F1 PREVIEW 2013
The 2013 Formula 1 season is fast approaching and MoneySupermarket got in touch with us to ask if we would be interested in being one of the participants in their Grand Prix Preview campaign.
They asked us to identify who we believed would be the 2013 Drivers and constructors’ champions; as well as the most improved drivers and teams. We were also asked to predict the outcome of this season’s battle of the team-mates and prophesise the big news stories of 2013.
Well it turns out that grandprixweekly.com were with the majority; in picking Fernando Alonso and Red Bull Racing as the most likely winners of both championships. Over 55% of respondents believed that the Ferrari driver would finally take that long overdue 3rd drivers championship in 2013, with just over a quarter of respondents believing that Sebastian Vettel will become the youngest ever four times champion this season.
An overwhelming 66.7% of respondents however believe that Red Bull will be unstoppable on their quest for a fourth consecutive constructor’s crown. Ferrari were next up on the list, with a mere 18% of the overall vote. This was due largely to the fact that 10% of respondents believe that Felipe Massa will be the most improved driver of the upcoming season. However, the overall winner on this metric was Romain Grosjean; with 36% of respondents believing that he will overcome his propensity for getting involved in needless incidents in 2013.
However, only 13.2% of respondents believe that Lotus will be the most improved team. The winner in this category was Mercedes Benz AMG, with many judges referring to the arrival of Lewis Hamilton having a galvanising effect on the team.
Mercedes were however at the centre of one of the most frequently mentioned news stories; with a number of participants including grandprixweekly.com predicting that the German manufacturer will sell the team on at the end of the season- potentially to new shareholder Toto Wolff.
Grand Prix Preview 2013 – An infographic by the team at MoneySupermarket Car Insurance