Make your Australian Grand Prix predictions now to win F1 prizes

Can Fernando Alonso make it two wins in a row?

Can Fernando Alonso make it two wins in a row?

It’s time to make your Australian Grand Prix predictions if you want to be in with a chance of winning one of our great prizes.

The overall winner of our Predictions Championship will win British Grand Prix tickets and two winners will win F1 DVDs and an F1 painting this weekend.

You’ve got to make your prediction before the next practice session starts so enter now!

I’ve had a few people asking when the competition was opened for this race. The competition opening was announced in the daily round-up a few days ago. To make sure you don’t miss it you can subscribe to F1 Fanatic by Twitter, RSS or email.

Need some inspiration for your predictions? Read our practice coverage and analysis here:

The prizes

This year we’re giving away a pair of prizes every race weekend.

On top of that at the end of the year the top 12 finishers all get prizes – and whoever scores the highest overall will be going to the 2011 British Grand Prix. Here are the prizes in full:

Grand prize: Two grandstands tickets to the 2011 British Grand Prix

The person who scores the most points in the 2010 F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship will win grandstand tickets to the 2011 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

This is the first time we’ve offered F1 race tickets as a prize at F1 Fanatic and I hope you all agree it’s a fitting reward for the F1 expert who can best predict who will be on top in 2010.

The grand prize winner will receive tickets to all three days of the 2011 British Grand Prix with reserved grandstand seating for the race.

Second place prize: An F1 painting of your choice

The second place finisher in the championship 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.

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Runners-up prizes: Autocourse 2010-2011

The ten players who finish in third to 12th positions in the championship will win a copy of the 2010-2011 edition of Autocourse.

The highly respected journal of Formula 1 and other major international four-wheeled racing series is published at the end of every season.

This year the publication marks its 60th anniversary edition.

NB. 2009 edition cover used for illustration

Race winners prize: The Lotus Story DVD Box Set

Duke Video are supplying the prize for the player who gets the highest score in each round.

With the Lotus name returning to F1 in 2010 what better prize than a DVD box set showing the history of this great team. This four-disc set “The Lotus Story” chronicles Lotus’s participation in F1 from the company’s beginning in 1948 up to its F1 withdrawal in 1994.

Duke are also offering a special promotion exclusive to all F1 Fanatic readers – whenever you order from them you can get 15% off using the promotional code F1Fanatic at the checkout.

Race runners-up prize: F1 race winner print

The second place finisher in each race will win a 40x35cm print of the race winner from Motorsport in Print.

How to enter

Entries will open in the week before every race. You have until the start of free practice three on Saturday to make your predictions.

You can post your predictions for the first race now below. After making your prediction you should see a notice saying ‘your entry has been saved’.

Each player may predict the pole sitter and the top five finishers in the race. See below for the rules in full.

Please try to pick an original and distinctive user name – something a bit more descriptive than just a first name. We had a lot of very similar entries last year!

Entry for F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship 2010
No races available in this championship.
Race:
Pole
Position 1
Position 2
Position 3
Position 4
Position 5
Name:
Email:

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, Motorsport in Print, Car-a-Day or Icon Publishing Ltd.
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 accumulate 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 over the 19 races from round one (Bahrain) to 19 (Abu Dhabi) wins the grand prize.
7. In the event of a tie on points the winner will be determined by who picked the most race winners correctly, then second places finishers and so on. 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 or e-mailled to competition@f1fanatic.co.uk
9. Once a prediction has been made it cannot be altered.
10. In the event of a dispute the editor?s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
11. No cash alternative is offered for any of the prizes.
12. Grand Prix tickets: Children must be accompanied by an adult. Accommodation and transport to the venue not included. Event date TBC.
13. Players who have won prizes will be notified by email within seven days of each Grand Prix. Lotus DVDs and F1 paintings will be despatched within 28 days of that email being sent. Grand Prix tickets will be despatched once they are available. Autocourse books will be despatched once they are published.

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.

2010 Australian Grand Prix

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52 comments on Make your Australian Grand Prix predictions now to win F1 prizes

  1. Lauro said on 26th March 2010, 14:59

    It would be cool to have a summary of the predictions with total votes for the top drivers for each position.

    • TomD11 said on 26th March 2010, 15:21

      I’ll second that.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 26th March 2010, 15:30

      It’s something we could do but not until after all the predictions have been entered – wouldn’t want it to influence people’s voting.

      • Lauro said on 26th March 2010, 16:05

        Yeah. I forgot to put that. Maybe between quali and race. :)

      • Saip said on 26th March 2010, 19:44

        Is it possible for the people who have already submitted their predictions to see what are the predictions till date?

        It helps to kill time between race weekends!

        Not to be overtly flattering, but it is really amazing that you have quit your job to focus on this fulltime and you are doing an amazing job. Hope this fulfils all your dreams and ambitions vis-a-vis F1. Good luck!!

        P.S: I requested you about an article on how setup affects the tyres…whenever you are free, hope you write something on it or maybe a link if there is something already available.

        Thanks.

    • Patrickl said on 26th March 2010, 15:34

      I used to create some statistics for last seasons predictions, but now the predictions are hidden until you vote. Better not put up statistics showing the numbers then.

      I could put something up after the prediction closes.

