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18th February 2014, 10:44 at 10:44 am #248981
Red Bull – Vettel is going to beat Riccardio but I think it’ll be a lot closer than Vettel/Webber. I think Riccardio will have some very strong qualifying performances though but I think he’ll lack that killer instinct in races that Vettel has.
Mercedes – This will be a repeat of last year. They are so closely matched on pace, it comes down to who has the better setup and feel over the weekend.
Ferrari – Another close one but I’d expect Alonso to come out on top in the earlier part of the year which will lead to him finishing ahead in the WDC. I’d expect them to both win races this year.
Lotus – I think Maldonado and Grosjean will be closer than lots expect. Maldonado has shown pace before so I’d expect him to compete with Grosjean but ultimately, probably finish 2nd.
McLaren – Button to win the 1st half of the season but Magnussen to fight hard and compete in the 2nd half.
Force India – Hulkenberg will outqualify Perez which will lead to more points over the season but on race pace, I think they’ll be fairly competitive.
Sauber – I’d expect Sutil to have too much for Guiterrez unless he dramatically improves this year.
Toro Rosso – Kvyat to outscore Vergne. I understand the feeling that Vergne will have less pressure because of the Red Bull seat being filled but on the other hand, a huge amount of motivation has been taken away also. Vergne isn’t hugely experienced and I think that with a few good finishes, Kvyat could finish ahead.
Wiliams – I think it’ll be quite close but Massa will outscore Bottas. Massa has shown what he can do when he’s allowed to but was often got very dispondant and slow when asked to support Alonso. Hopefully he’ll be back on top form for Williams and if so, will beat Bottas fairly comfortably.
Caterham – Kobayashi to beat Ericsson with ease.
Marussia – Bianchi to beat Chilton with ease. I’d expect Chilton to have closed the gap on Bianchi compared to last year but I still think he’ll be a reasonable bit off his pace.27th January 2014, 15:36 at 3:36 pm #14156727th January 2014, 15:31 at 3:31 pm #246409
Fingers crossed the Toro Rosso will get an update this year! It’s such a cool livery but it look so old and tired now…3rd January 2014, 14:31 at 2:31 pm #247298
@atticus-2 – Totally agree. Numbers have been competely pointless for a few years now. They might as well have got rid of them as no-one knew what anyone’s number was and al the computerised systems used are just as capable of saying “HAM” as they are saying “Car 10″ which Hamilton apparently was last year.
Changing the numbers to something the driver will embrace and use to promote themselves is a great idea though.
I’m surprised by the picks so far though. Frankly, as they’ve all gone for lowish numbers, they aren’t really that memorable compared to the high ones. You’re not going to stand out with number 12 however, in a marketing sense, everyone will remember who 99 is. I’m surprised more haven’t gone for that. As an example, without looking at back at the current list, I bet you remember who 77 is but at least have to think about who picked 8.20th April 2011, 0:53 at 12:53 am #167304
Mclaren – Hakkinen & Hamilton
Ferrari – Schumacher & Senna
Renault – Alonso & Kubica
Williams – Button & N Mansell
Super Aguri – Sato & Kobiyashi
Red Bull – Vettel & Montoya
Jordan – Raikkonen & Fisichella
Sauber – Prost & Alesi
Tyrrell – Brundle & Blundell
Lotus – Massa & Glock
Force India – Sutil & Di Resta
Minardi – Fisichella & Franchitti
Lola – Barichello & Irvine