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3 years ago Heikki Kovalainen won the Hungarian GP, becoming the 100th GP winner in formula one’s history, at least championship history. We have 102 different winners now, and it’s been more than two years since
The question is, who will be 103rd?
The obvious choice is Rosberg, who is probably the best driver in the best car, if we exclude race winners. Plus, with Mercedes’s money and people they look likely to produce a race-winning car sooner or later. Rosberg is probably realisticaly the only new winner we can get next year. I’d also give a small chance to anyone driving in Renault, be it Petrov, Senna or Grosjean, if Renault somehow manages to make a fantastic car.
From 2013 there’s many more: Perez, if he goes to Ferrari, di Resta, if he goes to Mercedes, and Alguersuari, Ricciardo or Vergne, if any of them goes to Red Bull.
So, who do you think will be the next new winner in F1, the 103rd? And who after that?
I think it basically depends on 2 factors: 1) The strength of Mercedes 2012 car 2) The 2013 driver market
If Mercedes manages to build a winning car for 2012 then Rosberg is very likely to become the 103rd GP winner. If not, then it might as well be Ricciardo / Vergne / Alguersuari in a Red Bull, Perez in a Ferrari or di Resta in a Mercedes.
My feeling is that Mercedes will not be quite there in 2012 yet so I’ll just say the lucky 103rd will be driving a Red Bull and it’s gonna happen in 2013.
Narain Karthikeyan, he’ll win this weekend. :)
No new winners this year obviously, but it depends, as usual on the cars. SO for next year, quite honestly, I don’t see any change, this generation should dominaite for a while yet.
Really tough question, I think Sutil could nab a win with a lot of luck. Waiting for new drivers to get into top teams is boring :P.
Never mind non race winners. The only race winners this year are world champions! Even non-champion previous grand prix winners like Mark/Massa aren’t getting a look in!
If I’ve researched this correctly…
The last time only champions won every race in a season was 1993, but that included future champions Hill and Schumacher. There has never been a season where only existing champions won races. This year might be the first ever.
(that’s even if you discount the Indy 500 from the 50’s)
haha, and there was me thinking I was being original. What a waste of time trawling through every year to see if only champions had won every race before! If I didn’t say so before, congrats on working that out.
Who’s to say Rosberg won’t win a race this year? Schumi’s been ‘best of the rest’ for a few races now (until his retirements in Singapore and Korea)
I also wouldn’t count out Sauber/Force India for a 2012 win, they are moving up the field and could cause a surprise next year. I’d love to see a ‘midfield’ team win a race..
But anyone who doesn’t say Rosberg must have a very good reason imo..
@KeeleyObsessed for me not to say Rosberg is a simple reason. I know very few people share my sentiments but I think he’s overrated. I think an awful lot would have to go right for him to win a race; and at best, in my view – a Fisichella who would only win a few races even if he had the best car
@raymondu999 I know how you feel about Rosberg, I think Webber is far too over-rated, I’ve waited for a season like this one to prove it..
Rosberg was (and still is) putting up a brave fight to Schumi in Mercedes, I think it’ll be a great shame if he doesn’t get a win…
Schumacher is the most sucessful driver in F1’s history and one of the best ever. He says he’s slightly slower than he was but says that because of experience he’s better overall, as the complete package. He and Rosberg have similar number of points and are very similar in performance.
I think that proves that Rosberg is indeed a very good driver.
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