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Will F1’s rules revolution succeed? 20 questions for the 2022 season

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The 2022 Formula 1 season looks like being the hardest to predict for years, perhaps decades.

Never mind the fact one slot in the calendar and one seat on the grid are yet to be filled with the first race just two weeks away. The regulations have had a once-in-a-generation rewrite which has already transformed the look of the field, may upturn the competitive order and will hopefully produce considerably better races than we enjoyed even during the spectacular 2021 world championship.

Are we heading into a season of multiple winners and close races? Or one-team domination and dreary processions?

It’s time to find out how well we can call the upcoming championship. Answer the 20 questions below on the new season and look out for responses from RaceFans contributors in the comments.

20 questions on the 2022 F1 season

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1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar?

2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races?

3. By the end of the season, will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success in terms of the improvement they’ve made to the quality of racing?

4. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin?

5. What will be the biggest political story during 2022?

6. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2022 F1 season?

7. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2022?

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8. What will Valtteri Bottas’s best result be?

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9. Will last year’s Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri gain a race seat for 2023?

10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season?

11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?

12. Which drivers will leave F1 at the end of the year?

13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2022?

14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul?

15. Will Red Bull keep Sergio Perez on for the 2023 season?

16. Which driver will collect the most penalty points?

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17. Which drivers, if any, will fail to score any championship points?

18. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?

19. Who will win the constructors championship?

Who will win the 2022 F1 constructors championship?

  • Mercedes (43%)
  • Red Bull (14%)
  • Ferrari (36%)
  • McLaren (6%)
  • Alpine (0%)
  • AlphaTauri (0%)
  • Aston Martin (0%)
  • Williams (1%)
  • Alfa Romeo (0%)
  • Haas (0%)

Total Voters: 207

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20. Who will win the drivers championship?

Who will win the 2022 F1 drivers championship?

  • Lewis Hamilton (34%)
  • George Russell (8%)
  • Max Verstappen (28%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Charles Leclerc (18%)
  • Carlos Sainz Jnr (5%)
  • Lando Norris (2%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Esteban Ocon (0%)
  • Fernando Alonso (0%)
  • Pierre Gasly (0%)
  • Yuki Tsunoda (0%)
  • Lance Stroll (0%)
  • Sebastian Vettel (0%)
  • Valtteri Bottas (0%)
  • Guanyu Zhou (0%)
  • Alexander Albon (0%)
  • Nicholas Latifi (0%)
  • Mick Schumacher (0%)
  • Second Haas driver (1%)
  • No opinion (0%)

Total Voters: 211

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  • 60 comments on “Will F1’s rules revolution succeed? 20 questions for the 2022 season”

    1. I voted “Second Haas driver.” I loved her in junior formulae and she is sure to win at least a couple of races, so maybe optimist but hopefully not far off.

    2. 23 races is a joke. It’s too much. I think that 20 at max, let’s say 21, is enough. The reason they push this 23 race calendar is for races like Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Saudi Arabia.

      1. It does water down the importance of each race a little bit and is surely driven by greed and nothing more. On the other (more positive) side, I’d rather have too many than too few races, also any boring GP is one too many, whilst good ones I couldn’t have enough of. Quantity births quality sometimes, but last year we had an exciting championship and it won’t always be like that. I can’t imagine enjoying 23 races of 2019 season.
        Another thing, this would be easier to swallow if they were adding interesting racing venues, not some street races that rather belong in Indycar than F1.

        1. I agree. I personally think 15 is a good number. It feels like there’s barely any time to build up excitement between rounds nowadays. And the off season seems extremely short – but perhaps that’s because I’m getting old and time moves faster :-(

        2. I agree 23 seems like a substantial stress on the teams. However, I don’t see it as much of a “watering down”, rather it does help reduce the significance of individual fluke results while still rewarding consistency. American Major League Baseball with 162 games in a season is an example of making individual games relatively meaningless.

      2. Just watch 20 then

      3. @apophisjj You don’t have to watch any race. No one is forcing you do to so.

        1. Absolutely, I can’t stand this mentality of “x amount of races are too many”, for me they’re never too many, it just means there’s less wait for the next, if they’re too many for them they shouldn’t watch.

      4. Not a single fan would complain at 23 or even 46 races a year, if it was knife edge racing with multiple drivers duelling it out for each win.

        Back when I had more time and cared a lot more for F1, I would have watched 3 races each and every day of the week, instead I watched junior categories, Formula from around the world to satisfy the insatiable hunger motorsport. Even today I’ll travel into the regional area to catch a race when possible.

      5. 30 races per season
        3 drivers & 3 half teams per constructor but only 2 can attend each race weekend & upto 20 race weekends per season – that way all teams get plenty of rest (except team bosses lol)

    3. 1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar? : Yes, Turkey will replace Russia
      2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races? : Not significant, but I expect Ferrari to be the team to beat
      3. By the end of the season, will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success in terms of the improvement they’ve made to the quality of racing? : Yes
      4. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin? : Aston Martin
      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2022? : A team will find some loophole in the regulations (like double diffuser) that the other teams will try to make it illegal
      6. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2022 F1 season? : 5 (Red Bull, Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren, Aston Martin)
      7. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2022? : Lance Stroll
      8. What will Valtteri Bottas’s best result be? : 5th
      9. Will last year’s Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri gain a race seat for 2023? : Yes, probably in a backmarker team
      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season? : No, but Andretti will eventually buy Haas’ place
      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? : Lando Norris
      12. Which drivers will leave F1 at the end of the year? : The teammate of Schumacher at Haas, if they choose someone weak like Fittipaldi, Latifi and Perez
      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2022? : Fernando Alonso
      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul? : Aston Martin
      15. Will Red Bull keep Sergio Perez on for the 2023 season? : No, he will be replaced by Pierre Gasly
      16. Which driver will collect the most penalty points? : Sebastian Vettel
      17. Which drivers, if any, will fail to score any championship points? : The teammate of Schumacher at Haas, if they choose someone weak like Fittipaldi, again
      18. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? Brazil
      19. WCC? : Ferrari
      20. WDC? : Charles Leclerc

      1. Not a huge fan of Perez :-) You see him leave Red Bull and possibly Haas as well…

    4. Guessing time :)

      1 – Yes
      2 – I expect one team to set the early pace (maybe Ferrari) but they won’t convert it into 3 wins.
      3 – Yes but overtaking will still be difficult and I expect criticism of ‘cumbersome’ cars at the tighter venues.
      4 – Aston will have the better car but Alpine will finish ahead due to Fernando.
      5 – After what we’ve seen these past two years, who could possibly know… something completely unforeseen.
      6 – Four: Mercedes, Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren.
      7 – Bottas
      8 – 6th
      9 – Yes and he will drive in 2022.
      10 – No. Andretti won’t happen.
      11 – Leclerc.
      12 – Tsunoda, Latiffi, Alonso, 2nd Haas driver.
      13 – Tsunoda
      14 – Ferrari
      15 – Yes
      16 – Tsunoda (I don’t mean to pick on him…)
      17 – Latiffi, 2nd Haas driver.
      18 – Brazil
      19 – Mercedes (would love it to be Ferrari)
      20 – Verstappen

