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Posted By: James Allen  |  01 Jun 2012   |  12:12 pm GMT  |  481 comments

It’s been an extraordinary season of F1 racing, with six different winners in six races.

There’s every chance that we could get a seventh in Montreal, as Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren, Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes and the Lotus cars should all be competitive there.

But who will be the first driver to win a second race this season?

Give us your guess in the comments section below. When a driver achieves a second win, we will go back and pick one of the correct answers at random and award a nice F1 prize.

I’ve done an in depth audio interview with Lotus F1 Trackside Operations Director Alan Permane for the June edition of the JA on F1 podcast. Check it out: It will be posted later today

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1
Seán Craddock

I'm going to guess that Hamilton will be the first double winner, he'll b the 7th DIFFERENT winner in 7 races and also win in Silverstone

2

Giving what button did last year im going to gamble and put button as my choice. However nico seems on good terms witht he car now and mercedes should be strong in canada, but hamilton just has so much raw speed so he is definitely a contender.

This year is so unpredictable that alonso, raikkonen, or vettel could also win it. 7th winner in my opinion will be raikkonen 🙂

3

Jorge, the OP did say:

"he’ll b the 7th DIFFERENT winner in 7 races and also win in Silverstone"

Thus double from next race and Silverstone onwards.

4

Right on, it is a valid answer then.

5

First 2 time winner: Rosberg

6

Agreed

The MERCS will be fast in Canada so I think it will happen there for Nico, the Lotus cars may spoil that party though

7

hi;

my choice as well....

I had Nico selected as the race winner for Monaco and he made it a tidy 2nd place finish. There is something about his driving and the car this year that looks very steady and competitive.

regards,

Andrew C.

8

Yup, I'd go with Hamilton as well. Once he starts I dont think he'll be stopped too easily.

9

Unfortunately for him, he does start but the guys in the pit ensure that they botch up the job. Hamilton wont win unless Mclaren get their act together.

10

I'll also say what I have said before here and been shot down in flames for. This season has no story. An F1 season needs a narrative, a beginning, middle and an end with a rivalry thrown in for the main protagonists to overcome. This season has none of that, it appears to be a lottery, it doesn't matter if that is really the case, it seems to be. There is no way that the tyres are not the main factor in this lottery, they do not allow the best drivers to shine, rather they limit them.

Now that even the drivers and F1 insiders are saying the same thing will this post be any better received or will it be shot down again?

11

Richard D, no the 'lottery' is not a valid story, it has no strcuture. Who on earth would read a novel or watch a film without a rivalry of some sort, for example. The plot of this season is far to 'busy' and has no focus. There is no-one to hate, no one to feel sorry for, no momentum to get behind, no gradual building of suspense. It's a massive car crash of a story (pardon the punn).

12

Nice response Paul Kirk, the blank sheet of paper theory sounds rather nice but then I recall that I have always complained that there are too many rule changes in the past! It must be a very hard job to be the FIA, constantly doing battle against teams that knowingly push beyond the spirit of the rules at every opportunity while balancing the sporting interests against the commercial ones (and the commercial ones win out far too often in my opinion - we see it in the way penalties are awarded and technical directives are passed out etc).

13

Don't forget, Wayne, that as Alonso said, all the cars are getting close in terms of performance due to the rules being constantly changed, or every new developement being banned! And of course the drivers can't be race drivers any more, since theyve got to conserve fuel/tyres/engines etc. I agree the tyres are definately creating what I consider an undesirable effect on the cars/teams/drivers/results, but banning of the F duct/ddd/blown difuser/engine mapping/exhaust position/flexable wings/flexable floors/etc.,etc., are also having an effect. It must be very frustrating to be a F1 car designer/team/driver at this time because everythig is so limited that they can/can't do. And the drivers are being given all sorts of penalties, sent to the back/demoted ten/five places/drive throughs/stop and gos/being penalised for something that happened last week/etc.

Maybe it's time to start again with a blank sheet and a much thinner rule book!

The new engines for 2014 will probably stir things up a bit, but by then of course, Merc's air bleed system and McLaren's adjustable brake vents will be banned and they'll have a more stringent rules for exhaust exits and drs, not to mention roll cages.

Oh well I suppose it gives us something to moan about!

PK.

14

+1

I couldn't agree more. So they must shoot us both 🙂

By the way, I went down thinking that avenue after the forth race. The tyres made a mock of this season. Only Pirelly still fails to see it..

15

So could not the 'story' of this year be that it's a tyre lottery?

16

Check your stats, Hamilton has yet to win a race, but he has 2 poles to his name, look at:

http://grandprixrankings.com/racing-driver/lewis-hamilton/

I think it is time for Schumi to win Canada that will make it 7 different winners in 7 races. and then the season will just explode!

