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Can you see the future? // Make your predictions for the 2010 Formula One season

Published by Christine

We've got our resolutions for 2010 out of the way, now it is time to put on your psychic hat and tell us what you think is going to happen in the season ahead. At the end of November, we took a look at some of the things we predicted for 2009 and the results were about 50/50. Formula 1 is a very tough thing to try and fathom as it's happening, let alone before events occur, but it is great fun to try, and even more fun to revisit later on.

Therefore, this is your chance to put your neck on the line and say who will do well and who won't in the year to come.

If you're stuck for ideas, you can start with the obvious - who will be champion? Will we get any new winners? Which teams are going to improve dramatically? Will we see a full grid in Bahrain?

It's at this point that I am supposed to hand out some predictions of my own, and whilst I was completely wrong last time, and have tried to put this moment off, I must get on with it.

  • We've had two British champions in a row now, from British teams but I think the tide will turn in favour of Ferrari once more. I think there will be quite a battle between Massa and Alonso, and whilst it will not be as highly anticipated as the Button/Hamilton fight, I think it will be worth watching as the season progresses. I will take a punt and go with Alonso for WDC '10.
  • After a couple of years of no driver changes, we saw an enormous amount last year, both anticipated and due to injury. I think this season will be no different, as with new teams on board, and a lot to prove, I think drivers will come and go more times than there are races. I think Toro Rosso will still lead the way in driver changes though.
  • Who will win in Bahrain? It's really hard to say with no testing form at all, and based on 2009, that is a clear indicator of how the first race will pan out. However, I think Renault might be back on form, trying to shake off the indignities of the last couple of years, and it will be between them and maybe a shock winner in Sauber.
  • Finally, as a bonus prediction, Franck will win Le Mans. At last.

What do you think about the year ahead? Here are a couple more questions to ponder:

  • Will we see any new winners on the podium?
  • Will there be any awesome live timing blunders like Hungary?
  • Will the BBC finally see sense and shake up their pundit panel?
  • How many scandals will there be?
  • Which will be the first of the new teams to really impress?

Let us know your thoughts about these and any other matters relating to the 2010 season, and we'll come back at the end of the year to examine how well we all did. I fear I may have jinxed Franck now, but we will see.