    5. 1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar? – No
      2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races – No
      3. Will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success – No
      4. Alpine or Aston Martin? – Alpine
      5. Biggest political story during 2022? – More races to be cancelled because of political situation
      6. How many teams will win? – 4
      7. First retire? – Sainz
      8. Valtteri Bottas’s best result? – 7
      9. Will Oscar Piastri get a seat ’23 – Yes
      10. Will there be a 11th team? – Yes
      11. Monaco winner? – Leclerc
      12. Drivers leaving after season? – The one who gets that second Haas seat, Vettel
      13. Most retirements? – The second Haas driver
      14. Biggest improvent by a team? – Alpine
      15. Perez RB ’23? – Yes
      16. Most penalty points? – The second Haas driver
      17. No points? – The second Haas driver
      18. Championship decider? – The third to last race
      19. WCC? – Ferrari
      20. WDC? – Alonso

      1. @qeki Yes, only individual choices, but I don’t see how other races could get cancelled over the political situation.

        1. @jerejj I have a fear that this rus-ukr thing could have some other effects that we don’t know yet. In the end it’s still a guessing game.

    6. Pat Ruadh (@fullcoursecaution)
      6th March 2022, 11:18

      1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar?
      No

      2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races?
      No

      3. By the end of the season, will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success in terms of the improvement they’ve made to the quality of racing?
      Yes

      4. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin?
      Aston Martin

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2022?
      Mercedes Interteam Rivalry

      6. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2022 F1 season?
      3. Ferrari, Red Bull, Mercedes

      7. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2022?
      Alex Albon

      8. What will Valtteri Bottas’s best result be?
      7th

      9. Will last year’s Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri gain a race seat for 2023?
      Yes

      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season?
      No, but Andretti will buy Haas

      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
      George Russell

      12. Which drivers will leave F1 at the end of the year?
      Tsunoda, Alonso

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2022?
      Perez

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul?
      Aston Martin

      15. Will Red Bull keep Sergio Perez on for the 2023 season?
      Yes

      16. Which driver will collect the most penalty points?
      Verstappen

      17. Which drivers, if any, will fail to score any championship points?
      Latifi, Zhou, Fittipaldi

      18. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?
      Brazil

      19. Who will win the constructors championship?
      Boring answer. Mercedes

      19. Who will win the drivers championship?
      Hamilton

    7. 1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar?
      Yes

      2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races?
      Yes but they won’t win the first three.

      3. By the end of the season, will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success in terms of the improvement they’ve made to the quality of racing?
      Yes.

      4. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin?
      Aston Martin

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2022?
      Andretti F1 team

      6. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2022 F1 season?
      4

      7. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2022?
      Russell

      8. What will Valtteri Bottas’s best result be?
      6th

      9. Will last year’s Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri gain a race seat for 2023?
      Yes

      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season?
      Yes, for 2024 at earliest

      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
      Ricciardo

      12. Which drivers will leave F1 at the end of the year?
      Vettel, Alonso, Latifi

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2022?
      Ocon

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul?
      Haas

      15. Will Red Bull keep Sergio Perez on for the 2023 season?
      No

      16. Which driver will collect the most penalty points?
      Tsunoda

      17. Which drivers, if any, will fail to score any championship points?
      Fittipaldi if he is selected for Haas.

      18. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?
      Japan

    8. 1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar? Yes
      2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races?
      Yes, Mercedes
      3. By the end of the season, will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success in terms of the improvement they’ve made to the quality of racing? Yes, but not by a huge amount
      4. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin? Alpine
      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2022? human rights
      6. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2022 F1 season? Three: Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull
      7. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2022? Schumacher
      8. What will Valtteri Bottas’s best result be? Eighth
      9. Will last year’s Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri gain a race seat for 2023? Yes, replacing a retiring Alonso at Alpine
      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season?
      No
      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
      Charles Leclerc
      12. Which drivers will leave F1 at the end of the year?
      Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel will retire
      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2022?
      Valtteri Bottas
      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul?
      Ferrari
      15. Will Red Bull keep Sergio Perez on for the 2023 season?
      No, they will replace him with Gasly
      16. Which driver will collect the most penalty points?
      the second Haas driver
      17. Which drivers, if any, will fail to score any championship points?
      Zhou, Schumacher, the second Haas
      18. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?
      Brazil
      19. Who will win the constructors’ championship?
      Mercedes
      20. Who will win the drivers’ championship?
      Lewis Hamilton

      I also wrote this: https://f1frogblog.wordpress.com/2022/02/25/f1-2022-predictions/

    9. Jockey Ewing
      6th March 2022, 12:50

      3: Likely it will be better. But we will see it sooner than the end of the season.
      I think the other dimensions of the cars, like length, weight (and road relevancy ;)) are still being / will still be huge factors in the quality of formula racing. Mainly these two or three are factors, because of which I can not expect F2-like nimbleness, and I think I am right not to do so. The cars are just too big for some tracks. But if I think about this, imo not the tracks are the culprits. What is more hones, future proof, and environment friendly, when it comes to a racecar building competition? To (1) race well on the already existing many many venues of the world, or to (2) frequently build newer and newer wider and wider tracks? (Are straight line speed and laptimes this important? :( ) Imo the latter (2) is not viable just like the more and more complex aero was not viable as well, because the aero generated downforce just was not predictable enough in turbulent air. And because of other obvious limits, like the capabilities of tyres, and the limits of the human beings. There are many approaches instead of aero. To me the older cars are even a bit more beautiful than the recent ones.

      I wonder, if these changes will be considered as a success, how much this approach will be exaggerated? Will they stop at this point, because entrants are a bit reluctant towards quick and frequent changes due to their high financial investment (they are looking for more predictability, instead of very frequently changing rules). Or will they be very satisfied and say: let’s come up with aero elements made of even less components (and some similar ideas).
      Imo if this season will be very successful, the series could avoid being a very spec-series, by coming up with a much more permissive rule set at non-aero fields. This part of the tech rules could change more frequently as well (some technologies in and out sometimes to have an colorful and enginnering tasks-wise diverse environment), as once a succesfully implemented cost cap is in place, the entrants are risking a bit less financially, and more importantly they would not be trapped for seasons if they will not nail building a car against the acutal ruleset. Thus theoretically they would be less reluctant for changes, and imo F1 is very much about being an engineering competition, and many would enjoy this approach. (Definitely would be better then the “having a better law specialist competition”, and than the “we have more money competition” anyway :))

    10. This is mostly wishful thinking, admittedly

      1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar?
      No

      2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races?
      Williams will shoot up into the top midfield and Ferrari will be up there with Mercedes’ and Red Bull.

