Chris_Gascoine won the Belgian Grand Prix round of the F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship.
Unusually Chris correctly predicted the drivers in second, third, fourth and fifth places correctly – but got the winner and pole sitter wrong, picking Lewis Hamilton over Sebastian Vettel.
Nonetheless his haul of 29 points was the best score this week.
Behind Chris we had a nine-way tie for second place between Nickyhalde, Penball, Propast, Skinnious, Jon Finn, JS, Racelitze, Sato113 and StrFerrari4Ever.
This was decided on the tie-breaker and it was an impressive effort from Penball to get within 0.023s of the pole position time given how changeable the conditions were. Penball scoops the runner-up prize of an F1 Fanatic Mug.
S-D holds a reduced lead of three points in the championship with Jon Finn moving up into second place.
Chris wasn’t alone in picking someone other than Vettel to come out on top. Mark Webber was the most popular pick for pole position, with a third of players tipping him, and Hamilton was the favourite to win, picked by 43%.
Remember there’s prizes to be won in every round, so get your predictions in for the Italian Grand Prix below. You can edit your prediction up to the start of qualifying.
Find out where you are in the championship standings and have a look at the statistics so far here:
- F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship standings
- F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship race-by-race statistics
You can edit a prediction for any race up until the deadline for entries which is the start of qualifying at each round.
There are prizes to be won in every race plus grand prizes for the overall winners at the end of the season.
Whoever gets the highest overall score throughout the year will win a pair of grandstand tickets for the 2012 British Grand Prix.
Here are the prizes in full:
Grand prize: Two grandstands tickets to the 2012 British Grand Prix
The person who scores the most points over the whole season will win two grandstand tickets to the 2012 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.
The winners will have tickets for the Becketts grandstand which offers views of the spectacular, high-speed Becketts complex plus part of the new infield section of the track which saw so much action in the 2010 race.
Second place prize: An F1 painting of your choice
The second place finisher will win an F1 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 Car-a-day.
The players who finish in third to 12th places will each win a copy of the Haynes Official F1 Season Review 2011.
And the players who finish in 13th to 17th places will each win a copy of the Haynes Red Bull RB6 manual.
Race winners prize: A pair of F1 DVDs
Duke Video are supplying the prize for the player who gets the highest score in each round.
Each race winner will get to pick any two from the following three new Duke motor racing DVDs:
Race runners-up prize: F1 Fanatic mugs
The second place finisher in each race will win an official F1 Fanatic mug.
See here for more details on F1 Fanatic merchandise:
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 free practice two on Friday as well as on Twitter.
Each player may predict the pole sitter, the pole position lap time and the top five finishers in the race. See below for the rules in full.
You need to log in using an F1 Fanatic account to make your prediction.
Enter your pole position lap time prediction in the following format: MM:SS.ccc For example, for a lap of one minute, 25.386 seconds enter 01:25.386
After submitting your prediction you will receive an email to the address you created your F1 Fanatic account with 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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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, Duke Video or Car-a-Day.
3. Predictions will open up to one week before the start of qualifying on the Saturday of a Grand Prix weekend and 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).
5. Players 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
6. Whoever scores the most points in every race counting towards the Formula 1 World Championship wins the grand prize.
7. In the event of a tie on points the winner will be determined by who came 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.
8. 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.
9. In the event of a dispute the editor?óÔé¼Ôäós decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
10. No cash alternative is offered for any of the prizes.
11. Grand Prix tickets: Children must be accompanied by an adult. Accommodation and transport to the venue not included.
12. Players who have won prizes will be notified by email within seven days of each Grand Prix. DVD and mug prizes will be despatched within 28 days of that email being sent. Grand Prix tickets will be despatched once they are available.
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2011 Belgian Grand Prix
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- Leimer’s crash and in the pits at McLaren – fans’ videos from Spa
- 2011 Belgian Grand Prix: complete race review
- Vote for your Belgian GP driver of the weekend
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- McLaren: Button hit by debris in first-lap scare
- Ferrari: Harder tyres still the car’s weakness
- Mercedes: Schumacher climbs 19 places to fifth
- Renault: Petrov buoyed by R31 upgrades
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