Mark Webber, Red Bull, Shanghai, 2012

Prizes up for grabs for the best Chinese Grand Prix predictions

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Mark Webber, Red Bull, Shanghai, 2012Who’s your tip for victory in the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix?

Predict the top five finishers below and you could win one of three prizes this weekend.

And there’s lots more prizes to be won by the top scorers at the end of the season.

Enter your Chinese Grand Prix prediction below.

When picking your choice of pole sitter and pole position time, keep in mind that if a driver loses pole position due to a grid penalty, they are no longer the pole sitter. See the rules below for more information.

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2012 F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship overall prizes

Grand prize: Two grandstands tickets to the 2013 British Grand Prix

The person who scores the most points over the whole season will win two grandstand tickets to the 2013 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.

Car-a-Day painting by Rob Ijbema

Second place prize: An F1 painting of your choice

The second place finisher will win a Formula 1 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:

Racecar Engineering

Runner-up prize: Racecar Engineering subscriptions

The five players with the next highest scores (positions three to seven) will each win a year’s subscription to Racecar Engineering magazine.

Racecar Engineering is the world?s leading motorsport technology magazine. Every issue is packed with in-depth features, interviews and analysis from Formula One, Le Mans and all forms racing and rallying.

Runner-up prize: Autocourse calendars

The five players with the next highest scores (positions eight to 12) will each win a 2013 Autocourse calendar.

The Autocourse Grand Prix calendar contains images taken during the season of all the major players competing in the Formula One World Championship.

The images are high resolution and taken by one of the world’s leading Grand Prix photographers, the calendar is printed on art quality paper and comes with a stiffened backing board and shrink wrapped for protection.

More prizes to be announced

Further prizes will be announced during the season.

2012 F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship race prizes

1971 Autocourse ebook

Race winner’s prize: Autocourse eBooks

The highest scorer in each race will win an Autocourse eBook. The 1971 edition will be the first prize up for grabs, and later players will have the chance to win 1972 to 1976 editions.

The Autocourse eBooks are faithful reproductions of the original annuals in digital form. The colour, clarity of images and text have been improved to modern standards, but the content remains in original format.

Autocourse has become the definitive record of Formula One racing the world over and early editions are collector?s items, which regularly trade for hundreds of pounds.

  • The 1971 Autocourse eBook is available from for ??19.99 with free postage/packing to UK customers.

First runner-up prize: Grand Prix Heroes DVD

Grand Prix Heroes DVDsThe second-placed player in each race will win their choice of one of Duke Video’s new Grand Prix Heroes DVDs (pictured top).

Videos are available on such famous F1 figures as Niki Lauda, James Hunt, Mika Hakkinen, Jackie Stewart, Mario Andretti, Emerson Fittipaldi, Jody Scheckter, Ronnie Peterson, Peter Revson and Frank Williams.

Second runner-up prize: F1 posters by PJ Tierney

PJ Tierney F1 postersThe third-placed player in each race will win one of PJ Tierney’s excellent unofficial Formula 1 posters.

You can view PJ’s posters along with his other work on his website:

Rules and 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 second practice on Friday as well as on the F1 Fanatic Twitter account.

To enter, predict the pole sitter and the top five finishers in the race. You can also enter a prediction for the pole position lap time – this may be used as a tie-breaker.

Enter your pole position lap time prediction as follows: MM:SS.ccc

For example, for a lap of one minute, 25.386 seconds you would enter 01:25.386

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

If you haven’t got one yet the sign-up process is quick, simple and entirely free: Get your F1 Fanatic account here and read more about registering here.

After submitting your prediction you will receive an email 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.

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, Car-a-Day, Icon Publishing or Chelsea Magazines.
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 is 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. Grand Prix tickets will be despatched once they are available.

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27 comments on “Prizes up for grabs for the best Chinese Grand Prix predictions”

  1. With regards to Pole… what happens if Lewis Hamilton gets pole and Michael Schumacher gets 2nd. But then with LH’s penalty drops him to 5th and MS to pole… who do we put on pole in that situation?

    1. I’ve answered that twice in the article already. I don’t know how to say it any plainer than the driver who starts the race from pole position is the pole sitter.

      1. I was going to ask like @koolkieren but i read the article first and got answer. cheers Keith

      2. @keithcollantine, I thought I’d save you the trouble of replying, but my answer was too slow in coming.

      3. @keithcollantine Sorry! I had a quick skim through the article and missed it. Both times… my apologies.

    2. See the text above (twice): you have to predict the driver who starts the race from pole, so not Lewis Hamilton unless you expect him to be fastest and the five drivers trailing him to receive penalties as well.

      Although not explicitly stated above, I assume the same goes for predicting the pole time, which would be the Q3 time of the driver starting from pole position.

  2. I put in a banker prediction, in case I won’t get around to it tomorrow morning. The favourite for both pole and race win has to be Button now. However, I predicted Schumacher for pole tomorrow, as that is something I’d just like to see, and the German veteran is going pretty well this season besides.

    I had some difficulty predicting the race position of Hamilton. So far this season, I haven’t seen any race pace advantage Hamilton has over the Red Bull, so it would be a bit of a stretch imagining him coming all the way to first (although, wasn’t he also something like sixth after the first round of pit stops last year?). So I put him third, continuing that consistent podium run, behind Button and Webber, and ahead of Vettel (wishful thinking, possibly, Vettel as low as fourth, but I rather he didn’t win a third title in a row) and Raikkonen.

    1. Gagnon (@johnniewalker)
      13th April 2012, 22:26

      WOW I got the same exact prediction……. and I did it before reading this, +1 on prediction

  3. I really think/hope Lewis will get a solid result tomorrow assuming both Mercedes will start ahed of him but given the results of their last few races they drop off quite a bit over race pace

  4. Good luck everyone :)

    Fun fact: the last 2 poster winners both chose the British/Silverstone one.

  5. I wonder how many people, despite what’s written in the comments and the article, will still put Hamilton as pole sitter?

    1. A defiant few @herman Those who see this as Formula Hamilton, not Formula 1.

    2. there are lot of predictors(my friend included), who never knew that HAM had a penalty. Let alone the rules of the competition. @herman @andrewtanner

  6. Schumacher Pole, BUT RAI HAM VET WEB. Fingers crossed.

  7. Alonso still gonna have a lucky day anyway. He’d be in the top five for sure, I think.

  8. Vettel on pole methinks. Going back to the old rear end will work wonders (presuming he uses it in qualifying that it).

    Also put Vettel for the race win due to his strong performance last year with one less set of soft tyres.

  9. @keithcollantine keith, do you earn any extra commission if we tick the email box?

    1. @sato113 No, but thanks for asking!

  10. DAMN IT! i just entered my predictions as a GRID prediction! thus, no hamilton and button starts on pole but doesn’t finish in the top 5!
    @keithcollantine is there any way I can change my prediction???

    1. @sato113 Yes you should just be able to log in and change it.

      1. @keithcollantine thanks! i changed it with seconds to spare.

    2. You can change your predictions right up to the start of Qualifying. Just enter in your new prediction and hit add prediction again.

  11. I did third times already!!!

  12. Button on pole for me and Button win.

  13. WOO HOO! I know that I picked Rosberg for pole, so that’s 2 easy points. I don’t recall the exact order of my pics, but it shouldn’t be *too* bad, as I didn’t have MSC finishing in the top 10.

  14. Why is everyone neglecting Grojean? He could be the dark horse this weekend! Or Alonso!

  15. Good luck with predicting them all right! there are at least 10 drivers that i cant decide between, i went with a risk and put grojean on pole and raikonnen to win, i think its lotus’ turn :)

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