Before the 2018 French 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. Which French driver will have the best home race?
YOUR PREDICTION: ESTEBAN OCON
CORRECT ANSWER: NONE OF THEM WILL SCORE
It wasn’t a weekend to remember for the home race trio. As just 8% of you predicted, none of them scored a point. Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly were out on the first lap after colliding with each other, while Romain Grosjean missed out on scoring his first point of the season by just thirteen seconds after finishing in eleventh place.
2. Which team will start from pole?
YOUR PREDICTION: FERRARI
CORRECT ANSWER: MERCEDES
Mercedes were comfortably quickest in Q3 on Saturday, with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas making it the second front-row lock-out of the season for the defending champions. Hamilton snatched pole from his team-mate by 0.118 seconds.
3. Will Charles Leclerc score?
YOUR PREDICTION: YES
CORRECT ANSWER: YES
Was this the weekend where Charles Leclerc stepped forward as Ferrari’s best option for 2019? The Monegasque driver managed to reach Q3 for the first time in his career, starting from a fantastic eighth on the grid. He even overtook the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen on the first lap before settling for tenth by the chequered flag and, as 66% of you predicted, scoring a point.
4. Which Renault driver will perform better?
YOUR PREDICTION: NICO HULKENBERG
CORRECT ANSWER: CARLOS SAINZ
Carlos Sainz recorded his best qualifying of his Renault career so far with seventh on the grid, while Nico Hulkenberg started from twelfth. By the end of the race, both drivers were in the points and, despite struggling with power issues, Sainz remained ahead by four seconds.
5. Who will be the championship leader?
YOUR PREDICTION: SEBASTIAN VETTEL
CORRECT ANSWER: LEWIS HAMILTON
With the 44th win during his time at Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton re-took the championship lead. Sebastian Vettel came home in fifth after his first lap collision with Valtteri Bottas and falls fourteen points behind Hamilton.
After graduating from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its fifth 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 GPDestinations. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.