Who will win in Silverstone? Make your prediction to win prizes

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Can you predict the top five finishers in the British Grand Prix?

There are prizes to be won for the best predictions including F1 DVDs for the best race prediction and F1 race tickets for the season champion.

You now have until the start of qualifying on Saturday to enter your predictions. After you submit your predictions you can continue to edit them up to the deadline.

New runners-up prizes announced

A further 15 players will scoop prizes in the Predictions Championship.

The players who finish in third to 12th places will each win a copy of the Haynes Official F1 Season Review 2011.

And the players who finish in 13th to 17th places will each win a copy of the Haynes Red Bull RB6 manual.

These prizes have been kindly supplied by Haynes.

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.

The players who finish in third to 12th places will each win a copy of the Haynes Official F1 Season Review 2011.

And the players who finish in 13th to 17th places will each win a copy of the Haynes Red Bull RB6 manual.

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 qualifying 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 be promoted on the front page of F1 Fanatic before closing prior to the start of qualifying.
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.

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    52 comments on “Who will win in Silverstone? Make your prediction to win prizes”

    1. If a Red Bull isn’t on pole tomorrow I will officially change my username to something completely ridiculous.

      1. I’m rooting for the Mclarens then, just so I can see what your new username will be! :)

        1. I’m not too sure, any suggestions?

          1. How about “Ham Cannon XVI”?

          2. The Greek God – Testicles. ;)

      2. I think you mean ‘Vettel’. If Webber gets pole then that would be something different.

      3. “Alex” has always worked for me :p

      4. I really hope so :D

      5. SomethingCompletelyRidiculous could be a bit too cumbersome. How about just Socomprid? ;)

    2. RBR’s pit lane position means they won’t reach 100 km/h before the speed trap, meaning a loss of 2 seconds per stop according to Peter Windsor from the Flying Lap.

      One advantage, one disadvantage.

      1. At what point does this get said, and do they go into any more detail on this, as that just doesn’t sound right to me. Surely, mistakes aside, each F1 car must do the same ultimate amount of accelerating and breaking into and out of the pits. Also, given the time it takes for F1 cars to accelerate/decelerate around the 100k mark (i.e. very little) I don’t know where 2 seconds would come from.

        1. Again, this is according to Peter Windsor. I suggest you contact him directly through Twitter (he published it just under an hour ago):

          I have no clue either…

      2. That doesnt sound right…

        …I believe you that peter windsor said that, but it takes the cars almost no time at all to get up to 100 kph in the pit lane after a stop (something in the neighborhood of 2.5-3 seconds I believe) and I would think that the pit exit would be far enough away from the red bull garage to accomodate that. What do I know though? :-)

        1. I’m still waiting for a reply on his behalf. Craig Scarborough’s blog isn’t mentioning anything technical on this hypothetical pit lane issue either (or yet).

          It does keep me wondering at the moment… :-D
          And not just me apparently: others on The Flying Lap Facebook page are wondering too.

          1. Quick guess, he meant to say .2 seconds. i.e. 2 tenths of a second.

            I haven’t seen the lane myself but makes sense.

            The issue is that a McLaren/Ferrari etc… will be at the limit at the end of the pit lane. A RBR wont so until the McLaren/Ferrari brakes enough to go down to the RBR speed then the McLaren/Ferrari will be going faster.

            Imagine two cars. One starts at 60km/h the other at 80km/h. Both then floor it, the 80km/h car will be going much faster until the faster car slows downf or a corner down to the slowers speed.

            Given that the speed is low for an F1 car, if the pit lane exit can be taken flat and the corners on the circuit too then BECAUSE the other cars will be starting with more speed at the exit of the pit limit then they will have a faster sped to accelerate from.

            Sure, the gap is small, but if one F1 car spends the first second going form 70-100km/h adn the other from 100-125km/h say, then the 2nd car is gaining time, a small amount, but each second the car is faster is a small amount of time.

            It’s like getting a bad exit form a corner, it slows you down on the straight

            1. I get the general concept of the issue, unocv12, but thank you for walking us through it.
              It is indeed more along the lines of 3 to 5 tenths of a second in the end, apparently.