17
Seán Craddock

what do you mean check my stats? I gave no stats in this post? Unless you count the 7 different winner bit as a stat, which I could check 100 times and still be sure that it would be true if he wins in Canada

What are your correcting me on???

18
Alanis Morisette

The OP stated Hamilton will win Canada, thus giving him one win. If he then wins Silverstone, with a Lotus or someone who hasn't already one a race, he will have two wins and be the only one to have done that. The first reply was from someone who didn't understand that simple scenario, and your reply is equally confused

19

I think he is suggesting that if you check Hamilton's stats from last year, that those two tracks you mention are not Hamilton'strengths...whereas Schumacher in Canada is a strong possibility.

20

It's got to be Hamilton. A win is well overdue. He's driving well, just needs a bit of luck. I'm sure that Mclaren will sort out the pit stop blunders, it's more their strategy calls that worry me. Fingers crossed it all comes together this time.

21
Jonathan De Andrade

Lewis Hamilton

22

Nico Rosberg, already at the next race in Montreal!

23

the odds are with nico in canada

24

I agree. The Mercedes should be good next race, and I expect Schumacher's bad luck to continue.

25
Tornillo Amarillo

ROSBERG, it's a Rosberg momentum.

Besides that, I don't want to acknowledge Alonso has more chances to win again...

26
kowalsky is back

are the hamilton fans out of their minds?!!! He must win two in a row, and that's very unlikely in a team that needs to find improvement in various areas where it is lacking behind.

I agree with axel. rosberg will win in canada, eventhough i consider hamilton a better pilot than the german. But let's not forget every driver needs a team to be able to win, and today mercedes is better than mclaren.

27
James Clayton

I think Hamilton voters (and I don't believe that are *all* fans) are aware that he'll need to win 2 races. They obviously believe he can do that.

And it doesn't have to be 2 in a row. I'll let you work that one out for yourself...

28

If not two in the row than that would take us to eight different winners in the first eight races. Seems unlikely but not impossible. Marc

29

ALONSO !!!!

Forza Ferrari !!

30

Spot on,Alonso will be hard to beat,history

shows Canada being a hapy ground for Ferrari.

However do not be suprise a seventh winner

emerge in the form of F.Massa I think he will

come trumps.

31

Fernando!!!!'

32
Spinodontosaurus

I too, think Fernando Alonso.

Massa was strong in Canada last year, if the Ferrari is strong there this year than who knows!

33
Stuart Harrison

+1 Got to be Alonso. If he can win when he's driving a dustcart, he can win with the car Ferrari are ever-improving.

34

It's funny that everyone's rubbishing the Farrari this season, but what's wrong with it? The car and team must be doing something right otherwise they wouldn't be leading the championship!

PK.

35
Warren Groenewald

"They" dont lead the championship - Alonso does. Before the improvements Massa was nowhere and if they had two drivers of his caliber Ferrari would be fighting Caterham for 10th.

It's very clear that while the car was competitive on a full fuel load before, it was also very difficult to drive, the reason Massa has struggled so much.

36

Jenson Button!

37

I wish, but don't expect!

38

+1

He's got a point to prove that he's not lost it.

39

A point only, no more. So that's a 10th place on the finish line.

40

Jenson Button.

41

Nico Rosberg

43

Lewis Hamilton

44
hero_was_senna

My heart says Alonso, but I don't think Ferrari will be right at the front till around the British GP.

I can see Lewis or Lotus winning in Canada.

So I'm going to go for Mark Webber in Valencia.

45

I'm gonna say Rosberg (most likely winning in Canada).

It hurts to say that though, being a massive Michael fan, however i just know something will go wrong next weekend again!

46

I think it will be Jenson Button in Montreal!

47
Frank Oosterhuis

Fernando Alonso.

48

Lewis Hamilton

49

Alonso perhaps...

Let's see. I am enjoying the so called lottery. Seeing Alonso up there is, as you say, a hint that a lottery it is not... at least not so much as some point to.

Congratulations for the fabulous site. You sir are a very good and clear writer.

50

I think it will be Alonso, but not in Montreal

51

My heart says Mark Webber but I think Alonso is looking very good at the moment so im going to have to say him.

52

My money is on Webber

53

Stuff it, I'm going to go with Webber. He'll have gotten a decent confidence boost both from his first win on the season and from the fact that his teammate isn't walking away with everything like last year.

It might be unrealistic, but it'd be great to see him do the WDC, too.

54

I cant see why its unrealistic for the WDC. He's been far better against than vettel so far this season and red bull has as good a chance as any team this year.

55

Good on yar, Mate, me too.

