Predict the top five in Australia to win great F1 prizes

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Melbourne, 2013Reckon you can predict the top finishers in Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix?

The best prediction this week will win an official Pirelli replica podium cap plus copies of Codemasters F1 2012 and F1 Race Stars. There are runners-up prizes too and loads more to be won for the best players at the end of the year.

Enter your prediction below before qualifying starts on Saturday for your chance to win.

2013 F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship prizes at-a-glance

Here is the confirmed prize list for this year’s championship. See below for more information on each of these great prizes.

Championship prizes

The top scorers in the championship at the end of the year will win the following prizes:

  • First place: A pair of grandstand tickets to the 2014 British Grand Prix
  • Second place: ??200 to spend on an F1 souvenir from Memento Exclusives
  • Third place: An F1 painting of your choice from Car-A-Day
  • 4th-13th places: A 12-month subscription to GP International magazine

Race prizes

The top scorers in each race will win the following prizes:

  • First place: A Pirelli podium cap plus copies of Codemasters’ F1 2012 and F1 Race Stars for the format of your choice
  • Second place: A Grand Prix Heroes DVD of your choice and a Pirelli tyres wristband
  • Third place: A Pirelli tyres wristband

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2013 F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship prize details

2013 F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship

2014 British Grand Prix tickets and Back Stage passes

F1 Fanatic has teamed up with Silverstone to offer one lucky winner the opportunity to revel in all the drama, glamour and exhilarating ‘live’ F1 experience with a pair of grandstand tickets for all three days of the 2014 British Grand Prix.

In addition, the winner will get behind the scenes at the post-race Grand Prix Party with a pair of backstage passes, providing the opportunity to get as close to the drivers as most fans ever will.

Supporting the thrilling on-track action will be a host of entertainment, including air displays, Entertainment Zones, free concerts and the post-race Grand Prix Party, guaranteeing an unforgettable three days at the Home of British Motor Racing.

Memento Exclusives

??200 to spent at

You could win ??200 to spend on your choice of products from the incredible range of F1 memorabilia and F1 merchandise at

From race-used car parts to Formula One artwork, innovative F1 designer, furnishings and official F1 team merchandise, you will have no trouble finding items to spend your ??200 on!

Zandvoort 1976 painting by Rob Ijbema

Car-a-Day painting by Rob Ijbema

The third place finisher will win one of Rob Ijbema’s vivid and colourful Formula One paintings.

The lucky winner will be able to choose which Formula One driver, present or past, will feature in their painting.

Alternatively they can pick one of the other motor racing paintings on Rob’s site which includes a huge selection of F1 imagery plus sports cars, rally cars and more:

GP International magazine subscriptions

We have ten 12-month subscription to GP International to be won as part of this year’s Predictions Championship.

Published every month, GP International features stunning photography and features by some of the sport?s best writers.

GP International aims to provide passionate F1 fans with information, entertainment and behind-the-scenes access.

F1 2012 and F1 Race Stars

F1 2012 and F1 Race Stars

The player with the highest score in each round will win this brilliant double prize from Codemasters.

The team behind the official Formula One game will provide the winner of each race with copies of both F1 2012 and F1 Race Stars for the gaming platform of their choice.

F1 2012, the official Formula One game, includes all 24 cars and 20 tracks from the 2012 FIA Formula One world championship. F1 Race Stars takes players on a world tour of iconic Formula One locations recreated as fantastical racing circuits, and delivers four-player split-screen racing.

F1 2012 and F1 Race Stars are available for Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Windows PC.

Pirelli podium cap

Pirelli podium hats and wristbands

There will be no mistaking who’s won each round of the Predictions Championship as they will be wearing the same cap as the winner of the race.

Pirelli, the official tyre supplier of Formula One, will give the winner of each race a replica podium cap.

Pirelli will also provide the second and third-placed prize winners for each race with a set of their rubber wristbands.

This official Pirelli product identifies each of the six varieties of tyre used in Formula One: Super Soft, Soft, Medium, Hard, Intermediate and Rain.

Grand Prix Heroes DVDs

Grand Prix Heroes DVDs

The second-placed player in each race will win their choice of one of Duke Video’s Grand Prix Heroes DVDs.

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.

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 and F1 Fanatic Facebook page.

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, 27.720 seconds you would enter 01:27.720

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, Memento Exclusives, Car-a-Day, GP International, Codemasters, Pirelli or Duke Video.
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) and will 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
5. Whoever scores the most points in every race counting towards the Formula One World Championship wins the grand prize.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. In the event of a dispute the editor?s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
9. No cash alternative is offered for any of the prizes.
10. Grand Prix tickets: Children must be accompanied by an adult. Accommodation and transport to the venue not included.
11. 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.

