F1 2010 Prediction

Posted on January 30, 2010

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2010 season is around the corner, which many believe will be the most exciting. And one can only agree with that. Seven time world champion Michael Schumacher’s return to Formula1 with Mercedes, snubbing Ferrari was a shock to the F1 community. The season will start with four potential champions. Lewis Hamilton at Mclaren, Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull, Fernando Alonso at Ferrari and of course Michael Schumacher at Mercedes all have equal odds. But who has got the edge will be revealed, I guess at the Jerez testing.

Just like the top order, I expect the middle order to be fiercely competed. Willams for years have been a strong mid-field team and will stay there, especially with the drivers line-up they have opted. Seriously Rubens? Sauber couldn’t achieve much with BMW, now without them will be no good. Renault after all the controversies last season, will be hoping for nothing more than a smooth run. Toro Rosso this year, will again fill rear end of the grid as they have to develop a car without help from team Red Bull. And their retention of Jaime Alguersuari puts a huge doubt on fellow drivers safety. Having said that Romain Grosjean exclusion is a relief.

Guess who’s topping the mid field, yeah its Force India! They had a very impressive run by the end of last season and achieved unprecedented results. Even gave Ferrari and technical partners Mclaren-Mercedes a good run for their money, arguably without KERS Force India could have bettered them. What more kimi Raikkonen absence will mean Adrian Sutil has one less thing to worry about. Vitantonio Luzzi’s pace will no doubt be under scrutiny throughout the season, he was nowhere near Adrian last season. Paul Di Resta would have been a serious bet considering his young driver testing performance. Apart from that, Vijay Mallya and his force will have a very strong season. Definitely atop midfield, but could they challenge the big four? err.. Not this time. May be at the 2011 Indian GP!

There will be a third battle on the track, this time at back of the grid and thats even if USF1 and Campos Meta doesn’t make it. It’s for the best newcomer. Virgin racing and Lotus F1 bosses have challenged each other and that too a bizarre one! But guess the winner in almost evident, Lotus F1. Two reasons 1) drivers quality 2) wind tunnel testing. Virgin racing lack of wind tunnel testing will hurt them badly. USF1 and Campos Meta better have their blue flag indicators working, will need a lot of them. Hopefully Toro Rosso doesn’t join this group.

If the double diffuser designs aren’t manipulated by the teams, then my money is on Fernando and Ferrari to walk away with both constructors and drivers championship.

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