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:
- The inaugural U.S. Grand Prix won’t happen as the track fails to be ready in time. (Wait, it ran when? Who knew!?)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- Felipe Massa will finish the year ahead of Mark Webber, Hamilton or Button.
- The championships will both go down to Brazil; maybe one will be decided by the end of the U.S. GP weekend.
- There will be rich people on the grid at the Monaco GP. Also, at all the other races.
- 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.
- 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.
- Romain Grosjean will be the first driver around whom substantial rumors swirl about his being replaced.
- Grace will not win our F1B predictions contest.
Anyone have their own season-specific predictions?