How many of your pre-weekend Twitter predictions for the 2017 Australian Grand Prix were correct? Find out below!
1. Which team will win in Australia?
Your Prediction: Mercedes
Correct Answer: Ferrari
For the first time since 2013, Mercedes didn’t win the opening race of the season. By Saturday evening plenty of people believed Lewis Hamilton had the race win in the bag, but Ferrari delivered when it mattered. Sebastian Vettel’s first win since the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix opens this season in an intriguing way.
2. Which rookie will finish highest?
Your Prediction: Esteban Ocon
Correct Answer: Esteban Ocon
Esteban Ocon, after qualifying fourteenth, finished in the points for the first time in his F1 career. Stoffel Vandoorne, meanwhile, finished thirteenth and last after struggling with engine issues during the Grand Prix. Lance Stroll retired with a brake issue towards the end of the race and surprise debutant, and Stroll’s former Formula Three rival, Antonio Giovinazzi had an impressive weekend and finished the race in twelfth.
3. How fast will the pole time be?
Your Prediction: 3-3.99 seconds
Correct Answer: Less than three seconds
Well, none of these options were correct. While the cars looked mightily impressive, the pace here was just off three seconds quicker than last year. Due to the long straights and slow corners here, we didn’t see a lap time improvement as high as some had predicted. Expect the cars to be more quicker than the 2016 lap in Shanghai.
4. Where will Bottas finish?
Your Prediction: 3rd
Correct Answer: 3rd
Bottas finished where he qualified in his first race for Mercedes. It was his tenth career podium. Bottas admits he wasn’t entirely happy with the result on Saturday, but will likely have been pleased to challenge closely to his team-mate in the second half of the race on Sunday.
5. When will McLaren have their first engine issue?
Your Prediction: Friday
Correct Answer: Sunday
McLaren, surprisingly, didn’t really have many issues with their engine this weekend. Fernando Alonso failed to make it to the end of the Grand Prix with a suspension issue. Stoffel Vandoorne completed the race, but had to reset his car due to an engine issue during his first pit-stop.
PREDICTIONS CORRECT: 2 / 5 || SEASON TOTAL: 2 / 5
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Nicky Haldenby is a freelance writer from Scarborough, England. After graduating from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its fourth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations, and sister site GPDestinations, where he shares regular race previews and articles focussed around the latest in Formula 1 calendar and venue news. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky can also be heard regularly as a guest on various Formula 1 radio shows and podcasts.