With the 2012 season in full swing now – it’s hard to believe we’re already discussing the 4th GP – BackmarkersF1 has also reached top speed with our fastest podcast turnout in our young yet (not so) glorious history. In this weeks’ podcast Matt and I gave you our predictions for the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix in detail, but here is your chance to show how much of an F1 connaisseur you really are. Judging by last weeks’ results, you all kinda suck, as do we I must admit. One guy stood out as a shining beacon of F1 knowledge as Gareth aka @gar_uk was the only one to see the Rosberg win coming, and he even had the 2nd place man correct as well. However he stumbled on the third podium spot so will have to wait at least one more week before Horny Horner finds himself in his mailbox! I awarded facepalm of the race to the Mercedes lollipop man, while Matt chose to go for Kimi’s strategists.
On to bigger, better and maybe bloodier Bahrain. The political issue has been discussed at nausea so let us for now focus on the sporting side of things with these predictions. Bernie has decided to take a punt and let F1 go there, so let’s do the same and discuss what we think will happen in this race.
A key factor will be the temperatures. China and Australia were relatively cool and while Sepang was hot and humid, it was also wet, so Bahrain is really the first time these cars will go around a track in hot and dry conditions. With the tyres so iffy this year when it comes to finding the ideal operating temperature, it is very tricky to predict what will happen in Bahrain. However most tend to agree that the Mclaren’s work the best in hotter conditions, and that a big part of Rosberg’s success in China was due to cooler than expected weather.
Despite popping his cherry in China, neither of us has Rosberg featuring in our quali top three predictions. I predicted a Mclaren 1-2, both on the grid and in the race. Sure, we’ve had more ballsy predictions on the blog (me predicting a Massa win last year probably takes the cake) but we have to follow our gut. For third I’ve put the old fox Schumi. While we have the same top three, Matt is sandwiching Schumi in between the Mclarens. Sure, the Mercs may struggle more in the hotter temperatures, but Bahrain has some pretty long straights where its super DRS can shine again in quali, and I think Schumi will be intent to score one over Rosberg to make sure he does not get Barrichello’d by Brawn for the rest of the season.
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On to the race then I predict a pretty boring GP (at the front in any case) with little to no changes at the top with the Mclaren’s cruising ahead for their first 1-2 of the season – perhaps a little battle after a round of pitstops – with Rosberg completing the podium after something bad happens to Schumacher again. At the same time Matt is expecting another fuck up in the Mclaren pits but it will not affect them as badly since they will still nab the 1-2. For third Matt is going for Kimi, hoping his strategists laid off the retarded juice before the Grand Prix.
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Facepalm of the race: The Williams team. I could not choose between the Hitman and the Nephew, as I believe Senna will be involved in his 4th 1st corner incident in 4 races, and it will be his teammate sending him into a spin. Birthdayboy Frank Williams will rue the day he somehow let Raikkonen slip away last winter.
Tit of the race: I’m going out on a limb here. I don’t think it will be Massa, although he will be slow as hell. I don’t think it will be Maldonado, although he will be in full rage mode. I don’t even think it will be Senna, even though he will hit someone in the first corner as always. I’m going to go with Vettel. I think he’ll have another race struggling with his car, and will find a backmarker to run into somewhere. Vettel in 2012 is going to be like Hamilton in 2011. Now it’s just a matter of time before we have a “maybe it’s because I’m German” line. To which Schumy will do his trademark “that didn’t go well” face. -Matt
Indeed not the bravest predictions ever recorded on backmarkersF1, but there you have it. Have your say in the comments below and win the experience of the lifetime. It cannot be unseen! Make sure to live tweet your thoughts on the race as it is unfolding and perhaps get featured and unwittingly contribute to our new 2012 Grand Prix – Live on twitter reviews!