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    2014 F1 prediction

    Well, the new season is almost here.

    I think I am going with a dark horse, Nico Rosberg, to win the Championship.

    Early testing indicated the Mercedes engine is the one to beat, and new regulations seems to favour smooth driver over aggressive drivers, Nico will have the edge over Lewis. I think Lewis is gonna struggle this season as he is too hard on the car, while he has the most raw speed of any driver, his stye is just too much for the 2014 cars to handle.

    McLaren could be due for a bounce back year. Button is another smooth driver that can take advantage of the new rules. He might come 2nd.

    In my mind Kimi could finish 3rd if Ferrari can produce a half decent race car. He is smooth and consistent, may not have the car to win races but he will rack up points race after race. Alonso is the more aggressive of the 2, so his fate is like Lewis', if he can switch to a smoother driver and still post good times then he has a chance. 

    Red Bull, IF they can solve the KERS puzzle, they could be competitive, but history has told us KERS system is not Red Bull's strong suit, they have traditionally treat it as an after thought before, but since this year the KERS system is a bigger part of the package, they need to get it working or else they will be left in the dust. Renault's engine development troubles just add salt to the wound.

    On a side note, just received an invitation from McLaren to purchase paddock club tickets to the Canadian Grand Prix. Debating whether to go or not.

     


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    I think RB will struggle for at least the first half of the season but if they can sort there issues out they will be a contender  for the constructors championship, but I think Ferrari will be back in top form this year. With the new rules, I don't know if we'll see any one team dominate. Here are my picks for driver:

    1. Vettel

    2. Kimi

    3. Alonso or Grosjean

     

    The current 2014 line-up in full:

    Red Bull Racing

    Sebastian Vettel
    Daniel Ricciardo

    Mercedes
    Lewis Hamilton
    Nico Rosberg

    Ferrari
    Fernando Alonso
    Kimi Raikkonen

    Lotus
    Romain Grosjean
    Pastor Maldonado

    McLaren
    Jenson Button
    Kevin Magnussen

    Force India
    Nico Hulkenberg
    Sergio Perez

    Sauber
    Adrian Sutil
    Esteban Gutierrez

    Toro Rosso
    Jean-Eric Vergne
    Daniil Kvyat

    Williams
    Felipe Massa
    Valtteri Bottas

    Marussia
    Jules Bianchi
    TBC

    Caterham
    TBC
    TBC


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    1. Kimi

    2. Button

    3. Lewis


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    I truly hope for Kimi as well - but I think the Mercedes engine package is the most reliable hence I see Hamilton as a good candidate to win followed by anybody who has Mercedes engines. However, I predict a crazy season with Fuel-saving slow runs (which will upset me personally a lot) , lot's of tire-issues & broken cars.....


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    Kimi for the win!  At least I am consistent in my optimism.


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    Leawood911:

    Kimi for the win!  At least I am consistent in my optimism.

    I fully agree! Smiley Kimi is gonna win this season

    Smiley


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    Seems like a lot of us has high hopes for Kimi in a Ferrari. 

    Let's just hope Ferrari has a decent car for him and Alonso won't do his cry baby act to pressure Ferrari into making Kimi the #2.


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    For the first time in years I am excited about this years season due to the teams and the regulation changes.


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    Whoopsy:

    Seems like a lot of us has high hopes for Kimi in a Ferrari. 

    Let's just hope Ferrari has a decent car for him and Alonso won't do his cry baby act to pressure Ferrari into making Kimi the #2.

    I actually think that Kimi doesn't give a beep about what Alonso and/or Ferrari will tell him. He takes a nap, gets in his car and drives the hell out of that thing, untill it starts falling apart. If that is after he has finished he will be "happy", if not he will go to a bar and drink a beer or ten Smiley


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    Suzy

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    2014 Audi A6 Avant 3.0 BiTDI Quattro | Moonshine blue metallic
     


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    I am starting to like SuzyF!  Yes, Kimi will not give a crap about Alonso, and I bet Alonso will not be able to relate to that at all.  It will be good fun!

    It will be interesting how Massa does and Magnussen at McLaren as well but neither will be as quick as needed to make a difference.

    Kimi deserves a lot more attention and respect - can't wait to see him go after Vettel.


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    Whoopsy:

    Seems like a lot of us has high hopes for Kimi in a Ferrari. 

    Let's just hope Ferrari has a decent car for him and Alonso won't do his cry baby act to pressure Ferrari into making Kimi the #2.

    I don't think Ferrari, or Kimi, would let that happen.  Let's hope not!


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    Adam R:
    Whoopsy:

    Seems like a lot of us has high hopes for Kimi in a Ferrari. 

    Let's just hope Ferrari has a decent car for him and Alonso won't do his cry baby act to pressure Ferrari into making Kimi the #2.

    I don't think Ferrari, or Kimi, would let that happen.  Let's hope not!

    Kimi was world champion with Ferrari. Alonso not. Should help...


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    http://www.worldcarfans.com/114022670839/alonso-raikkonen-will-follow-rules---domenicali

     

    Well I wonder what those 'rules' will be. They both drive as equals until such time one is ahead in the points then the one behind will be #2? Or will they operate like McLaren and both drivers fight to the end a la Prost/Senna, Button/Hamilton? Or Alonso's ego will insist he will drive as the #1? 


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    reason is that Kimi actually was doing whatever he wanted previously at Ferrari driving Montezemolo up the roof - hence they seperated (nicely said)  I am sure Luca has made a passus in the contract that demands a bit more "cooperation" but I still believe Kimi give's a damn - which is GREAT ! one of the very few characters left in F1 kiss

    I know a few people here in Baar being close to him - great guy great stories ! Go Kimi ! (hope for the darn ferrari to be competitive against the Mercedes package - Merc is rumored to be 75hp up Renault....)angry


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    British Law changes now make a London F1 race possible....now that would be an amazing circuit for the season!

    http://www.worldcarfans.com/114022870970/law-change-puts-london-gp-back-in-f1-headlines


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    I love the new Williams car in Martini colors!

    http://jalopnik.com/the-williams-f1-car-in-martini-colors-is-the-best-f1-ca-1537646935


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    Even the nose looks half way acceptable compared with everyone else.


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    Very nice - winner of the category "best looking" - let's hope it will surprise with it's performance - would be nice for frank !


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    Btw : I will be in Monza - anybody from RT also there ?


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    Interesting article about MB's F1 Turbo design.....

    http://jalopnik.com/mercedes-f1s-secret-is-it-split-its-turbo-in-half-1558154190


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