Two-way tie after Predictions Championship round four

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Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Istanbul, 2011

Two players are tied in first place overall after the fourth round of the Predictions Championship.

Pukz and Sjmunt1 are level on 68 points each.

This week’s winner is Jvumix who scored 31 points and got closest to predicting the pole sitter’s time.

Four other players also scored 31 but it was Josephrobert who claimed second place ahead of Codesurge, ADennehey87 and Bobscamano.

Jvumix wins a choice of one of two F1 DVDs courtesy of Duke Video and Jospehrobert has won a seriously covet-able F1 Fanatic mug!

Over half of players correctly predicted Sebastian Vettel to take pole position. But the most popular pick for victory was Lewis Hamilton.

Remember there’s prizes to be won in every round, so get your predictions in for the Spanish Grand Prix below. You can edit your prediction up to the start of qualifying.

Find out where you are in the championship standings and have a look at the statistics so far here:

You can enter your predictions for all the remaining rounds below and on the Predictions Championship page (under Community > Predictions Championship in the menu).

You can edit a prediction for any race up until the deadline for entries which is the start of third practice at each round.

The prizes

There are prizes to be won in every race plus grand prizes for the overall winners at the end of the season.

Whoever gets the highest overall score throughout the year will win a pair of grandstand tickets for the 2012 British Grand Prix.

Here are the prizes in full:

Grand prize: Two grandstands tickets to the 2012 British Grand Prix

The person who scores the most points over the whole season will win two grandstand tickets to the 2012 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The grand prize winner will receive tickets to all three days of the event with reserved seating for the race.

The winners will have tickets for the Becketts grandstand which offers views of the spectacular, high-speed Becketts complex plus part of the new infield section of the track which saw so much action in the 2010 race.

Second place prize: An F1 painting of your choice

The second place finisher 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.

More prizes to come!

Further prizes for the highest-scoring players will be announced later this year.

Race winners prize: A pair of F1 DVDs

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

Each race winner will get to pick any two from the following three new Duke motor racing DVDs:

Race runners-up prize: F1 Fanatic mugs

The second place finisher in each race will win an official F1 Fanatic mug.

See here for more details on F1 Fanatic merchandise:

How to enter

You have until the start of free practice three on Saturday to make your predictions for each round.

A reminder will be posted on the site after free practice two on Friday as well as on Twitter.

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.

You need to log in using an F1 Fanatic account to make your prediction.

The sign-up process is quick and easy: Get your F1 Fanatic account here and read more about registering here.

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

After submitting your prediction you will receive an email to the address you created your F1 Fanatic account with confirming your entry. If this does not happen, or you are concerned your prediction has not been received, please get in touch using the contact form.

Make your predictions

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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 or Car-a-Day.
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 score 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 in every race counting towards the Formula 1 World Championship 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 above. If you have trouble submitting your entry via the form please contact F1 Fanatic via email and send your prediction using the contact form.
9. In the event of a dispute the editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
10. No cash alternative is offered for any of the prizes.
11. Grand Prix tickets: Children must be accompanied by an adult. Accommodation and transport to the venue not included.
12. Players who have won prizes will be notified by email within seven days of each Grand Prix. DVD and mug prizes will be despatched within 28 days of that email being sent. Grand Prix tickets will be despatched once they are available.

Don’t miss a single round of the F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship. Subscribe to F1 Fanatic using RSS, email or Twitter: Click here for more information.

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46 comments on “Two-way tie after Predictions Championship round four”

  1. I got 21 this week! Well impressed!

  2. Shame my picks were rubbish because I guessed the pole time to be 4/1000ths of a second more than it was!

    At least I scored my highest amount of the season so far (13) and am just shy of the top 100.

    1. 01:25.073 RH0258 (+00:00.024)
      01:25.068 wakenabeb (+00:00.019)
      01:25.053 Icthyes (+00:00.004)
      01:25.049 Sebastian Vettel
      01:25.038 venom02 (-00:00.011)
      01:25.037 Red Andy (-00:00.012)
      01:25.030 kymmiller (-00:00.019)

      1. Impressive. Congrats. I think the guess closest to the actual Pole time should have extra points or win something. This year I have a tendency to underestimate their improvement. So far the Pole time has been better than my guess, but maybee it is so for most of us this year?

  3. Pedro Andrade
    10th May 2011, 12:41

    God, what a disaster… Started well in Australia but then it went downhill, with emphasis on the Chinese GP, when I forgot to post a prediction.

  4. HounslowBusGarage
    10th May 2011, 12:41

    I’m curious about the way the system works. Do I have to log in separately to make predictions and, if I make a prediction, should I automatically receive a confirmation email showing my predictions?
    Reason I ask is that I’ve only received one confirmation email and yet ‘scored’ in three races so far. For Istanbul, I thought I put VET on pole, but received no confirmation email and no points . . .
    Not a big deal at all, I’m very nearly at the bottom of the pile. Just curious.

    1. You should receive a confirmation email yes. But you don’t need to click anything on it to confirm the predictions themselves.

      Bit worrying though :/

  5. Poor showing this round, slipping from 12th to 34th although I still appear to be leading the charge for the ladies. Serves me right for being disloyal and not backing Nando.

