We at TFLCar.com simply love Formula One racing. It is something so technical, so rapid and so challenging that some of the staff kicks family and children out of the abode just to watch a race with no distractions. With that in mind, I bet you’re asking the following question:
Is he, (the clown of TFLCar.com – better known as Nathan) qualified to make an educated guess regarding the 2011 Formula One season? No. Is he quote-worthy as some sort of expert? Nope. Can you use my information as a surefire way to beat the odds-makers in Vegas?
In the past three years I’m two for three in manufacture’s winners and one for three for driver champions. So, I would not bet the farm on my say-so. Perhaps a smaller bet, like a chicken dinner, would be safest with my predictions.
Fortunately, this F1 season is shaping up to be rather exciting. Yes, there are a few issues out there that need to be addressed; namely, the unfortunate disaster that Japan has suffered and what may happen to the calendar. Also, a new Grand Prix circuit in India will stir a few things up and the very real prospect of yet another rained out Chinese Grand Prix.
Lots of things are up in the air –
Anyway, my top ten predictions are as follows:
1. Driver’s champion – Lewis Hamilton
2. Best after race parties – Virgin Cosworth (come on – have you seen Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson’s parties? They’re epic!)
3. Constructor’s champion – Ferrari
4. Team with the best looking babes (including the ones the driver’s date) McLaren Mercedes. Seriously: the Brits know how to pick em’
5. Team with the coolest look – Lotus Renault
6. Intimidator – Mark Webber. DON’T piss off the Webber!
7. Most relaxed – Michael Schumacher
8. Rookie of the year/most improved – Kamui Kobayashi – seriously: he’s not afraid of even the most experienced drivers AND he’s had a year to improve.
9. Most popular team – Ferrari… again
10. Most surprising team – Sauber Ferrari
Here’s the 2011 Schedule:
1. The Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne) March 25th – 27th
2. The Malaysia Grand Prix (Kuala Lumpur) April 8th – 10th
3. The Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai) April 15th – 17th
4. The Turkish Grand Prix (Istanbul) May 6th – 8th
5. The Spanish Grand Prix (Catalunya) May 20th – 22nd
6. The Monaco Grand Prix (Monte Carlo) May 26th-29th
7. The Canadian Grand Prix (Montreal) June 10th – 12th
8. The European Grand Prix (Valencia) June 24th- 26th
9. The British Grand Prix (Silverstone) July 8th – 10th
10. The German Grand Prix (Nürburgring) July 22nd- 24th
11. The Hungarian Grand Prix (Budapest) July 29th – 31st
12. The Belgian Grand Prix (Spa-Francorchamps) August 9th – 11th
13. The Italian Grand Prix (Monza) September 9th – 11th
14. The Singapore Grand Prix (Singapore) September 23rd – 25th
15. The Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka) October 7th – 9th
16. The Korean Grand Prix (Yeongam) October 14th – 16th
17. The Indian Grand Prix (New Delhi) October 28th – 30th
18. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Yas Marina) November 11th – 13th
19. The Brazilian Grand Prix (San Paulo) November 25th – 27th
Teams and drivers are as follows:
1. Red Bull Racing Renault: S. Vettel and M. Webber
2. McLaren Mercedes: L. Hamilton and J Button
3. Ferrari: F. Alonso and F. Massa
4. Mercedes GP: M. Schumacher and N. Rosberg
5. Renault: N. Heidfeld and V. Petrov
6. Williams Cosworth: R. Barrichello and P. Maldonado
7. Force India Mercedes: A. Sutil and P. di Resta
8. Sauber Ferrari: K. Kobayashi and S. Perez
9. Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari: S. Buemi and J. Alguersuari
10. Lotus Renault: J. Trulli and H. Kovalainen
11. HRT Cosworth: N. Karthikeyan and V. Liuzzi
12. Virgin Cosworth: T. Glock and J. d’Ambrosio
(Sigh) this would mean a lot more if they raced in the U.S. Just wait until next year! Austin, Texas is hosting the American Grand Prix in 2012!
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