Perfect score at Suzuka fires Jimfaekillie into Predictions Championship lead

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Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Adrian Newey, Suzuka, 2010

After 16 races we finally saw our first perfect scores in the 2010 F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship in the Japanese Grand Prix round.

Four players all netted the maximum 50 points by predicting the pole sitter and top five finishers correctly.

Jimfaekillie, winner of the British Grand Prix round and one of the four players to make a perfect prediction this week, has grabbed a healthy 27-point lead in the championship with three races to go.

The Japanese Grand Prix winner was chiliching who won the tie-breaker to prediction the pole sitter’s time. He wins a Lotus DVD boxset. Second place and a pair of F1 T-shirts from Unlap goes to Bullfrog. The other player to make a perfect prediction was mjpf1fan.

Almost three-quarters of players predicted Sebastian Vettel to take pole position and more than half tipped him to win.

Had Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button not swapped places in the dying stages 22 players would have had a maximum score.

View the F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship standings in full

F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship race-by-race statistics

The prizes

This year we’re giving away a pair of prizes every race weekend.

On top of that at the end of the year the top 12 finishers all get prizes – and whoever scores the highest overall will be going to the 2011 British Grand Prix. Here are the prizes in full:

Grand prize: Two grandstands tickets to the 2011 British Grand Prix

The person who scores the most points in the 2010 F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship will win grandstand tickets to the 2011 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

This is the first time we’ve offered F1 race tickets as a prize at F1 Fanatic and I hope you all agree it’s a fitting reward for the F1 expert who can best predict who will be on top in 2010.

The grand prize winner will receive tickets to all three days of the 2011 British Grand Prix with reserved grandstand seating for the race.

Second place prize: An F1 painting of your choice

The second place finisher in the championship will win an F1 painting by Rob Ijbema.

You get to choose which F1 driver, present or past, will feature in the painting. Or you can pick one of the other motor racing paintings on Rob’s site Car-a-day.


Runners-up prizes: Autocourse 2010-2011

The ten players who finish in third to 12th positions in the championship will win a copy of the 2010-2011 edition of Autocourse.

The highly respected journal of Formula 1 and other major international four-wheeled racing series is published at the end of every season.

This year the publication marks its 60th anniversary edition.

NB. 2009 edition cover used for illustration

Race winners prize: The Lotus Story DVD Box Set

Duke Video are supplying the prize for the player who gets the highest score in each round.

With the Lotus name returning to F1 in 2010 what better prize than a DVD box set showing the history of this great team. This four-disc set “The Lotus Story” chronicles Lotus’s participation in F1 from the company’s beginning in 1948 up to its F1 withdrawal in 1994. (Please note this DVD is in PAL format).

Duke are also offering a special promotion exclusive to all F1 Fanatic readers – whenever you order from them you can get 15% off using the promotional code F1Fanatic at the checkout.

Race runners-up prize: Two F1 T-shirts

The second place finisher in each race will win a race winner’s T-shirt and Official F1 Fanatic T-shirt from Unlap.

This prize is supplied by Unlap.

How to enter

Entries will open in the week before every race. You have until the start of free practice three on Saturday to make your predictions.

You can post your predictions for the first race now below or wait until nearer the deadline. A reminder will be posted on the site after free practice two on Friday.

Each player may predict the pole sitter, the pole position lap time and the top five finishers in the race. See below for the rules in full.

Enter your pole position lap time prediction in the following format: MM:SS.ccc – e.g. for a lap of one minute, 25.386 seconds enter 01:25.386

Please try to pick an original and distinctive user name – something a bit more descriptive than just a first name and use the same name for every race you enter.

Competition terms and conditions

1. Maximum one entry per household.
2. The competition is not open to employees, friends or family of F1 Fanatic, Silverstone Circuit, Duke Video, Motorsport in Print, Car-a-Day or Icon Publishing Ltd.
3. Predictions will open up to one week before the start of final practice on the Saturday of a Grand Prix weekend and will be promoted on the front page of F1 Fanatic before closing prior to the start of final practice.
4. In each round players are invited to predict (a) who will be on pole position and (b) what the top five finishers will be (five different drivers).
5. Players accumulate points in each round as follows:
a. Correctly naming the pole sitter: 2 points
b. Correctly naming one/two/three/four/five driver/s who finish in the top five: 1/2/3/5/8 points
c. Correctly predicting where one/two/three/four/five driver/s finish: 2/6/14/24/40 points
6. Whoever scores the most points over the 19 races from round one (Bahrain) to 19 (Abu Dhabi) wins the grand prize.
7. In the event of a tie on points the winner will be determined by who came closest to predicting the pole position time correctly. If that fails to produce a winner the editor will choose a means of deciding who has won.
8. Predictions must be entered using the form below. If you have trouble submitting your entry via the form please email
9. Once a prediction has been made it cannot be altered.
10. In the event of a dispute the editor?s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
11. No cash alternative is offered for any of the prizes.
12. Grand Prix tickets: Children must be accompanied by an adult. Accommodation and transport to the venue not included. Event date TBC.
13. Players who have won prizes will be notified by email within seven days of each Grand Prix. Lotus DVDs and F1 paintings will be despatched within 28 days of that email being sent. Grand Prix tickets will be despatched once they are available. Autocourse books will be despatched once they are published.

