Maldonado win surprises everyone in Predictions Championship

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Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Barcelona, 2012No-one predicted Pastor Maldonado’s maiden victory in the latest round of the Predictions’ Championship.

Rivasgui and Doodie111 were the only ones to correctly name the Williams driver as the pole sitter for the race. Lewis Hamilton’s penalty was bad news for the 266 people who picked him for pole position.

Gabal came out on top in the latest round of the championship, scoring 19 points by correctly placing Fernando Alonso, Romain Grosjean and Kamui Kobayashi in second, fourth and fifth.

Vjohann73 claimed the second-place prize by getting closer to the pole position time than Barkun. Gabal wins an Autocourse 1972 eBook, Vjohann73 gets a Grand Prix Heroes DVD from Duke Video and Barkun claims an F1 poster from PJ Tierney. Congratulations to all!

Gabal moves up to joint 15th place in the championship standings but Chrissylyn remains on top with 62 points, followed by ButtonUp09 on 60 and Bisutommy79 on 59.

Here are the top ten predictions for the last race:

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Remember you can make your predictions for all the remaining rounds of the season below and edit them whenever you like up until the start of each qualifying session.

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:

How to enter

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, 23.456 seconds you would enter 01:23.456

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: sign up here now.

After entering 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.

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  • 41 comments on “Maldonado win surprises everyone in Predictions Championship”

    1. Yay! Got a point for putting Kimi in the top 5 :P

      1. @Enigma I got twice as much for picking Fernando & Kimi! :)

        This is my worst score ever but I’m ready to perform even worse next time if I get to see another crazy race.

        1. @girts – I think a lot of people are going to have low scores after this round. After all, only two people predicted Maldonado would take pole, and it looks like no-one predicted that he would win the race.

          1. @prisoner-monkeys : Depends on your definition of low score but looking to the top scorer it seems everyone but one get low score (low score being under 10 for me) … I think the only 3 predictable were the 2 lotus and Alonso eventually, not even sure maldonado and Kob appear on any picks ^^

        2. @girts McLaren’s mishaps (and lack of race pace) are ruining my predictions. After skipping Bahrain and so many missed shots, grabbing the big prize is getting out of reach for me.

          1. Dont make me quote Fernando…

      2. Ha, same for me @enigma! Shame I did not keep Alonso in my top 5 or it could have doubled my score this round.

        1. @bascb Yeah, that would have been crucial in your title bid! :)

          1. But the season is still long, so there’s all the chance to win it!

    2. @keithcollantine, I thought I put Grosjean in my top 5, so I should have 1 point (right?), but I scored 0. Not a massive difference, but I just wondered if something was wrong.

    3. Is this the lowest scoring round ever? :-D

      1. @damonsmedley I think it’s second behind Bahrain 2012 :P

        1. Lol well i got 0 anyway!

    4. I was away for the Bahrain weekend so thought I would miss out but it appears everyone got 0. Was the predictions championship not run as a demonstration or something?

      1. exactly, Keith didn’t want to hand out any prizes so the round was annulled. Got me surprised as well, when I found out. Good move.

    5. No-one seems to have any points for the Bahrain Predictions…did something happened, Keith? Sorry if I missed something…

      1. @FanatikosF1 See here:

        Maybe the Bahrain column should be removed, it’s a bit confusing at the moment.

        1. Well, this way it does a good job of remembering us what nonsense it was to run a race in Bahrain @girts

          1. @BasCB While I fully respect and understand Keith’s decision to cancel that round, I also believe that we should move on. We have been discussing this long enough, almost everyone has formed an opinion on whether the race had to happen or not. For sure, we can and should continue to discuss this issue in the forum and at the related artices but the predictions championship is, in my opinion, not the right place for such reminders.

            1. Not the place for discussions @girts, but I guess its right that those 0s stand as a silent reminder in this years predictions championship.

    6. Absolutely horrendous predictions :D

      I got Raikkonen in the top 5 so I scraped a measly point.

      I might pick all my selections out of a hat next time.

    7. First time I scored 0 points. It’s a complete disaster : I’ve never had 0 before…

    8. It seems that my 1 point is fairly competitive! Good luck to everyone with their Monaco predictions… lol

    9. Lin1876 – nil point. I missed Malaysia, but this is a disaster. Still, I’ll take more no-scores if it means we get more races like that.

      Still mildly humourous how people who usually do well got very low scores. I’m at least hopeless so it’s not such a disaster for me.

      1. I wonder what odds you would have got betting on that top 5. 1500/1 perhaps?

    10. This season is so difficult to predict? Its also giving me a nightmare in my f1 fantasy league team! Might as well go for a HRT driver win in Monaco!!!!!!!!!. Well maybe not!
      Good fun though.

    11. Congrats to @Barkun :)

      If you could contact me here abouf which in stock A3 poster you want I’ll send it out when I get the chance:

      1. @pjtierney

        received poster today :) its very nice
        will be framed in the coming days !!

        once again, thanks !!

    12. Yay! I’m in the top ten for this round, thank you Raikkonen and Grosjean.

    13. 11 points total, still everything to play for! I missed Australia and got 7 in China and 4 in Spain. Was there extra points available in Australia, because I noticed some people got very high points – or was that just fanatstic guessing?

    14. Lol – skipped this round due to unfortunate personal circumstances but I might definitely have scored zero if I’d participated!

    15. Told you I’d tank…

    16. Like Nico Rosberg I am going to say “just 20 points off the leaders, I still have chances to win this year!!!”

      1. must agree with You, Rajamaniarun,.. its only have been 4 races that counted so far. Still a loooong season ahead , for now we all must congratulate to chrissylyn for keeping very strong position since australia gp .
        ,…but a lot can change before end of the season – I hope ,. ..

        1. remember ,., If You’re lucky – maximum points for one race is 42,.. so I think ,…thats a lot to change the table around ,..

    17. Wow! I completely forgot about what I predicted – I haven’t put much thought into the entry and completely forgot about it during the race. :)

    18. I feel like I scored well with 4 points …

    19. I’m actually feeling quite proud of my single point, not that I know what I got it for!

    20. I literally went to the drop down menu & just clicked the first name under my cursor

    21. I scored a whopping 4 points, and actually went up in the rankings!

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