Qualifying is over for the French GP. I thought I would predict the finishing positions. I’ve never done this before. You can’t guess who’s going to crash and go out or lose positions (except the Supa Aguri’s who are at the back of the grid anyway).
Such detailed predictions are unlikely to all come true, but it’s interesting to me.
Rosberg changed his engine, so starts 19th on the grid instead of 9th (I think). I can’t see getting into the points from there, so why he didn’t keep the same engine and go for points (do or DNF) I don’t know.
The hardest positions to predict are the Midland and Toro Rosso teams. Midland seem faster than before, but can they keep up the pace for the whole race.
Further, I predict:
Shumi will run away from the start.
Massa, light on fuel but with less race pace will hold up the pack until the he pits.
Alonso passes Massa in the pits.
De la Rosa’s lack of recent race experience could lead to a few small mistakes. Having three races to show his stuff, I don’t think he’ll be tough enough protecting his line and will be overtaken; preferring to finish lower rather than crash out.
Jenson will make the best of a bad job, but I don’t think the Hondas have enough race pace. ‘Bout time they got themselves sorted out – they have the potential, but keep making mistakes.
1 Michael Schumacher Ferrari
2 Fernando Alonso Renault
3 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari
5 Giancarlo Fisichella Renault
6 Jarno Trulli Toyota
7 Ralf Schumacher Toyota
8 David Coulthard RBR-Ferrari
9 Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth
10 Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes
11 Christian Klien RBR-Ferrari
12 Rubens Barrichello Honda
13 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-BMW
14 Jenson Button Honda
15 Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth
16 Jacques Villeneuve Sauber-BMW
17 Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota
18 Scott Speed STR-Cosworth
19 Vitantonio Liuzzi STR-Cosworth
20 Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota
21 Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda
22 Franck Montagny Super Aguri-Honda