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Are we in for a closer title fight? 20 questions for the 2023 Formula 1 season

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The phony war is over and it will soon be time to discover who’s hot and who’s not on the 2023 Formula 1 grid.

Red Bull ended last season in dominant shape, winning all bar one of the grands prix in the second half of the 22-round championship. Because of that – and their 2021 budget cap breach – they have less time to spend on developing their RB19. Will that allow Ferrari and Mercedes to reduce their advantage?

Last year Max Verstappen won a record-breaking 15 races on his way to the title. With a record-breaking 23 rounds on the 2023 F1 calendar, if Red Bull’s rivals don’t step up, we could witness a rout of even greater proportions.

There’s plenty of intrigue beyond the likely front-runners. Not least, whether the likes of Aston Martin and Alpine will be able to emulate McLaren by snatching the occasional podium – or perhaps more.

On top of that we have the addition of three newcomers – plus potentially a fourth to come – and the return of the most experienced driver never to stand on the podium, Nico Hulkenberg.

Will the new season surprise or disappoint? How well can we tell what’s coming? It’s time to put our regular pre-season questions to the RaceFans readership.

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20 questions on the 2023 F1 season

1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season?

Gasly posted the first retirement of last season
2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023?

3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long?

4. How many races will Red Bull win?

5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023?

6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar?

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

8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be?

9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant?

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

11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?

12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024?

13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023?

14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul?

15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules?

16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban?

17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes?

18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas?

19. Who will win the 2023 constructors’ championship?

  • Williams (0%)
  • AlphaTauri (0%)
  • Haas (1%)
  • Aston Martin (0%)
  • Alfa Romeo (0%)
  • McLaren (0%)
  • Alpine (1%)
  • Mercedes (11%)
  • Ferrari (12%)
  • Red Bull (75%)

Total Voters: 162

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Is it positive or negative for Formula 1 if the championship is decided in a sprint race?

  • No opinion (4%)
  • Very negative (49%)
  • Slightly negative (15%)
  • Neutral (26%)
  • Slightly positive (4%)
  • Very positive (4%)

Total Voters: 141

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Mercedes’ poor start to 2022 surprised many
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  • 61 comments on “Are we in for a closer title fight? 20 questions for the 2023 Formula 1 season”

    1. 1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season?
      4 top 3 + alpine

      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023?

      Piastri

      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long?
      Yes, 2025

      4. How many races will Red Bull win?
      12

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023?

      Red Bull attempting to poach Lando

      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar?
      I wish Monaco, but spa most likely

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

      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be?
      Surprise podium in 3rd

      9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant?

      Nyck

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

      No
      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
      Leclerc

      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024?
      Probably yuki, although checo underperforming would be huge shock

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023?

      Hulkenburg

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul?

      Alfa Romeo

      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules?

      None

      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban?

      Stroll

      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes?

      6: one by each alpine driver, Alonso, rainy day surprise from hulk, and 2 by bottas

      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas?

      Before

      Constructor: ferrari
      Driver: max

    2. 1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season?
      4 (Red Bull, Ferrari, Mercedes, Aston Martin)

      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023?
      Tsunoda

      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long?
      Yes, for 1+1 years

      4. How many races will Red Bull win?
      11

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023?
      Red Bull cheating for a third consecutive year

      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar?
      Qatar

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

      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be?
      A win

      9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant?
      Nyck de Vries

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

      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
      Charles LeClerc

      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024?
      Tsunoda

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023?
      Tsunoda

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul?
      Aston Martin

      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules?
      Red Bull

      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban?
      Gasly

      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes?
      4 by Aston; 1 by Alpine; 1 by Haas

      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas?
      after Vegas

    3. 1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season?
      Two (Reb Bull & Ferrari)

      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023?
      Alexander Albon

      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long?
      No

      4. How many races will Red Bull win?
      20

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023?
      FIA imposes penalty to a driver for a political statement

      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar?
      Monza

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

      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be?
      2nd

      9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant?
      Nyck De Vries

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

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

      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024?
      Yuki Tsunoda

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023?
      Kevin Magnussen

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul?
      Aston Martin

      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules?
      None

      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban?
      None

      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes?
      4

      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas?
      Yes

      1. edit 18. before

    4. 1. 3 teams
      2. The guy replacing Stroll in Race 1
      3. Yes. 1 year at a time.
      4. 18
      5. Andretti’s entry bid
      6. All are secure
      7. Aston
      8. 4th in Monaco
      9. Oscar
      10. Not unless someone buys an existing team
      11. Max
      12. Hulk. I love him but hey…
      13. Stroll
      14. Red Bull
      15. None
      16. Gasly
      17. 1, Lando
      18. Before
      19. RBR
      20. Max

    5. Not sure how things will unfold. I hope Mercedes is not in the mix again after just one year of cooling down. Would be nice and appropriate for other teams if Mercedes remains somewhat in the background.

