There will be a record six World Championship winning drivers on the ‘Formula 1’ grid at the start of the 2012 season. This is quite possibly one of the most highly anticipated seasons in the history of the sport.
The main challengers then, there’s no other place to start than with the current champion Sebastian Vettel. He has the chance to become only the third driver to win three championships in a row, and there is absolutely no reason to bet against him doing it. His team mate at Red Bull, Mark Webber, is possibly entering his final season. The 35 year old has never quite been able to match his team mate over the past two seasons, but he’ll give it a good go.
McLaren are the closest rivals to Red Bull and the all British line up will push their car all the way. Jenson Button had a phenomenal season last year where he out did his partner and performed spectacularly in all different weather conditions. Lewis Hamilton had a tricky season last year which was littered with personal issues and on track shenanigans with opponents, but he will be ready to bounce back.
Ferrari will try to win, despite having a poor showing at the winter testing, but as we all know their number one driver, Fernando Alonso, will be vying for the title in any car. On the other hand his team mate Felipe Massa has a lot to prove following a poor 2011 season, and has to show he still deserves a seat in the prancing horse.
The dark horse now in my eyes though is Mercedes. Now this team has had time to settle and gel they can now really push on. And who can really not like ‘one of the greats’ Michael Schumacher, or his cool, calm and collected team mate Nico Rosberg.
Finally, the 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikonnen returns after two years away from the sport. It will be interesting to see how he gets on at Lotus.
In what will be a close season, my pick is Jenson Button. However it’s near impossible to be certain, what is certain though, it will be exciting.