Just some shameless conjecturing to pass the time waiting for another
effing meeting to start...feel free to comment :-)
FERRARI - Kimi vs Massa :
Massa will be quick, sometimes quicker than Kimi. But he is now under
pressure to live up to his own ego and we've seen in previous years what
Massa's like under self-imposed pressure... Expect front rows and pole
from him, but expect also some JPM-like rashness and hotheaded mistakes.
RESULT : Kimi will calmly win the battle over the course of the season,
and will probably do Massa's (and others') head in.
MCLAREN - Alonso vs Hamilton :
Alonso has one season during which to make his experience, courage and
racecraft compensate for his slight lack of outright speed, before
Hamilton learns from him and turns Fred's tools against him. Expect much
Prost/Schumacher strategic driving and racecraft from Fred. Hamilton
will rattle him, and in 2008 Alonso, disgruntled with Lewis's "star
treatment" within the team, may well move elsewhere. Toyota will snap
him up, probably, to replace one of the Tugger Twins.
RESULT : Alonso to win, just. He'll be a moody bastard from June
BMW - Heidfeld-Kubica :
Nick is quick, no doubt about that. Kubica is the best thing that's ever
happened to Heidfeld. Woke him up from a deep slumber. Both of these
guys will go at it hammer and tongs, but I think Nick will win by a
slender margin, thanks to his experience. However, I wouldn't be
surprised if in their haste, they took each other out a few times,
Williams-style. Expect much frowning from Mario Theissen.
RESULT : Heidfeld to scrape it. Both guys will get their knuckles rapped
by Super Mario at least once.
RENAULT - Fisi-Kovalainen :
Fisi will drive at the same level as last year. He is well and truly in
his twilight years. He will be (rightly) replaced in 2008 by Piquet, I'm
100% sure of it. Kovalainen will have a Rosberg-like first year. He'll
do enough on occasion to show that he's very quick, but I'm worried that
he's too inconsistent and feverish. He needs a year to calm down, and
get ready for the challenge that Nelsinho will throw at him in 2008.
RESULT : Fisi, on points - but not enough to justify keeping him.
HONDA - Button-Barrichello :
It's a moot point. They're both going to suffer. These guys are so
evenly matched it's hard to pull out a clear winner. I'll go for Rubens,
just for a change, but I'll admit that's more to do with Buttonausia
than anything else.
RESULT : Rubens will win this battle of the has-beens, by a wafer.
Probably by virtue of less bad luck.
TOYOTA - Trulli-Ralf :
Who cares? Trulli will be quicker all year, but Ralf will get more
points (in ones and twos). Gosh golly wow I'm so e***d.
RESULT : Ralf, thanks to a string of exciting 7th and 8th places.
RED BULL - Coulthard-Webber :
Webber will win, but he'll be worried that he won't beat Granddad by as
much as he expected. He will finally understand what we all know : that
he's Mr.Overrated. The car will be off the pace all season, and Newey's
Godlike status will drop faster than Kimi's pants. That'll be one myth
put to rest. The Design God of the last 10 years was Rory Byrne anyway,
with Newey a distant second. DC will have a good time fighting in the
pack and will probably call it a day at the end of the year, a rich,
happy and fulfilled man. Good on him.
RESULT : Webber will scrape it, and will reveal his true identity this
year : The Australian Fisi. Coulthard will retire, rich as Croesus and
smiling from ear to ear.
SUPER AGURI - Sato-Davidson :
Should be a good battle between the two featherweights. I expect Taku to
win, quite simply because he's blindingly fast when he wants to be, and
seems to have much improved as a race driver these last two seasons. He
has the experience and the speed. He'll also command more respect within
the team, of course.
RESULT : Sato-san, by a whisker. Davidson will be plucky and brilliant
on occasion but will ultimately suffer from rainy British sporting luck.
I can't be arsed to do the Toro Rossos and Spykers, I don't really care
either way. Plus, the meeting's about to start...<yawn> (where's the
Tetris on this machine?)...
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