First Predictions round won by Prateek727

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@Prateek727 came out on top of more than 1,500 players to win the first round of the 2013 F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship.

They tied with Matthew (@F1Matt) on 31 points but claimed the top prize on the pole position time tie-breaker.

The tie-breaker also had to be used to decide who scooped the third-place prize. @Billbranch came out ahead of six other players who all scored 24 points.

Here’s what the top three players won in this race:

First@Prateek727A Pirelli podium cap plus copies of Codemasters’ F1 2012 and F1 Race Stars
SecondMatthew (@F1Matt)A Grand Prix Heroes DVD and a Pirelli tyres wristband
Third@BillbranchA Pirelli tyres wristband

If you’re not among the top scorers for this round you can find the updated points standings in full here:

Here are the predictions from the top-scoring players in this round:

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Most popular predictions: Australian Grand Prix

Most popular pickPlayers
Pole PositionSebastian Vettel1,145 (73.35%)
WinnerSebastian Vettel923 (59.13%)
Top five1. Vettel, 2. Alonso, 3. Webber, 4. Hamilton, 5. Raikkonen28 (1.8%)

More Predictions Championship statistics from this race here:

2013 F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship prize details

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.

??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!

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

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 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

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.

Make your predictions

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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.

To make sure you don’t miss an opportunity to enter, follow F1 Fanatic one of these ways:

Author information

Keith Collantine
Lifelong motor sport fan Keith set up RaceFans in 2005 - when it was originally called F1 Fanatic. Having previously worked as a motoring...

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64 comments on “First Predictions round won by Prateek727”

  1. jsw11984 (@jarred-walmsley)
    19th March 2013, 20:44

    Wow, have to say Keith the prize quality has really shot up over the years, nice to see Pirelli and Codemasters supporting this competition.

    1. @jarred-walmsley Thanks very much!

    2. Shame that there’s not an F1 Fanatic mug still up for prizes… they’re really cool! Plus, they hold a substantial cup of tea.

      I guess I’ll just have to buy a 2nd one for home at some point.

  2. I fear 7 points is a sign of things to come for me.

    Football, F1 — it’s good I don’t gamble!

  3. 10 points… Nice solid start. I’m going for the Raikkonen consistency approach I think.

  4. 9 points, not too great but not too bad I suppose

    1. OmarR-Pepper (@)
      20th March 2013, 0:38

      +1, we share the 248th position, but with just a change of wind we can go really high in the chart

  5. the pratiks are having a great time. From @pratik007 to @prateek727

    1. Wow. I’ve traditionally fared quite terribly at this, so I’m going to go ahead and hope that this is my personal BrawnGP moment :)

  6. Joint 1027th, good start in my first championship.

    1. Ditto! 5 big points for me too. Damn Red Bulls!

  7. It’s always eluded me how to search for my score without having to scroll through every name, is there a shortcut way?

    1. No there isn’t, I hope every year but no improvent yet.

      1. @vettel1 @brawngp If this a feature you want then by all means suggest it:

        F1 Fanatic site development

        1. Well, all you have to do is press Ctrl+F and type your nickname.. Takes 2 seconds! ;)

    2. jsw11984 (@jarred-walmsley)
      19th March 2013, 21:59

      Yes, in your browser hit Ctrl F (Cmd F for mac) and type your username, the browser searches the text and will jump to your name.

      1. @jarred-walmsley – thanks man, I’ve spent many many minutes searching before!

      2. For the iPhone just use the search box, it gives Google suggestions but also (in grey) for ‘results on this page’ – my translation, I just googled it in dutch.

        1. Any idea for android phones?

          1. menu… find on page…

      3. I’m surprised by how many people didn’t know this.

        1. Yeah, me too! And as for “Android phones”, it really depends on your browser as to get to ‘find on page’. For example, the stock HTC browser vs. Dolphin Browser.

    3. Now I don’t know if I’m just being an idiot, but I still can’t seem to find my name. :/ I distinctly remember submitting my prediction as well and I had Vettel on pole and Vettel, Alonso and Räikkönen in the top 5 (albeit all in the wrong order!).

  8. The link to gp international seems to be not working

    1. @alfa145 Looks like a problem with their website at the moment rather than the link itself.

  9. 7 points is a little less than I thought. Kind of a shame, as I had the top 3 right, but in the wrong order. Raikkonen came first instead of my predicted second, Alonso came second, instead of my predicted third, and Vettel came third instead of my predicted first.

    …So I blame Vettel for my poor score!

