Predictions championship lead changes hands again

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Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel, Paddy Lowe, Suzuka, 2011

Xenon2 won the Japanese round of the F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship, being the only player to achieved a perfect score.

This week’s runner-up was Avalon, who came out on top in a three-way tie with Hamilton Fan and Buzka. The trio all made the same prediction as Xenon2 with one exception – picking Jenson Button for pole position instead of Sebastian Vettel.

Xenon2 wins a pair of F1 DVDs supplied by Duke Video and Avalon receives and official F1 Fanatic mug.

Lotusein2 has taken the overall lead in the championship with 200 points – a mere two more than second-placed MattHT.

Although a whopping 81% of players correctly predicted Vettel to take pole position (it was his 12th, after all) only 22% tipped Button to win the race.

Remember there are prizes to be won in every round, and the deadline for the next race is just days away so get your predictions in for the Korean Grand Prix below.

As usual you can edit your prediction as many times as you like 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.

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.

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 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.

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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    32 comments on “Predictions championship lead changes hands again”

    1. It would have been nice to actually get better at this… 10 points again for me :|

    2. not bad 16 pts. and 9 positions up :). congrats to top scorer. well done

    3. top spot 5 points away, 4 races to get there :)

    4. I played this for the first time and 14 points… not bad lol

      Congrats to @Xenon2 for the perfect score & to @lotusien2 for reaching the 200 points milestone.

      This championship is close…5 points separate the top 6

    5. Keith, great work as always, thanks.
      I think it would be a great idea if you would reward some guys for their ploe time predictions. Take Gurpz for example, within 0.001 of pole – thats is simply outstanding!

      1. Haha, thanks. Yeah, if only there were big points for predicting so close to the pole time!

        1. @Gurpz It’s certainly the hardest bit to predict!

          1. Definitely. I was chuffed after qualifying but knew it didn’t earn me anything. I think there needs to be a new tiebreaker. Maybe award points for the person closest to the pole time and the tiebreaker is predicting the quickest pit stop?

      2. @jvumix At the moment I prefer stability in the rules over change for change’s sake… that goes for the Predictions Championship and the real world championship equally!

        I’m always open to new ideas, but at the moment I’m happy with the way things are and would need a strong reason to change something.

    6. How many people are actually in this? Im not gonna count every one and there are soo many people on the same rank so I cant go by that.

      1. @BrawnGP 1965 people have entered and scored at least one point for the season.

    7. I’m 68th with 157 pts. I made my best score in Japan (12) since Valencia (24).

    8. Thanks Keith for the good work.
      Amazing these 2 last GPs : a perfect score and a win for Singapore and now this week I take the lead. I never imagine that at the beginning of the season! That’s said, it’s very fragile with such many players within a few points. Hope the luck will stay until the last GP… ;-))

      1. You can always rely on this to be closer than the real F1 championship!

    9. 12 points, not so bad. I’m amazed anyone chose Alonso for 2nd place with the McLarens and Red Bulls so far ahead all weekend.

      1. Agreed. I’d have the perfect score if he was down in 5th :)

        1. I’d have had a perfect score if he swapped places with Vettel. Still, I vaulted up from 44th to 15th so not a bad weekends work. Thank you Jenson Button !

      2. I had Alonso in 2nd behind Vettel. I gambled on Button’s run of form ending and him ending out of the top 5…

    10. Got the top five right… all in the wrong order! I’m 101st. I know it’s not much but It’s much better than last year, I think I finished somewhere in the 300s.

      1. Me too, but it’s not that hard this season, is it? Take the Red Bulls, McLarens and the better of the Ferrari pair – well, who could it be… ;)

    11. Woops, I forgot to do the predictions this week :(

    12. Thankfully I did the predictions on friday, as I overslept on saturday. Curiously, my best score of the year.

    13. 11 points but at least I’m now in the top 200.

    14. ah 7. Always seems to be 7. Ah well, note to self for 2012 – at least participate in all races and don’t forget, too many zeros this year >.<

    15. You guys should be happy you can do predictions >.<

    16. 21 my best :) Too bad I’ve missed two rounds of the season.

    17. 10 Points – not good enough! All the top 5 right but none in the correct place, was willing a spin or two in the last few laps but alas, it wasn’t to be.

    18. I got Hamilton-Schumacher-Massa finishing line astern exactly correct :) Sadly, I predicted this for 3rd-4th-5th, not 5th-6th-7th, so not a very good score from me!

    19. Another 12 points, not bad.

    20. I should get all @Katy ‘s points as she would gave forgotten if not for me :)

      12 points for me, pretty average, but i’m comfortably in the top 100.

    21. My first DNF of the season…Forgot to enter in time :(

    22. Lost places again, and I’m now 45pt off the leader. I think I should say goodbye to the prizes this year :-(

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