        1. Why?

          Probably because they have a massive chip on their shoulder about Mercedes…

          1. Certainly the most likely answer

        2. Because of their domination period 2014-2021. Nice to see others for a change.

          1. Have you forgotten about the seasons when Mercedes was fighting toe to toe with Ferrari, Maytron? Also, of course, Merc had two drivers fighting each other for a lot of the time, with Hamilton vs Rosberg, and now Russell, as opposed to the Verstappen VS journeymen situation at RB.

            1. What is the point you are trying to make? That they weren’t dominant? They have taken every price but the 2021 WDC within an entire regulatory period. That is unprecedented dominance, and as you stated it even didnt matter which driver was in the car.

          2. Out of curiosity, were you aware only Red Bull and Mercedes have won championships since 2009 (if you want to be pedantic you could even include Brawn GP as they became Mercedes)? You could even include McLaren and Ferrari in that list as since 2000 Renault is the only other team to win a championship. Can go further still as the last time a none Mercedes/Brawn, Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren, Renault/Benetton or Williams team to win the title was Brabham back in 1983. Weird you obsessive over Mercedes only.

            1. Yes I am aware RedBull had a good run for 4 years before Mercedes did. Dominance is seen quite often in this sport. I am referring to the latest team that won everything since 2014. Seems relevant as it is most recent. Quite an achievement and admirable. One of the best teams ever. I stated it would be nice if another team gets a chance. Not sure why that would mean obsessive behavior over Mercedes.

            2. I’d rather receive praise over my inclusion attitude… nice to give others a chance in life, right?

            3. I like that you try and hide your weird obsession behind some sort of flimsy sportsmanship high ground. Perhaps that’s why you ignore Red Bull as they can hardly be considered sporting.

            4. You read too much into it. Apologies for addressing the holy Mercedes.

          3. Honest question: Did you think the same when Ferrari, Red Bull, McLaren, or any other team had periods of success in the past?

            1. Absolutely

            2. RedBulls Vettel years were especially hard to watch. It was so clear to me this was not a real all-round talent; fast (maybe even the fastest) on an empty track, below mediocre in traffic. And then winning four in a row. Almost made me stop watching F1. I don’t mind the occasional Hill or Button, but when it becomes a multiple thing..

    6. I do not know the answer to any of those questions for certain.

      Please please please though – let’s have a closer fight this season – Please!

      1. I doubt it… From what I’ve seen so far, my expectation is for RBR to be even further ahead. Given the massive disparity between their drivers, I strongly suspect the only time we will see anyone on the top step except MV in the first two thirds of the season is if something disastrous happens: He crashes out, or their engine blows up, etc… Which will lead to him winning the WDC significantly earlier than last year. We may get some interesting action after that, as RBR minimise the impact of their penalty and plough all their resources into next season, but it will be over before they get in the fight. We can then build our hopes up for a closer fight in 2024, given they end the season closer again, but have it dashed once more when we realise the only reason others caught up was because RBR was putting all their effort into 2024.

      2. Amazing how many people last year predicted Aston Martin to beat Alpine in 2022.

    7. 1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season?
      4 (red bull, Ferrari, Mercedes and Aston Martin)

      Gasly posted the first retirement of last season
      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023?
      Gasly again

      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long?
      yes, 2 year

      4. How many races will Red Bull win?
      16

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023?
      A new President ….

      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar?
      Spa

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

      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be?
      1st

      9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant?
      Nick de Vries

      Las Vegas, 2022
      Track data: Las Vegas Street Circuit
      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season?
      No the year after that

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

      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024?
      no one

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023?
      Gasly

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul?
      Alpha Tauri

      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules?
      no one

      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban?
      no one

      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes?
      3 finishes

      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas?
      before

      19. Who will win the 2023 constructors’ championship?
      Red Bull

      20. Who will win the 2023 drivers’ championship?
      Max Verstappen

    8. 1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season?

