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Poll: How many different drivers will win F1 races in 2012? (172 member(s) have cast votes)

How many different drivers will win F1 races in 2012?

  1. 2 or less (5 votes [2.91%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.91%

  2. 3 (6 votes [3.49%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.49%

  3. 4 (17 votes [9.88%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.88%

  4. 5 (55 votes [31.98%])

    Percentage of vote: 31.98%

  5. 6 (53 votes [30.81%])

    Percentage of vote: 30.81%

  6. 7 (18 votes [10.47%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.47%

  7. 8 or more (18 votes [10.47%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.47%

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#1 anbeck

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 04:04

With the F1 grid in 2012 apparently being somewhat close together, quite a few commentators are expecting a classic season. Nine drivers on the grid have already tasted F1 victory champagne - how many of them will do so this year, and will they be joined by new winners?

With McLaren having locked out two front rows already, both drivers will be in the frame for victories during the season. Even though Red Bull seems to have struggled on pure pace, we should not forget that both their drivers won races during the past years. Mercedes as well may be a future contender, with Michael Schumacher aiming for his first victory of his comeback career, and Rosberg looking to "make the Button/Häkkinen". Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen is convinced of his car's speed, and his team mate is certainly aiming to make the best of the car's potential as well. And while Ferrari seems to be struggling, Alonso is known to punch well above his weight in races. Despite today's F1's technical reliability, we must not count out a freak victory due to weather conditions (Vettel 2008) or high attrition (Panis 1996, Herbert 1999) or both (Fisichella 2003).

So how many drivers will win races in Formula 1 this year?

Record holder is still the 1982 season, when no less than 11 drivers took the chequered flag first.

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#2 WatchingF1since4yearsold

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 04:35

five is my guess, Button, Hamilton, Vettel, Schumacher and one more...(am thinking Rosberg, Webber or Raikonen)

#3 travbrad

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 04:56

My guess is 5 or 4, but obviously I'd be happy to see more. :)

Button and Hamilton obviously will win, and probably Vettel and Webber too. Vettel's dominance over Webber in quali seems to be over, which will give Webber a lot better chance this year than last.

I can easily see Schumi winning a wet race, but I'm not sure the car (or tyres) are up for it under normal conditions just yet. Rosberg has a decent chance too despite not being on top form so far this season. They have a strong team and a lot of money behind them.

Raikkonen has always had strong race pace and now that it's easier to pass (with DRS) I think his chances of winning are decent too. I think there's still a question of whether Lotus can develop the car as fast as the "big boys" though. They started last year very strong too, but then faded. I think it's too early to say too much about Grosjean, but he's doing a decent enough job so far.

I don't think you can ever count out Alonso either. It seems very unlikely that he'll win a race any time soon, but Ferrari are a team who can fix/develop a car quite well throughout the season, and as we know Alonso is a driver who never gives up and always gives it 110%. He's pretty handy in wet conditions too, which might be his best chance of winning this year.

Edited by travbrad, 25 March 2012 - 04:57.


#4 tty

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 06:46

BUT, HAM, ALO, RAI, VET, WEB, MSC

It's a long season, I expect Ferrari to be decent enough at least in one or two races coupled with some luck such as other opponents possibly not finishing or screwing up on strategy.

Edited by tty, 25 March 2012 - 06:48.


#5 Gyan

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 07:34

Button, Hamilton, Vettel, Webber, Raikkonen and Alonso. Never rule out Alonso.

#6 anbeck

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 00:10

Seemed that Alonso got his win much quicker than many would have expected!

#7 HAM

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 00:17

BUT
ALO
HAM
VET
PER
WEB
RAI
SCH

Edited by HAM, 27 March 2012 - 00:18.


#8 Wander

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 00:37

I think people who think SCH will win a race this year are deluding themselves. Nothing in that Merc so far has pointed towards race winning pace. Sure qualifies great, but come race day, they are gone. I doubt they will be able to get completely around the tyre killing problem, thus making Schumacher the least likely world champion to win a race this year.

But, drivers who will win this season:

1. Button (already has)
2. Alonso (already has)
3. Hamilton
4. Vettel
5. Webber
6. Räikkönen

a seventh surprise winner is possible, but unlikely.

#9 fisssssi

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 00:54

I thought of this thread while watching Alonso win on Sunday :)

#10 Jimisgod

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 04:42

Button, Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel, Webber, Raikkonen, and one wildcard :eek: Mercedes seems to have less pace than last year in the races :rotfl:

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 05:33

button, alonso, and hamilton

#12 exmayol

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 06:53

I think people who think SCH will win a race this year are deluding themselves. Nothing in that Merc so far has pointed towards race winning pace. Sure qualifies great, but come race day, they are gone. I doubt they will be able to get completely around the tyre killing problem, thus making Schumacher the least likely world champion to win a race this year.

