Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Vitaly Petrov, Melbourne, 2011

Predictions Championship begins with three-way tie

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Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Vitaly Petrov, Melbourne, 2011
Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Vitaly Petrov, Melbourne, 2011

Three players tied for the top score in the first round of the 2011 F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship.

All three managed to correctly predict four of the top five finishers plus the pole sitter – but were caught out by Vitaly Petrov’s surprise third place finish.

After the pole position time tie-breaker Sjmunt1 scoops the top prize of a pair of F1 DVDs from Duke and Florida Mike takes the runners-up prize of an F1 Fanatic Mug.

Over 1,200 people entered in round one. Find out where you are in the championship standings and have a look at the statistics for round one here:

You can enter your predictions for all the remaining rounds below and on the Predictions Championship page (under Community > Predictions Championship in the menu).

You can edit a prediction for any race up until the deadline for entries which is the start of third practice at each round.

The prizes

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.

Car-a-Day painting by Rob Ijbema

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.

More prizes to come!

Further prizes for the highest-scoring players will be announced later this year.

Duke DVDs

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:

F1 FAnatic mug

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 free practice three 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.

The sign-up process is quick and easy: Get your F1 Fanatic account here and read more about registering here.

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.

Make your predictions

Entry for F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship 2011
No races available in this championship.
Position 1
Position 2
Position 3
Position 4
Position 5

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 final practice 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 final practice.
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?s 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.

Don’t miss a single round of the F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship. Subscribe to F1 Fanatic using RSS, email or Twitter: Click here for more information.

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  • 55 comments on “Predictions Championship begins with three-way tie”

    1. I’m continuing my form from last year with a whopping 5 points…

      1. You better watch out, I’m only two points behind you and gaining fast!

      2. I’m exactly one position ahead of you Dan – and that’s only due to the table being arranged in alphabetical order! What did you predict?

      3. Yeah, I am closing in on you as well. Those 3 point I have are a good step towards improving next round.

    2. Tied 115th….bad start for me.

      Congrats to the Prize winners!!

    3. 7pts, not the best of starts.
      I just hope that my regularity will pay this year like it did last year…

    4. I have 6 points. Will need the Kers button or the DRS to help me overtake a few

      1. very good

      2. lol…..

    5. WOWW, 9 points, i´m so happyyyyyyyy

    6. COOOOL! A better start than I predicted, i’m in the top 10% :D Well done to the top three…don’t get too excited though ;)

    7. 5 points puts me in a huge tie for 720th. time to put on the hard tires and bang out the miles.

      1. Same here. Darn Petrov *shakes fist*

    8. Joint 363rd with about 100 people!! Shocking.

    9. 9 points! Not bad at all considering it’s me!

      Slightly disappointed that the points system hasn’t worked in my favour. I got the Pole as well as 4 out of 5 in the wrong order in the top 5!

      1. Exactly the same thing here, Ben!
        And it’s the same story for most of the other 246 guys who scored 9 points besides us.
        (There are only two ways of scoring 9 points, the first is the one we did, the other one is: 3 correct drivers + 2 correct positions w/o the pole.)

        The leaders scored only 31 points. I say “only” because from what I can remember it was worse in previous seasons, when there would be plenty of higher scores.

        And LOL at the four guys who scored nothing. Come on. I mean seriously – COME ON!

    10. dyslexicbunny
      29th March 2011, 18:20

      Excellent. I’m continuing my good form with 7 points. Now I just need to remember to enter every race weekend.

      A shame we had four guys not qualify.

      Keith, I’m interested in rule 7. Can we submit suggestions?

      I have plenty that can be silly and fun for all us losers (aka spectators). It would require webcams and means to record the contests.

    11. 5 points for me! Not good :\ lol

    12. Yay, joint 4th place to start the year :D

    13. Bleh 7 points, I’m not even the top George!

    14. 7points is a good start for me

    15. 1018th! Not bad, hein!?

      Keith, you should put a box to write the name and it would show us our ranking and points, with the complete rankings below, instead of having to lose 2 or 3 minutes looking for my name.