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  • 24 comments on “Perfect score at Suzuka fires Jimfaekillie into Predictions Championship lead”

    1. Back into the Top 100!

    2. As i said the championship rules are plain wrong because now one guy with a big dose of luck has now 27 (a HUGE amount) points more than the second and the championship has been decided out of luck.

      1. I think you’re doing Jimfaekillie a disservice by saying he’s only leading because of “luck”. He’s had the top score in two rounds and consistently picked up points in the others with six double-digit scores. I don’t think anyone else has managed that.

        And there’s still up to 150 points to be won in the final races.

        1. Yeah i think you’re right. I participated in every round and scored every round but never made a double-digit score. I’m just a bad predictor :P So six double-digit scores are not only the result of luck.

          1. me too. this is my first time with double digit score. 467th place out of 3,400++. not bad.

    3. Haha, I knew my personal best score of 21 wouldn’t be enough to elevate me much in the table. What a predictable race it was!

      With 125pts, I’m alone at the 28th position, 49pts behind the leader, BUT only 22pts behing the 2nd place man.
      I’m fighting for the podium.

      “Had Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button not swapped places in the dying stages 22 players would have had a maximum score.”
      Yeah, and I would’ve scored 10pts more, with only 1 correctly predicted driver away from a perfect score.

      1. I would have been one of the 22! That damn gearbox :(

    4. Keith, what was with that automatic prediction I eluded to previously?

    5. If only, IF ONLY I had not swapped Alonso and Webber, mine would have been perfect!!! I was SO CLOSE.

    6. Wit woo 24 points, somehow (flukely) into the top 100!!!!

    7. If only Kubica hadn’t had his tire failure and/or Ham/But swap hadn’t happened. Ohh well.. Up into the 200th’s now and another double scoring.

    8. I got the pole time almost right. I predicted 1:30.735 and Vettel set 1:30.785
      At least got the pole sitter and the podium right, 21pts.

    9. 31 points, finally caught back up to Steph

    10. Not a bad weekend for me.

    11. Only if Hamilton’s gear box didn’t had trouble I would have scored full 50 points.

    12. Kubica’s wheel ruined me. Mind you so did a bunch of you lot. Please stop outscoring me. Thanks in advance.

    13. Wow, I have rocketed into the top 100. Look out Felipe Massa, I am faster than you !

    14. Steph — equal points over the last two races…lets see what happens to our own personal championship over the final three. It is getting tense…! But I would gladly lose this championship…as long as Alonso or Vettel do not win it! Current Scores are:
      Ayrton: 56

      Good luck fellow fanatic…may the f duct be with you….

      1. F duct lol :)

        I’m getting very frustrated at myself. I blew this weekend by gambling on rain of course it rained so much that it had to be postponed until it was dry! :P

        Best of luck to you too. Korea and Brazil could be tough. I feel I may need to make a do or die gamble :P

    15. Only 19 points if only Robert would finish i would had the first 4 correct. Oh Keith if you score 50 points that is just luck as you notice this was the first time it happened. The most people in top 100 score a average of 11 points (AVERAGE) so it’s a lot of luck involved.

      And still i think they really watch my entries and try to swap places to prevent me for a perfect score. )

      1. Oh Keith if you score 50 points that is just luck as you notice this was the first time it happened.

        That’s not luck, it’s just not easy getting all five drivers in the right order, plus the pole sitter. If you get four plus the pole sitter you get 34 points. In proportional terms that’s similar to the difference between winning and finishing second in a Grand Prix.

    16. Well done Jimfaekillie.

      1. Can’t believe I’m hanging in there in 12th! Perhaps the prediction competition will go down to the wire like the WDC!

    17. hahaha lucky korea is going ahead or would have needed two maximum 50 point hauls to win. now i’ve got three races to reverse my 95 point deficit i feel i’m almost definitely going to Silverstone next summer =D

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