Go Mark!

PK.

56

I concur!, Thumbs up for that!.

57

C'mon Chris, keep your nerve.

59

Lewis Hamilton.

60

I know, everything is against my choice, but I crossed my fingers for Lewis Hamilton.

BUT. If It's up to McLaren to provide him with the good car and flawless pit work.

If they fail... wellm I hope it won't come to this.

61
Brett Williams

I can't believe how well Alonso is going considering the pre-season form of the Ferrari. As they continue to bolt on updates I would probably put my money on him. My heart would love if it was Webber, but I would choose Alonso...

62

Okay, so what have I won??!

63

Brett, keep your hand on your heart.

64

IMHO, In Canada it will be a Mercedes win due to the track nature.

So it's Rosberg or Schumacher

65

Lewis Hamilton

66

Hamilton 🙂

Will take 2 wins in the next 3 races..

67

You fail to see the conundrum you created! 🙂

Your statement implies that we will see 8 different winners in the first 8 races.

Even though I enjoy to thrill and I don't think it's too far fetched, I still think there's a bigger chance that one of the next two races will be won by someone who already won a GP this year. That said, I can see Hamilton, Kimi and Grosejan all having a very realistic chance of winning one of the next two rounds, so your prediction might not be all that impossible, even though I think it's the less likely scenario of two.

68

This begs the question. Who will win the other race?

69

Alonso.

The car is coming right and he's got talent. I don't think it'll happen in Canada though; I think and hope we'll see 7 in 7!

71

Alonso

72

Alonso!

73

Bold prediction: Lewis Hamilton.

He had a messy 2011, but to his credit he hasn't put a foot wrong so far this season - bad luck and team errors have prevented him from winning, but I don't think it'll last.

74

Hi James,

I think my money will be on Rosberg to get the first second win this season and he will probably do it at Montreal. That track will suit the Mercedes very very well. I would love to see Button do it but it seems that Mclaren are going backwards at the moment.

Ian Lawrence

75

Mercedes will certainly do very well... in quali.

Race they still are a tiny bit off.

76

Given that we're headed to Canada, I would choose Rosburg. Certainly Mercedes should be able to start on pole and Rosburg has shown he knows how to win from pole.

77

No 2 time winners this weekend.

We're going old school in my neck of the woods.

Schumi or Kimi are winning this one! We keep the streak going.

78

I'm the first one to Kimi?

How could you let this happen Icefans?

79

its got to be Alonso

80

Jenson!! I hope! Wouldn't surprise me if it was alonso who was first to score win number two though.

81

Lewis Hamilton

82

For no real reason other than wanting a punt at winning the unknown price I'd say Rosberg.

83

Mark Webber

84

I´d say Hamilton. He has the best car and is better than Button so I can´t think of one reason why he won´t win the next 2 races.

85

Alonso. I'm sure. 😉

86

I'm tipping Hamilton for a win at Montreal, and a strong showing from the Renaults. And being that the next round is Valencia, zzzz...

87
hero_was_senna

Renaults?

I'm guessing you mean the team that morphed from Renault into Lotus.

Or maybe you mean any Renault engined car?

88

I still have it in my head that Lotus is the Renault team. The whole Lotus farce and confusion it caused trying to figure out who was who last year just meant it was easier to keep remembering 'Renault', with 'Lotus' being Caterham.

Can't say that little drama didn't hurt the sport 🙁

91

Nico Rosberg

92

Nico Rosberg

93
Stephen Metcalfe

I reckon Alonso stands the best chance - the Ferrari machine tends to pick up the pace about this time of the year. Button (and McLaren) don't seem to be able to get it together on race day, and although the Red Bulls remain extremely competitive, Alonso has been a consistent performer. I'm not an Alonso man these days, but he deserves my vote this time.

94

Michael Schumacher for sure.

95

Alonso

96

Sebastian Vettel.

97

Fernando Alonso! 🙂

98

This season, above any I can remember for a long time, the driver is making the biggest difference to the results. On that basis, the driver who is driving better than all the others is Alonso, so I believe he will be the first double winner.

However, I do believe there will likely be at least one other different winner first - with Schumi, Hamilton and the speedy Lotuses yet to win I can't believe there won't be!

99

i so much hope so for Alonso .. but i guess ill opt for Vettel this time .. for this competition .

100

Maldonado! (Someone had to pick him...)

101
hero_was_senna

Damn, I'd already forgotten about him!

102

I'm going for Button. In Canada. In the rain!

103

But who will be the first driver to win a second race this season?

Definitely Vettel . i guess.

104

Either Alonso or Webber for their second win methinks. Alonso can drag that Ferrari anywhere and Webber is always stronger after a good result.