      4 – The big three plus one wildcard. Hopefully AM.

      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023?

      Yuki Tsunoda

      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long?

      Yes – until 2025.

      4. How many races will Red Bull win?

      18

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023?

      Red Bull cheating again

      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar?

      Qatar, Imola

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

      Alpine, but Alonso will outscore both Alpines

      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be?

      2nd place.

      9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant?

      de Vries

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

      No.

      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?

      Max Verstappen

      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024?

      Tsunoda

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023?

      Gasly

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul?

      Aston Martin

      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules?

      Red Bull

      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban?

      Lance Stroll

      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes?

      6

      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas?

      Way before

      19. Who will win the 2023 constructors’ championship?

      Max Verstappen

      20. Who will win the 2023 drivers’ championship?

      Red Bull

    9. 1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season?
      – 2 (Red Bull, Ferrari)

      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023?
      – Tsunoda

      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long?
      – Yes, for 1year

      4. How many races will Red Bull win?
      – 18

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023?
      – Red Bull Budget Cap Breach

      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar?
      – Spa

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

      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be?
      – 3rd Place

      9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant?
      – Oscar Piastri

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

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

      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024?
      – Tsunoda

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023?
      – Tsunoda

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul?
      – Aston Martin

      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules?
      – Red Bull

      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban?
      – Stroll

      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes?
      – 1 by Aston

      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas?
      – before Vegas

      19. Who will win the 2023 constructors’ championship?
      Red Bull

      20. Who will win the 2023 drivers’ championship?
      Max Verstappen

    10. 1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season? – 3
      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023? – Tsunoda
      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long? Yes. 2 years.
      4. How many races will Red Bull win? 15
      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023? The ban on ‘political statements’
      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar? None
      7. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin? Aston Martin
      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be? 3rd
      9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant? Piastri
      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season? No. Anti-dilution fee will make sure of that.
      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Verstappen
      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024? Tsunoda
      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023? Zhou
      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul? Aston Martin
      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules? None
      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban? None. They won’t hand out points to drivers close to a ban if they can avoid it, but if they do then Gasly would be most likely.
      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes? 3
      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas? Before
      19. Who will win the constructors’ championship? – Redbull
      20. Who will win the drivers’ championship? – Verstappen

    11. 1. 4 (RBR, Mercedes, Ferrari, Aston Martin)
      2. Lando Norris
      3. Yes, for 2 years
      4. 8 races
      5. New teams entering F1
      6. China & Spa :(
      7. Aston Martin
      8. 1st, once
      9. Oscar Piastri (it will not be much, sadly)
      10. Yes
      11. Charles Leclerc, finally.
      12. Yuki Tsunoda
      13. Esteban Ocon
      14. Aston Martin
      15. Red Bull… both the 2021 and 2022 titles are stripped… in a court… in 2024
      16. None. Gasly barely escapes
      17. 4 podiums. Aston Martin tail off
      18. At Las Vegas
      19. Ferrari
      20. Lewis Hamilton (8… finally… official)

    12. 1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season?
      -Red Bull, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Mercedes, Alpine. Five total.

      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023?
      -Drugovich

      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long?
      -No, he will not.

      4. How many races will Red Bull win?
      -12

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023?
      -McLaren will break the cost-cap. In a hilarious Tweet, Red Bull will post Zak’s dumb “open letter” to the FIA verbatim.

      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar?
      -Spa, instead we will get a second race in Saudi-Arabia on the new track, while we keep racing in Jeddah.

      7. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin?
      -Alpine ultimately due to having two solid point scoring drivers. Aston will look the far stronger team with Alonso.

      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be?
      -First.

      9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant?
      -De Vries.

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

      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
      -Alonso

      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024?
      -Zhou

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023?
      -Sargeant

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul?
      -Aston Martin

      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules?
      -McLaren

      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban?
      -None.

      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes?
      -23

      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas?
      -At the Vegas GP.

      19 and 20: Red Bull and Verstappen.

