Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Chris_Gascoine tops predictions in Belgium

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Chris_Gascoine won the Belgian Grand Prix round of the F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship.

Unusually Chris correctly predicted the drivers in second, third, fourth and fifth places correctly – but got the winner and pole sitter wrong, picking Lewis Hamilton over Sebastian Vettel.

Nonetheless his haul of 29 points was the best score this week.

Behind Chris we had a nine-way tie for second place between Nickyhalde, Penball, Propast, Skinnious, Jon Finn, JS, Racelitze, Sato113 and StrFerrari4Ever.

This was decided on the tie-breaker and it was an impressive effort from Penball to get within 0.023s of the pole position time given how changeable the conditions were. Penball scoops the runner-up prize of an F1 Fanatic Mug.

S-D holds a reduced lead of three points in the championship with Jon Finn moving up into second place.

Chris wasn’t alone in picking someone other than Vettel to come out on top. Mark Webber was the most popular pick for pole position, with a third of players tipping him, and Hamilton was the favourite to win, picked by 43%.

Remember there’s prizes to be won in every round, so get your predictions in for the Italian 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 qualifying 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.

Car-a-Day painting by Rob Ijbema

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.

Runner-up prizes

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.

Duke DVDs

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:

F1 FAnatic mug

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

Entry for F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship 2011
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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 qualifying 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 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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  • 18 comments on “Chris_Gascoine tops predictions in Belgium”

    1. My score and position are equal: 113.

      13 points this round, happy with that given how chaotic practise was.

      Almost, almost in the top 100 and only 16 points behind my nemesis, MattHT.

      Well done to those victorious and better luck next time to the 8 that missed out on a mug.

    2. I’ve gone a different way with my Monza prediction! I’ve put both Mercedes in the top 5 for the first time this season!

      1. Without even seeing the results of practise?! A bold move!

    3. My series of good scores comes to an end this week. 5pt only, and a drop of 7 positions. :(

      I’ll have to bounce back at Monza!

    4. 19 points, a record :D

      If only I had put Hamilton out of the top 5…

    5. cool! i was tied for 2nd place! shame i guessed a wet pole time of over 2 minutes! lol

    6. Hey Keith,my prediction was

      Pole Time – 02:06.325
      Pole – Lewis Hamilton
      Position 1 – Lewis Hamilton
      Position 2 – Fernando Alonso
      Position 3 – Jenson Button
      Position 4 – Mark Webber
      Position 5 – Sebastian Vettel

      …and I have 0 poitns in this round. How actually are the points given :P Thanks for answer :)

      1. I’m afraid your prediction was recorded after the deadline so it wasn’t counted.

        1. Its strange. I got a mail after I made a prediction, and below the drivers its written the time “2011-08-27 11:41:40”

          1. I usually send one prediction (just in case) as “placeholder” for the next race just after the deadline for the previous one is over.

            But this time I forgot, and the same thing (zero points) happened to me. Quote from confirmation mail:

            Pole Time – 01:30.000
            Pole – Sebastian Vettel
            Position 1 – Sebastian Vettel
            Position 2 – Fernando Alonso
            Position 3 – Jenson Button
            Position 4 – Lewis Hamilton
            Position 5 – Mark Webber

            2011-08-27 11:59:07

            When I entered this on the site, I received a message that my prediction was recorded; when I tried to correct it about 1 minute later, it said something along the lines “your prediction wasn’t recorded, it’s after the deadline”.

            Not that I mind much, I missed some races anyway and it’s not like I was going to break into Top 400 :D

        2. Send details and I’ll look into it:

          Reporting a technical problem

    7. ^^ best score for me so far :) *dancing*
      too bad i missed out some races
      aim for 2012= Top 50!

    8. Todfod, it happened again…

      (It’s the 7th time this year we’ve scored the same points for the same race)

      1. Yep. After a little mid-season change of predictions, it looks like we are back.

        I do think we should aiming for higher points together though… how about 31 points or more at Monza?

    9. ahhh once again 5 points, unable to repeat my 21 point feat!

    10. I’m able to comment by providing Name and Email address, but I’m unable to log into the website to make predictions or rate Grand Prix and Drivers. Been like this since Hungary :(
      Always says, Error in user name. Forgot password also doesn’t work – Says no such email

      1. Please send details and I’ll look into it:

        Reporting a technical problem

    11. 3 points. That’s my worst score of the year apart from when I forgot to do my predictions at all! That’s the last time I’ll leave Vettel out of my top 5 completely…

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