Either Hamilton or Kimi to get their first win. Imagine the look on Lewis's face if both Schumacher and Kimi win a race before him... that will not go down well.

105

I think Michael will take it, he has won there 7 times and finished 4th last year. He has tasted some level of success in Monaco and knowing Michael this will spur him on even more knowing he has a car now to deliver.

106

Rosberg (although I'm willing Schumacher to win!) as I think Mercedes will be very strong in Canada.

107

The first driver to win a second? Alonso.

But it'll only happen after Schumacher wins one, ideally in Montreal.

108
Steven Pritchard

Only one driver at McLaren these days?

109

Not so much different to Ferrari eh? 😀

110
James Clayton

Seems like it from the last few races 🙂

111

Moreover, 5-0 in qualifying to Lewis.

112
Steven Pritchard

Like last year then?

113
James Clayton

Yup. Pretty much.

114
Seymour Quilter

Alonso.... He is a master of consistency and will win again I'm sure....

115

I hope Schumi is the 7th winner!

Surely his bad luck has to end sometime.

(providing Grosjean keeps away!)

116

Im rolling out on the 7s.

7th different driver in the 7th race by the 7 times world champion

117

I think it will be Rosberg, it would be good for him to not only win his first race but be the first to get 2 this season.

118

I am going for Alonso, but not in Canada.

120

Alonso - he is the most consistent driver currently

121

Jenson Button.

Hopefully in Canada.

122
Darren munford

Easy . Wait . Picking name from hat . Winner Button.

123
Jonathan Kelk

Vettel is my prediction.

124
Jonathan Kelk

With so many people picking him though, I would have been better tactically to go for Karthikeyan - it's very unlikely to happen, but if it did I'd be guaranteed the prize!!

Never mind, I'll stick with Vettel I think 😉

Has anyone picked "no-one" yet, i.e. 20 different winners this year?

125

Vettel.

126
Ollie Holland

Surely has to be Rosberg. Merc in Montreal...

127

Rosberg.

Even though I want it to be Jenson.

128
Grey Accountant

OK, let`s thow a spanner in the works

- Maldonado

(Bet I`m the only one who sayes that!)

129

Bet you aint 😀

130

Fernando Alonso Díaz

131

Mark Webber, European and/or Silverstone will see him number 1 on the podium

132

Nico Rosberg

133

Nico Rosberg.

If it doesn't happen in Canada then I'd say Vettel, but with the way Montreal is expected to suit Mercedes, I just can't go against Nico.

134

Yeah for selfish reasons, am hoping Lewis doesn't win Montreal for not only is that track cursed Championship wise, but I would also like him to save the best for last i.e. By winning in front his die hard fans at Silverstone = icing on the cake.

Look man, Lewis doesn't have a great record of winning back to back races at the start of the season infact his only back to back wins (at the start of the season) came in 2007 when he won the Canada & US races.

So am going for Jenson to be the first driver to win 2 races for hey, he was the first to win this year + was the first two time winner in 2010.

P.s.

Considering my luck at winning prizes especially on the JAonF1 site, I might as well not loose too much sleep over this one.

135
hero_was_senna

This track is cursed Championship wise?

Out of 32 races run at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve since 1978, 12 winners have gone on to win the Championships.

In fact goferet, your Kaiser actually won it in 2000,2002, 2003 and 2004. Only in 2001 when he finished 2nd to his brother did he miss out.

Stats, hey? Like politicians prove on countless occasions, can be made to confirm any argument, for and against.

136

@ hero was Senna

Out of 32 races run at Circuit Gilles

Villeneuve since 1978, 12 winners have

gone on to win the Championships.

-------------------------------------------------

Exactly!

12 out of 32 aren't odds to take to the casino.

And if you look closely, most of those 12 winners that went on to win the championship either had a dominant car outright or had a dominate car in the first half of the season.

And yes the Kaiser is known as such for he's the only driver with 7 wins the next success have 3 wins.

137

But they are always good prizes...

138

@ James Allen

No mate, what I meant is I tend to get the answers wrong and thus not win hahahahaha.

139

hmm.. o_O?!

lol...

140

Jenson Button

141

As much as I would love it to be either of the Mclaren drivers (probably Jenson over Lewis) I think there have been too many mistakes this year.

My initial reaction was it will be Alonso but I'm facinated by the fact that (at time of writing) no one has said Vettel - I think this speaks volumes considering his form last year! To that end I'm going to take a punt with Seb - at least if I'm right, theres less competition :oP

Great website James, always good insight into the sport. Thanks.

142

Alonso here. Weather might play it's part, therefore Ferrari should be up there.

143

The first man to win two races this season: Michael Schumacher.