    13. 1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season? – 3
      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023? – Pass
      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long? – Yes, 2 years
      4. How many races will Red Bull win? – 18
      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023? – A team breaching the budget cap in substantially the same way as RBR (accidental, small breach due to points which haven’t been clarified) but being hit with a significantly more severe penalty (points deductions etc)
      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar? – All will stay, plus additional races added
      7. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin? – AM
      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be? – 5th
      9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant? – Piastri
      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season? – No
      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? – Verstappen
      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024? – Perez
      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023? – Alonso (just going by his bad luck when changing teams lol)
      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul? – AM
      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules? – Assuming this means “breached in 2022, discovered in 2023”, Ferrari or Mercedes, in substantially the same way as RBR previously but with a significantly hasher punishment.
      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban? – None
      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes? – 3
      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas? – A long way before, maybe Italy
      19. Who will win the 2023 constructors’ championship? – RBR
      20. Who will win the 2023 drivers’ championship? – Verstappen

      1. Also going to add my hopes… Not that I expect any
        1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season? – 6
        2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023? – Max Verstappen
        3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long? – Yes, 6 years
        4. How many races will Red Bull win? – 2
        5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023? – Secret documents discovered showing RBR, including all top brass and MV, were well aware they would breach the budget cap in 2021, but decided to continue anyway because of the significant performance benefit they would get in their fight with Merc and into the future. They are excluded from both 2021 and 2022 championships.
        6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar? – Saudi, China and Monacco
        7. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin? – AM
        8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be? – 1st
        9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant? – Doesn’t matter, but all do really well, gain at least one podium each and show massive future potential.
        10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season? – Yes, and a 12th and 13th, all well backed. The do well on entry, and are not the mobile chicanes we expect from new teams.
        11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? – Daniel Ricciardo: Perez is unavailable, so Ricciardo steps in and shows what he is capable of.
        12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024? – Lance Stroll: Daddy realises he’s throwing his money away, gets in a decent replacement and tells junior he’s cut off.
        13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023? – Don’t care
        14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul? – AM
        15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules? – None
        16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban? – None
        17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes? – At least a dozen
        18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas? – Preferably at last round, but somewhere in the last 4 would be nice.
        19. Who will win the 2023 constructors’ championship? – Anyone but Red Bull
        20. Who will win the 2023 drivers’ championship? – Anyone but Verstappen

        1. Note: The above wishlist is Very tongue in cheek!

          1. Probaly the first answers which nothing will be correct …..

    14. 1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season?
      3, same ones as last year.
      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023?
      someone like Albon, in a first-day-back-at-school collision
      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long? Yep, “multi-year”…
      4. How many races will Red Bull win?
      14
      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023?
      new teams, especially loud-mouthed ones
      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar? None
      7. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin? Alpine
      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be?
      2nd
      9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant?
      Oscar (but it won’t be as many points s as he was expecting)
      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season?Not yet
      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
      Max Verstappen
      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024? Hulkenberg
      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023? Gasly
      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul?
      Mercedes
      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules?
      zzzzz…
      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban?
      Looks like Gasly’s got one coming
      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes? 5
      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas? Yes

      I see there’s no question about new Grand Prix winners this year – I guess that’s because there won’t be any!

    15. Much of this is pure guesswork, but here goes!

      1. Two teams more than one race, three or four in total. / 2. Ocon / 3. Yes, for two more years to the end of the regulation era. / 4. More than 16. / 5. The return of the Russian GP. / 6. China isn’t coming back. / 7. Alpine / 8. 3rd / 9. Piastri / 10. No. / 11. Verstappen / 12. Zhou / 13. Ocon / 14. Aston Martin / 15. None / 16. None, it’s a rigged system (see the conspicuous lack of penalties for Gasly late last season). / 17. Four / 18. Before. / 19. Red Bull / 20. Verstappen

    16. 1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season?
      Red Bull, Ferrari & Aston Martin so 3 teams

      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023?
      Hamilton – crash 1st corner

      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long?
      No, realizing he needs the fastest car to win and Mercedes unable to provide he will retire

      4. How many races will Red Bull win?
      15

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023?
      Mercedes breaking the cost-cap and auditors discovering Mercedes deliberately accounting F1 spending in other departments

      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar?
      Initially it looks like it will be Spa but hopefully it will again be saved at the last moment

      7. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin?
      Aston Martin because they have the better car

      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be?
      1st place

      9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant?
      De Vries

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

      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
      -Alonso

      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024?
      Logan Sargeant

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023?
      Ocon

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul?
      Aston Martin

      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules?
      Mercedes and Mclaren

