Enter your Japanese GP predictions to win prizes

Predictions Championship

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Suzuka, 2011

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Suzuka, 2011

Will Sebastian Vettel make it a hat-trick of pole positions and wins in Suzuka this weekend?

Or can one of the McLaren or Ferrari drivers keep him from winning again in Japan?

It’s time to make your predictions for the Japanese Grand Prix.

We’re in the late stages of the championship now but remember there are prizes to be won in every race weekend. Enter your prediction now.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.
Race:
Pole
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 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?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.

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29 comments on Enter your Japanese GP predictions to win prizes

  1. HoHum (@hohum) said on 7th October 2011, 15:52

    Any serious competitor will want to leave predictions till the last minute however just from what I saw in FP2 I am going to predict;
    1. Seb V because I would be stupid not to, he wants to win the championship in style, he wants the records for most poles and wins in a season, he gets a half-million Euro bonus for every win, k-ching.
    2. Button because he’s the fastest man out there so far and has great race-craft.
    3. Webber because he can usually be relied on to make a podium and he was faster than Seb for a lot of FP2.
    4. Alonso because he is fast but will probably have tyre problems
    5. Hamilton because his head will be undecided between Banzai or calculated progress and he has not yet shown much pace, but he could surprise and win, you never know with Lewis.

  2. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 7th October 2011, 16:26

    Oh lord. I just bet on Vettel having his one and only DNF of the season. Just like Ferrari, at this stage you got to try ANYTHING out…

    • verstappen (@verstappen) said on 7th October 2011, 17:04

      I thought about that, but I think Vettel’s too good and mature for that. He will just drive like he does all year: make sure he’s leading the pack as soon as he can, disappear at the horizon and leave us with the fight for second.

      Then again, it still is a mechanical sport… Hm…

    • OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 7th October 2011, 17:13

      @Electrolite well let’s see if Vettel makes his major mistake on this race. I bet him as first and Alonso second

      • electrolite (@electrolite) said on 7th October 2011, 17:31

        I don’t think it would be a mistake on his part necessarily. I just the irony of him having a DNF at this stage would be incredible and knowing I’m doing terribly in the prediction’s championship brings out the gambler in me ;)

    • LOL .. I gave up on those chances since Spa. It’s just not going to happen this season. The two undoing races he had at the start of 2010, yeah, karma is paying him back with none this year!

    • Kremer (@kremer) said on 8th October 2011, 5:02

      Yeah, I didn’t predict Vettel in the top 5 either. I get a feeling his demise/delay will be more due to some other driver/incident rather than a mechanical or brainfart problem.

  3. I’ve gone for a Webber win. The first time I’ve predicted that this season. I think it’ll be a Red Bull 1-2, and there’s no question of Vettel handing over the lead for Mark to get 2nd in the WDC as he’d want to win in style, so Mark would have to win on merit. I think he can, he’s due a bit of luck and a win. For what it’s worth, I don’t think he’s been unlucky this year, he just hasn’t been as quick as Vettel.

  4. OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 7th October 2011, 17:11

    I predict a clash (and crash) between hamilton and Webber, so they are not on my top five. Instead, I put Schumacher and Sergio Perez completing the list. Probably too optimistic about Perez but who knows. First Vettel, second Alonso and third Button. LET’S SEE……….

  5. Eggry (@eggry) said on 7th October 2011, 17:28

    Vettel pole, Vettel win. No-brainer.

  6. lotusien2 (@lotusien2) said on 7th October 2011, 18:19

    Not sure to do as well as last GP but hope to stay in contention for the top places! ;-)

  7. Trent (@perf) said on 7th October 2011, 18:36

    Is the deadline counter set correctly? It shows around 10h 30 m now, and if I’m not mistaken, there’s 11h 30 m till start of the quali.

  8. BBT (@bbt) said on 7th October 2011, 20:00

    I’ve gone for a Vettel DNF, well surely its gotta happen at some point.

    Hamilton on pole,

    I would of gone for a HAM, BUT 1-2 but if the DNF I predict for Vettel happens then Mclaren would need to swap them.

    That would be spicy. Imagine the post race interviews with Hamilton, lol, team player?

    Maybe I making a another wishful thinking prediction but I’d love that drama to play out and the championship would remain open for another race.

  9. icemangrins (@icemangrins) said on 7th October 2011, 20:35

    Going to play this for the first time ** laziness is my excuse **

    went for the conservative approach.. filled the top 5 drivers from the top three teams.

  10. rikpacman (@rikpacman) said on 7th October 2011, 21:07

    My predictions are as follows… no idea why:

    Pole Time – 01:27.925
    Pole – Jenson Button
    Position 1 – Lewis Hamilton
    Position 2 – Jenson Button
    Position 3 – Felipe Massa
    Position 4 – Fernando Alonso
    Position 5 – Mark Webber

  11. French Steve (@french-steve) said on 7th October 2011, 21:11

    I didn’t follow FP2 but I think we’ll have again a RBR in pole, the #1 on front of course. I hope a podium for Alonso but it will be difficult.

  12. McBride (@mcbride) said on 7th October 2011, 21:59

    Not to be nitpicky but I’ve noticed a usability issue on the page. I’m viewing the site on a MacBook Air running OSX Lion and the button to log my prediction looked greyed out. Kinda like it does in some programs or webpages when you still have something to do in order to submit. Now that I look at it all of the buttons in the comments area are a bit ghosty as well.

    Speaking of buttons, go Jenson!

    -McBride

  13. Pink Peril (@pink-peril) said on 7th October 2011, 23:25

    Since I have slipped badly to 44th in the standings, I have gone out on a limb with my predictions in an effort to try & claw back some ground, hopefully the gamble will pay off for me.

  14. Stretch (@stretch) said on 8th October 2011, 1:42

    Pity F1 is nearly on the same timezone as us aussies this weekend, clashes with the crucial Bathurst bits :s

  15. Meccanike AB Baptista said on 8th October 2011, 4:27

    1-Jenson B 2-Lewis H 3- Sebastian V 4-Fernando A. 5- Mark W

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