144

I'll go for Sebastian Vettel.

146

Interestingg that no-one has picked Vettel.

147

Jenson Button

Given that Lewis still has to make his first win this season and JB might have won in China if his pitstops had gone OK

148
Joseph Simmons

Hamilton at the Montreal race who is long overdue for a win. And the cool temperature and weather should suit the McLaren. And Kimi at the Valencia race with the warm weather assisting performance window for the Lotus tyre performance.

149

It has to be Vettel!

150

It's so unpredictable that I'm tempted to say Maldonado!

But going for Vettel.

151

I fancy Rosbergs chances of a win in Cannada, but then Michael should be in the hunt as well.

Interesting how virtully no one says Vettel, can't be written off!!!

152
Alberto Martínez

Nico Rosberg in Montreal

153

Alonso, it will be his prize for his consistency.

But could be anyone of the guys that already have one win, this season everything is crazy.

154

Alonso in Canada?

155
Peter Williams

Webber - a front-runner who flies under the radar

156

Rosberg.

157

Interesting to see that there is no love for Vettel, the winningest driver in the last two years, and from the team that has won twice this year. Of course the standard comment is to say that the car is the reason, but if Seb just copies Mark's set up then he's usually okay in the race.

Canada often tends to be hot or wet, neither of which seem to favour Rosberg in the race. McLaren may struggle at both Montreal and Valencia due to the slow corner bias of those tracks and again the hotter weather.

As a left field choice, I'll go for Grosjean. Great low speed traction, high top speeds, better in qualifying than Kimi at the moment, and also to redeem himself for the Monaco errors. Back-to-back wins for Romain 🙂

158

Kimi Räikkönen 😛

159

Hamilton!!! Going to kick ass in Montreal and then he's right in there

160

WEBBER!

161

Rosberg, if the Mercedes is the fastest car in Montreal as everybody expects I expect a repeat of China's domination.

162

In recent seasons this would have been easy to answer: Vettel, Alonso, Button, Hamilton depending on the year; this year however, its a guessing game. So I'm going to go with gut instinct and plump for Rosberg in the next race - the Mercedes were super strong in Monaco, and Canada's semi-street circuit layout linked by long straights (double DRS to put Nico on pole?) should suit it too.

I hope we get our 7th winner though - Lewis is surely due one soon & I can see Kimi grabbing a win before the seasons out.

163

Kimi for the double!

164

well, I don't really think it will be him, but will stay say Maldonado, working on my own odds to win something in a draw !

165

I think Mark Webber will be the first, 2 time winner this year, and will take the wdc title.

166

You could be right, it may be Webber. I do think that when one driver wins two in a row it will be a sign of change and they will go on to be WDC.

167

You sir are a man of rare insight! Achem ... Bloody oath mate!

168

Luv ya

169

Suprised no-one's said Vettel yet. I don't want him to be the first two times winner, but I reckon he could be in with a shout!

170

Or rather no-one had said Vettel while I was awaiting moderation!

171

I think Vettel will win in Canada, no idea why but its just a feeling

172

although I'd love Maldonado to do it again for Williams

173

I'm feeling that it will be Mark Webber.

174

think its going to be Alonso

175

rosberg!

176
Ravi Rajiv Babu

Nico Rosberg is my prediction on cause of the track layout and weather conditions. But Fingers crossed for Michael Schumacher.

177
Mark in Australia

Seb Vettel.

Can't keep the champion down too much longer

178
William Wallace

It's going to be Jenson Button for victory at Montreal. All his tyre-troubles will be put behind him this weekend, and as this is a track that you can overtake at, he will be able to run a strategy that will suit him and his car.

179

Fernando Alonso.

180
Liam in Sydney

Although the circuit will help Mercedes more than most other tracks this season in terms of quali pace, I think their race pace is not nearly as quick. So I will look elsewhere to a team that races better than they qualify.

My pick for the race: Sebastian Vettel.

181

Jenson Button

182

Alonso.

184

Mark Webber. Just because i think he will. (also not many others are putting his name up :P)

185

It will be Vettel

186

Sebastian Vettel

187

I think the Lotus will go well here if the tyres hold out. Kimi or Grosjean. I will pick Grosjean, after the season as far, why not !..

188
Søren Kühle

Gonna be Alonso or Vettel

189

My opinion, it will be Lewis Hamilton!

190

Jenson Button!

191

ALONSO FOR SURE

192
James Clayton

Groajeaun

Do I still get the prize even if I probably spelt the name wrong?

193

Lewis Hamilton!

194

Pastor Maldonado!

195

For first two time winner, after reading it again (duh), I will pick Webber (with Grosjean second)

196

Seb Vettel

197
Haydn Maidment

Fernando Alonso. You can never count him out.