Don’t miss a round of the Predictions Championship

Make sure you get your entry in every week.

Remember you can enter your predictions in advance and edit them up to the deadline.

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49 comments on “Predict the top five in Australia to win great F1 prizes”

  1. petebaldwin (@)
    15th March 2013, 12:33

    Noticed not many have put in a pole time that is representative of the fact it will rain all day and start hailing just before quali according to the BBC:

    1. I made mine a 1:29.4 or something. I think it’ll dry up by the end of Q3 but still be a bit off the pace of dry times. I’ve put Vettel down for pole, but I think if it’s going to be wet someone can make a surprise and steal it from him.

      1. i put down a 1:29.456 hehehe

        1. JimmyTheICan'tBeBotheredWithTheRestOfThisNamelol
          15th March 2013, 19:31

          the forcast i saw had a 10% chance of rain on saturday and non on any other day

          1. Dammit, I put a 1:28.3, thinking it may rain, but that sounds like it’d still be too quick! Damp then haah

          2. @stowe07 Remember you can edit your prediction up to the deadline if necessary.

    2. I’m praying for dry track LOL. I made a guess based on this year’s FP2’s times and last year’s FP3 and qualy’s. Almost 1:25 ;-)

  2. Got to play it safe and go with a dry time.

  3. Interesting to be able to view the other predictions, though it can lead to strategic behaviour, especially later in the season, where the leader in the championship might be able to choose a prediction that covers his nearest rivals.

    Anyway, like most I went with Vettel for pole and the win. He was comfortably faster than anyone else, and his tyres weren’t even new when he set the time. Degradation in the race could be a different story, but I think if Vettel can lead after the first corner, he has a very good chance of staying there:

    1. VET, 2. HAM, 3. RAI, 4. WEB, 5. ALO

    1. I think qualifying is going to be about 10 seconds slower in the wet…… in the 1′ 35s
      1. Vettel………..from pole.
      2. Alonso
      3. Webber
      4. Raikkonen
      5. Hamilton

      1. Exactly the same her, spookie.

      2. I had the same, but Hamilton 3rd and WEB RAI moved down a place. I just think Webber’s too unlucky to make it onto the podium at home.

      3. I can see Vettel running away with it from pole and Webber being swamped in a multi-car battle with the Ferraris and Lewis, hotly pursued by Kimi but after that apart from Vettel winning the crystal ball fogs up, can’t even see LH at the finish line.

  4. Grosjean for the win! I’m taking an “aggressive” approach to this season.

    1. Good luck with the approach, I tried it last year and just ended up getting frustrated. Just make sure you have nothing valuable/fragile close at hand by the time they get to the first corner.

      1. Go Luca Montezemolo style, just break the tv set.

    2. Hopefully it works for you better than it has McLaren ;)

      1. LOL LOL LOL

  5. I can’t focus at work I’m so excited about tomorrow. I’m a shameless (glory supporting?) Hamilton fan boy, so it’ll be hero or zero stuff Sunday morning

    1. petebaldwin (@)
      15th March 2013, 14:15

      I think Hamilton will be top 3 at some stage in the race but I don’t think his car will last the race.

      It would be typical F1 for something that we’ve all waited for to see Hamilton in a Mercedes, qualify well and then get taken out during the first few laps.

    2. I don’t think you need to call yourself a glory supporter for supporting Lewis. He’s not finished higher than 4th in the standings since 2008; which is a massive shame! Given that he boldly left McLaren too, to a team that scored very few points in the second half of last season, I think it’s safe to say you are not ‘glory supporting’.

      Based on this morning, Lewis was right to leave as well! :)

      1. But Lewis has been GLORIOUS…

  6. anyone knows about F1 technical analysis web address! thank you !

    1. petebaldwin (@)
      15th March 2013, 14:21

      Scarbs F1 used to be the best but due to his magazine commitments, he only updates his blog ocasionally so he’s dropped off my favourites list. When he does update, it’s very technical and well written however.

      Personally I haven’t found anything that comes close to what his site once was – I only use this site now for F1. If there’s a really good technical piece written, it’s usually linked from here in the roundup posts anyway.