      3. By the end of the season, will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success in terms of the improvement they’ve made to the quality of racing?
      Yes

      4. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin?
      Alpine

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2022?
      The sale of Haas and the ongoing battle between max and lewis

      6. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2022 F1 season?
      6

      7. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2022?
      Bottas

      8. What will Valtteri Bottas’s best result be?
      4th

      9. Will last year’s Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri gain a race seat for 2023?
      Yes, replacing Latifi at Williams

      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season?
      No

      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
      Charles

      12. Which drivers will leave F1 at the end of the year?
      Latifi, Tsunoda

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2022?
      Zhou

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul?
      Williams

      15. Will Red Bull keep Sergio Perez on for the 2023 season?
      Yes – he will be much closer to Max this year

      16. Which driver will collect the most penalty points?
      Stroll

      17. Which drivers, if any, will fail to score any championship points?
      Points for everyone!

      18. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?
      It will go down to the wire again.

    11. My favorite annual pre-season phase post.
      1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar? – Yes.
      2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races? – No.
      3. By the end of the season, will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success in terms of the improvement they’ve made to the quality of racing? – Hopefully.
      4. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin? – The former.
      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2022? – Hopefully, not stewarding or race director-matters anymore, albeit still possible.
      6. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2022 F1 season? – Five (Mercedes, RBR, Ferrari, Mclaren, & Alpine).
      7. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2022? – Bottas.
      8. What will Valtteri Bottas’s best result be? – P8.
      9. Will last year’s Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri gain a race seat for 2023? – No, unless Alonso re-retires.
      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season? – No.
      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? – Leclerc. Hopefully, 3rd time’s the charm, as I also predicted him for the last two seasons.
      12. Which drivers will leave F1 at the end of the year? – Possibly both Alonso & Vettel. Alt., Perez unless he continues at RBR, & maybe also a smaller team driver if Zhou moves on from AR, depending on Pouchaire
      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2022? – AR.
      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul? – Ferrari.
      15. Will Red Bull keep Sergio Perez on for the 2023 season? – No.
      16. Which driver will collect the most penalty points? – Vettel.
      17. Which drivers, if any, will fail to score any championship points? – Haas & or AR.
      18. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? – Hopefully, the last. Among the last four, anyway.
      19. WCC: Mercedes
      20. WDC: Hamilton

      1. I misread 17 as to which teams, so Haas & or AR drivers unless Bottas gets that P8 (or P9/P10).

        1. & 13: Well, I’ll still go for an AR driver, but the rookie this time.

    12. 1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar?
      Yes. Even if one or two races are cancelled, substituting races are found quickly.

      2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races?
      No.

      3. By the end of the season, will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success in terms of the improvement they’ve made to the quality of racing?
      Yes. The cars can now follow each other.

      4. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin?
      Aston Martin. Alpine will suffer from reliability issues during the first half of the season and fail to score that much points.

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2022?
      One team will find a loophole in the rules, and this is discovered in the summer as someone protests it. Huge uproar but FIA does nothing.

      6. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2022 F1 season?
      4: Mercedes, Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren.

      7. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2022?
      Valtteri Bottas. Damage at T1.

      8. What will Valtteri Bottas’s best result be?
      Scoring points randomly. The midfield battle is fierce, and “best of the rest” varies from race to race.

      9. Will last year’s Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri gain a race seat for 2023?
      Yes. Can’t name the team yet, though.

      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season?
      Yes, but due to something happening, we will eventually only get 10 teams as some of the existing teams will fold before the new team starts.

      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
      Lewis Hamilton.

      12. Which drivers will leave F1 at the end of the year?
      Alex Albon, Esteban Ocon (temporarily), Yuki Tsunoda.

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2022?
      Fernando Alonso.

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul?
      Haas.

      15. Will Red Bull keep Sergio Perez on for the 2023 season?
      Yes.

      16. Which driver will collect the most penalty points?
      Lance Stroll.

      17. Which drivers, if any, will fail to score any championship points?
      None, everyone (of the regular drivers) will score.

      18. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?
      Mexico.

      19. Who will win the constructors championship?
      Mercedes.

      20. Who will win the 2022 F1 drivers championship?
      Lewis Hamilton.

    13. 1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar? : Yes, Turkey or Malaysia will replace Russia
      2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races? : No
      3. By the end of the season, will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success in terms of the improvement they’ve made to the quality of racing? : Broadly yes
      4. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin? : Alpine
      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2022? : Accusations of cheating between Mercedes and Red Bull
      6. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2022 F1 season? : 4 (Red Bull, Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren)
      7. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2022? : Schumacher’s team mate
      8. What will Valtteri Bottas’s best result be? : a lucky 4th
      9. Will last year’s Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri gain a race seat for 2023? : Yes
      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season? : Yes
      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? : Leclerc
      12. Which drivers will leave F1 at the end of the year? : Zhou
      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2022? : Zhou
      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul? : Alfa Romeo
      15. Will Red Bull keep Sergio Perez on for the 2023 season? : No, he will be replaced by Pierre Gasly
      16. Which driver will collect the most penalty points? : Stroll
      17. Which drivers, if any, will fail to score any championship points? : No one
      18. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? Brazil
      19. WCC? : Red Bull
      20. WDC? : Verstappen

    14. 1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar?
      Yes, it will, plenty of tracks to pick replacements from, but I don’t think any will be necessary from a covid-perspective.

      2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races?
      Doubt it, I expect the new cars to be tricky enough to understand that the different tracks will play to different strengths of the various designs.

      3. By the end of the season, will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success in terms of the improvement they’ve made to the quality of racing?
      Yes, not like they could be much worse, at any rate.

      4. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin?
      Aston Martin, Alpine will begin a new 5-year-plan by the end of the year.

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2022?
      I mean, nothing’s going to top the cancellation of the entire country of Russia, so let’s hope the rest of the season is free of off-track stuff.

      6. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2022 F1 season?
      Red Bull, Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren, and Aston Martin (5)

      7. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2022?
      There’s only one rookie in the field, so for that reason, Zhou. Though it could be whoever takes the second Haas seat, if they’re inexperienced or a rookie.

      8. What will Valtteri Bottas’s best result be?
      9th.

      9. Will last year’s Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri gain a race seat for 2023?
      Doubtful. Once you miss your chance and don’t go racing somewhere else to stay relevant, you’re not exactly strengthening your position. They need to get rid of the “Champion has to quit F2” rule, as there just aren’t enough seats in F1 to accommodate F2 drivers, or at least adapt it to allow one more F2 season if there’s no F1 seats available. Perhaps change it with a maximum number of seasons in F2 so the pay drivers that drive in F2 for 5 years or more are forced out instead of the good drivers.