  2. verstappen said on 26th March 2010, 15:35

    Thanks for the confirmation message Keith! (although, to be entirely sure I mailed my prediction as well, if there’s no problem this time I will refrain from such spam in the future :-))

    • verstappen said on 26th March 2010, 18:04

      I do want to highlight a little practical issue though, I did my prediction from my work, so now I’m not able to see the table from home. If you’re optimizing in the future, maybe a little button to see the table would be nice

  3. pankit said on 26th March 2010, 16:14

    Love the new layout … gr8 work keith n team

  4. Calum said on 26th March 2010, 16:25

    Surprised to see one name come up so regularly for the win.

  5. R.E.M. said on 26th March 2010, 17:10

    Can’t shake off the feeling Vettel’s gonna wreck and Webber’s gonna blow his motor.

    Hamster gets a clean sweep. Pole, All Laps Led, Fastest Lap, Win.

    Ferrari’s and Merc’s behind him.

    Also have a feeling less than half the cars finish.

  6. steph said on 26th March 2010, 17:20

    Last yera was easy it was just Button, Bar, Vet and then Web at times. There is the big 4, room for a surprise, possibly a wet weather race. I have no clue.

    • Saip said on 26th March 2010, 19:45

      Alonso are there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Saip said on 26th March 2010, 19:48

        It’s a slang that is used in Indian schools here wherein we screw around with the grammar. Good fun it is.

        I think Alonso is gonna do it again..though Vettel might take the pole. He is just holding back until he knows exactly what he can unleash.

        What say?

  7. Sam...wise said on 26th March 2010, 17:51

    I hope there is a bit of fun in this race, a wet race would definitely spice things up! I would also like to see some less conservative lap times from Button.

    Bring on the rain!!

  8. Sam...wise said on 26th March 2010, 17:56

    Re: the prediction table. Is there a difference between Pole and Position 1? Or should Position 1 not be there?

    Its just that I chose different drivers for each but I am now unsure that I should have!

  9. Robbie said on 26th March 2010, 18:15

    Please help! I cannot remember the username that matches my email address so when I try to enter a predictions it says ‘Email address does not match previous entry’.

  10. Calum said on 26th March 2010, 19:27

    TBH, I would expect the Mclaren laptop to be more laden with data than Ferrari’s!!!

  11. Saip said on 26th March 2010, 19:50

    How did you get access to the predictions till date?

  12. Ned Flanders said on 26th March 2010, 20:16

    I’ve changed my user name (again) since Bahrain, so this is effectively the first race of the season for me. Just like Melbourne should be!

    My vote is very predictable- both Red Bull’s and Ferrari’s plus Hamilton

    • Saip said on 26th March 2010, 20:27

      That’s true…all that matters is the exact positions!

      P.S: same predictions here…both Red Bull’s and Ferrari’s and Hamilton.

    • Salty said on 26th March 2010, 21:03

      But Ned – we love you absodiddilidockely dude. Why the identity crisis?

      Sorta got the synching up of Twit with live chat but…

      Maybe we need a global handle website which could be portal for all. Only danger is that you end up being ‘GiantTurtle32765′ because too many folk read Terry Pratchett.

      • Ned Flanders said on 27th March 2010, 16:15

        Yeah I’m guessing I’d end up being Ned Flanders no. 54092 or something

        Identity crisis over- Ibroke up with Ned the other day but relaised how much I missed him and ended up crawling right back

  13. Hamish said on 26th March 2010, 20:31

    I was on turn 5 for most of the day Kubica looks like absolute lightning. By far the quickest through there.

    • Salty said on 26th March 2010, 21:08

      Really good to hear first hand stuff Hamish, thank you. Turn 5 is a slight lift or even flat for the brave on low fuel. Must of sounded awesome!

      Any others to watch out for sir?

  14. Salty said on 26th March 2010, 20:32

    Ye gads. Missed both practice sessions so relying on your super-focused analysis of the sessions, a personal hunch that FI are nipping at the heels of the ‘big 4′ and the weird shape of the unexpected tea leaves on my monitor (tea bag broke).

    Alonso is a cunning genius – is he the new Schumacher (Love/Hate thingy)? And if he is, has Schumacher become the new Damon? Talented but over the, um, hill and in the wrong car. And if Jenson is Alain ‘da Professor’ Prost, does that make Hamilton Senna with his aggressive style? Could end in tears. But then Massa becomes Barrichello, or perhaps Patrese and Nico’s doing a Vettel. Then what do we do with the Sennas, Barrichellos, Schumachers and Vettels we already have on the grid? If only the race could turn out to be this jumbled.

    Pole and thus win to Alonso. Sutil will be luckier. Vettel will not. Webber will finally make the sun beam in his home GP. Massa will do good, but start to get cranky about faster teammate. Hamilton will be fast, because he is, but McLaren haven’t quite got there yet. And Button? Respectable, but new team.. yeah, new team. Was there another German I missed?

  15. bernification said on 26th March 2010, 21:45

    Hey, did anyone catch the commentators opinion on Schumacher not backing off when the track had been red flagged in practice 1.
    Christian Horner (think it was him) wanted a 10 place grid penalty for the next 2 races.
    Has anything else been heard about this?

    Did seem a bit excessive, to continue halfway round setting fastest times with red flags!

    Other than that, I’m hoping for a more exciting race this weekend!

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