    1. me too! I predicted better but I changed my mind when Red Bull crushed the grid on FP2. shame on me… there is 18 more races, though. finger crossed!

    2. i had the same top three order as you. initially i had a 1:23.3 as pole position but changed it to 1:37.4 before quail.

    3. Same here. The only thing I got right was Alonso in 2nd.

  10. joint 560th XD i guess it could have been worse lol

    1. @scuderia29 You’re well inside the top half!

  11. I’m tied for 248th!

    Suck on it, 249th!!! Haha

  12. 9 points!? Woohoo! of course the fact this makes me happy is only a reflection of how terribly I’ve done in past years.

  13. 13 points, and #60 over more than 1500 players..not bad for my first prediction…i’ll try to be more accurate in Malaysia

    my prediction was: 1Alonso 2Raikkonen 3Vettel 4Massa 5Rosberg, Pole Vettel
    My read of the friday practice was good…i just didn’t predict that Massa will act like a block for Alonso and Rosberg will hit mechanical problems.

    1. @keithcollantine
      Can you please point me a link to how the points are distributed ?
      for example the fact that i have the top 3:
      1 Alonso 2 Raikkonen 3 Vettel and i have x point…. someone else that have the top 3 :
      1 Maldonado 2 Vergne 3 Vettel…get x point as my top 3

    2. i just find it in “Competition terms and conditions”

  14. @keithcollantine

    I can see some possible downsides to being able to see everyone’s predictions when submitting your own predictions. Perhaps not so much in the beginning of the championship, but for example, towards the end, like the last race, if say, 2 people have a chance of winning the main prize and are separated by just a few points. The one who’s ahead, could just look at what the other one has chosen and choose the same result, and in that way making sure that they’ll get the same amount of points and maintain the lead.

    1. OmarR-Pepper (@)
      20th March 2013, 1:11

      Yes, but there are ways to use the tie breaker.

      PD: I’m not Keith of course :P

      I only “spy” the rest of people for the pole time. I see what’s the average and then create my own pole time

  15. 248th out of 1500 for me… not a bad start. i had the top correct top 3 but in the wrong order.

    1. Ha, same. 248 for me too. 9 points in total scored.

  16. Bloody hell, I correctly predicted the pole sitter and the five drivers in the top five, but I got all five drivers in the wrong positions! I only got 10 points in the end.

    1. hahaha unlucky.

    2. same here

    3. Well I am in the same situation, atleast I got Raikkonen right. But then had switched up pairs, Vet-Alo and Ham-Mas. So just two bloody switches from accolades.

  17. Alright! Joint 1454! That’ll teach me for backing grojean to win!

  18. MB (@muralibhats)
    20th March 2013, 0:57

    #57.. I thought i will be way down

  19. Interestingly, nobody scored zero. The famous @BasCB is listed (joint) last, on one point. Shocking!

    1. What can I say, predictions are not my forté? In part it was putting Rosberg on pole expecting them to finish quali on Saturday. And because I had no clue about form, I had Grosjean, Hulkenberg (another one we could have hardly guessed, eh) and Kimi on the podium, followed by Perez and Massa. Massa nearly made it :-)

      1. @bascb i was surprised to c u last.

        1. slow start, just a slow start :-)

  20. I think this is the first time I scored in double digits. I think I just might quit while I’m looking good.

  21. First time in top 10 for me…. in 2 years! Just hoping to keep this momentum going… :)

  22. @prateek727 my 2011 predictions prize motivated @pratik007 to join. He won the Racecar Engineering magazine in 2012. So two consecutive years our unknown city has had winners.

    1. Good job there @prateek727! and thanks @malleshmagdum for enriching the competition with both of you :-)

  23. Hi Keith,

    I am relatively new to the site. Let me know where we can see that How many points I scored in the predictions


    1. @mohnet Welcome to F1 Fanatic!

      The link to the full points standings is under the fifth paragraph which says:

      If you’re not among the top scorers for this round you can find the updated points standings in full here:

  24. What a start, 5 points. I thought Red Bull was going to be better.

  25. Congrats to everyone who believe they deserve it.

  26. 12 points for me. I named the top 5 drivers but only got Alonso in the correct order. Got Vettel for pole too. I fear this will be my best weekend of the year

    1. Same here, while it’s a shame I didn’t put more drivers correctly, but scoring like this more regularly would be nice.

  27. Fernando Alonso also did very well. He looked motivated and happy to have seen the first good responses to the GP confirmed on the track. So now, it’s feet back on the ground because there’s still a lot of work to do.

    “Sorry my English is not very good”

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