Before the 2018 Hungarian 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 team will win?
YOUR PREDICTION: FERRARI
CORRECT ANSWER: MERCEDES
Throughout the practice sessions, Ferrari looked to be way ahead while Mercedes seemed to struggle. Mixed conditions in Qualifying halted Ferrari’s charge and it was Mercedes who took pole. The reigning champions maintained their advantage in the Grand Prix and, after being held up by Valtteri Bottas, Sebastian Vettel was powerless to stop Lewis Hamilton taking his fifth win of the year.
2. Which team will score more points – Haas or Force India?
YOUR PREDICTION: HAAS
CORRECT ANSWER: HAAS
Haas and Force India were tied on points heading into the Hungarian Grand Prix. As 83% of you predicted, the American outfit are now ahead of Force India in the standings. Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean scored a double points finish for Haas, while the Force Indias were only battling with each other in a difficult weekend, languishing down in thirteenth and fourteenth in the final result.
3. Will it rain during the Grand Prix?
YOUR PREDICTION: NO
CORRECT ANSWER: NO
The rain arrived on Saturday to create one of the most exciting qualifying sessions of the season but there were only blue skies on Sunday. The track temperatures were some of the hottest we’ve seen all year!
4. Will Sauber reach Q3?
YOUR PREDICTION: LECLERC WILL, ERICSSON WON’T
CORRECT ANSWER: NEITHER WILL
70% of you backed Charles Leclerc to take another Q3 appearance. In the end, Leclerc was eliminated in Q1, while Marcus Ericsson was able to make it through to Q2 and record a rare third consecutive appearance in the top fifteen on the grid.
5. Which Renault driver will score more points?
YOUR PREDICTION: NICO HULKENBERG
CORRECT ANSWER: CARLOS SAINZ
79% of you incorrectly predicted Nico Hulkenberg would out-score Carlos Sainz this weekend. Renault certainly didn’t have the pace they were expecting this weekend, but the conditions in Qualifying allowed Sainz to equal his best ever Qualifying performance with fifth on the grid. His race pace wasn’t good enough to maintain that position on Sunday as he slipped to ninth in the order. Hulkenberg was unable to take any points from the weekend.
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.