      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban?
      None of the drivers

      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes?
      7 being 4 Aston Martin, 1 Alpine, 1 Sauber and 1 Haas

      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas?
      Before Las Vegas

      19. Who will win the 2023 constructors’ championship?
      Red Bull

      20. Who will win the 2023 drivers’ championship?
      Max Verstappen

    17. 1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season?
      4 (Red Bull, Ferrari, Mercedes, Aston Martin)
      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023?
      Valterri Bottas
      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long?
      Yes, for 1+1 seasons
      4. How many races will Red Bull win?
      11
      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023?
      Whether or not a 11th team should enter the field
      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar?
      Spa will replaced by South Africa
      7. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin?
      Aston Martin
      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be?
      1st
      9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant?
      Oscar Piastri
      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season?
      Yes, Andretti for 2025-26
      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
      Max Verstappen
      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024?
      Yuki Tsunoda
      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023?
      Lando Norris
      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul?
      Aston Martin & Williams
      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules?
      None
      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban?
      None
      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes?
      7, by both Aston Martin’s, Norris and Gasly
      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas?
      before, at Brazil
      19. Who will win the 2023 constructors’ championship?
      Red Bull
      20. Who will win the 2023 drivers’ championship?
      Max Verstappen

    18. 1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season?
      – Three (RBR, Ferrari, & Mercedes)
      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023? – Lando Norris
      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long?
      – Yes & until 2025 or 2028
      4. How many races will Red Bull win? – 16
      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023? – Budget cap
      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar? – At least the Belgian GP
      7. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin? – The former
      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be? – P3
      9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant? – Piastri
      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season? – No
      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? – Max Verstappen
      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024? – None
      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023? – Norris
      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul? – AM
      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules? – None
      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban? – Pierre Gasly or none
      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes?
      – Only one (ALO P3)
      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas? – Before
      19. WCC: RBR
      20. WDC: VER

      1. I could’ve chosen Tsunoda for question 12 if I didn’t type my answers slightly hurriedly, although the ‘none’ option is also possible. Time will tell.

    19. 1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season?
      3

      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023?
      Tsunoda

      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long?
      Yes, 2 year contract.

      4. How many races will Red Bull win?
      14

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023?
      F1 entry fee.

      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar?

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

      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be?
      3rd

      9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant?
      Piastri

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

      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
      Verstappen

      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024?
      Tsunoda

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023?
      Sargeant

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul?
      Aston Martin

      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules?
      None

      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban?
      Gasly

      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes?
      2

      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas?
      Before

    20. 1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season?
      3, RBR, Ferrari, Aston Martin

      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023 ?
      Pierre Gasly

      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long?
      Yes. 2 years

      4. How many races will Red Bull win?
      9

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023?
      RBR breaking the budget cap

      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar?
      Chinese GP

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

      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be?
      1st

      9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant?
      Oscar Piastri

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

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

      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024?
      Zhou Guanyu

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023?
      Pierre Gasly

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul?
      Aston Martin

      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules?
      RBR

      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban?
      Pierre Gasly

      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes?
      6

      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas?
      After

      19. Who will win the 2023 constructors’ championship?
      RBR

      20. Who will win the 2023 drivers’ championship?
      Charles Leclerc

    21. 1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season?
      4
      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023?
      Valtteri Bottas
      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long?
      1 year
      4. How many races will Red Bull win?
      10
      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023?
      Red Bull have broken the budget cap again
      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar?
      Spa
      7. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin?
      Aston Martin
      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be?
      3rd
      9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant?
      Piastri
      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season?
      Yes
      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
      Sergio Perez – again
      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024?
      Tsunoda
      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023?
      Kevin Magnussen
      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul?
      Aston Martin
      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules?
      Red Bull
      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban?
      Gasly
      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes?
      3
      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas?
      At Vegas

    22. 1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season?
      4

      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023?
      Alexander Albon

      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long?
      Yes, 1 year

      4. How many races will Red Bull win?
      9

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023?
      FIA arguing with liberty

