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Lauda's 2007 Forecast - Part Two 15 Mar 2007

Niki Lauda (AUT). Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Practice, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 10 March 2006. World © Bumstead/Sutton

Speaking exclusively to Formula1.com, our resident soothsayer Niki Lauda continues to divulge his predictions on who will dominate during the 2007 season - and who will struggle to perform…

On his favourites for 2007:
Niki Lauda:
From the drivers’ point of view certainly Fernando Alonso with McLaren - if they are able to give him a very competitive car! Then he might be the logical champion. On the other hand Ferrari also seem to be very quick, so in the end I believe it will be a showdown between these two teams, with Renault and BMW Sauber spicing up the season. But the picture will become clearer after the Bahrain Grand Prix.

On the rest of the pack:
NL: Jenson Button
is highly rated in Britain amongst the fans, but he certainly has to prove his performance again, because so far there has been a lot of ups and downs in his career. Rubens Barrichello is one of the older drivers in the field and he has to make sure that his performance goes up and not down.

Nick Heidfeld is a very experienced driver and if he gets a competitive BMW Sauber he has to prove how good he really is. Robert Kubica is certainly one of the young and quick guys, but we have to see how quick he gets going forward.

Ralf Schumacher is always handicapped with the performance of Toyota, which has not been very good in the past and neither has it been in testing. So it is very difficult to judge him. The same goes for Jarno Trulli.

David Coulthard is the perfect man for Red Bull. Mark Webber can certainly speed up David’s performance. Mark has to prove his qualities, but for now, I think the RB3 has not performed very well.

Nico Rosberg has to take all the information from the experienced Alexander Wurz, but in the long run he is certainly one of the quick young drivers. Wurz has to prove this year, after six years of being a test driver, how well he can really race, otherwise I guess he will be replaced by an upcoming young guy.

Vitantonio Liuzzi and Scott Speed have been confirmed by Gerhard Berger very late, so I guess Gerhard was not very sure how good they really are. And as he could not get anybody better, he had to confirm the same drivers as last year. They certainly have to do a lot of work to get the confidence of the team.

Christijan Albers’ performance really depends on how quick and reliable his car is. As for Takuma Sato, Anthony Davidson and Adrian Sutil - I’ve no idea at this point.

Click here to return to Part One of Lauda's 2007 Forecast.