Anyway, my friends over at MoneySupermarket has taken the liberty of putting together an infographic of the predictions for this season with input from F1 fans and bloggers all over the world. I would say this predictions chart will point the way to how the season will shape up although of course just like the weather, anything can happen. Ask a certain Mr Murphy and he'll tell you.
So how goes it then? Well, close to a quarter of respondents tipped Mercedes to put up a greater challenge over the course of 2013, with Lewis Hamilton being the most frequent reason for this suggestion. Indeed, f1predictions.net said that they believed that Hamilton would give the team the “boost” it needs with many F1 journalists tipping the British driver to win a race for the silver arrows this season.
However, Red Bull Racing are still being tipped by the vast majority of respondents to win a 4th consecutive constructors championship in 2013; amassing 66.7% of the total vote. Surprisingly Sebastian Vettel is not favourite for the Drivers Championship though; with the German picking up just a quarter of the total votes. 55.3% of respondents believe that it will be Fernando Alonso who will this year pick up his long overdue 3rd drivers crown.
Both Alonso and Vettel are also being tipped to beat their team-mates this season by a remarkable 97% of respondents. However, there is slightly more uncertainty surrounding the battle between Hamilton and Rosberg at Mercedes due to the fact that it is their first year together as team-mates in the premier Motorsport series. Nevertheless, 81% of respondents still believe that the 2008 World Champion will get the better of his German team-mate.
Mercedes were also strongly tipped to be a talking point of 2013 by respondents; with the future in the team expected to be the subject of speculation. A number of respondents tipped Ross Brawn to leave the team before the end of 2013 and it was also suggested that Mercedes may sell the team completely to new shareholder Toto Wolff. If this was to occur and the team was to lose manufacturer support, it is uncertain whether or not Hamilton would be eligible to jump ship for 2014.
However, the majority of respondents believe that the future of Felipe Massa at Ferrari is more likely to be the major talking point of 2013; with new Sauber-Ferrari recruit Nico Hulkenberg strongly tipped to be his successor.
Grand Prix Preview 2013 – An infographic by the team at MoneySupermarket Car Insurance
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