Your 2018 #BahrainGP Predictions: The Results

Your 2018 #BahrainGP Predictions: The Results

Before the 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix weekend began, I posted five prediction polls on the Lights Out twitter account. How many of the questions did you get right? Find out below!


1. Will Kimi Raikkonen finish on the podium?

YOUR PREDICTION: YES

CORRECT ANSWER: NO

Kimi looked fast in Practice, and topped two sessions (FP2 and FP3) for the first time this decade. His rapid pace transformed into second on the grid and he was on the pace in the race, too, and likely to take his ninth podium in Bahrain. Sadly, the Finnish driver ended his race in the pit-lane with an injured mechanic and a €50,000 fine to the team for an unsafe pit release. 


2. Will Haas score more than fifteen points?

YOUR PREDICTION: YES

CORRECT ANSWER: NO

While Romain Grosjean finished fifteenth after a difficult qualifying session, Haas’ points scoring was left to Kevin Magnussen, who finished fifth and scored ten points for the team. The team-mates nearly came together at one point during the Grand Prix, which led to an expletive-laden radio message from Magnussen.


3. Will Carlos Sainz finish the race?

YOUR PREDICTION: YES

CORRECT ANSWER: YES

Having competed in every Bahrain Grand Prix since 2015, Carlos Sainz had failed to finish any race in the country to date. But, as 90% of you correctly predicted, the Spaniard finally managed to see the chequered flag in the desert this weekend. After starting from tenth on the grid, Sainz finished just outside the points in eleventh.





4. Will Leclerc beat his team-mate?

YOUR PREDICTION: YES, IN QUALI AND THE RACE

CORRECT ANSWER: NO

A mistake on his final lap in qualifying left Charles Leclerc unable to beat his team-mate on Saturday for the second race in a row. He put in a strong performance in the race, but so too did his team-mate Marcus Ericsson, who mastered tyre strategy and scored his first points since the 2015 Italian Grand Prix. As 20% of you predicted, Leclerc failed to beat his team-mate in both qualifying and the Grand Prix. 


5. Which midfield team will score more points?

YOUR PREDICTION: McLAREN

CORRECT ANSWER: McLAREN

60% of you correctly thought that McLaren would score the most points from the three aforementioned teams. They took ten points, with Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne both finishing in the top ten. Renault scored eight points, with Hulkenberg coming home in sixth, while Force India scored their first point of the season thanks to Esteban Ocon. The result of the Bahrain Grand Prix leaves McLaren in an impressive third place in the championship. 

Nicky Haldenby is a 24 year old Formula One blogger from Scarborough, England. Having grown up with F1 often on the TV on Sunday afternoons, Nicky has been following the sport avidly since 2006. He graduated from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class degree in English Language and Literature and founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in March 2016. Nicky also writes for Badger GP.

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