf1
        The Force India was anything but a sub-par car in Brazil, it was almost on par with McLaren and clearly faster than Ferrari. Likewise, Sauber certainly wasn’t a midfield car in Malaysia either. Too bad that both Hulk and Perez blew it.

        • JerseyF1 (@jerseyf1) said on 8th March 2014, 21:09

          @kingshark

          clearly faster than Ferrari

          I don’t recall Di Resta being anywhere near the front in that race. The Force India, in the hands of Hulkenberg, was clearly faster than the Ferrari. That doesn’t suggest that the car was the better one. And that’s exactly why Hulkenberg is highly rated by fans.

          I guess in the end neither of us knows and we shall soon find out whether Hulk is indeed humbled by Perez, but I personally don’t expect Perez to be the main driver Hulkenberg will be worrying about as he battles with Button, Alonso, Raikkonen and Massa this year.

          • Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 8th March 2014, 21:57

            I don’t recall Di Resta being anywhere near the front in that race. The Force India, in the hands of Hulkenberg, was clearly faster than the Ferrari. That doesn’t suggest that the car was the better one. And that’s exactly why Hulkenberg is highly rated by fans.

            Going by that logic, do you believe that Red Bull had a better car than Ferrari in Malaysia 2012? Just because the #2 driver underperforms horrendously does not mean that the car was much worse than it actually was.

  5. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 8th March 2014, 14:24

    I’m surprised by how close the Mercedes votes are. I think Hamilton is going to put quite a beating on Rosberg this year. Keep in mind that Rosberg is no slouch. Lewis came in last year and still beat Nico pretty handily in the championship, in an unfamiliar team, with a car that didn’t suit him very well, with tyres that he’d struggled to work out.

    This year, Hamilton will easily be Rosberg. Harder tyres, more team familiarity and a switch to Carbone Industries brakes, will make it very very difficult for Nico to trouble Lewis.

    • matt said on 8th March 2014, 17:19

      i agree,i think too many ppl have been fooled by what happened last season.lewis never was happy with the car,and yet he still beat nico.and i thought lewis finished the season the stronger driver.ppl wrote lewis off after 2011,so they expected button to beat him in 2012,it wasnt even close tho.if lewis is happy with the feel of the car,he’ll beat nico pretty comfortably,although at times it will be pretty close.i think it’ll be closer between kimi and alonso,coz alonso wont get the number 1 status he loves.

    • Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 8th March 2014, 22:00

      @tophercheese21

      Lewis came in last year and still beat Nico pretty handily in the championship

      Rosberg scored 90% of Hamilton’s points tally in 2013 despite having 3 DNF’s as opposed to Lewis’ 1.

      This year, Hamilton will easily be Rosberg.

      Based on what? They were very evenly matched last year.

      Harder tyres.

      Ironic you’d say that because Rosberg usually struggles more with tyre wear, and Lewis struggles more with tyre heating.

      more team familiarity and a switch to Carbone Industries brakes, will make it very very difficult for Nico to trouble Lewis.

      I always felt that the whole brake fiasco with Hamilton was a bit of an excuse for when Nico beat him. Nonetheless, if Rosberg could match Hamilton in 2013, I see no reason to believe why 2014 should be much different.

      • Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 8th March 2014, 22:37

        @kingshark

        I know this is completely hypothetical, but if the situation was reversed, and it was Nico who moved to Mclaren along side Lewis, then I doubt that Nico would’ve scored 90% of Lewis’s points, let alone beat him.

        You raise a good point with Nico’s reliability though.

        • Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 8th March 2014, 22:42

          @tophercheese21

          I know this is completely hypothetical, but if the situation was reversed, and it was Nico who moved to Mclaren along side Lewis, then I doubt that Nico would’ve scored 90% of Lewis’s points, let alone beat him.

          Jenson scored 90% of Lewis’s points tally in his first season for McLaren in 2010; and Nico has more raw speed than Jenson – so I certainly don’t see why not.

