A few predictions for the 2013 F1 season

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I just sent Tony my predictions for the Australian Grand Prix, which means — I guess — that I’m committed to participating in this season’s F1B competition. That, despite the fact I’m not even sure I get the channel on which the races will be shown here.

From what I’ve seen of other people’s picks, though, it won’t matter. I’m not sure they watched Formula 1 since Michael Schumacher moved to Ferrari. (rimshot!)

Making my first picks got my juices re-revved from last week, when I was all over the map making crazy predictions for the season. (It’s part of my volunteer work, to make Grace feel better about her predictions.)

So here are a few more total wild guesses about things we’ll see happen this season:

  1. The inaugural U.S. Grand Prix won’t happen as the track fails to be ready in time. (Wait, it ran when? Who knew!?)
  2. At some point, Lewis Hamilton will have racing incidents with both Jenson Button and Sergio Perez. (That is not put terribly artfully. I don’t mean to imply that they will be Lewis’ fault, just that at some point those drivers will come together.)
  3. We’ll again have a “surprise” winner from among Sauber, Force India and Williams. (And, chances are, that win will be what propels that team above the other two in the final standings.)
  4. Felipe Massa will finish the year ahead of Mark Webber, Hamilton or Button.
  5. The championships will both go down to Brazil; maybe one will be decided by the end of the U.S. GP weekend.
  6. There will be rich people on the grid at the Monaco GP. Also, at all the other races.
  7. The biggest controversy of the year will not involve Bernie Ecclestone or Hamilton. Odds-on-favorite: Vijay Mallya. Dark horses: Adrian Sutil and Max Chilton.
  8. There’s a 50/50 chance that the F1 drug testing will turn something up. That makes F1 one of the cleanest sports in this regard.
  9. Romain Grosjean will be the first driver around whom substantial rumors swirl about his being replaced.
  10. Grace will not win our F1B predictions contest.

Anyone have their own season-specific predictions?

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