Make your 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix predictions

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Update: Predictions Championship round cancelled for Bahrain

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.

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:

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

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

The 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

The 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.

2012 Bahrain Grand Prix

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    Keith Collantine
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    21 comments on “Make your 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix predictions”

    1. Really? What do you expect? Vettel’s going to run away from pole positio…. oh wait, this isn’t 2011 anymore. My mistake.

    2. Why is there no option for Bahrain coming first?

      However, it is a good thing that there is no option for protesters starting the race, because there are no protesters in Bahrain.

      1. (Please be aware that this is intended as humour.)

    3. I predict arrests, extra-judicial detention, and torture.

    4. I’m not even going to bother predicting as I’m hoping it doesn’t go ahead.

      Obviously, that’d just be wishful thinking.

    5. I realize this is a little off-topic, but… I predicted Rosberg for pole, and almost picked Vettel for the win, but the heart won out and I put Webber P1. With a decent start, it could happen.

    6. keith, honestly i think you should just cancel all predictions for this round. not too many on this site want to see the race go ahead for obvious reasons, since we cant cancel the race at least cancel the predictions for it.

      1. Don’t try to spark yet another debate on whether it’s acceptable to race in Bahrain or not. Just predict, watch, and enjoy; or don’t do any of the above – simple as that.

      2. I agree with @Kingshark . No matter what you think about whether F1 should now be in Bahrain or not, the drivers & teams that we love are there and they are doing their very best to have a normal race. I’m really worried about the people there, particularly about Heikki. But the best thing I can do is be there with him. If not in person, then at least in my mind. I’m keeping the fingers crossed and I’m watching the race. And, right now, I’m predicting the results, as always.

    7. If teams pull out between Qualifying and the Race, can we change our predictions?

    8. astonished (@)
      20th April 2012, 17:29

      @keith You are asking for the cancellation of the race, on moral grounds that I understand (money is the only reason and it is not right to race) so.. Shouldn’t you stop f1fanatic activity around barhain?? If on journalism grounds of “right to inform/know” at least cancel activities as the prediction or the driver of the weekend and leave only pure results?

      I have a hard time deciding what is right or wrong and even more in judging others but consistency is far easier to spot.

      1. precisely
        @kingshark. does it sound like i am trying to start another debate? If keith felt so strongly about the matter then he could simply perform his journalism duties and leave the entertainment factor out of it….or are you just mad because you are taking a spanking in the prediction champs and need all the points you can get?? lollll

        1. or are you just mad because you are taking a spanking in the prediction champs and need all the points you can get?? lollll

          Damn – He figured it out!

        2. It might be proper to donate the site’s advertising profits during the race weekend to some Bahraini People’s Support foundation.

      2. @astonished I addressed that here before the weekend began:

        The Bahrain Grand Prix: A matter of conscience

    9. I predict a cancellation at about 6.30pm tomorrow, how many points for that ???

    10. I won’t predict for this race and don’t know I will watch it.

    11. Also not entering this race. (Not that it would make any difference to my hopeless points tally anyway.)

    12. I have a nasty feeling that the Kaiser Cheifs would do quite well at this round of the predictions championship.

    13. 3rd – Hamilton.
      4th – Webber.
      Don’t know about the rest.

    14. I’m afraid I agree with those choosing not to enter predictions for this race. Just doesn’t feel right trying to win something on the back of an event I don’t feel should be going ahead.

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