Hopes and fears for the 2013 Formula 1 season

In just a few hours, the new Formula 1 season will begin with practice 1 in Australia.

The winter months are an odd time to be an F1 fan. There are those that say that F1 is a soap opera that is occasionally interrupted by races. In winter, there are no races. It’s all soap opera.

As with every year, there has been the usual winter spectacle of testing. This is usually accompanied by F1 journalists loudly harrumphing that you cannot read anything into testing. Those same journalists then read bibles worth into tiny details, feeding the voracious demand of the F1 fans that put their dinner on the table.

Anaglyph glasses

This year the hype around testing reached truly hyperbolic levels. FOM filmed it, the first time they have ever done so. Sky even took their own cameras to provide three dimensions of bluster.

Still, the refrain from teams, drivers, journalists, and even fans, is that we won’t know anything until qualifying is finished this coming Saturday.

So I won’t attempt to predict what will happen in Melbourne, and I certainly won’t be predicting anything about the championship. But I still have some musings to make. I have no knowledge. But for each team, I have some hopes and fears.

Marussia F1 Team

Man examining fan of Langley Research Center 16 foot transonic wind tunnel

Marussia will start to move up the grid, benefiting from having their first car to have been designed with the aid of a wind tunnel from the very beginning.
After rejecting Timo Glock and Luiz Razia for financial reasons, Jules Bianchi will turn out to have neither the skill nor the money to justify his place in F1.

Caterham F1 Team

Charles Pic will be the star driver among the tailend teams.
Caterham will continue their steady decline and slip behind Marussia.

Scuderia Toro Rosso

António Félix da Costa will become a Toro Rosso race driver mid-season and continue his meteoric rise.
Toro Rosso will slip into the clutches of Caterham and Marussia.

Williams F1 Team

Pastor Maldonado Monaco 2012 Crash

Valtteri Bottas will justify the hype, despite not having raced for over a year.
Pastor Maldonado will continue to have scrappy races, counterbalancing Bottas’s good results.

Force India F1 Team

Adrian Sutil

Force India will continue to punch above their weight and occasionally give the bigger teams a run for their money.
The return of Adrian Sutil will result in a never-ending stream of unfunny stabbing jokes, while also providing the irresistible temptation to make your own unfunny stabbing jokes.

Sauber F1 Team

Nico Hülkenberg will be the star driver of the midfield.
Sauber’s car will continue to be inconsistent, preventing Nico Hülkenberg from fully demonstrating his talent.

Mercedes F1 Team


We will finally find out whether Nico Rosberg is a great driver or just average.
The heavy-handed manipulation from Mercedes in Stuttgart will lead to this team becoming the new Honda (which is especially unlucky, considering it’s actually the same Brackley-based team).

Lotus F1 Team

Kimi Räikkönen, United States Grand Prix, Austin 2012

Lotus’s testing pace will translate to the racetrack, leading to the occasional great result.
Lotus’s unreliability in testing will translate to the racetrack, leading to mountains of dull jokes about Kimi Räikkönen eating ice cream. #YouAreBoringAndYouKnowIt


Sergio Pérez will repay the trust McLaren have shown him, even if there are some bumps along the way.
McLaren will struggle to get to grips with their car, in a similar fashion to Ferrari in 2012.

Scuderia Ferrari

2012 Canadian Grand Prix Fernando Alonso Ferrari F2012-02

At long last, Fernando Alonso will have the machinery to match his talent.
Felipe Massa will fail to justify his continued presence at Ferrari.

Red Bull Racing

Sebastian Vettel will be in the running to win his fourth Championship in a row.
Helmut Marko will open his trap at some point.

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