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Ok, we're two months out from the first race, but let's put our reputations as predictors on the line and list what we think 2006 will bring.
How about 1-11 in the Constructors, top 10 in the driver's championship, and any other things you think will emerge as talking points in 2006?
7. Red Bull
10. Super Aguri
11. Toro Rosso
1. M Schu (F)
2. Raikonnen (M)
3. Alonso (R)
4. Barrichello (H)
5. Montoya (M)
6. Massa (F)
7. Buttons (H)
8. Webber (W)
9. Fisichella (R)
10. Coulthard (RB)
1. MSchu to win the WDC despite not having the fastest car, Ferrari to fail to win the WCC due to Massa throwing it away more than once whilst in a solid position for points
2. Kimi to once again overshadow Montoya, but the pair of them being consistent enough to just pip Ferrari for the Constructors.
3. Alonso to get most of Renault's points, Fisi to have his final year of F1.
4. Barrichello to wake the British public up to Jenson perhaps not being as good as they'd like to think.
5. Williams Cosworth to win at least one race. Webber to hose Rosberg for the first half of the season, it'll get more balanced later on as Rosberg gets confidence.
6. Toyota to once again fail to win a race, but get 3 or 4 podiums in an up and down year.
7. Coulthard to get a podium, maybe two.
8. Aguri to swamp Midland and Toro Rosso once the new car comes online. The new car to look strangely like a Honda. ;)
9. Albers and Monteiro to prove a solid combo, getting points more than once. The Midland car to be quite a solid machine.
10. BMW to sack Villeneuve mid-season.
11. Toro Rosso to be caught cheating!
[Edited on 4/1/2006 by MinardiP1]
1-6. No idea
11. Super Aguri
Everyone afraid of being wrong or something?
Midland to beat STR, sorry to say.
8. Red Bull
10. Super Aguri
11. Toro Rosso
1. Mclaren - two good drivers :D
2. Williams - best on Bridgestone :)
3. Ferrari - Schumacher :(
4. Renault - off the boil :mad:
5. Honda - two ok drivers :cool:
6. Toyota - the usual :rolleyes:
7. RedBull - Newey^:cool:
8. BMW - Theissen :spank:
9. STR - The V10 factor :angel:
10. Super cucumber (a point at susuka?) :mad:
11. MF1 :(
1. JPM (yes, a fan)
3. Webber (stars are aligned in the heavens)
4. M Schumacher
5. Alonso (the renault just won't work)
Actually it looks to be strong year with all top 6 teams in contention.
To get second, both driver's would have to be top 8, or Webber would have to win the WDC by a good margin.
Just picking out the faults...... :P
1. M Schmacher
3. JP Montoya
9. R Schumacher
per any 3 of the restfor the remaining places.
Williams won't win a race next year. I think they'll struggle to keep ahead of RBR simply because there is still noevidence that they've solved their chasis problems.
On the engine front. Cosworthhave already hit the 800bhp marh with their V8. Expect Honda and Bmw to be hot on their heels as well. Puts a lie to the concept that a V10 is an advantage, doesn't it?
I wonder if the V10 will have advantages only at certain tracks. The effect of the restrictor will be to reduce top end power, however until the air flow into the engine hits the limit the engine is operating as a 3.0L V10 generating more torque than the 2.4L V8 in the same regime. So the V10 may have advantages on tracks with short straights and out of slow corners eg; Monaco, Istanbul? Susuka, Hungary and so on.
However on tracks with decent straights the STR cars will be absolutely murdered the V8s will just breeze past them as they hit the restrictor wall. If this is true and STR are smart they could optimise the car around this characteristic, and score points.
F1 will continue to suck
There will be bugger all passing
Max will once again astonish us with his stupidity
The cars will sound shit
We will all watch every race, even the ones on at 3am
1. McLaren - carrying on from last year.
2. Renault - wrapping up their last year in F1
3. Toyota - Getting better
4. Williams - an improvement this year with Wurz being given a race seat mid year.
5. Honda - steady as she goes
6. Ferrari - Have gone to sleep...hardly likely, but if they had issues with the regulations last year, V8s shoun't make it any easier. MS to retire gracefully.
7. Red Bull - Whatever
8. BMW - again a poor showing with the team they now own. Goodbye Mario.
9. Midland - same same
10. Toro Rosso - V10 advantage until the FIA nobble them.
11. Super Aguri - Super sleepy.
1. Raikonnen (M) - and about time
2. Alonso (R) - good considering where he is going in 07
3.Montoya (M) - much improved after less tennis.
4 = Trulli (T) M Schu (F) - Don't be surprised to see Toyota doing well.
5. Barrichello (H) - Consistent
6. Webber (W) - same
7. Button (H) - same
8. Fisichella (R) - disappointing. Looks for drive in 07.
9. Coulthard (RB) - should do better than this
10. Massa (F) - gets tought a lesson.
11. = Wurz (W) Heidfield (BS) - thought I would through the spanner about here.
I was just going through this and just thought how much stronger the series looks for the first time. All teams look to be well financed with strong packages.
Kind of understand why Stoddart had to sell. He didn't have the money to compete. Up against billionaires, he is only a lazy Multi Millionaire. (although a little richer from Red Bull and Super Aguri). In the end poor Minardi ended up being the biggest loser.
Poor Minardi F1.
As the saying goes, at the end of the season everyone knows everything ... at the start, no-one knows anything.
[Edited on 9/1/2006 by viges]
Anyway the proof of the pudding will be in the lap times.
1. McLaren – more reliable
2. Renault – still good
3. Ferrari - bit of a comeback, but Massa doesn’t help
4. Toyota – improving (lot’s of money)
5. Williams – a new start
6. Honda – Button underachieves
7. BMW – Villeneuve who?
8. Red Bull – last year’s surprise doesn’t get the same superstart this year
9. Midland – better than expected
10. Toro Rosso - ……………
11. Super Aguri – Sato’s swansong
1. Raikonnen – cool !!
2. Alonso – time for a real beardgood considering where he is going in 07
3. Schumacher M. – almost gets humble
4. Schumachr R. – surprise of tbhe season
5. Montoya – still not able to follow his teammate
6. Barrichello – the Coulthard factor
7. Fisichella - hmmm
8. Webber – still not fullfilling the promise
9. Massa – too little for such a car
10. Heidfeld - moderate
11. Coulthard – still scoring some points
1. Ferrari - New rules and Bridgestone helps them fight back
2. Renault - Same as last year. But Fisico is less unlucky.
3. Honda - Can challange for win in some races
4. McLaren - Problems with the engine...
5. Toyota - Starts the season good but fades out
6. BMW - Good first season
7. Williams - Lack of development
8. Red Bull - Not as impressive as last season.
9. Toro Rosso - More and more restrictions on the V10
10. MF1 - No improvment from last year.
11. Super Aguri - Lack of everything...if they now makit to the grid.
1. Michael Schumacher - dominates
2. Fernando Alonso - Seems to be out of focus in some races.
3. Giancarlo Fisichella - More stable and more luck
4. Rubens Barrichello - Takes Hondas firts win
5. Felipe Massa - Too many misstakes
6. Jenson Button - Same as Alonso
7. Kimi Räikkönen - Engine failure after engine failure
8. Ralf Schumacher - Same as last year. Everybody's suprised that Ralf is ahead of Trulli.
9. Juan-Pablo Montoya - Engine failures and misstakes
10. Jarno Trulli - Everybody thinks he's better than Ralf, but for some reason the points don't agree.