Quiz: Can you name that race?

Mark Webber in the French Grand Prix

Mark Webber in the French Grand Prix

I’ve just finished putting together lap charts for each of the races from 2008 to go into the statistics section. But then I hit upon the idea of turning them into a quiz.

How many of last year’s races can you name by looking at the lap charts? Let anorak battle commence!

Click to enlarge and see each full chart:

Before posting this I couldn’t decide whether it was insanely hard or insultingly easy, but I guess I’ll find out the answer to that in the comments…

Here’s a few hints to get you started:

  • Look at the number of laps and number of drivers
  • Safety car periods are easy to spot
  • Late changes of position are easy to remember
  • Surprisingly, some of the most boring races are among the easiest to spot

Can you name them all? Post your answers below. I’ll upload the finished charts later.

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59 comments on Quiz: Can you name that race?

  1. muckymuck said on 27th January 2009, 15:45

    Keith, one chart at a time next time! My eyes are hurting me…

    Are you into BMW these days? This is the 6th time a BMW has been your post pic out of the last 10 posts!

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 27th January 2009, 19:32

      Indeed I have! Well, I’ve changed the image on this one now, but the next image on a post is going to be a BMW as well. I’m not particularly a fan though, and I’ll try to balance things out more in future…

    • muckymuck said on 27th January 2009, 19:55

      I don’t blame you with the BMW pics – they match your website real well. Actually as much as I hated the interim car when it first came out, there’s something charming about the F1.09…that blue paint is quite nice. Still hate the front wing though.

      By the way, I think I’m starting to see a 3-D image in the charts above…

  2. PatrickL said on 27th January 2009, 16:20

    My guess would be:

    1 Singapore
    2 Belgian
    3 Brazilian
    4 China
    5 France
    6 Spain
    7 Malaysian
    8 Japan
    9 Hungarian
    10 Australia
    11 Monaco
    12 Bahrain
    13 Italian
    14 British
    15 Turkey
    16 Germany
    17 Canada
    18 European

    Same as posted before actually.

    I think chart number 7 is incorrect though. Davidson is shown to be finished 2 laps down, but the results say he was only one lap down.

  3. Wow,, Kieth, I thought you were busy before,, now I’m just wondering if the OCD is paying off.
    Wow! (tell me at least it was just trimming off the numbers from photoshop and not you knitting position vs.lap all year!)

    Great job,, I’ll need to sit down with this one and peruse it at home.

    Any shots at an official F1 race drinking game .pdf card to print out for the season? (also everyone will need to pitch in with regional additions for their home broadcasters I’d guess as well).

  4. antonyob said on 27th January 2009, 17:21

    OMG! the anorak has finally eaten itself! keith, a new low or a new high, i cant work out which

  5. Pedro Andrade said on 27th January 2009, 17:22

    1.Singapore
    2.Belgium
    3.Brazil
    4.China
    5.France
    6.Spain
    7.Malaysia
    8.Japan
    9.Hungary
    10.Australia
    11.Monaco
    12.Bahrain
    13.Italy
    14.Silverstone
    15.Turkey
    16.Germany
    17.Canada
    18.Valência

    Yay, second! :)

  6. Pedro Andrade said on 27th January 2009, 17:24

    1.Singapore
    2.Belgium
    3.Brazil
    4.China
    5.France
    6.Spain
    7.Malaysia
    8.Japan
    9.Hungary
    10.Australia
    11.Monaco
    12.Bahrain
    13.Italy
    14.Silverstone
    15.Turkey
    16.Germany
    17.Canada
    18.Valência

    Yay, second! :)

    Keith: This is the second time I’m posting this. The first time around the comment didn’t appear, and somehow I can edit antonyob’s comment! Maybe because we posted at the same time?

  7. DanielPT said on 27th January 2009, 17:26

    I also say that 09 is Hungary.

  8. Chalky said on 27th January 2009, 17:35

    Well I went through it and I’m with Steffen.
    Same answers.

  9. PatrickL said on 27th January 2009, 17:39

    Not sure what happened to my post again.

    I agree with Steffen.

    I think chart number 7 is incorrect though. Davidson is shown to be finished 2 laps down, but the results say he was only one lap down.

    • Steffen said on 27th January 2009, 23:00

      Yep! And Piquet actually finished on the lead lap in P11 whereas the chart indicates he’s a lap down.

  10. DanielPT said on 27th January 2009, 17:39

    16 is Hockenheim.
    17 is Canada.
    07 is Valencia.
    03 is Interlagos.
    05 is Magny Cours.
    10 is Australia.

  11. DanielPT said on 27th January 2009, 17:46

    Actually is the same thing as Steffen, only i change Valencia with Sepang, so i would say Sepang is 18.

  12. Christian said on 27th January 2009, 18:07

    1 Singapore
    2 Spa
    3 Interlagos
    4 Shanghai
    5 Magny Cours
    6 Barcelona
    7 Sepang
    8 Fuji
    9 Budapest
    10 Melbourne
    11 Monaco
    12 Bahrain
    13 Monza
    14 Silverstone
    15 Istanbul
    16 Hockenheim
    17 Montréal
    18 Valencia

  13. there is an easy way to do this, if you’ve got the 2008 F1 season review they have charts just like this, just use that. I wont, to me its a waste of time though, but good work all the same ;)

    • Pedro Andrade said on 27th January 2009, 20:51

      Easier still is to count the laps in each graph, as most races have a different number of laps. But it’s more fun to see the patterns! :)

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 27th January 2009, 21:32

      If you cheat, you’re only cheating yourself :-)

    • patrickl said on 28th January 2009, 1:44

      Actually these lap charts are also available on the offical F1 site live timing archive.

      Personally I took the results, counted the numbers of drivers who were a lap down (and 2 down etc) and searched the chart that matched. Wich is how I found that no chart matches the Malaysian race. It’s similar to chart 7, but not exactly the same.

  14. lol lol lol, this is insanely great, F1Fanatics indeed. Oh and no I can’t name any lol…

  15. think 3 is brazil see 6 place vettel and over takes ham into 5 then both overtake glock who was 4th

    and one of the boring ones is valencia

  16. Chalky said on 28th January 2009, 8:56

    Hungary was the easiest to pick out.
    Just find the chart when the lead car stopped 3 laps from the end.

  17. 1. singapore
    2. spa
    3. Brazil
    Are very easy to spot

    4. China ( from the 2-3 interchange at the end of the race)
    5. France ( from 1-2 interchange mid-way
    6. Spain ( not too sure)
    7. Malaysia ( no.2’s retirement mid-way)

    8. Japan
    9. Hungary
    10. Australia
    11. Monaco (Sutil’s retirement)
    Are very easy to spot
    12. Baharin (not too sure)

    13. Italy ( question: where is bourdias’ engine stall on that chart ( no sign of 2-20 slide)
    14. Britain ( little tricky; 3 cars on lead lap)
    15. Turkey ( not too sure)
    16. Germany
    17. Canada
    18. Valenica ( not too sure)

  18. Now I’m starting to understand why the website is calledf1FANATIC!! Have fun, I’m not even going to try:)

  19. 1 is singapore
    2 is belgium
    3 is brazil
    4 is china
    5 is france
    6 is spain

    ..and thats as much time as I have :(

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