Before the 2018 Brazilian 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. Where will Hulkenberg finish?
YOUR PREDICTION: 7th or 8th
CORRECT ANSWER: DNF
Before this weekend, Nico Hulkenberg had never failed to score points on all of his Brazilian Grand Prix appearances. Sadly, his 2018 race at Interlagos ended in retirement on the 32nd lap.
2. Which Haas driver will qualify better?
YOUR PREDICTION: KEVIN MAGNUSSEN
CORRECT ANSWER: ROMAIN GROSJEAN
The Haas drivers have been one of the closest pairings on qualifying pace in 2018. This weekend, it was Romain Grosjean who ended up ahead on Saturday afternoon. The Frenchman reached Q3, qualifying in ninth, while Kevin Magnussen was eliminated in Q2.
3. How many Safety Car outings will there be?
YOUR PREDICTION: 1
CORRECT ANSWER: 0
Safety Cars are commonplace at the Brazilian Grand Prix, hence why only 16% of you thought we’d see a race pass without incident. While there was plenty of action and incident on track, there was no need to deploy the Safety Car, or even the Virtual Safety Car.
4. Which midfield team will score more points?
YOUR PREDICTION: RENAULT
CORRECT ANSWER: HAAS
Haas and Force India were the only teams from these four who managed to score in the Brazilian Grand Prix. While Sergio Perez picked up the final point for Force India, both Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen scored for Haas, finishing in eighth and ninth respectively. Sauber scored the same number of points as Haas this weekend.
5. Will Mercedes win the Constructors’ Championship?
YOUR PREDICTION: YES
CORRECT ANSWER: YES
As Lewis Hamilton took victory, Mercedes scored enough points to confirm their status as 2018 Constructors’ Champions. That means they’ve won the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships in all of the last five seasons. Should they win the Constructors’ Championship again next season, they’ll equal Ferrari’s record of six consecutive titles.
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.