      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar?
      France

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

      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be?
      3rd

      9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant?
      Piastri

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

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

      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024?
      Yuki Tsunoda

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023?
      De Vries

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul?
      Aston Martin

      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules?
      None

      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban?
      None

      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes?
      8

      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas?
      After

      19.
      Ferrari

      20. Verstappen

    23. Think the poll’s broken, mate

    24. 1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season? 7
      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023? Lando Norris
      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long? Yes, 22 years
      4. How many races will Red Bull win? 6
      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023? Donald Trump buys F1
      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar? All of the non-American ones
      7. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin? Aston Martin
      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be? Beating Norris in the first race
      9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant? De Vries
      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season? Yes, Chevrolet
      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Nico Hulkenberg
      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024? Alonso
      13.Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023? Alonso
      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul? Haas
      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules? Red Bull, but they will be let off with a talking to over a nice cappuccino at that little cafe down the road
      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban? Alonso
      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes? 26
      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas? After
      19. WCC – Haas
      20. WDC – Hulkenberg

    25. 1. Three – Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes
      2. Charles Leclerc
      3. Yes, for two more seasons
      4. 12
      5. The whole F1 snubbing Andretti only to accept a totally implausible 11th entrant in the later part of the season. It will be led by a shady businessman an fastforward few years into the future, the whole outfit will crumble with some money laundering accusations in the background.
      6. Spa
      7. Aston Martin due to Alonso’s brilliance
      8. Third place, twice
      9. Oscar Piastri
      10. No
      11. Carlos Sainz
      12. Yuki Tsunoda
      13. Nico Hülkenberg
      14. Aston Martin
      15. None this time, but only because they will be cleverer concealing it
      16. None
      17. Three – two by Alonso and one by Gasly
      18. At Las Vegas
      19. Mercedes
      20. George Russell

    26. Unfortunately, I don’t think we are in for a closer fight this year. It was only close for a bit at the start of 2022 because Max had a couple of early-season retirements. And he still one by about 150pts. Could have easily been 180-200pt gap.

      We’ll see when it gets underway but nothing I’ve seen so far makes me optimistic for the season as a whole. Hoping there are some good battles at individual races at least.

    27. Serious answers in bold. Non-serious answers in italics.

      1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season?
      3, (Red Bull, Mercedes, Ferrari)
      2 (Red Bull, Aston Martin)

      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023 ?
      Logan Sargeant
      Carlos Sainz

      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long?
      Yes, 1 year.
      Yes. For as long as it takes

      4. How many races will Red Bull win?
      13
      All of them except Monaco

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023?
      A clever bit of design being outlawed halfway through the season
      Sexual tension between Max Verstappen & Sergio Pérez

      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar?
      Imola
      Spa, yet again

      7. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin?
      Alpine
      They tie

      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be?
      3rd
      11th

      9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant?
      Oscar Piastri
      Logan Sargeant

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

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

      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024?
      Yuki Tsunoda
      Fernando Alonso

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023?
      Alexander Albon
      Sergio Pérez

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul?
      Williams
      Mercedes

      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules?
      Red Bull, Ferrari
      All of them except RB

      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban?
      Lance Stroll
      Lance Stroll

      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes?
      7
      0

      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas?
      Before
      4 hours after the race on a sheet of FIA-headed paper

      19. Who will win the 2023 constructors’ championship?
      RBR
      RBR

      20. Who will win the 2023 drivers’ championship?
      Max Verstappen
      Vax Merstappen

    28. My no-doubt woeful predictions are as follows:

      1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season? Two

      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023? Albon

      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long? One year

      4. How many races will Red Bull win? 19

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023? Another budget cap row

      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar? Belgium

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

      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be? 2nd

      9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant? Piastri

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

      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Verstappen

      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024? Zhou

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023? Hulkenberg

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul? Aston Martin

      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules? None (that’ll be the controversy…)

      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban? None

      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes? Six

      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas? Before

      19. Who will win the 2023 constructors’ championship? Red Bull

      20. Who will win the 2023 drivers’ championship? Verstappen

    29. I’m sure there’ll be a closer fight somewhere but it won’t be at the front.
      As is usually the case when new regulations are brought in, someone got things very right, some got it very wrong, and the rest are average at best.
      No doubt by the time we have a number of teams and drivers converging in terms of performance, they’ll change the regulations again and we’ll again have large gaps.

