Nine players tied with a highest score of just 11 points in the European Grand Prix.
This meant the pole position time tie-breaker had to be used to decide the winners and the margins were very fine indeed. Overall winner HoolyF1 was just five-thousandths of a second off predicting Sebastian Vettel’s pole position time correctly – only one other player (Staryeyed85) got closer.
Abreeden took second (0.084s off) and Aleanza third (0.102s away). Commiserations to the other six, particularly CarinaF1, who was only 0.162s off winning a prize.
HoolyF1 is our first winner of a 1973 Autocourse eBook. Abreeden and Alelanza win a Grand Prix Heroes video from Duke Video and an F1 poster from PJ Tierney respectively.
Bigginf1, Mirceapert, MZS16, Lidia53 and Zopyrion also tied for the top score.
The result gives Chrissylyn a three-point lead at the top of the standings over ButtonUp09 and Carpy3. But with the championship leader only on 75 points and a maximum of 600 still to be won, even players who haven’t joined in yet can get in the hunt for overall honours.
It seems most players took not of Vettel’s scorching fast sector times on his in-lap at the end of final practice and correctly picked him for pole – over 70% did so.
But Fernando Alonso was only the fifth-highest pick for victory, chosen by 7.2% of players. Vettel was favoured to win a third consecutive race at Valencia by 45.3%.
See the updated points standings in full here:
Here are the nine highest-scoring predictions for the last race:
F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship 2012 - Europe
Remember you can make your predictions for all the remaining rounds of the season below and edit them whenever you like up until the start of each qualifying session.
2012 F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship overall prizes
Grand prize: Two grandstands tickets to the 2013 British Grand Prix
The person who scores the most points over the whole season will win two grandstand tickets to the 2013 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.
- Buy British Grand Prix tickets via the Silverstone website or call the ticket hotline on 0844 3728 300
Second place prize: An F1 painting of your choice
The second place finisher will win a Formula 1 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:
Runner-up prize: Racecar Engineering subscriptions
The five players with the next highest scores (positions three to seven) will each win a year’s subscription to Racecar Engineering magazine.
Racecar Engineering is the world’s leading motorsport technology magazine. Every issue is packed with in-depth features, interviews and analysis from Formula One, Le Mans and all forms racing and rallying.
Runner-up prize: Autocourse calendars
The five players with the next highest scores (positions eight to 12) will each win a 2013 Autocourse calendar.
The Autocourse Grand Prix calendar contains images taken during the season of all the major players competing in the Formula One World Championship.
The images are high resolution and taken by one of the world’s leading Grand Prix photographers, the calendar is printed on art quality paper and comes with a stiffened backing board and shrink wrapped for protection.
More prizes to be announced
Further prizes will be announced during the season.
2012 F1 Fanatic Predictions Championship race prizes
Race winner’s prize: Autocourse eBooks
The highest scorer in each race will win an Autocourse eBook. The 1971 edition will be the first prize up for grabs, and later players will have the chance to win 1972 to 1976 editions.
The Autocourse eBooks are faithful reproductions of the original annuals in digital form. The colour, clarity of images and text have been improved to modern standards, but the content remains in original format.
Autocourse has become the definitive record of Formula One racing the world over and early editions are collector’s items, which regularly trade for hundreds of pounds.
- The 1971 Autocourse eBook is available from www.autocourse.com for £19.99 with free postage/packing to UK customers.
First runner-up prize: Grand Prix Heroes DVD
The second-placed player in each race will win their choice of one of Duke Video’s new Grand Prix Heroes DVDs (pictured top).
Videos are available on such famous F1 figures as Niki Lauda, James Hunt, Mika Hakkinen, Jackie Stewart, Mario Andretti, Emerson Fittipaldi, Jody Scheckter, Ronnie Peterson, Peter Revson and Frank Williams.
Second runner-up prize: F1 posters by PJ Tierney
The third-placed player in each race will win one of PJ Tierney’s excellent unofficial Formula 1 posters.
You can view PJ’s posters along with his other work on his website:
How to enter
To enter, predict the pole sitter and the top five finishers in the race. You can also enter a prediction for the pole position lap time – this may be used as a tie-breaker.
Enter your pole position lap time prediction as follows: MM:SS.ccc
For example, for a lap of one minute, 23.456 seconds you would enter 01:23.456
You need to log in using an F1 Fanatic account to make your prediction.
If you haven’t got one yet the sign-up process is quick, simple and entirely free: sign up here now.
After entering your prediction, you will receive an email 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.
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