  6. PhilEReid (@philereid) said on 8th March 2014, 14:50

    1) VET
    2) HAM
    3) ALO
    4) GRO
    5) BUT
    6) HUL
    7) SUT
    8) KVY
    9) BOT
    10) BIA
    11) KOB

    I think Vettel will be quite close in qualifying, but will finish ahead more times. I think they’ll both get a win though… Ricciardo will get the first win, but Vettel will win 4 races.

    Hamilton will beat Rosberg, and I think more comfortably than most people think it will be.

    I honestly believe Alonso will beat Raikkonen quite comfortably as well. Raikkonen may just take the qualifying battle, but Alonso is relentless in the races, and I think he’ll want to prove he can race with someone strong in the team.

    I’ve gone for Grosjean for the Lotus battle, however I think if the car turns out to be one of the quickest, I think Maldonado would win (doubtful though, hence my decision).

    I think Magnussen will with the qualifying battle, but Button’s experience will be the key. It’ll be close between them and should Magnussen and Button both be retained for 2015, Magnussen will win that one.

    I think Hulkenburg will beat Perez, relatively comfortably, but Perez will get the only win, but only a couple of other podiums, with Hulkenburg on it a number of times.

    Sutil will win with experience, but will be close. Sutil will win in qualifying too.

    Kvyat was tough to put ahead of Vergne, but I don’t think Vergne can hold off the young talent. (Even though he did relatively well, if not better on a number of occasions than Ricciardo).

    I think Bottas will sweep Massa away.

    Bianchi will make a laughing stock of Chilton once again.

    Koboyashi will be closer with Ericsson, but Koboyashi will end well ahead after the second half of the season.

  7. Valhyre (@ausuma) said on 8th March 2014, 15:24

    Literally nobody believes in Perez beating Hulkenberg…

  8. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 8th March 2014, 16:29

    Vettel – I think this one is pretty obvious: Vettel is a four time champion who won a race I’m his first full season of competition. Ricciardo is a good-but-not great driver, although he may give Seb a run in qualifying.

    Rosberg – I was deeply impressed by him last season, so I feel he has a very good shot at beating Hamilton. However, the latter seems to have an extra degree of comfort which was lacking last year.

    Alonso – yes, Räikkönen is a world champion. But Alonso is a clearly better world champion. I’m honestly expecting a Alonso to be quite comfortable, provided he doesn’t have a resurgence of the attitude which plagued him at McLaren.

    Grosjean – Maldonado is a bloody quick driver on his day, but his days are too few and far between. He needs a steep increase in consistency (as Grosjean had last year) to be able to put up a challenge.

    Button – I think experience will prevail on this one, but if Magnussen is to verify his early testing hype expect me to be proven wrong.

    Hülkenberg – Hülkenberg both knows the team better and has shown more promise. His skill spans between both qualifying and the races, whereas Perez only seems to posses notable ability in the latter.

    Sutil – I can’t bang on enough about how dull their line-up is. Sutil due to consistency – I shall write no more out of sheer boredom.

    Vergne – Kvyat has more promise, but I think he will still be in need of some considerable refinement. Vergne’s ability in the races nudges him ahead on this one.

    Bottas – Massa should be resurgent, but I think he may have to go home slightly disappointed. Even when Maldonado was quick, Bottas was quicker – that speaks very well for him.

    Bianchi – need I elaborate? Chilton barely even deserves to be in F1, Bianchi has at times been quite phenomenal. Unless Chilton continually benefits from his apparent “skill” in finishing every race, this is the most one-sided battle of them all.

    Kobayahi – previous F1 experience vs rookie error-proneness will seal this battle I believe. For me otherwise Ericsson is a completely unknown quantity.

    • Dan (@danieru) said on 8th March 2014, 17:18

      Absolutely spot on! Although Merc could go either way in my book, a lot depends on who gets the better start/reliability to the year.

      I agree that Alonso will quite comfortably beat Kimi. Not thrash him by any means, but it won’t be close.