But, drivers who will win this season:

1. Button (already has)
2. Alonso (already has)
3. Hamilton
4. Vettel
5. Webber
6. Räikkönen

a seventh surprise winner is possible, but unlikely.


If Raikonnen can be considered a potential race winner then I don't see why Schumacher can not. Once MGP resolves the tire issue they will be a force to look out for.

#13 Trust

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 07:34

If Raikonnen can be considered a potential race winner then I don't see why Schumacher can not. Once MGP resolves the tire issue they will be a force to look out for.

They didn't resolve tyre issues for two and a half years. Still counting.

#14 Massa

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 07:41

For now, the only race Mercedes could win is Monza. And i really think Schumacher will win at Monza.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 09:04

Well my guess
Rosberg in China
Vettel in Barcelona
Webber in Nurburgring
Hamilton in Silverstone
Raikkonen in Spa
Schumacher in Monza
Perez in Suzuka

add Button and Alonso and we have 9

#16 Tsarwash

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 09:13

Whoever voted 2 needs to have a long look at themselves. And then ram a cucumber up their nether regions. So they are saying that Webber, Vettel, Hamilton are not going to win a single race each this year. :rotfl:

I think we could even have eight winners. It's close this year. so, BUT, ALO have already won. HAM, VET, WEB, are extremely likely to win at least once, almost certain. SCH and ROS both have a great chance if the car settles down, and a race goes their way. So that's seven already, without pushing the imagination too much. Kimi could easily get a win if the race turns out that way, and Perez very nearly won already.

#17 Reinmuster

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:26

I predict 6. All 6 World Champions gonna win races at some point this year.




#18 joshb

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:31

Alonso
Button
Hamilton
Webber
Vettel
+1 other, maybe Raikkonen, maybe Schumacher or Rosberg

#19 joshb

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:32

Well my guess
Rosberg in China
Vettel in Barcelona
Webber in Nurburgring
Hamilton in Silverstone
Raikkonen in Spa
Schumacher in Monza
Perez in Suzuka

add Button and Alonso and we have 9


we're not at Nurburgring this year are we? I thought German GP was at Hockenheim. I could see Webber being strong at Spain and Vettel at Hockenheim though

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#20 flyer121

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:37

If Raikonnen can be considered a potential race winner then I don't see why Schumacher can not. Once MGP resolves the tire issue they will be a force to look out for.


To be fair - its Raikkonen we are talking about here , who won 2009 Spa in a dog cart...

.. if Lotus even maintain its relative position of 3rd best , that one is secured for him.


#21 velgajski1

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:41

Voted 7. Both McLarens, RBR's, Alonso. That's 5 already. Kimi may get one perhaps, and one race going the crazy way for someone else to win it... 7 :)

#22 sosidge

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:54

Hopefully there will be someone from outside the "Famous Five" taking a win this year.

I think there is a good chance that Webber won't win this year unless the Red Bull really leaps ahead in performance, I'd put his chances on a par with Raikonnen right now. Grosjean has a chance too but he needs to find a "Grand Prix" race head pretty soon before the development race starts to favour the big teams.

Alonso has got his win, again in unusual circumstances like in Silverstone 2011. In "normal" races I don't expect Ferrari to be challenging for another, they are with a big group in the midfield who might profit from freak conditions - I'll put Sauber, Mercedes and Williams in there too.

#23 Wander

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 11:29

I think Webber will win simply because he doesn't seem to be significantly behind Seb this year like last season. The two have an almost equal chance at the moment.

#24 Baddoer

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 12:02

we're not at Nurburgring this year are we? I thought German GP was at Hockenheim. I could see Webber being strong at Spain and Vettel at Hockenheim though

Whoops. So let's it will be Monaco and Spain for Webber :)

#25 fieraku

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 12:20

So far we have JB and FA, and it's only natural LH and SV will win at some point.I'm gonna add MW,KR and one of the Merc drivers hopefully Schu as the wild cards so the total is SEVEN winners in 2012.

#26 Watkins74

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 12:23

Only 5

Button
Alonso
Hamilton
Vettel
Webber

#27 bongofury

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 12:27

6 for me: Vettel, Webber, Hamilton, Button, Alonso and A.N.Other - either Raikkonen or Schumacher.