      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season?
      I think Andretti will come into F1, but with what happened last week, I expect it to be from buying the Haas team, rather than from joining as a new entry.

      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
      Max Verstappen.

      12. Which drivers will leave F1 at the end of the year?
      Bottas, Ocon, Vettel, and Tsunoda. (If Fittipaldi fills the Haas seat for entire season, him too.)

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2022?
      Zhou

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul?
      Ferrari, if we’re talking absolute numbers. Percentage wise, Aston Martin

      15. Will Red Bull keep Sergio Perez on for the 2023 season?
      Yes.

      16. Which driver will collect the most penalty points?
      Ocon

      17. Which drivers, if any, will fail to score any championship points?
      With three sprints and 23 main races, given that the designs will probably shake the field up quite a bit from race to race as the teams will struggle to find the best set-up, I’m kind of hopeful all drivers can at least secure one point during the course of the season.

      18. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?
      Final race.

      19. Who wins the WCC?
      Honestly, this is a toss-up, I have the most faith in the driver pairing of LEC and SAI to score the most points as a team during the season. Whereas Red Bull might still struggle with inconsistency from Perez (though if Checo becomes more consistent, I wouldn’t be surprised if RBR is in contention for this). Merc will be third, as I feel Lewis doesn’t handle strong teammates that well and his performance might suffer if George comes through, but if he doesn’t or struggles at the first half of the season, then the same applies the other way around.

      20. Who wins the WDC?
      Max Verstappen. He’s going to be most consistent winner out of the three top teams, as LEC and SAI will take wins from each other, and I expect the same to happen over at Mercedes. Whereas Perez will be a more solid number two to Verstappen.

    15. I couldn’t reset my password to vote to the polls, but I will comment anyway…

      1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar?
      Yes, they will find a circuit or race somewhere twice.
      2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races?
      A team will find a significant advantage but won’t show all of it, probably just running strong enough to be ahead. And probably will fail to win all the 3 first races in a row due to random events such as rain or SC/red flags.
      3. By the end of the season, will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success in terms of the improvement they’ve made to the quality of racing?
      They always say what they have done is a success, regardless. The race won’t improve as much as expected mainly by Pirelli tires overheating and ERS K deployment being a much stronger defensive tool than it is an attacking tool.
      4. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin?
      Aston Martin. Allpine will take a sad step back from last year.
      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2022?
      6. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2022 F1 season?
      3. Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari.
      7. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2022?
      Stroll, lap 1.
      8. What will Valtteri Bottas’s best result be?
      12th.
      9. Will last year’s Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri gain a race seat for 2023?
      No, he is with Alpine.
      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season?
      Not for 2023.
      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
      Le Clerc.
      12. Which drivers will leave F1 at the end of the year?
      Hamilton and Zhou at the end. Fitipaldi mid season.
      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2022?
      Ocon.
      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul?
      Aston Martin will probably double their 2021 score.
      15. Will Red Bull keep Sergio Perez on for the 2023 season?
      Yes, usually the second driver role is stable for about 3 or 4 years.
      16. Which driver will collect the most penalty points?
      Stroll.
      17. Which drivers, if any, will fail to score any championship points?
      Bottas, Zhou and Fitipaldi.
      18. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?
      Interlagos.
      19. Who will win the constructors championship?
      Mercedes
      20. Who will win the drivers championship?
      George.

    16. 1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar?
      No.
      2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races?
      Yes.
      3. By the end of the season, will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success in terms of the improvement they’ve made to the quality of racing?
      Not fully. Tweaks will be planned
      4. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin?
      Aston.
      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2022?
      War
      6. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2022 F1 season?
      2.
      7. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2022?
      2nd Haas driver.
      8. What will Valtteri Bottas’s best result be?
      10th.
      9. Will last year’s Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri gain a race seat for 2023?
      Yes.
      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season?
      No.
      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
      Max.
      12. Which drivers will leave F1 at the end of the year?
      Schumacher, Vettel, Ocon.
      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2022?
      Bottas.
      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul?
      Some might score, AT.
      15. Will Red Bull keep Sergio Perez on for the 2023 season?
      Yes.
      16. Which driver will collect the most penalty points?
      Hamilton.
      17. Which drivers, if any, will fail to score any championship points?
      2nd Haas driver.
      18. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?
      19th race.

      Made a few bold claims last year, got some right. Quite proud of predicting the biggest political story of the year.

    17. 1. Yes
      2. No
      3. Yes
      4. Wishful thinking, Alpine
      5. Ongoing war and it’s aftermath, including “protests” about racing in countries with oppressive governments
      6. Wishful thinking, 5
      7. Alvin
      8. 8th
      9. Yes
      10. Hummm, maybe not
      11. Ricciardo
      12. Whoever replaces Mazepin and Latifi
      13. Tsunoda
      14. How do we quantify the gains from 0? From 0 to 10 could be considered the biggest? If yes then Haas
      15. Yes
      16. Tsunoda
      17. Whoever replaces Mazepin
      18. The last
      19. Mercedes
      20. Verstappen

      1. 7. Albon*

    18. 1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar? Yes
      2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races? No
      3. By the end of the season, will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success in terms of the improvement they’ve made to the quality of racing? Yes
      4. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin? Alpine, by virtue of having a stronger pairing
      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2022? Campaigning for/against DRS and calls to replicate the boycotting of Russia with other dubious race-hosting regimes
      6. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2022 F1 season? 5
      7. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2022? Hamilton and Verstappen take each other out, first race, forst corner : P
      8. What will Valtteri Bottas’s best result be? 8th
      9. Will last year’s Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri gain a race seat for 2023? Yes
      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season? Hope so
      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Charles Leclerc
      12. Which drivers will leave F1 at the end of the year? Whoever gets the second Haas seat
      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2022? Zhou tied with Stroll
      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul? Ferrari
      15. Will Red Bull keep Sergio Perez on for the 2023 season? I hold out hope he’ll have a better year, so yes
      16. Which driver will collect the most penalty points? Verstappen
      17. Which drivers, if any, will fail to score any championship points? Good bet none of the Williams and Haas drivers
      18. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? Abu Dhabi
      19. WCC Ferrari
      20. WDC I’ll hedge and go outside the box…Sainz or Russell (but probably Verstappen : P)

    19. 1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar?
      No

      2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races?
      No

      3. By the end of the season, will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success in terms of the improvement they’ve made to the quality of racing?
      Yes

      4. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin?
      Aston Martin

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2022?
      Mercedes Interteam Rivalry, combined with exploding Toto.