    30. 1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season? 3 (Red Bull, Ferrari, Mercedes)
      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023? Lando Norris
      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long? Yes, 1 year.
      4. How many races will Red Bull win? 13
      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023? Something to do with Mohammed Ben Sulayem
      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar? China
      7. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin? Aston Martin
      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be? P3
      9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant? Oscar Piastri
      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season? Yes
      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Max Verstappen
      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024? Logan Sargeant
      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023? Pierre Gasly
      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul? Williams
      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules? None
      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban? Pierre Gasly
      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes? 3
      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas? Before
      19. Red Bull
      20. Max Verstappen

    31. 1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season?
      Three teams: Red Bull, Ferrari, and Mercedes.

      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023?
      Valtteri Bottas.

      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long?
      Yes, he will sign another two-year contract taking him into the 2025 season.

      4. How many races will Red Bull win?
      19 out of 23.

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023?
      Mercedes and Red Bull will both surpass the budget cap.

      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar?
      All 2023 races will be on the 2024 calendar.

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

      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be?
      P4. No podium.

      9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant?
      Nyck de Vries, but not necessarily because he is the better rookie.

      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season?
      No, but a team will be bought.

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

      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024?
      Yuki Tsunoda

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023?
      Oscar Piastri

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul?
      Williams

      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules?
      Red Bull and Mercedes

      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban?
      Nobody

      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes?
      A single podium finish, by Pierre Gasly.

      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas?
      Before.

      19. Who will win the 2023 constructors’ championship?
      Red Bull, despite being found above the budget cap for a second consecutive year.

      20. Who will win the 2023 drivers’ championship?
      Max Verstappen

    32. 1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season? I bet on just 3

      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023? Sargeant

      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long? Yes, for 1 year

      4. How many races will Red Bull win? 14

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023? The ban imposed on drivers’ politic statements even though this is a BS issue to begin with and probably will never be properly enforced and people just forget about it.

      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar? I’m afraid the Belgian GP.

      7. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin? I think this was a question from last year also! And I go again with Alpine (because Lance will screw up).

      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be? A 2nd place.

      9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant? Piastri

      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season? I don’t think so.

      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Hopefully Leclerc.

      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024? Zhou

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023? Alonso but another driver will have same number of DNFs :>

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul? In relative terms (percentage) it will be Aston Martin

      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules? None

      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban? None

      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes? Seven

      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas? At Las Vegas, to make it even more of a spectacle :-D

      19. Who will win the 2023 constructors’ championship? Red Bull

      20. Who will win the 2023 drivers’ championship? Verstappen

    33. 1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season?
      4 – Red Bull, Mercedes, Ferrari, Aston Martin

      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023?
      Pierre Gasly

      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long?
      Yes, until 2025

      4. How many races will Red Bull win?
      8

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023?
      Lewis Hamilton vs the FIA, No Holds Barred edition

      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar?
      None they’ll all stay on

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

      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be?
      1st (please)

      9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant?
      Oscar Piastri

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

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

      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024?
      Yuki Tsunoda

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023?
      Kevin Magnussen

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul?
      Aston Martin

      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules?
      All of them ;)

      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban?
      Esteban Ocon

      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes?
      4

      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas?
      After

      19. Who will win the 2023 constructors’ championship?
      Red Bull

      20. Who will win the 2023 drivers’ championship?
      Charles Leclerc

    34. 1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season? 3

      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023? Tsunoda

      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long? 2 more years

      4. How many races will Red Bull win? 14

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023? Andretti’s entry being blocked by the teams

      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar? None

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

      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be? 2nd

      9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant? Piastri

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

      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Verstappen

      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024? Tsunoda

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023? Gasly

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul? Aston Martin

      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules? None

      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban? None because the FIA bend the rules once a driver gets close to one

      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes? 4

      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas? Before

      19. WCC: Red Bull

      20. WDC: Verstappen

    35. 1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season?
      3 teams
      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023?
      Oscar Piastri
      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long?
      Yes… till the end of 2025
      4. How many races will Red Bull win?
      14
      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023?
      Wind tunnel and CFD time monitoring. My guess is Red Bull will cheat again.
      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar?
      None. They will all be there
      7. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin?
      Aston Martin
      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be?
      3rd
      9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant?
      Oscar
      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season?
      No
      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
      Max Verstappen
      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024?
      Sargeant
      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023?
      Bottas
      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul?
      Aston Martin
      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules?
      None. But Ferrari will be under speculation
      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban?
      Gasly
      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes?
      6
      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas?
      Before. My guess is the championship will be over with 3 races to spare