      Bottas simply has to beat Massa if he is all he’s hyped up to be, I suspect he will. He has a steeliness in races about him that Felipe maybe doesn’t have anymore.

      • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 8th March 2014, 21:20

        @danieru thanks :)

        Mercedes was definitely the most difficult one to predict I felt: as you said, it would be easy for it to swing either depending on reliability and gaining that crucial early momentum. I just hope Mercedes leave it fully up to the drivers to decide their own fate – I wasn’t too happy about Malaysia in their case (nor indeed Red Bull’s)!

        On a sub-note, noticed a couple of blatant typos:

        won a race I’m in his first…
        may give Seb a run [for his money] in qualifying

  9. Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 8th March 2014, 16:51

    Red Bull:

    It won’t surprise fans if Seb comes out on top in the battles of the Bulls although one can expect Daniel to grow substantially as a driver and wouldn’t be surprising if he pushes Seb harder than Mark did in his final years but it’s Seb who maintains the advantage.

    Mercedes:

    Lewis came in as the star driver and even after a year he is considered to be the man heading the Mercedes charge but Nico’s stock has been rising since 2010. However, Nico still haven’t created a lasting impression on the minds of the people in general. It’s a general assumption that Nico is a smarter driver of the two but Lewis has an arsenal of weapons and probably come out on top in 2014 although Nico will push him extremely hard.

    With Ross Brawn out of the picture, it might be that Toto and Paddy might struggle to have a relatively stronger impact on the team as well as the drivers.

    Ferrari:

    Strongest driver pairing of all considering the WDCs amongst them. Kimi would be extra motivated and would be working harder since Fernando is alongside him. On the other hand, I don’t expect Fernando to be in the same comfort with Ferrari that he was since 2010. This won’t be surprising if Fernando will have his last season with the scarlet if they fail to give him a car good enough for the title contention.

    Lotus:

    Seems like a lost team at the moment with so many members of the team and no team leader to lead them. We all know why Pastor is sitting in that car. It’s good that Romain has improved and in 2014, he’ll only get better while I see Pastor becoming more mature at the team but might find it hard to get rid of the ‘reckless’ tag. Romain will come out on top as he is ready to learn from errors unlike….

    McLaren:

    I believe that Kevin will be pretty much on it from Melbourne itself. Although Jenson is good, he’ll have a hard time with the Danish rookie. He seems mature and has a certain intensity which I haven’t seen in a rookie in a long time.

    • Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 8th March 2014, 17:14

      Force India:

      Another interesting line up. Checo will be willing to show McLaren what he can do and there would certainly be bitterness in his heart for McLaren and shall do well at FI however he has a team mate who is tipped as a future champion by many. Checo will have a hard time against Nico which might not do well for his career in regards to finding a top drive again.

      Sauber:

      Perhaps the line up which fans are least excited about but let’s look at it from the fact that Adrian might prove to be a safe pair of hands (required in 2014 at least) with not much scope of growing as a driver substantially. He is a typical midfield driver. Esteban meanwhile has better potential like he showed in the 2nd half of 2013 in a few races. He will only grow in 2014.

      STR:

      Jean Eric might be heading into his final season for STR (the longest serving yet with Buemi). He has to prove himself substantially against rookie Kvyat who many consider to have got the seat not purely on merit. Jean Eric has to break out of the Red Bull circle to get a seat in 2015 for which he needs some really strong showing.

      Williams:

      Perhaps the most difficult lineup to predict but certainly a lineup full of potential. A refreshed Felipe brings in a wealth of experience with Valteri showing signs of potential in 2013. If they have a fast (and reliable) car underneath them which seems like then they’ll be right up there with the best.

      Marussia:

      Jules’ performances last year were smoking(ly) hot but Max deserved credit to bring the car home in every race in 2013. However he couldn’t match Jules’ pace and 2014 might not be any different.

      Caterham:

      Kamui is back but for how long? He’ll need some great performances to make feel his presence and he can do that where Marcus is perhaps the driver we can’t really predict how well he might go.

