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Future forecasts - your opinions revealed 25 Jul 2008

The crowd, British Grand Prix 2008, Silverstone, Sunday, 6 July 2008. © Martin Trenkler / Reporter Images Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) McLaren celebrates his first pole position in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, British Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Silverstone, England, Saturday, 5 July 2008. © Sutton (L to R): Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Toro Rosso, Nico Rosberg (GER) Williams and Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, 20 July 2008 Nelson Piquet Jr. (BRA) Renault celebrates his second position with the team.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, 20 July 2008 Sebastien Bourdais (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR03.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Hockenheim, Germany, Saturday, 19 July 2008

Ten rounds into the 2008 season and we’ve already seen four different drivers lead the title hunt, witnessed 57 retirements and watched a team score their maiden win. Needless to say, with excitement at every turn, there’s been a lot to talk about. And if you’ve been participating in our recent homepage votes, now is the chance to find out if your opinions corresponded with, or contradicted, those of your fellow Formula One fans…

Which of these changes will have the biggest impact on the 2008 season?
The start of this season saw three important regulation changes - qualifying’s Q3 shootout for pole position was cut to 10 minutes, and both launch control and traction control were outlawed. Perhaps because it garnered more headlines than the other two, traction control drew the majority (76 percent) of votes, while the lack of launch control and the shortening of Q3 mustered just 16 and 8 percent respectively.

Will Kovalainen succeed where compatriots Hakkinen and Raikkonen failed and win in his first season with McLaren?
So far the 55 percent of you who thought Kovalainen wouldn’t win have been proved right. However, the 37 percent who backed him to succeed still have eight races to see their prediction realised. And following the Finn’s recent pole at Silverstone, they may not have to wait too long.

Of the three oldest drivers on the 2008 grid, who do you rate most highly?
Recently Formula One racing has been swamped by publicity-grabbing rookies, but many teams will still make room for a little experience and in 2008 there are three veteran drivers to choose from - Honda’s Rubens Barrichello (36), Red Bull’s David Coulthard (37) and Force India’s Giancarlo Fisichella (35). Your favourite was Coulthard, who garnered over half the votes cast, with 30 percent selecting Barrichello and 13 percent Fisichella. Both the Scot and the Brazilian seem to have been boosted by your support, with the pair taking their first podiums for an age at the Canadian and British Grands Prix respectively.

Of the three youngest drivers on the 2008 grid, who do you rate most highly?
Asked about your favourite young gun, you voted overwhelmingly in favour of Nico Rosberg, with the 23 year-old Williams driver receiving 59 percent of the votes. Toro Rosso’s Sebastian Vettel was the second most popular choice with 25 percent, while 2008 Renault rookie Nelson Piquet enjoyed the support of 15 percent.

Ferrari, BMW Sauber, McLaren, Red Bull and Williams have all done it - which team will be next to score a 2008 podium?
Back in June a staggering 72 percent of you responded to this question with the answer Renault. And up until last weekend’s German Grand Prix your faith in the French team had been misplaced. Toyota and Honda, meanwhile, garnered just 21 and 6 percent of the votes cast. Both have also been on the podium - Toyota in France and Honda at Silverstone.

After their Canadian success, will BMW Sauber win another race in 2008?
In light of Robert Kubica’s Montreal triumph, your answer was a definite yes - over 70 percent backed the German-Swiss team to score a second victory this year. Only time will tell if you are correct.

Which newcomer has impressed you most so far in 2008?
Of 2008’s four debutant drivers - Toro Rosso’s Sebastian Bourdais, Toyota’s Timo Glock and Williams’ Kazuki Nakajima - all made early impressions on Formula One fans. And although Nakajima has now scored more points than his rivals combined, back in April it was four-time Champ Car champion Bourdais who garnered the most support on 51 percent, with Glock and Nakajima receiving 36 and 12 percent respectively.

Which BMW Sauber driver has impressed you most so far in 2008?
No doubt assisted by his Canadian victory (and his loyal Polish fans), Robert Kubica was by far the most popular BMW Sauber man, earning 75 percent of the vote. At the time, Nick Heidfeld was backed by 11 just percent, but following his majestic performances at Silverstone and at Hockenheim, support for the German could well be on the rise.