      6. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2022 F1 season?
      4. Ferrari, Red Bull, Mercedes, At,

      7. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2022?
      Alonso

      8. What will Valtteri Bottas’s best result be?
      8

      9. Will last year’s Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri gain a race seat for 2023?
      No

      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season?
      Andretti will buy Haas

      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
      Verstappen.

      12. Which drivers will leave F1 at the end of the year?
      Fittipaldi,

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2022?
      Ocon

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul?
      Aston Martin

      15. Will Red Bull keep Sergio Perez on for the 2023 season?
      Yes

      16. Which driver will collect the most penalty points?
      An utter frustrated Hamilton

      17. Which drivers, if any, will fail to score any championship points?
      Latifi, Zhou, Fittipaldi

      18. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?
      Brazil

      19. Who will win the constructors championship?
      Boring answer. Redbull racing

      19. Who will win the drivers championship?
      Verstappen.

    20. 1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar? : A number of different venues will compete to hold the 23rd Grand Prix of the year, involving contests such as a public vote and a dance-off. The results will be inconclusive, with the calendar expanding to a record 27 Grands Prix. Teams will object to the necessary Malaysia-Portugal-South Africa triple-header, but this will be ignored by Liberty Media.
      2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races? : Due to disqualifications, the three opening races will be won by four different teams.
      3. By the end of the season, will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success in terms of the improvement they’ve made to the quality of racing? lmao no
      4. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin? Alpine, for alphabetical reasons after achieving identical results to Aston Martin.
      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2022? Track limits, after Lewis Hamilton wins the Bahrain Grand Prix by following the Outer layout for 50 laps. Max Verstappen attempts to use the same layout on one occasion and is immediately disqualified.
      6. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2022 F1 season? 12
      7. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2022? Nikita Mazepin, who attempts to sneak onto the track at the Bahrain Grand Prix, Hans Heyer-style, but immediately spins into the barriers for no reason.
      8. What will Valtteri Bottas’s best result be? A solid victory over Robert Kubica in a game of Twister played between practice sessions
      9. Will last year’s Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri gain a race seat for 2023? Piastri will be drafted into Alpine mid-season after Fernando Alonso theatrically flounces away from the team; he will be dropped after six races following a difficult set of results.
      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season? lol are you serious
      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? The Monaco Grand Prix will unfortunately be cancelled after a border dispute with France leaves teams unable to access the Principality.
      12. Which drivers will leave F1 at the end of the year? All of them, they’ve got homes to go to.
      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2022? Bernd Maylander
      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul? Mercedes, somehow
      15. Will Red Bull keep Sergio Perez on for the 2023 season? rofl
      16. Which driver will collect the most penalty points? Nikita Mazepin, see above
      17. Which drivers, if any, will fail to score any championship points? No championship points will be awarded after an extraordinary pre-season meeting of the F1 Strategy Group decides instead to award the WDC to the driver with the best vibes
      18. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? The Caspian Grand Prix, held around a backwards layout of the Baku street circuit
      19. WCC? Andretti
      20. WDC? Jimmy Broadbent

      1. Thank you ;)

        I expect the biggest political story will be Aston Martin’s appeal that the official name of Alpine is BWT Alpine F1 Team, which means that Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team wins the alphabetical tie-breaker, as well as the official scrabble tournament.

    21. 1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar? Probably, but maybe not.

      2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races? I doubt it, but I do feel that McLaren and Ferrari are likely to steal a march early on in the season.

      3. By the end of the season, will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success in terms of the improvement they’ve made to the quality of racing? I genuinely hope so. But I can’t see a removal of DRS any time soon.

      4. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin? Aston Martin.

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2022? There are probably going to be many. Some team or other bending the rules too much, perhaps.

      6. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2022 F1 season? 5 – McLaren, Ferrari, Red Bull, Mercedes & AlphaTauri

      7. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2022? Mick Schumacher, Valtteri Bottas or Guanyu Zhou – or all three at once in a shunt.

      8. What will Valtteri Bottas’s best result be? 8th

      The F2 champion is on testing duties during 2022
      9. Will last year’s Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri gain a race seat for 2023? I hope so, if he doesn’t land the Haas seat for this year.

      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season? I also hope so. I’m up for a bigger field.

      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Lando Norris

      12. Which drivers will leave F1 at the end of the year? Alonso, Vettel, Zhou, Tsunoda.

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2022? Albon

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul? Aston Martin

      15. Will Red Bull keep Sergio Perez on for the 2023 season? Depends if he’s a loyal soldier to Max or not.

      16. Which driver will collect the most penalty points? Alonso

      17. Which drivers, if any, will fail to score any championship points? I don’t think anyone will.

      18. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? Japan – round 18

    22. 1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar?
      Yes, Portimao.
      2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races?
      No
      3. By the end of the season, will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success in terms of the improvement they’ve made to the quality of racing?
      Yes, seem to have been well thought through
      4. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin?
      Aston Martin, team has a better recent history of success, the extra funding can only help.
      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2022?
      Flexi floors
      6. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2022 F1 season?
      4
      7. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2022?
      Latiffi

      8. What will Valtteri Bottas’s best result be?
      6th

      9. Will last year’s Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri gain a race seat for 2023?
      Yes,

      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season?
      Not this year

      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
      Leclerc

      12. Which drivers will leave F1 at the end of the year?
      Latiffi.

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2022?
      Bottas

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul?
      Aston Martin

      15. Will Red Bull keep Sergio Perez on for the 2023 season?
      No

      16. Which driver will collect the most penalty points?
      Schumacher

      17. Which drivers, if any, will fail to score any championship points?
      Schumacher

      18. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?
      Penultimate

    23. I have a strange feeling that Lewis Hamilton is about to embark on at least five more world drivers championships. George Russell and the other drivers will have to form an orderly queue behind the world’s number one prima donna. That may appease 2016 and 2021 results for Hamilton who is still very much aggrieved.

      Sad, but it is there!

      1. I really hope you are wrong or the sport will be dead.

    24. 1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar?
      – Yes, Sepang will take Sochi’s place.
      2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races?
      – Not a significant advantage, but Leclerc will still win the first three races.
      3. By the end of the season, will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success in terms of the improvement they’ve made to the quality of racing? – Yes.
      4. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin? – Alpine
      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2022?
      – Fernando Alonso blackmailing his team to release him from his contract.
      6. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2022 F1 season?
      – 4: Mercedes, RB, Ferrari and McLaren
      7. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2022? – Lance Stroll
      8. What will Valtteri Bottas’s best result be?
      4th
      9. Will last year’s Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri gain a race seat for 2023?
      – Yes, because Alonso leaves the team after a series of technical retirements and uncompetitive machinery.
      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season?
      – No, but Gene Haas will pull the plug and sell his team.
      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? – Charles Leclerc
      12. Which drivers will leave F1 at the end of the year?
      – Alonso, Latifi, Vettel and after months of negotiating also Hamilton
      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2022? – Seb Vettel
      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul? – Haas
      15. Will Red Bull keep Sergio Perez on for the 2023 season?
      – No, he will be replaced by Yuki Tsunoda.
      16. Which driver will collect the most penalty points? – Max Verstappen
      17. Which drivers, if any, will fail to score any championship points? – Gunayu Zhou.
      18. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? – Mexico
      19. WCC – Ferrari
      20. WDC – Charles Leclerc

    25. 1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar?
      Yes. The experience of running multiple races at the same circuit last year in particular will come into play, should any individual round need to be moved.

