Gaz wins Melbourne round but J-Canada leads the Predictions’ Championship

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Just 40 players out of 2,200 picked Button to win in Melbourne
Just 40 players out of 2,200 picked Button to win in Melbourne

J-Canada edged into a narrow, three-point lead over Arpi_ in the Predictions’ Championship.

But Gaz was the highest scorer in the second round of the competition and wins a copy of “The Lotus Story” four-disc DVD box set.

There was a five-way tie for second place in the Australian Grand Prix predictions between Giuliano Vilela, Dean Costello, mkt, Dave Monks and David Livingstone. The runner-up prize goes to mkt on a tie-breaker as they were the closest with the rest of their predictions.

Mkt wins a 40x35cm print of Button on his way to victory in Sunday’s race.

The second round of the championship saw much lower scores. Gaz won this round with 19 points whereas J-Canada scored 48 at Bahrain. Gaz didn’t score in the first round and his 19 points puts him 64th overall.

Only 40 people picked Jenson Button to win and just six picked Robert Kubica for second. No-one got both the first and second-placed finishers correct, and 359 cursed when Sebastian Vettel spun out, having picked him to win…

See below for the full standings for over 2,200 players.

Predictions for the Malaysian round will be open soon. When they are open it will be announced in the daily round-up and there will be a reminder on the website on Friday.

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.

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. A reminder will be posted on the site after free practice two on Friday.

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

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.

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  1. Ha! I’ve been one of the top scorers in Australia with 9pts.
    Too bad the new scoring system only awards predicting drivers on their correct positions, and that to an extent that makes eveyrthing else irrelevant.

    1. I was very lucky scored 10 points im in 15th pos

  2. when will the next race be avaliable to predict, I dont go by practices, I go by gut instinct, although waitng for practices may have helped with kubica

    1. Predictions for the Malaysian round will be open soon.

      1. how soon is soon, I’ve got ten minuets, :)

  3. coming 275th :D

    to find your name easily press Ctrl+F and type in your name in the box.

    1. Same here. Although I lead the 275th-ers by alphabet, woo! The only way from here is up (I hope).

      1. Watch out from all people called Aaron :D

        1. Or Formula One fanatic aardvarks!

  4. Not a great result, but i jumped from 1200+ to 330 position!

    I did want to put Button higher in there, but i changed my mind and put him a little lower.

    1. joined you on 330 with a measley 11 points lol 1 scored 7 and 4 points i aint nothing if not consistent :)

      1. Same here. Bit miffed really

  5. 2 POINTS!!!!…. almost 20 years of watching F1 and i get two measly points….

    well to be fair, i don’t remember my choices LOL….

    this is a cool game and being ranked 82X out of 2200 is what i call steady progress…

  6. Willian and Co. you’re next

  7. I lost 13 points in the first round because my entry did not make it. I will have to fight my way up through the entire field :-)

    You will see plenty of overtaking 8)

    1. I expect to have a triple diffuser for the next round, so you won’t be overtaking me!

  8. Sorry to be having a thick moment here but does anyone remember what the key combination was to be able to search for your own results? Sorry but with over 2000 people I am far too lazy to search for my own :P

    1. read the comments steph :D

      to find your name easily press Ctrl+F and type in your name in the box.

      1. Thanks soirry on my mobile must have missed it :P Thanks very much! :)

  9. I’m surprised I managed 4 pts, must do better.

  10. For Mac users: cmf+F, not ctrl+F

    1. sorry, I meant cmd+F

  11. looks like this weas a way more unpredictable race.
    Btw cool prizes. In my country there is also F1 predictions, but each GP winner gets nuts ( all nuts together costs about 40 pounds) :D

    1. Nuts magazine or like peanuts?

    2. Really? That’s hilarious. Not very fair on people who are allergic!

    3. Are you from Latvia?

      1. Yeah, and BTW i just looked, they are not sponsoring Latvia’s F1 page, so i actually dont know are there any prizes now :D

  12. Im 2211th now :D Ill be predicting next GP :)

  13. Great work Keith…. Must be a big job sorting out so many predictions…

    Whether the race is interesting or not, this prediction game is real fun!

    I didn’t score much… My total stands at 9 points. Have to try harder (think harder) next time.

    1. I assume Keith has some automatic program to sort out the results. Don’t you, Keith?

      Rank 491, bad!!

      Tip for next round: Put Vettel for pole. Don’t put either of Nico and Michael in top 5.

      1. But Nico ends up coming 5th..!!

      2. Tip: Put Vettel on pole, but not in the top 5!

  14. Is there anyway to see just a table of this round of results? I picked Button and want to see how close I came to the top. Cheers.

    1. Not worry, I copied it into Excel and sorted by Mel column. Joint 9th! Woohoo!

  15. YEAH, I’m joint 1698th.

    Already up on last year and it’s a long season.

  16. Still 4th! Good stuff :)

  17. 720th! Never thought I’d know what it feels like to be Schumacher :) (joke)

    Just to mention when I browse the predictions I made for Melbourne it actually shows the ones from Bahrain, although I trust it’s not used to calculate the scores.

  18. yes yes yes…….

    all good fun

  19. That’s twice that Vettel has cost me. Next time I’ll pick him for pole but not the win.

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