198

Mark Webber. He has enough experience now to extract the maximum the package he has.

199

I'll say Kimi, because his first Lotus win is well over due now and once he's got one under his belt more will surely follow. And not many others have gone for him 😉

200

I would be a cheeky $5 on Nico Rosberg doing just that in Montreal.

In his bullish form I think Alonso has gotta be a favorite.

An an Aussie I would love it to be Mark Webber, but realistically I think his second victory will come later in the season - Hungary perhaps.

it's going to be one of the two above.

201

Nico Rosberg

202

Wow, I'm surprised so many agree with my feeling that it will be Mark Webber, but he won't do it at Montreal.

203
Marcus Lindblom

Fernando Alonso

204

Rosberg - the Mercedes should go well around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

205

Surely not Alonso in Montreal. This is his bogey track. 9 starts, 1 win, 1 podium, 5 retirements

206

Vettel has to be a contender for canada (he missed it last year by 1 error)

207

Massa! (Smedley asked me to post this)

208

I think Jenson and Sebastian will have more wins to their names for sure.

209

Sebastian Vettel

Although, its not what I'm hoping for.

210

Bruno...... In freak conditions over the next few races

211
RDS Motorsport

Fernando Alonso

213

We should've had a poll for this, the 6 winners plus Hamilton and maybe Raikkonen, no-one else really is there?

214

We'll count up the votes and do a post on it

215

But for the quiz, I'll choose Vettel 🙂

216

its a long shot, but im gona go with schumacher. the monaco pole will be a huge boost and knowing how good in canada, i can see him taking the win. his luck has to change. a 2nd win in valencia or silverstone will be enevitable. come on schu

217

First two time winner in 2012 will be Alonso.

218

I think Vettel but probably not until a Lotus grabs a win! Hopefully Kimi!

219

Alonso (in Valencia - European GP)

220

Michael Schumacher. I know, might be wishful thinking.

221

I'll go with Rosberg.

222

Jenson Button

223

I'm going for Button!

224

Nico Rosberg

225

No way of really predicting this. Total guess - Vettel

226
ArunasNesvarbu

Kimi Raikkonen.

227

Fernando Alonso.

228

Webber for sure!

229

I think Raikkonen will take his first victory in Canada and then Vettel will be the first double winner of the season at Valencia.....

230

That's kind of the way I'm thinking.

Although if we're still looking for a two time winner when they roll into Valencia, I'd be hard pressed to say whether it would be Vettel, or Alonso.

Also, if Kimi gets one soon, say Montreal, and there's still no two time winner by Spa... Well, you know where I'm going with this.

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Alonso!!!

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Maldenado.

Schumi wins in Canada, Massa wins in Valencia and Maldenado wins i GB.

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Mark Webber

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I feel Mark Webber is going to have a nice season again, so I'll go for him.

This car suits him much better than last years car, I think.

cheers

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Keen to make up for last year I'm gonna say vettel

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Its got to be a mercedes. Going with Nico this time. Sorry Michael. Maybe a 1-2?

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Vettel!

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My heart says and wants Webber to surprise everyone in Canada but my mind and money would be on Rosberg for sure. The Merc is looking strong and Rosberg is in the zone this year. The prospect of a Rosberg/Hamilton Mercedes team and Webber/Alonso Ferrari team next year is pants wetting exciting!!

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I'm going with Alonso. His car and chances are improving steadily and if ever there was anyone with the determination to make it happen, it's definitely him.

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Matt Cheshire

Vettel. It's time for him to get it right on Saturday and Sunday to get the second win. It's painful but the finger will be back.

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john ferdinand

Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes

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I'm going for Mark Webber, but not in Canada, at Silverstone. The Red Bull still looks pretty mean in fast corners and Webber would be an incredibly popular winner.

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Alonso!

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I feel that Alonso is the man who will win a second race first.

I also think he's going to take the championship. At this point, he looks incredibly strong and motivated. He even seems happy!

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Fernando Alonso

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Alonso is the favourite but I hope it's Rosberg.

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Vettel obviously!

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Kimi Raikkonen

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Sebastian Vettel

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I think the Williams will be ok again in Canada so I am going for Pastor Maldonado to be the first double GP winner in 2012.

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Rosberg in Montreal

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6 Wheeled Tyrrell

Fernando Alonso

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Alonso I think schumacher will win in canada he always goes really well there

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Vettel in Valencia. Hamilton to win Montreal.

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Pastor Maldonado

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Mark Webber

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Michael Schumacher

If he can qualify well he can stay out of trouble.

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Webber!

Shumi or Kimi to win in Montreal.

