I’d like to revise my predictions. Personally, I think 2014 could see several upsets in the pecking order. Engine will become a performance differentiator once more I think – in terms of power, packaging, CofG, and all that jazz. It’s a strong chance Red Bull will return to strength in 2014. Red Bull is now the Renault works team, Newey has some input into the packaging of the engine – and on the current grid, only one tech director stands out in any fashion in light of a rules change.
Next to that I could see another team only half-focusing on 2013 towards the end of this year, and the other half will be set on driving their car forward in 2014, a la Brawn.
With regards to predicting the future, I think Vettel will probably win at least 5 titles – 1 or 2 more with Red Bull, then moving to Ferrari and getting 1 or 2 more titles.
Alonso, sad to say – will only win 1, maybe 2 more. Not because he isn’t capable – but I don’t think he will ever have the stars align as such in terms of team, car, etc.
Hamilton I could see him winning another one, but with several close shaves on a 3rd.
Ditto with Kingshark I can’t see Button winning another title. The guy drives very consistently to his personal limits, but sometimes those personal limits are so limited by his lack of grip feel when the car isn’t balanced to his liking.
I can’t see Raikkonen winning another title as it stands, though maybe races.
Schumacher I think will retire after a year where he wins at least two races. In similar fashion to Rocky Balboa in Rocky VI, once he proves that he can come out on top in the current grid, he will be satisfied, and retire.
I think we will see the big rivalry of this era in Vettel-Alonso, not Hamilton-Alonso as many (including myself) predicted. I thought we’d see a rebirth of Hakkinen-Schumacher with Hamilton-Alonso. I guess I was wrong.
As for future stars currently driving in F1, I have my eyes on Hulkenberg and Vergne, and also Grosjean, if he can cut his mistakes out. Perez, not so much, though I know others will disagree. He was stellar in Malaysia, but in hindsight, looking back at Friday practice, it’s quite clear that Perez hit the tyre temperature sweetspot in Malaysia.