      2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races?
      No. Not because one team will not have any real advantage, but because of other factors (reliability and racing incidents).

      3. By the end of the season, will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success in terms of the improvement they’ve made to the quality of racing?
      Yes.

      4. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin?
      Aston Martin.

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2022?
      The cancellation of the Russian GP and associated fallout.

      6. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2022 F1 season?
      Five.

      7. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2022?
      Yuki Tsunoda, unfortunately.

      8. What will Valtteri Bottas’s best result be?
      12th.

      9. Will last year’s Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri gain a race seat for 2023?
      Yes.

      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season?
      No. But one team will change ownership and branding.

      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
      Verstappen.

      12. Which drivers will leave F1 at the end of the year?
      Alonso, and possibly Latifi.

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2022?
      Zhou.

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul?
      McLaren.

      15. Will Red Bull keep Sergio Perez on for the 2023 season?
      No.

      16. Which driver will collect the most penalty points?
      Haas Driver #2.

      17. Which drivers, if any, will fail to score any championship points?
      Both Haas drivers, both Alfa Romeo drivers.

      18. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?
      The penultimate race.

      19. Who will win the constructors championship?
      Ferrari.

      20. Who will win the drivers championship?
      Leclerc.

    26. 1. No, some things are out of FOM’s hands.
      2. Based on the first test, no.
      3. Yes.
      4. Alpine (The Aston Martin may well be a quicker car, but Ocon/Alonso will drag more out of the Alpine over a season than Vettel/Stroll will)
      5. We may have already had it…Mazepin/Uralkali parting ways with Haas.
      6. I’d be happy with 4.
      7. Yuki Tsunoda.
      8. P5
      9. No
      10. No
      11. Charles Leclerc
      12. Nicholas Latifi, I think Williams don’t need has cash any longer and they’ve only kept him to have a bit of consistency going into 2022.
      13. The second Haas driver.
      14. Williams.
      15. Probably not.
      16. Guanyu Zhou…he’s a rookie so he’s bound to get some.
      17. The second Haas driver.
      18. The third race from the end.
      19. Williams (it’s a new formula, you never know!)
      20. Alex Albon (it’s a new formula, you never know!)

    27. 1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar?
      Nope. Probably 21.
      2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races?
      No.
      3. By the end of the season, will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success in terms of the improvement they’ve made to the quality of racing?
      Yes. Although marginally better and not as they had hoped
      4. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin?
      Aston Martin
      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2022?
      Budget cap abuse by Mercedes and Red Bull
      6. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2022 F1 season?
      4 teams
      7. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2022?
      Fernando Alonso
      8. What will Valtteri Bottas’s best result be?
      7th
      9. Will last year’s Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri gain a race seat for 2023?
      Yes. I’l make a bold claim and say he’ll sub in during 2022 as well.
      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season?
      No
      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
      Verstappen
      12. Which drivers will leave F1 at the end of the year?
      Alonso
      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2022?
      Ocon
      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul?
      Ferrari in the number of points. Aston Martin in terms of % of improvement
      15. Will Red Bull keep Sergio Perez on for the 2023 season?
      No
      16. Which driver will collect the most penalty points?
      Tsonuda
      17. Which drivers, if any, will fail to score any championship points?
      Haas #2 driver. Fittipaldi or whoever else takes that seat
      18. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?
      Race 19
      19. WCC -> Ferrari . Due to the sheer consistency of their drivers
      20. WDC – Max Verstappen

    28. AllTheCoolNamesWereTaken
      7th March 2022, 7:52

      Just for the fun of it, I decided to let my answers be decided by a random number generator. These are the results:

      1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar? No. In fact, only two races will be held. (That doesn’t sound ominous at all.)

      2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races? Yes, which is slightly surprising, given that only two races will be held.

      3. By the end of the season, will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success in terms of the improvement they’ve made to the quality of racing? No. In fact, on a scale of 1 to 10, satisfaction with the new regulations will be a rather “meh” 4.

      4. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin? Aston Martin.

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2022? According to the random number generator, the biggest political story will be the number 42. (No idea what that means, but it sounds intriguing.)

      6. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2022 F1 season? Only one. When I asked the random number generator which one, it told me, “7.” According to the official 2022 entry list, the seventh team is Aston Martin, so …

      7. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2022? The random number generator said, “3,” so that could either mean Daniel Ricciardo (due to his driver number) or Max Verstappen (due to being listed third on the entry list).

      8. What will Valtteri Bottas’s best result be? 10th. So he will at least score a point. That’s some consolation, I suppose.

      9. Will last year’s Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri gain a race seat for 2023? The random number generator said, “1,” which I took to mean, “yes.” Good for him.

      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season? Sadly, no.

      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Random number generator said, “15,” and the 15th name on the entry list is Alexander Albon. His Monaco win is surprising for two reasons: First, as has already been established, the only race-winning team this year will be Aston Martin, and Albon is not currently employed by them. Second, only two races will be held, and Monaco is not among the first two races on the calendar.

      12. Which drivers will leave F1 at the end of the year? Two drivers will leave. According to the random number generator, those two drivers are “3” and “5,” which could either mean Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel (if we go by driver number) or Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc (if we go by position on the entry list). I guess maybe all four will leave, although I hope not.

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2022? “5,” meaning either Sebastian Vettel or Charles Leclerc.

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul? AlphaTauri (the 6th team on the entry list), although how they will manage that in only two races is not exactly clear to me.

      15. Will Red Bull keep Sergio Perez on for the 2023 season? Yes. That’s probably for the better: If Max ends up leaving, it most likely won’t be wise to replace the other driver as well.

      16. Which driver will collect the most penalty points? “6.” Poor Latifi. Or, if we go by entry list position, poor Sainz.

      17. Which drivers, if any, will fail to score any championship points? Surprisingly, only three drivers will fail to score points. The three drivers are “2,” “7,” and “8.” Seeing as neither of those numbers are currently being used by an active driver, I figure that the numbers must refer to position on the entry list – meaning that Hamilton, Ricciardo, and Norris will all endure a pointless season. Wouldn’t have expected it to happen to those three.

      18. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? The penultimate round. Or in other words, the first round.

