Before the 2019 German 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. RACING POINT, HAAS, WILLIAMS – HOW MANY TEAMS WILL SCORE?
YOUR PREDICTION: ONE
CORRECT ANSWER: ALL THREE
Only 4% of you predicted that all three of the teams listed above would score points at the German Grand Prix. The mixed weather conditions aided Lance Stroll to a fourth place finish, while Haas drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen came home seventh and eighth. Most surprisingly, post-race penalties for both Alfa Romeo drivers saw Robert Kubica move up to tenth in the final order, scoring Williams’ first point of the season.
2. WILL A RED BULL DRIVER FINISH ON THE PODIUM?
YOUR PREDICTION: YES
CORRECT ANSWER: YES
Max Verstappen won the German Grand Prix, giving Red Bull their fourth podium finish and first victory at the Hockenheimring. Pierre Gasly retired from the race after a collision with Toro Rosso’s Alexander Albon.
3. WILL BOTH McLAREN DRIVERS QUALIFY IN THE TOP 10?
YOUR PREDICTION: YES
CORRECT ANSWER: NO
While Carlos Sainz progressed to Q3 and qualified in seventh place, Lando Norris was eliminated in Q1 for the first time in his Formula 1 career.
4. WILL IT RAIN?
YOUR PREDICTION: BOTH DRY
CORRECT ANSWER: DRY QUALI, WET GP
The threat of rain loomed large over the German Grand Prix weekend. While it stayed dry for qualifying on Saturday, the Grand Prix was held in changeable conditions, with rain being a decisive factor in the outcome of the race.
5. WHICH GRID SLOT WILL WIN?
YOUR PREDICTION: POLE
CORRECT ANSWER: 2ND
Polesitter Lewis Hamilton had a race to forget, finishing in a lowly ninth place. Instead, it was the man who started alongside him on the front row who took victory. All of Max Verstappen’s last three victories have come from second on the grid – he’s yet to score a pole position in F1.
Let us know how you got on with this race’s predictions! There’ll be more at the next race, follow us on twitter to take part: @LightsOutF1Blog!
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.