    1. Still a very nice job your doing I think. I just upped my score by having 9 points, shame it gets me only to 477th place :-(

  6. If alonso had read the script and struggled like massa and finished 6th or lower i would have got a perfect 50. My hatred of that man just went up a notch!

  7. I’m consistently scoring 9 points, apart from the first race that I skipped (was intimated by the new system of having to predict 5 places, rather than the podium places as in the first iteration).

    Anyone wants to bet on me scoring 9 points again in Spain? :D

  8. Best round so far for me, 13 points. Still beating MattHT. Hahahahahahaaaa!

  9. 57th place, not bad.

  10. I’m up to 25th place. :D

  11. Interesting how the average of predicted pole lap time for Turkey was much closer to the actual time than in the other rounds… 01:25.517 (+468 ms), while in Australia it was +3 s, Malaysia +5 s, China +4 s.
    It also shows that predictions are usually pessimistic :-)

  12. my points are pretty bad, but consistant – 7,7,9,7 puts me joint 257th, need a high scoring weekend!

  13. Up to join 5th! At 1 point in the race i was on for 31 points :( ah well! consistency is the key here!

  14. For the 1st time I’ve put Fernando outside my top 5, and he gets a podium finish.. Argh. I’m finding it impossible to crack it into the top 100.. stuck at 116 for now

    1. I was cursing myself on Saturday for junking Alonso for Rosberg and then Nico finished in the place I predicted for him!

      I also see that not only are we in the same position but have scored the exact same amounts in every round!

      1. I think we have been making the exact same predictions. Great minds think alike, but apparently, end up struggling in the prediction championship.

  15. Haha, 395th. At least I’m consistent… I always get the polesitter right :)

    1. At this rate, the polesitter points will become freebies!

  16. 9pt!
    Not a lot, but enough to maintain a good position…
    Looking forward to the Spanish GP, so I can try to score a lot of points…

  17. After two disastrous rounds of 7 and 7, I finally nailed it. Really feels good to be top of the pile for tis round. The guys at the top should watch out, I am charging through the field, just like Webber in China

  18. dyslexicbunny
    10th May 2011, 14:10

    13 points. 151st. Movin’ on up

    1. Cheesiest link ever!

      1. You know you love it.

  19. that will teach me not to take the pole time prediction seriously

    1. That makes it the two of us then! :D

      So close yet so far..

  20. 2 rounds ago, i had 5 points in total having no chances nor perspectives for going up, then i said to myself, stop guessing, start calculating and believe me that worked really well for me, I am 9th overall :)

  21. haha 3rd place, been consistant so far :D

  22. 7 points again. Serves me right for picking Hamilton for pole. I was expecting a wet qualifying session :(

  23. 577. Although I’ve finished in the points every race, I must change tactics…

  24. I pasted the top 100 prediction scores into excel and got the average scores for each round..

    Oz: 9.61
    Mal: 7.91
    Chi: 14.59
    Tur: 13.53

    Seems to be a wobbly upward trend here.. Does this mean the F1 profits are honing their skills?

    1. Homonym! It’s prophets.

      I think people have finally decided that Red Bull are as dominant as they are. And people are starting to flesh out how good Mercedes and Renault can be. Valencia will be the next test as more teams are shooting for major upgrades.

      1. Tanx Dyslexic Bunny ;) I agree although I’d imagine we’ll see a large amount of upgrades by Catalunya. Hopefully Renault and Mercedes will close in and keep it interesting.
        If they do that can only play into Vettels hands with a nice buffer of points to seperate him from the chasing pack.

        1. After consulting the official schedule, I believe it should Catalunya as well. It is sometimes difficult for me to get dates well as I live outside the space/time continuum.

          As they are both in Spain, I contend that I was close enough for government work. The guys on Speed said Spain too and therefore, it’s close enough for me without using time as an appropriate reference.

          Also, based on my current residence, I know the results for all races but I sandbag just to make my later victory more exciting.

  25. Nice one, jumped up from around 150th to 5th that round.

  26. Well done on getting 31 you guys! I’ve just got 31 for all 4 rounds put together!!

    Last time I trust Schumi to do well… I put him as 4th..

  27. Things going better and better. 21 points this time and up to 25th place overall. If logic is real that should be 31 points next time! But… ;-)))

    1. also 21 points this time tidy 52nd place but my advice is to never back jenson button every time i put faith in the man he just keeps letting me down:)

  28. 7 points. For once I actually predict a Hamilton win and Vettel wins it

  29. JamieFranklinF1
    10th May 2011, 22:51

    My best score at 11 points xD lol. I think I need to start predicting with my head, and not with my heart.

    I want to say that because McLaren have their major upgrade coming for Spain, that they’ll challenge for the win, but realistically, I doubt it.

    What’s more annoying is that my Quali predictions for the top 5 have been probably around 70-80% correct, compared to my 10-20% race predictions.

  30. I completely missed this predictions round… I was stuck at a secluded beach for four days.

    Pity :)

  31. I can’t get the hang of getting the pole time right ! Any tips please :)

    1. Now you have the benefit of waiting until after FP3 to make your prediction it should be a lot easier!

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