Last weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix produced yet more surprises in this topsy-turvy Formula 1 season, and while some of our regular entrants in the RichardsF1.com Predictions Competition got it right, there were those – as is typically the case at Monaco for the drivers – who hit the barriers…
A quick reminder of how points are calculated each round:
1 point for correctly guessing the driver who claims pole position
2 points for correctly guessing the race winner
1 point for correctly guessing each of the top-two finishing teams, with an additional point for correctly guessing the order in which each team finishes
1 point for correctly guessing each of the top-eight finishing drivers
a bonus 5 points if all of the above criteria are correctly guesses
entrants can also elect to double their points earned (including bonus points) for one round only over the course of the season.
The pattern of predictions was fascinating. A quarter of entrants predicted Sebastian Vettel post the fastest time in qualifying, while over a third wagered that he would win the race. As it turned out, Mark Webber would claim the spoils and draw level with his Red Bull team-mate in the Drivers’ Championship standings.
A Red Bull / Mercedes top-two proved to be a popular choice when predicting the top-two teams in the race, while the usual suspects of Vettel, Button, Hamilton, Alonso, Rosberg, Raikkonen and Grosjean were popular picks for a top-eight finish among well over two-thirds of our entrants.
Interestingly, just 54% of entrants predicted that Mark Webber would finish in the top-eight, while there wasn’t a single entrant who predicted that either Force India driver would finish inside the top-eight! As it was, both drivers managed to do so!
In the end, this gave us the widest points’ spread we’ve seen in the season to-date, and a few brave souls opted to use their ‘Double Up’ feature this round. Was it the right decision?
The entrant ‘JoshG’ earned the highest raw points score (10 points, tied with RichardsF1.com’s editor, who finally had a decent round!) and this week’s prize pack! Congratulations!
As it is, ‘splitpin’ continues to hold the lead he’s held since the opening race in Australia, although his advantage now sits at just two points.
RichardsF1.com F1 Predictions Competition Standings (after the Monaco GP):
|Rank||Last Round Rank||Entrant||Points Earned||Bonus Points||Double Up||Total|
|=.||19||Big Fish 72||4||0||No||34|
New entrants who joined the competition during the Monaco Grand Prix were awarded a starting score of 28 points, that being the median points score of all entrants at the conclusion of the previous round, the Spanish Grand Prix.
Entries for the upcoming Canadian Grand Prix will open in the week leading up to the race, and you will have until five minutes before qualifying starts to enter your predictions. You may edit your predictions as many times as you wish beforehand.
The competition is open to everyone, and if you missed the first four rounds and have not previously registered to play, you will be awarded a 34-point starting score (that being the current median score of all entrants above). If you’d like to register for the first time, click here.