      Constructor: Red Bull
      Driver: Max Verstappen

    36. Lewisham Milton
      28th February 2023, 11:50

      1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season? 4 – Big 3 plus one beginning with ‘A’ (can’t decide which)

      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023? Piastri

      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long? No

      4. How many races will Red Bull win? 15

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023? Cost caps will be avoided, ignored and FIA will be incapable of enforcing

      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar? None

      7. Which team will finish ahead: Aston Martin

      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be? 18 years ago

      9. Who will score the most points: De Vries

      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season? No, but a 12th one will.

      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix? Perez again!

      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024? Hamilton

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023? Tsunoda (including some more silly ones)

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul? Aston Martin

      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules? All of them

      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban? None – Gasly will somehow not pick up any more

      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes? 6

      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas? Before, at a sprint race…

      19. Who will win the 2023 constructors’ championship? Red Bull

      20. Who will win the 2023 drivers’ championship? Verstappen

    37. 1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season?
      Three. The same as last year.

      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023?
      Zhou.

      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long?
      I think he won’t unless he is winning.

      4. How many races will Red Bull win?
      15

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023?
      Some driver using a t-shirt with a message and the FIA slapping his hand.

      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar?
      I’m afraid some nice track such as Suzuka or Interlagos.

      7. Which team will finish ahead: Alpine or Aston Martin?
      Fernando Alonso alone will outscore Alpine.

      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be?
      3rd.

      9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan?
      Nyck.

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

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

      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024?
      Yuki.

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023?
      Nico.

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul?
      Aston Martin. And McLaren at least will try with 2 drivers this season.

      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules?
      None.

      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban?
      Gasly.

      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes?
      5 if we’re lucky. Alonso, Lando could have a few. Maybe Bottas steals one.

      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas?
      Before. 3 races to go or more.

      19. Who will win the 2023 constructors’ championship?
      Red Bull.

      20. Who will win the 2023 drivers’ championship?
      Max.

    38. 1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season?
      3

      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023?
      Zhou

      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long?
      Yes, 2024

      4. How many races will Red Bull win?
      14

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023?
      RedBull missed again the budget cap and Toto will tone Merc will leave F1 if they doesn’t loose their championship

      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar?
      Spa

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

      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be?
      2nd

      9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant?
      Oscar

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

      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
      Sainz

      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024?
      Zhou

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023?
      Gasly

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul?
      In % Williams
      On points Aston

      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules?
      RedBull

      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban?
      None

      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes?
      5

      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas?
      Before

      Constructor: RB
      Driver: VER

    39. Pat Ruadh (@fullcoursecaution)
      1st March 2023, 9:56

      1. How many different teams will win races over the course of the 2023 F1 season?
      4

      2. Who will be the first driver to retire from a race during 2023?
      Sargeant

      3. Will Lewis Hamilton extend his contract to race in F1 beyond 2023 – and if so, for how long?
      2 years

      4. How many races will Red Bull win?
      12

      5. What will be the biggest political story during 2023?
      Andretti trying to enter

      6. Which race/s – if any – will not secure places on the 2024 F1 calendar?
      None

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

      8. What will Fernando Alonso’s best result be?
      2nd

      9. Who will score the most points: Oscar Piastri, Nyck de Vries or Logan Sargeant?
      Oscar Piastri

      10. Will an 11th team be confirmed for an upcoming season?
      No. But Alpha Tauri will be sold

      11. Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
      Charles LeClerc obviously

      12. Who will be the first driver to lose their seat for 2024?
      Yuki Tsunoda

      13. Which driver will suffer the most retirements during 2023?
      Logan Sargeant

      14. Which team will make the biggest improvement on its 2022 points haul?
      Aston Martin

      15. Which teams – if any – will be found to have breached the 2023 budget cap rules?
      None

      16. Which drivers – if any – will collect enough penalty points to earn a race ban?
      None

      17. How many podium finishes will be scored by drivers from teams other than Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes?
      5

      18. Will the drivers’ championship be decided before, after or at the penultimate round in Las Vegas?
      Before

      19. Who will win the 2023 constructors’ championship?
      Red Bull

      20. Who will win the 2023 drivers’ championship?
      Max Verstappen

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