  10. Surprised so many people think Massa will beat Bottas.

  11. Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 8th March 2014, 17:05

    I’ll just list the two where I differed from the majority:

    Kvyat – I think he’s a real rough diamond if his quickly-up-to-pace FP1 outings from last year are anything to go by. He came very close to both Jev and Ricciardo in a very short time. I’m sure with a little more time, he’ll easily get ahead of the former (he would beat Daniel as well, but he’s no longer in the picture, of course).

    Bottas – As much as I like Massa’s incredible work-rate and reckon that it will shine through once again in this new environment, I think Bottas is of the same mould as Kvyat, a real talent and a likely future champion – he wrung 110% out of his dog FW35 last year on a number of occasions (those two quali sessions come to mind principally), usually beating the more experienced Maldonado on pace.

  12. kbdavies (@kbdavies) said on 8th March 2014, 18:07

    How anyone thinks Rosberg will beat Hamilton this year is beyond me – irrespective of Rosberg’s much vaunted, but less witnessed intelligence.
    Lewis beat Rosberg last year, and the gap would be much higher even when corrected for DNF’s and mechanical failures. He beat Rosberg in a team Rosberg has been in for the past 3yrs, driving a car with essentially the same DNA for the past 3yrs, whilst going into a team with a whole new way of doing things, new procedures and processes, new personnel, strange car, brake/ balance issue and being unhappy with the car’s characteristics for most of the season.

    This year is a LEVEL playing field for both drivers, most of the issues mentioned above would have been mitigated or resolved by now. With the new regulations focusing on energy recovery and fuel conversation, qualifying position is far more important than it has ever been.
    Lewis will beat Rosberg, and will do it far more convincingly than he did last season. Whilst Rosberg is indeed a fast driver, he is not even close to Lewis in terms of qualifying or race pace.

  13. Sam (@) said on 8th March 2014, 18:09

    Can we say the Lewis/Nico vote is slightly bias because of the majority of English people on this forum?

    • evered7 (@evered7) said on 9th March 2014, 1:20

      Could also be due to the fact that Lewis is a former WDC, runner up. But I could be wrong, you know :)

    • craig-o (@craig-o) said on 9th March 2014, 18:34

      @ardenflo Just because Lewis is English, it doesn’t necessarily mean that people will automatically assume he will beat Rosberg, otherwise Chilton would be a shoe-in to beat Bianchi and Button would be light-years ahead of Magnussen.

      • Sam (@) said on 9th March 2014, 18:36

        I don’t agree. Because Lewis is a proper contender. Button is not and we all want to believe in this danish rookie monster-talent that is Magnussen. Even the British know Chilton is a shoe more than he is a racer.

        I’m not saying every brit will vote Lewis but I’m 100% sure he gets a lot of sympathy votes from people who are doubting.

        • matt90 (@matt90) said on 13th March 2014, 0:45

          They were well matched last year, with Hamilton arguably slightly better despite being new to the team. Considering that and him also having greater career success, I’d be surprised if the votes have been influenced much by that- seeing as they’re so close. Also, although people from the UK (rather than just English) are the most prominent group to visit the site, I don’t think they are the majority (according to stats Keith has published in the past).

  14. tmax (@tmax) said on 8th March 2014, 18:12

    Let me roll the dice. My choices.

    My opinion:

    Vettel
    Rosberg [ My Dark horse for the WDC !!!!! ]
    Kimi [ My Dark horse in the Inter team battle !!! ]
    Grosjean
    Magnussen [ maybe Mclaren has done a good media & Publicity job yet Something tells me that this kid is right up there !!!!!! ]
    Hulkenberg
    Sutil
    Vergne
    Massa
    Chilton
    Kobayashi

  15. Dane (@n0b0dy100) said on 8th March 2014, 18:41

    A lot of people are backing Felipe here. He has disappointed the last 5 years and Bottas is only getting better and better. I think he’ll hand Massa another beat down.

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