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Tomorrow's world // Make your predictions for the 2014 F1 season

Published by Christine

Sidepodcast 2014 F1 pre-season predictions

Eagle-eyed Sidepodcast readers will have noticed there has been no call to action in terms of submitting your audio predictions for the 2014 season. It's not that we think the year ahead is going to be impossible to predict, although that is going to be my excuse. The predictions megamix is one of those things that has had to be postponed to next year, as we battle with that pesky thing called time.

Never fear, though. We still want to know your thoughts for the year ahead. What would Sidepodcast be without the opportunity to look back at ourselves in the months to come and laugh? We're sticking to text for 2014, though, so this is your space to tell us who you think is going to do well, who's going to surprise, who will fail spectacularly, and what incredible things may occur over the next nine months.

There are plenty of possibilities for predictions, starting with the most obvious: Who will be world champions at the end of the season? Both the driver and team standings look set for a shake-up this year, but now it's time to pluck a name out of the air and decide who will be picking up that trophy in the gala at Christmas.

We've also got some incredible teammate battles to look forward to, with Hamilton and Rosberg going head to head in potentially the strongest car on the grid. Grosjean and Maldonado will fight to prove who really has improved from their crash-heavy debuts, and will it be youth or experience that succeeds at Williams? Of course, the best inter-team rivalry we're looking forward to is at Ferrari, with Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raïkkönen facing off against each other to be the Scuderia's favourite. Who do you think will finish on top this year? For this, we need a poll.

Which Ferrari driver will come out on top

Fernando AlonsoFernando Alonso
63%
Kimi RäikkönenKimi Räikkönen
37%

vs

81 votes

The potential upsets that could be delivered following such sweeping rule changes mean that we're looking to the midfield and rear of the grid for surprises. Will Caterham and Marussia get their first points on the board? Which will finish ahead this season, and can either of them move up above tenth place in the standings?

There are three new drivers who look set to make their debut in Australia next week. It can't be easy to come into F1 as a rookie in such a season of change, and yet on the flip side, the level playing field could help them out as everyone adapts to the new-look sport. Of the three, though, who do you think is going to finish ahead?

Who will be best placed rookie at the end of the year?

  • Marcus Ericsson

    4%
  • Daniil Kvyat

    3%
  • Kevin Magnussen

    93%

73 votes

As always, we want to know what you think, so get your predictions down in the comments. Hopefully the above will have inspired you to some of the topics open for discussion, but feel free to predict anything and everything that could happen this year.