Webber to win in Valencia.

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Webber to win at Silverstone and Hockenheim too. 3 on the trot 🙂

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Sebastian Vettel

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alo, alo, alonsooo!

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Lewis hamilton will be the 7th winner and next double winner. He will win canada and Valencia. Infact i put my money on him winning 3 in a row and taking silverstone too..

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Lewis Hamilton

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It will be Vettel!

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Alonso. Go Nando Go !

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Not a popular answer but I say Sebastian Vettel.

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It has to be Webber!!

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Kimi. You can put my prize in the post now to save some time...

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Sebastian Vettel. He's there or there abouts, when he bothers to compete in Q3!

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Neil McGuiggan

Alonso. Ridiculously, given how bad his car has been, he always seems to be near the front, and with Ferrari improving the car it will only get better for him.

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Kimi. Montreal will be number one.

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I am amazed at the lack of people voting for Vettel, you can never write him off!

Setastian Vettel

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You have more chance of winning if you're right, then!

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I also think people are discounting Vettel. I'm also voting for Vettel.

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Having said that I dont think he will win in Canada, Schumacher will win in Canada and Hamilton will win at Silverstone.

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Jenson Button. I'm doubly sure if it rains as hard as it did last year.

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Mark Webber!

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It's probably gonna be Rosberg, but really who can say at the moment?

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It's got to be Alonso!

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Sebastian Vettel

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Fernando Alonso

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Alonso!

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Jenson Button

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No one has said Grosgean. So that's mine!

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James Clayton

I beat you to it I'm afraid 🙂

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Vettel - it'd be the worst possible outcome for the fans and the sport, but that's why it seems inevitable

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Why? How is Vettel being the first two time winner of the season the worst possible result for the sport?

Not saying your opinion is invalid, or anything like that. Just genuinely curious.

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literally because he is the double world champion, and periods of domination are bad for any sport. If after this amazing start to the season Red Bull still manage to take the title it'd feel like such a waste.

I'm actually a big fan of Vettel as a person, I think him and Button are the most personable and open drivers, as well as the only drivers you ever hear describe a race as 'fun', which i think is hugely important.

However, I just don't want to see them winning races, I'm a McLaren fan when it comes down to it, but wouldn't you rather see Lotus, Williams, Ferrari, Sauber, Merecedes and Mclaren all win races before RB? Unless you're a Red Bull fan of course!

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Youre right nobody wants to watch a race where the winner is a forgone conclusion, and I can see where you're coming from, but I don't foresee the ruination of the sport just by Vettel being the first to win two races this season. Now if he goes on a tear from here on out, then yes it will cause a lack of interest in the fan base.

I do like Vettel for much the same reason as you, but I'm a Kimi fan at heart, and would love for him to snag a win or two this season. And while not a Red Bull fan per se, as a some one who did his time the military I have a great amount of respect for efficient, and effective organizations, which I believe is what has them where they are right now.

Personally, I can see some one from another team winning the drivers title with RBR taking the constructors championship.

Here's to a season that goes to the last round.

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The first double winner will be Mr J. Button.

He won there last time out, and will be spurred on to cure his tyre headache at last.

Kimster's migraine with the steering and what not needs some powerful medicine!

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Alonso will be the first double winner.

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Nico Rosberg

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Nico Rosberg.

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Vettel should be the first to get a double this year

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Alonso oh Alonso! You willy old fox!

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Not sure about Race winner but my bet is -Michael on pole and then Merc will find another way to give him a unreliable machine for raceday

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Fernando Alonso to be the first two time winner in 2012.

His consistency this season has been phenomenal and if he gets a sniff of a win he will take it, he isn't a double world champion for nothing.

I would actually expect Ferrari to take another step forward in Canada as they generally turn it around mid season. Just as long as they can do something about their straight line speed (slow corner traction has improved ten fold, as demonstrated in Monaco).

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Mark Webber

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Nico Rosberg (altough i would love to prove wrong and see Alsonso win soon)

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Alonso.....and then to also be the first 3x and 4x winner

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Vettel for me

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I would have to say fernando Alonso, he's driving brilliantly so far this season and if Ferrari can continue to improve the car he will be hard to stop.

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I'll put my neck on the line and say pastor maldonado.

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Sebastian Vettel to get his first Canada win and be the first 2x winner in 2012!

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My first two time Grand Prix winner for 2012 will be Vettel in Valencia. For the bonus points I will pick Schumacher in Canada and Alonso in Silverstone.

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Schumacher please at silverstone!

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Michael Schumacher to win in Montreal and then go onto be the first man to win 2 races this season in silverstone or hockenheim. Raikonnen to win in Valencia.

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Sergio Perez. Ok bit of a long shot!