#28 tommi34

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 14:17

Just five: Button, Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel, Räikkönen

#29 icecream_man

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 17:10

Just five: Button, Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel, Räikkönen


Exactly my prediction too :) :up:

#30 aditya-now

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 18:43

Let me be bold:

9


Button
Alonso
Raikkonen
Hamilton
Vettel
Webber
Schumacher
Perez
Senna

If that list becomes reality we would have the most epic season of all times on our hands.



(I know, I know, 1982 is up there.....)

#31 AlexS

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 18:56

Well but not with deaths and injuries...

#32 TFLB

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 19:24

All drivers from Mclaren, Red Bull and Lotus, plus Alonso of course, and Schumacher if Mercedes can sort out their tyre problems. I also think both Perez and Maldonado will have a chance to win a race this season. Whether they will take it or not is a different matter.

#33 D.M.N.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 19:28

Well my guess
Rosberg in China
Vettel in Barcelona
Webber in Nurburgring
Hamilton in Silverstone
Raikkonen in Spa
Schumacher in Monza
Perez in Suzuka

add Button and Alonso and we have 9

If you're going to put Perez and Raikkonen in there, can I make a suggestion?

Senna in Interlagos

Senna winning in a Williams at Interlagos would be quite frankly amazing.

#34 miniq

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 19:30

If Senna won in interlagos it would probaly be the greatest moment ive watched since Hamilton Brazil 2008.

Seeing riakonnen win would be cool...
Seeing Schumi win would be cool...

Lewis will win soon

Bravo Alonso, dunno whether he will win again. Such a solid mindset...I wouldn't even try in such a car.

Webber? humm ... Vettel? soon...

Edited by miniq, 27 March 2012 - 19:32.


#35 DutchQuicksilver

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 19:44

Under normal circumstances I'd say only Hamilton, Button, Vettel, Webber and Alonso have a chance. Rosberg and Schumacher will have absolutely no chance of victory, unless Mercedes finds a way to deal with their tyre degredation. Lotus is driving strong with Kimi, but I doubt they'll keep this up all season.

So under normal conditions 5 winners, with possible one or two extra winners if there are changeable weather conditions.

#36 KavB

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 20:01

Hamilton, Vettel, Raikkonen, Webber in that order.

If Merc can solve their issues then I'd expect Schumacher to win, and maybe Rosberg if he doesn't crack...

#37 Trust

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 20:03

Only 5

Button
Alonso
Hamilton
Vettel
Webber

You don't believe Kimi could pull one?

#38 Wander

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 20:33

Obviously not, but he's wrong!

#39 apoka

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 20:53

Voted 6 - both McLarens, bot RBs, one Lotus, one Ferrari. Not so sure about Merc anymore, although I hope they'll win a race.

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#40 Nigol

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 20:55

Everybody refers to Schumacher as SCH. I've seen it alot in the past days. Why? It's MSC!

Edited by Nigol, 27 March 2012 - 20:55.


#41 Wander

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 22:37

Everybody refers to Schumacher as SCH. I've seen it alot in the past days. Why? It's MSC!


A total non-issue.

#42 exmayol

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 23:40

They didn't resolve tyre issues for two and a half years. Still counting.


So what? Button didn't win his first GP / championship for many more years but in the end things have changed.

#43 Atreiu

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 23:54

5 with the obvious candidates is the most likely.
From there to 6 it's a big leap and now it seems like Kimi and then GrowJohn are closer to that. Then there are the Mercedes, followed by Massa. Everyone else is in the once in a generation odds for a win, which makes 7 seem unrealistic despite how close the field seems.

#44 slideways

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 00:18

You don't believe Kimi could pull one?


I think Kimi could win one, but it's extremely unlikely.

So I go with the default 5:

Button
Alonso
Hamilton
Vettel
Webber

I don't think Merc or Lotus will win a race this year, although if I were to add one more driver to the list it would be Rosberg.

#45 Tifosi4ever

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 06:54

Everybody refers to Schumacher as SCH. I've seen it alot in the past days. Why? It's MSC!


Ralf isn't in f1 any more

#46 seahawk

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 07:03

Button, Alonso and Hamilton.

Edited by seahawk, 28 March 2012 - 07:03.


#47 anbeck

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 12:58

Three races and three different winners! I still have Vettel, Hamilton and now Schumacher as well on my list.

#48 KavB

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 13:10

I'm 100% sure Schumacher will win a race this year. I'm also sure Webber will win a couple as he has performed fairly strong this year. So next up are Hamilton, Vettel, Schumacher and Webber. The drivers who have won so far weren't in my prediction. :lol:

#49 velgajski1

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 14:14

Originally I voted for 7, I think I may be spot on :)

#50 Wander

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 15:25

Originally I voted for 7, I think I may be spot on :)


Too early to say, but it looks like 5 is the minimum we are going to get.