              Here is another article on RBR lobbying the FIA for the 60km/h speed limitation rather than 100km/h.

              Christian Horner is going to drop his “fun” face if it remains unchanged at 100km/h, let me tell you.

      3. But everyone has to slow down, stop and speed back up again, regardless of their position in the pit-lane. I can’t be bothered thinking and FP3 is about to start so I’m in a rush, but if anyone knows if it really affects anything, tell me! :)

    3. The Last Pope
      8th July 2011, 18:45

      I’ve heard all the hype and now I beleive Ricciardo will win.

    4. did you hear that the FIA is allowing the Renault cars to have the cold diffuser at 50% and the Mercedes cars to have hot diffuser at 10%!That sucks!All of them are running in F1,or some are just running on Playstation!

      1. Judging by the bust up Whitmarsh and Horner had when asked about it, as reported here:- http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/formula_one/14076892.stm

        I’d conclude all bets are off !!!

        Losing 50% of your off-throttle blown diffuser compared to your rivals losing 90% of theirs puts Redbull at an even stronger advantage.

        Preformance wise, the FIA have seen to it, yet again, that this season is over.

        After the DDD fiasco in 2009 and the ‘Flexi-wing’ in 2010 ( which coincidentally were both decisive in the WDC/WCC being won that year), brace yourselves for ‘Blowgate’.

        1. They should just have postponed the “rule clarification” until the end of the season as clearly the rule has gotten even foggier now.

          We’re entering mystic territories here with all these random “fair” percentages being handed out. It’s like those Eurovision Song Festival votes.

        2. I find this decision really quite rediculous. My (limited) understanding of it is that for reliability reason’s, Mercedes requested to burn fuel on the over-run. As their engines would be unreliable without this it was decided that all teams/engines would be allowed to do this.

          It then turns out that Renault can’t burn fuel on the over-run because of a lack of reliability, so were then given special compensation to use an extra 30% of off-throttle blowing diffuser. The fact that a team/engine can be given special performance boosts because they cant get another area to work reliably is quite frankly outrageous.

          What is the difference between this and say a team being given the ability to use illegally flexible front wings because they can’t get a legal one to work reliably like Red Bull?

          1. May I refer you to ScarbsF1 (the F1 technology specialist): http://scarbsf1.wordpress.com/2011/07/08/10-rule-full-analysis/

            The new rule of either 50% open throttle, either some fired over-run is applied to ALL teams. Not just the Renault and Mercedes catered ones.
            This has to do with serious evidence of both manufacturers about development of these systems for their engines since 2009 or a year prior to the aggressive EBD craze.

        3. 2010 was a toss up. Hamilton, Webber, and Alonso all could have won it. It was never destined for Vettel to win it, unlike this year.

      2. As far as I understand, the FIA, yesterday allowed teams that were doing weird things with off-throttle fuel/engine modes to cool and/or extend engine live to keep doing that, up to a certain amount. Also, the off throttle thing is now max 20% anyway, not 10%.

        However, any engine would be allowed to use one of those methods. Not very useful if your engine doesn’t of course.

        And then today Whiting decided that allowing the renault thing, which means those teams as a side effect can keep using the EBD unhindered, on Friday was wrong, and too late for this weekend. He believes the Merc. thing isn’t so clearly about performance and allowed that already earlier, so that stays.

        I guess he needs to, once again, sit down with the teams and manufacturers and speak this through before the next race.

    5. Ummmmm…Sebastien Vettel?

      Especially after the FIA granted them (and Renault)special dispensation to run 50% throttle opening when off-throttle.

      Nothing against Vettel (I know he’s earned his position in the championship), but does anyone else feel like this is the most contrived season of F1 in a long time?

      1. Nah. I think McLaren and Ferrari have dropped the ball when it comes to car design and the FIA has been typically incompetent when it comes to implementing rule “clarifications” with any degree of clarity.

        I suppose one could suggest that this plays into the hand of the FIA, since it provides them with the ammunition needed to reignite the standard engine for all cars debate.