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Fernando Alonso

(Assuming the promissed Canada updates do work)

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Michael Grievson

First double winner will be Mark Webber

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Fernando Alonso

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The tyre issue is starting to be ridiculous... The winner is who manages better the tyres not the fastest one... Better to change the sports name to FTM (Formula Tyre Managament)!!!

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Got to be Alonso! The ferrari is almost on the pace of the rest of the pack and in Alonso's hands is potentially faster! I think Schumi will win in montreal and then Alonso will be the first 2 timer this year!!

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Fernando Alonso

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Webber - reckon he'll win the next race (maybe!)

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Tom Haythornthwaite

Kimi will win the next two races and then you'll pick my name.

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Alonso is the man with the Plan.

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Fernando Alonso

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chris severin

Señor Button for me

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This should have been a poll - those are super-fun, like the "who's your driver of the day" pole. Love those! And it's nice to check back later and see how the scores have panned out

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Raikkonen first double winner in Valencia

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Fernando Alonso without a doubt.

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Nico Rosberg

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Leaving personal preferences aside, I have to go for Alonso as the first double winner. Apart from his talent and ability to be in the right place at the right time, he also has the advantage of being the only one of the top 8 to be a clear No.1 in his team.

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Vettel or Alonso for 2nd win

BUT

I think Eric Boullier of Lotus should be fired.

Kimi could have won twice, Bahrain and Spain.

Lotus will regret settleing for short term gains in points in the future when they end up like Toyota and Honda and go nowhere.

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Rosberg for me, he's the driver in the best for at the moment.

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Alonso..

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It would be Schumacher. The seven-time world champion, who won seven times in Montreal, and has car Number 7 on his Mercedes will be winning the next Canadian GP, as the seventh winner of the season. This will encourage him to win the next one in Valencia -- this will make him the first two-times winner in 2012.

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Narain Karthikeyan

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LOL!!!

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It would be Schumacher.The seven-time world champion, who won seven times in Montreal, and has car Number 7 on his Mercedes will be winning the next Canadian GP, as the seventh winner of the season. This will encourage him to win the next one in Valencia -- this will make him the first two-times winner in 2012.

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I'm backing Rosberg for Canada

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Webber

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For the consistency and damn right skill of this man, I hope, and pray he will get a double, which will take him on to his third championship.

ALONSO!! #forzaferrari

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I think Maldonado; he messed up at Monaco, a race which, in theory at least, he should have been competitive at. Maldonado should be especially good around Canada as it's another street track. I think it's silly how everyone's forgotten about him just because of one bad race. He's a grand prix winner for crying out loud! Increasingly this season when Senna only gets a little bit out of the car Maldonado shows potential to be right up there. That said I expect Bruno to improve. But that Williams is competitive so definately do not count Maldonado out.

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I'm going to say Sebastian Vettel, I just don't know where

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Jenson Button to return to form with a win in Canada!

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brett Scotland

Alonso. He just has it this season.

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Kimi Raikkonen will win Montreal and than Spa, which means that lots of different drivers will win the GPs in between. 😛

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Jenson! He's always full of surprises.

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I'm going for Mark Webber too!

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Fernando Alonso - he's taken himself to the next level this year both in terms of driving and engagement with fans via his excellent twitter feed. He just seems so settled and happy that it is difficult not to envy him greatly. Even his harshest critics seem to be warming to him, especially now that he is showing more of his personality.

Hamilton and Button seem to be in the doldrums at present and Red Bull are struggling now that they are no longer dominating. Lotus and Mercedes just never quite seem to maintain momentum despite showing flashes of excellence and I think Sauber and Williams will struggle to repeat previous successes.

It's all very close but I think Fernando has the edge and if Ferrari can keep improving the car then he is set for a few more wins this season with the first hopefully coming in Canada.

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I'm gona go for Rosberg

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Kobayashi will win the next two races!!!

No votes for Vettel in the first 40 posts? He'll be wagging his finger at you JA fans.

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Vettel

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My vote is for Rosberg. He is really driving well this year.

(My heart says Alonso, and the guy is amazing, but the only way he will win the championship this year is through consistency. He might be on the podium a lot but that car isn't good enough for the top step very often... I'll be happy if I'm wrong! Anyway I think Rosberg will be the first double winner.)

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If the track is wet like last year's race then I will tip Button to win the 2nd race this year.

If it is dry, then I'm going to back Hamilton as the 7th different winner this season. I would love to back Schumacher, but with the run of bad he's had so far...i'm not so sure

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Mathew Middleton

I'd go with Vettel.

I really think we'll see the 7th winner in Montreal but I can't look past the Red Bull on race day in Valencia.

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