Your predictions for 2006 - Part Two 25 Nov 2005
In recent weeks our homepage vote has been asking you for your views on the various changes coming to Formula One racing in 2006. In this final instalment of our two-part feature, we take a look at some more results, in particular those relating to the drivers and team personnel for next season.
Rubens Barrichello has spent the past few seasons living in the shadow of Michael Schumacher at Ferrari. In contrast, Jenson Button became a clear number at BAR in 2005, totalling dominating team mate Takuma Sato, whom Barrichello replaces next year. However, according to our vote, Button had better watch his back, as you believe Barrichello has the talent not only to better his new partner, but also to beat him. In fact, 47 percent of you predict the Brazilian will be the quicker of the pair, while 39 percent believe Button will have the advantage.
Giancarlo Fisichella had a mixed season in 2005. After winning the opening round in Melbourne, his campaign was blighted by misfortune and he never looked likely to challenge team mate Fernando Alonso for the title. Nevertheless, Fisichella maintained it was his best year so far in Formula One and our vote suggested you agree. Just over 55 percent of you said his Australian win was the highlight of his F1 career. His unexpected Jordan victory in Brazil in 2003 got 27 percent of your vote, while the remainder opted for his Austrian pole position with Benetton in 1998.
The famous name Rosberg returns to the grid next year, with Nico, son of former champion Keke, lining up for Williams alongside Mark Webber. The up-and-coming German may have won this years GP2 series, but does he have what it takes to seriously trouble his highly-rated team mate? Your opinion was split - 33 percent said Webber should definitely be worrying; 22 percent said the Australian would easily dominate; and the other 45 percent hedged their bets.
Of course it is not only drivers switching teams for next season. In March 2006, Adrian Newey leaves his long-term berth as McLaren technical director to take on a new role at Red Bull. Newey, arguably the finest aerodynamicist in Formula One, has brought countless titles to both McLaren and former team Williams, but can he do the same for his new employers? According to your votes, the prospects are not too bright. Only 10 percent of you believe a Newey-designed Red Bull will win a world championship in the future, while 35 percent are convinced it will never happen. The majority of voters - 55 percent - concluded it was a possibility.
2005 saw Formula One get its first new world champion of this century, as Michael Schumacher was finally toppled. That means, assuming Jacques Villeneuve retains a seat next year, we will have three champions, reigning or otherwise, on the grid. Fernando Alonso may be the newest of the three, but it seems he is not top in your affections - Schumacher remains your favourite, the German garnering 52 percent of the vote to Alonsos 32 and Villeneuves 16.
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