Mercedes were vanquished last time out in Hungary and lost at Spa 12 months ago – but can anyone beat them this time?
And which of their drivers will be leading the way? Nico Rosberg was quickest in both of today’s practice sessions but that high-speed tyre explosion may have dented his confidence.
It’s time to pick your top five finishers for Sunday’s race as well as the identity of the driver on pole position.
There are chances to win every race weekend and at the end of the season for the top scorers. The F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship is free to enter. You will need an F1 Fanatic account to place so sign up here if you haven’t got one.
Enter your predictions for each race using the form below, and scroll down for more information on the prizes and the rules.
- Current F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship standings
- Predictions Championship race-by-race statistics
2015 F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship prize line-up
Prizes for the top 20 in the final championship standings
First place: The Ultimate F1 2015 Experience
Second place: Memento Exclusives Brake Disc Clock and F1 2015
Third place: A Car-a-Day painting of your choice and F1 2015
Fourth to eighth place: Signed Nigel Mansell biography and F1 2015
Ninth to 20th place: F1 2015
Prizes for the top three scorers in each race
First place: LEGO® Speed Champions set
Second place: 2014 F1 season review supplied by Duke Video
Third place: Classic Autocourse eBook
Prizes in full
The Ultimate F1 2015 Experience with NVidia and Codemasters
This year’s F1 Fanatic Predictions Champion will win a one-off and seriously desirable prize thanks to NVidia and Codemasters: over £1,600-worth of gaming hardware on which to play the first next-generation official Formula One game
Codemasters have produced the official Formula One game since 2010 and the sixth edition will be the first for next-generation machines. But the winner of this year’s Predictions Championship will get something extra-special to play it on.
NVidia are supplying a custom-built small form factor gaming PC designed with driving simulations in mind. The SCAN 3XS Sim Driving 5 PC features their GeForce GTX 960 graphics card, and to ensure you enjoy the very best gaming experience they’re providing a BenQ 24-inch NVidia G-SYNC monitor as well.
Naturally you’ll get a copy of Codemasters’ new F1 2015 game. And to ensure you can play it at its very best, a Logitech G27 Ultimate Racing Wheel with Pedals and Gear shift tops off this stunning prize.
Here’s a run-down of the specifications:
- 3.6Ghz dual-core Intel Core i3 4160
- 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 graphics card
- 8GB of 1600MHz Corsair Vengeance DDR3 memory
- Asus H81 motherboard
- 120GB Samsung 850 Evo solid-state disk and 1TB Seagate hard disk
- NVIDIA G SYNC Monitor
- Logitech G27 Ultimate Racing Wheel with Pedals and Gear shift
The winner will need someone to race against, of course. So every other player who finishes in the top 20 positions in the championship will also win a copy of Codemasters F1 2015 for the format of their choice.
Memento Exclusives Brake Disc Clock
Memento Exclusives specialise in ‘upcycling’ used Formula One car parts to create new products. Such as this superb clock created from a brake disc which was previously used by Renault on one of their Formula One cars.
No ordinary timepiece, this unique clock could survive temperatures exceeding 1,000C and slow an F1 car reaching speeds in excess of 200 mph. Worth £299, this wall clock comes with a certificate of authenticity.
- Memento Exclusives are the F1 memorabilia specialists. They take genuine, race-used F1 car parts and give them amazing, yet practical transformations! View their shop
Rob Ijbema painting
Rob Ijbema’s paintings capture the vibrant colour and drama of motor racing. We’re giving you the chance to win a portrait of whichever driver and car from any period of F1 history or other motor racing discipline you choose.
So whichever racing car you’d like to have hanging on your wall, you could have it if your predictions are good enough to net third place in the overall championship.
See more of Rob’s brilliant work on his website, Car-a-Day:
Signed Nigel Mansell biographies
A new biography of one of Britain’s most beloved world champions is due to hit the shelves later this year. And F1 Fanatic has already bagged five copies signed by the man himself: 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell.
The players who finish from fourth to eighth in the final championship standings will each win one of these signed books from Simon & Schuster.
LEGO® Speed Champions sets
The new LEGO® Speed Champions range is sure to thrill motor sport fans with its officially-licensed Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche racing models.
We have a selection of the seven different Speed Champions sets to be won throughout the season by whoever makes the best prediction in each round of the championship. They include the F14 T and Scuderia Ferrari Truck, McLaren Mercedes Pit Stop and Porsche 911 GT Finish Line.