      19. Who will win the constructors championship? Alpine. Which is surprising, given that all (or rather, both) races will be won by Aston Martin.

      20. Who will win the drivers championship? “6.” So, either Latifi or Sainz. Being that neither one of them is an Aston Martin driver, this means that, for the first time in championship history, we will have a winless champion (unless, of course, one of them changes teams midseason).

      All in all, this sounds moderately exciting, although it is obviously a bummer that the season will be so short. Still, though, I can hardly wait for it to begin.

      1. AllTheCoolNamesWereTaken
        7th March 2022, 7:57

        I should add that Alpine winning the constructors’ championship is doubly surprising, seeing as Aston Martin is going to finish ahead of them. No idea how that is going to work, but I can’t wait to find out!

      2. Based on the results as a whole, it seems marginally more likely that the numbers denoted entry list positions rather than car numbers. Either way, perhaps Abu Dhabi was a sign as to how the future of F1 will look.

        I suspect Stroll will win Bahrain, then F1 will be cancelled due to some kind of global disaster similar to the film ‘Greenland’, but will return for the Monaco GP because they pay the most and Albon will win that having been signed by Aston Martin after Vettel refused to race out of principle. Sainz will finish second and Alonso and Ocon third and fourth both times, allowing for the drivers and constructors championships. Alpha Tauri will get a few points, but will be disqualified from the 2021 season and so will get the biggest points improvement as a percentage (infinite, and Haas won’t score). And 42 is the answer to life, the universe and everything, so kind of a cop-out answer for the biggest political story.

        1. AllTheCoolNamesWereTaken
          8th March 2022, 10:09

          and Haas won’t score

          But we already established that the only non-scorers will be Hamilton and the two McLaren drivers, @f1frog. Therefore, Haas must score some points – unless, of course, the team ends up getting disqualified, which is, I suppose, about as likely as the rest of my predictions, if not more so.

          At any rate, thanks for going along with the ridiculous scenarios in my original comment :-) Your reply gave me a good chuckle, and I do believe you won the internet.

      3. i had to laugh so often. thank you

    29. 1. Yes, either Turkey or Portugal to replace Russia
      2. No, but someone will win 2 and finish on the podium for the other, I hope Ferrari, I expect Mercedes
      3. Yes, but people will complain DRS is way too easy now
      4. El Plan will not go to plan, Aston Martin to finish ahead
      5. The Andretti Global team ultimately not coming to fruition because of Wolff and others
      6. 6
      7. Zhou
      8. 8th
      9. Yes, at Alpine to replace Ocon who moves to Mercedes to replace a retiring Hamilton
      10. No
      11. Carlos Sainz
      12. Tsunoda, Hamilton and whoever is in the Haas alongside Schumi Jr
      13. Zhou
      14. In terms of %, Haas, in terms of actual points haul, Ferrari
      15. No
      16. Ocon
      17. The second Haas
      18. Abu Dhabi
      19. WCC? : Mercedes
      20. WDC? : Lewis Hamilton, who then retires

      1. 6 teams winning a race :o

    30. 1. Yes
      2. No
      3. Yes
      4. Alpine
      5. A mid season driver swap
      6. 4
      7. Albon
      8. 6th
      9. Yes
      10. Yes
      11. George Russell
      12. Latifi
      13. Zhou
      14. Haas
      15. No
      16. Tsunoda
      17. Latifi, Schumacher, second Haas driver and Zhou
      18. 2nd from last
      19. Ferrari
      20. Verstappen

    31. 1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar? Yes.
      2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races? No.
      3. By the end of the season, will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success in terms of the improvement they’ve made to the quality of racing? Yes, that is gonna be the talk regardless of the reality then.
      4. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin? Aston Martin.
      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2022? Last season’s finale.
      6. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2022 F1 season? 5.
      7. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2022? Zhou.
      8. What will Valtteri Bottas’s best result be? 6th.
      9. Will last year’s Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri gain a race seat for 2023? Yes.
      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season? Yes.
      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Charles Leclerc.
      12. Which drivers will leave F1 at the end of the year? Probably the newest Haas fit.
      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2022? Lance Stroll.
      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul? Ferrari.
      15. Will Red Bull keep Sergio Perez on for the 2023 season? Yes.
      16. Which driver will collect the most penalty points? Max Verstappen.
      17. Which drivers, if any, will fail to score any championship points? Robert Kubica.
      18. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? The last one.
      19. Who will win the constructors championship? Mercedes.
      20. Who will win the drivers championship? Charles Leclerc.

    32. 1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar? Yes if needed we will host 23x Dutch GP
      2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races? Mclaren (I hope for a surprise)
      3. By the end of the season, will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success in terms of the improvement they’ve made to the quality of racing? No not really. Probably one team will be more dominant because of the new rules or power advantage
      4. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin? Alpine
      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2022? Engine Penalty’s
      6. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2022 F1 season? 3
      7. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2022? Lewis Hamilton – Imola – this time he gets stuck in the gravel
      8. What will Valtteri Bottas’s best result be? podium place – 3
      9. Will last year’s Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri gain a race seat for 2023? Sure
      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season? No
      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Max
      12. Which drivers will leave F1 at the end of the year? Sergio Perez
      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2022? Lewis and George
      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul? McLaren
      15. Will Red Bull keep Sergio Perez on for the 2023 season? No
      16. Which driver will collect the most penalty points? Lewis and George again
      17. Which drivers, if any, will fail to score any championship points? Nikita..
      18. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? Mexican GP
      19. Who will win the constructors championship? McLaren
      20. Who will win the drivers championship? Lando

    33. 1) 23 races for sure

      2) Ferrari will win the opening three races. Sorry, fellas

      3) New aerodynamic regulations is going to be a success

      4) Aston Martin ahead of Alpine

      5) The biggest political story is going to be Ferrari sidepods

      6) I see 4 teams winning races

      7) Tsunoda will be the first driver to retire from a race

      8) Bottas’s best result will be 8th

      9) Piastri in Alpine for 2023

      10) No 11th team. Andretti won’t happen. It’s a pity

      11) Monago GP? Leclerc

      12) Alonso & Tsunoda will say bye bye

      13) Most retirements for Bottas

      14) Ferrari will be the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul

      15) Red Bull will keep Pérez. Verstappen has found his Barrichello/Bottas

      16) Most penalty points? Tsunoda

      17) None. All drivers will score points

      18) Mexico will decide the drivers’ championship

      19) WCC? Ferrari

      20. WDC? Lelerc

    34. 1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar?
      Yes

      2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races?
      Nope

      3. By the end of the season, will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success in terms of the improvement they’ve made to the quality of racing?
      Yes

      4. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin?
      Aston

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2022?
      2 or 3 Teams have a kind of a loophole, not as big as double diffusor, and the Fia want to forbite it for 2023, but the teams are going crazy about it

      6. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2022 F1 season?
      4 (Merc, RB, Ferrari, .. Aston or Williams?)

