Before the 2018 Russian 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 Mercedes win a fifth consecutive Russian Grand Prix?
YOUR PREDICTION: YES
CORRECT ANSWER: YES
It may have been in controversial circumstances, but Mercedes remain unbeaten at the Russian Grand Prix. Their drivers have won at the Sochi Autodrom in every year since the race was first held in 2014.
2. Where will Valtteri Bottas finish the race?
YOUR PREDICTION: 2nd OR 3rd
CORRECT ANSWER: 2nd OR 3rd
Valtteri Bottas took pole on Saturday, but always seemed destined to finish behind his team-mate in Sunday’s Grand Prix. After receiving the order via team radio, Bottas let Hamilton by to help him extend his championship lead by an extra seven points. Bottas eventually held on to second place.
3. Which Red Bull driver will have the better result?
YOUR PREDICTION: MAX VERSTAPPEN
CORRECT ANSWER: MAX VERSTAPPEN
Max Verstappen was voted Driver of the Day after an overtaking show in the early stages of the race. Having started nineteenth on the grid, Verstappen overtook fourteen drivers to make it up to fifth before the leaders pitted, leaving the Dutchman to lead for the majority of the race. After pitting for Ultrasoft tyres, he was unable to catch Raikkonen for fourth and finished a nevertheless impressive fifth. Daniel Ricciardo had a quieter race, but still finished just one position behind his team-mate in sixth.
4. Where will Sergey Sirotkin finish in his home race?
YOUR PREDICTION: 11th-15th
CORRECT ANSWER: 16th-20th
Seregy Sirotkin out-qualified his team-mate at his first Russian Grand Prix appearance and started from thirteenth after multiple grid penalties for other drivers. There wasn’t pace in the Williams to stay there though, and he fell to eighteenth and last of the cars still running at the end of the race.
5. How many will Lewis Hamilton lead the championship by?
YOUR PREDICTION: BETWEEN 41 AND 50
CORRECT ANSWER: BETWEEN 41 AND 50
As 35% of you predicted, Lewis Hamilton leads the way by fifty points after his win in the Russian Grand Prix. He could retire from the next two races, with Sebastian Vettel taking victory, and would still be ahead in the title battle.
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.