See here for more on the LEGO® Speed Champions range:
2014 season review video
Thanks to Duke Video, the runner-up in each round of the championship will win an official 2014 Formula One season review video.
Re-live the best moments of the season in four action packed hours as we follow the intense Championship title battles with previously unseen footage and audio recordings you won’t have heard before.
Winners can choose between the Blu-Ray and DVD version of the review as they prefer.
Classic Autocourse eBooks
Here’s a real treat for Formula One history buffs. Early editions of Autocourse’s annuals sell for hundreds of pounds – but you can now get all the same content in eBook form at a great value price. And if you finish in third place in any of this year’s races, you’ll win one!
The original books have been scanned in high resolution and offered as fully searchable digital page turning editions supplied on DVD. Each page can be magnified to view the text and fully appreciate the stunning photography in each of the historic editions.
Race weekend prize schedule
|Round||1st place – LEGO®||2nd place – Duke Video||3rd place – Autocourse|
|Australia||F14 T & Scuderia Ferrari Truck||2014 season review video||Autocourse eBook 1961-62|
|Malaysia||F14 T & Scuderia Ferrari Truck||2014 season review video||Autocourse eBook 1961-62|
|China||McLaren Mercedes Pit Stop||2014 season review video||Autocourse eBook 1962-63|
|Bahrain||McLaren Mercedes Pit Stop||2014 season review video||Autocourse eBook 1962-63|
|Spain||Porsche 911 GT Finish Line||2014 season review video||Autocourse eBook 1963-64|
|Monaco||Porsche 911 GT Finish Line||2014 season review video||Autocourse eBook 1963-64|
|Canada||LaFerrari||2014 season review video||Autocourse eBook 1964-65|
|Austria||LaFerrari||2014 season review video||Autocourse eBook 1964-65|
|Britain||LaFerrari||2014 season review video||Autocourse eBook 1965-66|
|Germany||LaFerrari||2014 season review video||Autocourse eBook 1965-66|
|Hungary||Porsche 918 Spyder||2014 season review video||Autocourse eBook 1966-67|
|Belgium||Porsche 918 Spyder||2014 season review video||Autocourse eBook 1966-67|
|Italy||Porsche 918 Spyder||2014 season review video||Autocourse eBook 1967-68|
|Singapore||Porsche 918 Spyder||2014 season review video||Autocourse eBook 1967-68|
|Japan||458 Italia GT2||2014 season review video||Autocourse eBook 1968-69|
|Russia||458 Italia GT2||2014 season review video||Autocourse eBook 1968-69|
|USA||McLaren P1||2014 season review video||Autocourse eBook 1969-1970|
|Mexico||McLaren P1||2014 season review video||Autocourse eBook 1969-1970|
|Brazil||McLaren P1||2014 season review video||Autocourse eBook 1970-71|
|Abu Dhabi||McLaren P1||2014 season review video||Autocourse eBook 1970-71|
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Rules and how to enter
You have until the scheduled start time for qualifying on Saturday to make your predictions for each round. Reminders will be posted during the weekend on F1 Fanatic, the F1 Fanatic Twitter account, F1 Fanatic Facebook page and F1 Fanatic Google + 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 which this will be used in the event of a points tie between prize-winners.
Enter your pole position lap time prediction in the following format: MM:SS.ccc For example, for a lap of one minute, 23.450 seconds you would enter 01:23.450
You must log in using an F1 Fanatic account to make a prediction. Registration is free and quick:
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, Memento Exclusives, Car-a-Day, Codemasters, Lego, Icon Publishing, NVidia, Logitech, Scan or Duke Video.
3. 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 accumulate points in each round as follows up to a maximum score of 50:
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
4. Whoever scores the most points in every race counting towards the championship wins the grand prize.
5. 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.
6. Predictions must be entered using the form above. If you have trouble submitting your entry via the predictions form please prediction using the contact form. Predictions will not be accepted via any other means of communication.
7. In the event of a dispute the editor’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
8. No cash alternative is offered for any of the prizes.
9. Players who have won prizes will be notified by email within 14 days of the winners being announced, so they can select their prize options and supply a postal address. Once this has been done prize delivery may take up to 28 days.
10. For further information see the disclaimer
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