  7. I went with a ‘safe’ approach for qualifying, with Vettel on pole with a dry lap time, somewhat a little quicker than what we saw today.
    What I think we’ll see on Sunday, however, is just based on what I’ve heard. Lotus seem to have good tyre wear, which should serve them well, even if they don’t qualify all that well. Alonso…well, you can just never rule him out, and I think he’ll be there or thereabouts. Webber will have a decent car, but due to not starting on pole, might be a little compromised, and then there’s Massa, who genuinely looks quite good. So…

    1. Vettel
    2. Raikkonen
    3. Alonso
    4. Webber
    5. Massa

    It’s tempting to put Hamilton or Grosjean in there, but it’s a long race, and they may not even survive it. McLaren’s race pace didn’t look quite as bad either, but unless they look better in FP3, then I’ll leave them out to be on the safe side for now.

  8. Pole: Vettel

    1st – Alonso
    2nd – Hamilton
    3rd – Vettel
    4th – Raikkonen
    5th – Webber

  9. The Red Bull looks depressingly fast. Can’t really choose anyone for Pole but Vettel. Alonso could maybe do it if he is lucky/the car has as much pace as it looks like it might.

    It’s so hard to sit and wait for qually and the race. Thank God Malaysia is next weekend too! Double fixture right off the bat, allowing us to bask in F1 awesomeness after a long winter! :D

  10. Pole: Alonso, 01:37.222
    1. Vettel
    2. Raikkonen
    3. Alonso
    4. Massa
    5. Sutil

  11. Any chance we can see the previous prediction championship results as would love to see how I did since I entered in 2011 compared to 2012 and likewise with this year. I tried googling but it just came up with 2013’s when i clicked the standings link.

  12. Pole: Vettel, 01:23.343
    1. Vettel
    2. Raikkonen
    3. Alonso
    4. Webber
    5. Hamilton

  13. If this means I start playing computer games after a ten year break, I’ll blame F1 Fanatic for that.

    Now, where are my tea leaves?

  14. Merde! I didn’t see it was going to rain! Oh well it’s just for fun anyway!

    1. @vivlapluscool You can change your prediction up to the deadline, you know.

      1. Thanks for the info! Maybe i will, because i don’t know why i left out Hamilton?? Maybe it’s the excitement of the new season, which start at 2 in the morning for me here in Montreal and i’ll be up to watch it live!

  15. Pole = VET

    1. VET
    2nd/3rd. Ferraris
    4th. HAM
    5th. GRO.

    Predicting a problem with Raikkonen’s and Webber’s cars, somehow.

  16. POLE:Vettel, 1:30.311
    P1: Vettel
    P2: Grosjean
    P3: Webber
    P4: Massa
    P5: Alonso

  17. Doug (@forgotmyumbrella)
    15th March 2013, 18:53

    1. Vettel
    2. Hamilton
    3. Webber
    4. Alonso
    5. Rosberg

    Do I get bonus points for predicting at least one McLaren to be lapped?

  18. i will wait till the start of qualification and also make notice of the times in fp3 but for now:

    Pole Vettel : 1 : 24. 478

    1. Alonso
    2. Raikkonen
    3. Vettel
    4. Massa
    5. Rosberg

    The race will be a close battle between Alonso, Raikkonen and Vettel. Raikkonen will be the fastest in race day, but Ferrari will cover in the pit and a good straight speed to make it difficult for him to overtake.

  19. Massa on the Podium for sure, make or break season!

  20. wow a lot of people have Hamilton in top 5…. I don’t think either Merc will make the end of the race,

  21. I did pretty badly in the predictions overall last year coming coming a few hundred places from top. Despite that, much to my delight I won the Monaco round and received a “1972 Autocourse eBook” from Keith. So even if your predictions are little more than a guess, give it a go, you might end up a winner!

  22. well i just entered my first ever predictions, i predict i will lose :)

  23. Chance of any rain: 80%
    Rainfall amount: 6 to 15 mm

    Melbourne area
    Cloudy. Isolated showers developing during the morning, becoming widespread during the afternoon. Light winds becoming northwest to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the morning then becoming southwesterly 25 to 35 km/h in the middle of the day.

    Fire Danger – Low-Moderate


  24. It’s kinda vet over there in the pole position columm…

  25. Todd (@braketurnaccelerate)
    15th March 2013, 23:41

    • Pole Time – 01:24.917
    • Pole – Lewis Hamilton
    • Position 1 – Kimi Raikkonen
    • Position 2 – Sebastian Vettel
    • Position 3 – Lewis Hamilton
    • Position 4 – Mark Webber
    • Position 5 – Felipe Massa

  26. i changed my pole time prediction for rain and they cancelled it due to rain ((( now it will most likely be dry and my prediction will be far far off the mark

    1. Haha I was just complaining about the same thing to my missus ;)

      1. I too predicted a 1:23.3 in the dry but changed it to 1:37 due to the rain..

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