      1. jsw11984 (@jarred-walmsley)
        29th March 2011, 19:31

        Just hit ctrl F on your keyboard then your browser will search for whatever you type in the box on the current page

        1. Thank you. That’s such a good tip, nice one. Now all I have to do is remember it.

        2. Haha! How long have you been doing it that way for, Joao? :P

      2. Next time just start searching from the bottom, then, hehe…

        1. Ohhhh harsh…

    16. im looking on the bright side, things can only get better! i knew i shouldn’t have picked a username starring with w.

      my prediction involving red bull/hamilton/alonso 1st corner carnage and safety cars didn’t quite happen. neither did i predict the mercs would be slow and be crashed into and retire.

      1. I feel for you on the username thing. xD

        Hum, 5 points, I guess that’s what I get for being a Webber fan.

    17. bigbadderboom
      29th March 2011, 20:55

      Proves what I know 3pts lol, must try and kick this dirty mclaren habit I have

    18. My first time here and started with 7pts. Not a good start, but better than nothing i guess!

    19. Hmm, only 3 points. Well, that’s 3 more points than Kubica can hope to get this season lol.

    20. Tied in 115th place. I guess that’s not bad for my first prediction I’ve entered.

    21. joint 720th so far :)

    22. Guilherme (@the_philosopher)
      29th March 2011, 22:31

      I thought that the list would this display the name shown on the forum/comments, not the login name xD I was a bit surprised when I couldn’t find “Guilherme” on the list… it took me a while to figure out I should search the the login name =P

      Anyway, seven points, not as a good start as last year where I scored 11, but if I keep up the consistency I can best my last year ranking (26th) – I’ll be really really happy if that happens!

      1. I’m a bit confused – do you log in with one name and then post comments under a different name?

        1. Guilherme (@the_philosopher)
          31st March 2011, 3:05

          Yes, I changed the “Display name as” option at the edit profile page :) It’s not any problem to use my login name on the championship though.

          By the way, thanks for this championship Keith!

    23. eternalsunshine
      30th March 2011, 1:24

      I’m more amazed with the whopping 1200 people that joined the first race.

      1. Yeah it’s great to have so many players!

      2. There should some sort of a 107% to make the number considerably lower.
        I’ve had trouble lapping many of them :)))

        1. Oh, and Keith – I’m within 1 point behind the guy before me in the standings. Could I get a sort of DRS assistance and get 2 points for free to overtake him?
          That’d make this game more similar to the “real deal”.

          1. Pah, I say, pah!

            Nice try, though.

    24. i scored 13 pts…..nt bad for starters :)

    25. @keith do we have pts for any1 whose pole time prediction is very close to actual time ????

      1. No, see the rules.

      2. I thought this was the case, as I was number 21, and I only have Vettel right, Ham nr 3, Alonso nr 2, and the other 2 drivers I predicted in top 5 didn’t make it. But my pole time guess was perhaps close with 1:23.895.
        And even though I’m a rookie to this contest I have guessed that You should make Your best GUESS, not what You hope for would happen!

        1. I was wrong – I forgot that I guessed Webber to end nr 5, and he did – lucky me. So I had 3 out of the top 5 and 2 of them in the right position.

    26. Ah, rats missed out on the mug for my desk. :(

    27. I’m joint 363rd.. I’m gonna take that as being 7th though, with 6 groups ahead of me.. Not bad..

      Also, I see there’s a drop down menu for all the tracks, does that mean I can make all my predictions now and just update them before each race?

      That way if I miss a gran prix (for whatever unlikely reason) I’ll still pick up a few pints..

      It may not work like that.. ??

      1. dyslexicbunny
        30th March 2011, 15:09

        If getting a few pints for missing a race is your form of a punishment, I’d always miss a race. :-D

    28. Last year I missed out on the Top 100 and at the off I’m joint 115th, so not bad.

    29. Note to self : STOP a f..ing fanboy when playing the game!

    30. I have to avoid over rating the drivers and teams that I support. My score was miserable.

    31. Is there a special reason for not giving points for say the 5 or 10 closest pole times?

    32. wooooo :) happy with jointh 17th :) 19 points awww yeah good start to the year. Hopefully since im starting this predictions from the START of the season and not 6 races in ill finish less than 40 points from the guy in 1st…

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