      7. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2022?
      Tsunoda

      8. What will Valtteri Bottas’s best result be?
      6th

      9. Will last year’s Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri gain a race seat for 2023?
      Yes

      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season?
      Nope, but a team will change ownership

      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
      Carlos Sainz

      12. Which drivers will leave F1 at the end of the year?
      Alonso, Vettel, Latifi, Perez, if the 2nd Haas driver is older then 25, then he will do as well

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2022?
      Ocon

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul?
      % – Haas
      On Points – Ferrari

      15. Will Red Bull keep Sergio Perez on for the 2023 season?
      No

      16. Which driver will collect the most penalty points?
      Verstappen, maybe even a race ban

      17. Which drivers, if any, will fail to score any championship points?
      Zhou

      18. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided?
      2nd last

      19. Merc

      20. Charles

    35. 1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar? – I hope not… but I suspect they’ll find a way.

      2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races? – No, I think the pecking order will change fairly significantly from circuit to circuit.

      3. By the end of the season, will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success in terms of the improvement they’ve made to the quality of racing? – Yes, I think so.

      4. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin? – Alpine.

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2022? – Navigating the Ukraine situation and how different countries get involved.

      6. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2022 F1 season? – 5; Mercedes, Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari on merit and a rogue one on a strange day!

      7. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2022? – Yuki Tsunoda

      8. What will Valtteri Bottas’s best result be? – 6th

      9. Will last year’s Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri gain a race seat for 2023? – Yes.

      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season? – Yes.

      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? – Charles Leclerc.

      12. Which drivers will leave F1 at the end of the year? – Sergio Perez, Fernando Alonso.

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2022? – Yuki Tsunoda.

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul? – As a percentage, Alfa Romeo.

      15. Will Red Bull keep Sergio Perez on for the 2023 season? – I think no… Gasly will be given another shot.

      16. Which driver will collect the most penalty points? – Yuki Tsunoda.

      17. Which drivers, if any, will fail to score any championship points? – None, I think it’ll be a fairly competitive year with all scoring.

      18. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? – Brazil.

      19. WCC: Mercedes

      20. WDC: Charles Leclerc

    36. 1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar? Yes, Liberty will be very eager to ensure this happens
      2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races? Yes
      3. By the end of the season, will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success in terms of the improvement they’ve made to the quality of racing? Yes, although there will be some technical rules tweaks to prevent intended interpretations of the rules
      4. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin? Alpine
      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2022? Financial rules
      6. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2022 F1 season? 3
      7. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2022? Valtteri Bottas
      8. What will Valtteri Bottas’s best result be? 5th
      9. Will last year’s Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri gain a race seat for 2023? No
      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season? No
      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Charles Leclerc
      12. Which drivers will leave F1 at the end of the year? Yuki Tsunoda and Nicholas Latifi
      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2022? Mick Schumacher
      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul? Ferrari
      15. Will Red Bull keep Sergio Perez on for the 2023 season? Yes
      16. Which driver will collect the most penalty points? Kevin Magnussen
      17. Which drivers, if any, will fail to score any championship points? None of them
      18. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? Mexico
      19. Who will win the constructors championship? Red Bull
      20. Who will win the drivers championship? Max Verstappen

    37. 1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar? I fear it will. One of those “This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move” things.
      2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races? No
      3. By the end of the season, will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success in terms of the improvement they’ve made to the quality of racing? I think they will, however, there will be other things to complain about
      4. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin? Aston Martin
      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2022? I agree with Keith that it will be the financial rules but within that specifically about personnel and wages
      6. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2022 F1 season? 5
      7. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2022? George Russell
      8. What will Valtteri Bottas’s best result be? 4th
      9. Will last year’s Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri gain a race seat for 2023? No
      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season? Yes but not for 2023
      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Sergio Perez
      12. Which drivers will leave F1 at the end of the year? None
      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2022? George Russell
      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul? Alfa Romeo
      15. Will Red Bull keep Sergio Perez on for the 2023 season? Yes
      16. Which driver will collect the most penalty points? Charles Leclerc
      17. Which drivers, if any, will fail to score any championship points? None
      18. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? Three before the end, whatever that ends up being
      19. Who will win the constructors championship? Ferrari
      20. Who will win the drivers championship? Sainz

    38. 1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar? Yes
      2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races? No
      3. By the end of the season, will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success in terms of the improvement they’ve made to the quality of racing? Yes, with some tweaks
      4. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin? Aston Martin
      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2022? Financial regulation
      6. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2022 F1 season? 4
      7. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2022? Valtterri Bottas
      8. What will Valtteri Bottas’s best result be? 5th
      9. Will last year’s Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri gain a race seat for 2023? Yes
      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season? No
      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Charles Leclerc
      12. Which drivers will leave F1 at the end of the year? Nicholas Latifi, Checo Perez, Fernando Alonso
      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2022? Guanyu Zhou
      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul? Ferrari
      15. Will Red Bull keep Sergio Perez on for the 2023 season? No
      16. Which driver will collect the most penalty points? Kevin Magnussen
      17. Which drivers, if any, will fail to score any championship points? None of them
      18. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? Last Race
      19. Who will win the constructors championship? Red Bull
      20. Who will win the drivers championship? Charles Leclerc

    39. 1. Will the series hit its target of holding a record 23 races on the 2022 F1 calendar? Yes
      2. Will one team find a significant advantage over its rivals and win each of the opening three races? No
      3. By the end of the season, will F1’s new aerodynamic regulations be generally considered a success in terms of the improvement they’ve made to the quality of racing? Yes, at least that’s the statement F1 will put out every 2 days
      4. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin? Alpine
      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2022? Andretti buying Haas, then Gene changing his mind leading to legal action
      6. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2022 F1 season? 5, Merc, Red Bull, Ferrari, Mclaren, Alfa Romeo (On pace & Merit in either Monaco or Hungary)
      7. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2022? George Russell
      8. What will Valtteri Bottas’s best result be? 1st
      9. Will last year’s Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri gain a race seat for 2023? Yes
      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season? No
      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Valtteri Bottas
      12. Which drivers will leave F1 at the end of the year? Nicholas Latifi, Kevin Magnussen
      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2022? Yuki Tsunoda
      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2021 points haul? Points: Ferrari, Percentage wise: Alfa Romeo
      15. Will Red Bull keep Sergio Perez on for the 2023 season? Yes
      16. Which driver will collect the most penalty points? Lewis Hamilton
      17. Which drivers, if any, will fail to score any championship points? None of them
      18. At which race will the drivers’ championship be decided? Last Race
      19. Who will win the constructors championship? Ferrari
      20. Who will win the drivers championship? Carlos Sainz

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