        1. Nah. I think McLaren and Ferrari have dropped the ball when it comes to car design and the FIA has been typically incompetent when it comes to implementing rule “clarifications” with any degree of clarity.

          Couldnt agree more. McLaren and Ferrari have been largely dissappointing. I didnt mean to insinuate that it was contrived with the intent of favouring red bull, I just mean that it feels like the FIA has been very heavy handed with their application of rules and critical decisions. Too much DRS deliberation and variation from track-to-track (although I’ve already complained enough about DRS), too many penalty considerations taking place after races end, too many ill-conceived knee-jerk rule changes, etc.

          I guess it just feels more like a semi-scripted reality show than a real world championship this year.

      2. It turns out it is not a dispensation for a particular engine manufacturer but general rule softening to either 50% open throttle, either fired over-run…

        See my message above for the link to excellent full analysis of the 10% (sic) rule.

        1. It still unequal. Merc uses over run, RBR 45% throttle whos to say which method will benefit the EBD more? You can bet your life one of these methods will be much better, and Renault can’t just go to over-run and Merc can’t just go to 50% off throttle. So it is in effect a different dispensation for particular engine manufacture because that is the way the engines are design and frozen.

          1. I find it interesting that in all this Ferrari has been content to sit down and watch the spectacle. Or maybe they had a lot of words outside of the media.

    6. Have a feeling this is going to be Webber’s weekend and both Mclaren’s will be on the podium. Hope im wrong but we’ll see

    7. What would the pole time be roughly, anyone?

      1. IT will be exactly the same time as the fastest man on track during Q3.

        1. No shizz… o_O

    8. RBR 1 – 2

    9. I’m not predicting anything until right after P3 and the latest rain forecasts. I think rain and a wet track is more of an overall equalizer for cars and drivers with the slower speeds and a slippery track.

      A wet track (as opposed to merely damp) could see a major shakeup in the starting grid, compared to damp or dry qualifying.

    10. Since Pitpass exclusively reported two weeks ago that 17 top circuits, including Monaco and Monza, had unified to oppose the introduction of a 15,000 rpm V6 engine to F1, some sports reporters have tried in vain to rubbish the news. Now they are having to face facts and accept that it is true.

      One insisted that “nobody in the F1 paddock was taking the threat seriously.” whilst another decided instead to make completely false personal comments about the circuits’ representative Ron Walker. Neither a professional or mature way to deal with the matter.

      Despite strenuous denials from Walker, published here, several journalists, known for their fondness for conspiracy theories, indicated that he was somehow forced to make his comments by F1’s boss Bernie Ecclestone. However, one website now has a second opinion and it confirms Walkers’ comments completely.

      1. I missed that. Have to say that I missed it due to not often looking what Pitpass writes, their articles do tend to look interesting but their credibility isn’t so clear.

    11. Keith, I’ve put my suggestions in, I’m just wondering whether this includes any race protests by Mercedes/Renault/Ferrari?? XD

      Also, I haven’t got my confirmation e-mail, and I’m slightly worried it hasn’t gone through..

    12. Keith i made a prediction and it says my entry has been saved but am not getting an e-mail.

    13. I’m not getting the confirmation e-mail either…
      Just in case:
      Pole: VET 1:29.967
      VET – ALO – WEB – HAM – BUT

    14. Predictions in. A rather conservative approach again for me in an attempt to gain some serious ground, i’m doing terribly these days!

    15. Keith, I havent got a confirmation email regarding my entry. Does this mean that my entry has not been saved?

      1. Just in case:
        Pole: VET 1:39.757
        ALO – VET – WEB – MAS – HAM

        1. pole – 01:30.057

    16. Yes, me too. I’ve put in my predictions twice and contacted Keith yesterday, but I still have received no email nor any word whether my predictions are in.

      I hope they’re in Keith.

    17. Keith

      I made my predictions before thr end time, they´ve been saved but didn´t received the email confirmation, is there a problem?

      1. Same here: didn’t get the email. Hope the prediction’s been saved!

    18. No confirmation mail here too, but it said the predictions had been saved, problem here??

    19. btw I sent my predictions via email BEFORE quali; please don’t give me another zero score! :L

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