Karthikeyan (no, not that one) takes Predictions win

F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship

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Podium, 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix, Bahrain International Circuit,In a low-scoring round of the Predictions Championship the top score went to a player with a suitably F1-inspired name: Karthikeyan (@Ridiculous).

But the pole position time tie-breaker had to be used to sort out the second- and third-placed prize winners as 17 different players each scored 17 points. Prets (@Pretsdaya) and @JohnShoulberg both got within a tenth of a second of the pole time and scooped the prizes.

Remarkably Valentin Dimitrov (@Valengd) remains in the lead of the points standings despite failing to score in this round. @ParikshitRane is now a joint leader in the points.

Remember you can enter your predictions for all the remaining races below.

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

FirstKarthikeyan (@Ridiculous)A Pirelli podium cap plus copies of Codemasters? F1 2012 and F1 Race Stars
SecondPrets (@Pretsdaya)A Grand Prix Heroes DVD and a Pirelli tyres wristband
Third@JohnShoulbergA Pirelli tyres wristband

See 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: Bahrain Grand Prix

Most popular pick% of players
Pole PositionSebastian Vettel55.02
WinnerKimi Raikkonen44.91
Top fiveRaikkonen, Alonso, Vettel, Massa, Webber3.03

More Predictions Championship statistics from this race here:

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 mementoexclusives.com

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

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.

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:

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29 comments on “Karthikeyan (no, not that one) takes Predictions win”

  1. I love the headline – that’s fabulous!

    1. The sad thing is though, that was Karthikeyan’s first F1 win :/

      1. @vettel1 Karthikeyan won it? Thats @ridiculous

    2. @vettel1 Karthikeyan won it? Thats @ridicuolous

      1. @malleshmagdum and @vettel1 only scored a poultry 9 points – what has happened to the world?!

        1. I don’t know about you @Vettel1 but as a former Predictions Championship prize winner, I feel like Jacques Villeneuve. Going backwards!

          1. @malleshmagdum – I don’t know the feeling man, 9 is probably a record score for me with my luck! I feel like the actual Karthikeyan: never really got off the ground!

        2. @vettel1 better luck next time bro…..

          1. @malleshmagdum – I’ll keep my umbrella closed inside this time, maybe that’ll help :P

        3. The RBR manual I won in 2011 really helped a lot to complete my final semester seminar on F1. Thanks a lot @keithcollantine :)

      2. Hahaha comments win.
        @Keithcollantine: My name is on third, please I want the Pirelli wristbands, please please please please!! :) I have dreamt of winning that here everytime. Have I won it?

    3. @vettel1 ur profile says u startd fllwing f1 in 2010. Assuming ur just a kid, u probably dnt knw hw successful Karthikeyan has been outside F1…..unfortunately he didnt succeed with HRT. Was avg with Jordan.

      1. @malleshmagdum – I put it that way as that is when I started following every F1 race – I’ve been following it more loosely since the Schumacher days. I have read up a bit on Karthikeyan but indeed the first time I had seen him race was in his HRT days, so yes you are correct in saying I haven’t really followed his career from the start as I’m guessing you have.

        And for the record yes I’m not even at the point of going to Uni yet!

        1. @vettel1 The reason I started following F1 was because of Narain, just like so many Indians. Narain has done a lot in bringing up F1 in India. I still remember his first and last race. The first race was special, all news channels were running breaking news “Karthikeyan becomes the first Indian to race in F1” as soon as the AUS GP finished. I think he finished 12th in it. Then the last race he just crashed out. He was heavily fueled and had a good chance to finish higher up.
          I started following him in 2004. Didnt really watch races in 2006 & 2007. Then started watch in 2008 thanks to Force India.

  2. http://youtu.be/Z1gzSKZe0Vs?t=1m6s Immediately made me think of this YouTube video…

  3. OmarR-Pepper (@)
    23rd April 2013, 21:30

    My Predictions Championship this year is going better than the last 2 years… I’m 11thin the General Standings!!! But of course I would love to repeat or improve my 3rd place got in Valencia last year.

    1. Joint 531st – get in! :P

  4. Wow, best round so far, 7 points!

  5. i was 31st last time but i got the predictions horribly wrong this time and only scored 4 points this race. This puts me Joint 43rd now.

  6. Did anyone pick Rosberg for the pole?

    1. If anyone did, I’ll bet it was a because they had a faulty mouse!!!

    2. @schooner Looking at the data made available, 39 people predicted someone other than Vettel, Alonso, Raikkonen, Hamilton and Massa would take pole position. I assume most of those remaining 39 went to Webber, but he got less than 33 predictions. I suppose Rosberg did get a few then :)

  7. MB (@muralibhats)
    24th April 2013, 1:49

    :'( … Miserable round continues. Feeefall

  8. F1 isnt the same without narain

    1. Yeah, it’s mostly faster now.

  9. Still don’t understand how I won it. Maybe I need to read the rules again. Also, how do I claim the prize?

    1. @ridiculous Check your email. And congratulations again!

      1. Thanks @keithcollantine . I had to go through lots of trouble convincing my friends that I had won. And Karthikeyan is my real name – 0% inspiration from F1

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