Before the 2019 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: MERCEDES
CORRECT ANSWER: MERCEDES
Over half of you predicted that Mercedes would return to winning ways at the Hungaroring, and they duly delivered. Lewis Hamilton won the race after a roll of the strategy dice in the later stages of the race.
2. HOW MANY TEAMS WILL SCORE?
YOUR PREDICTION: 6
CORRECT ANSWER: 6
Six different teams scored at the 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix. Renault, Haas, Racing Point and Williams were the teams who failed to pick up a point. Kimi Raikkonen’s seventh place finish sees Alfa Romeo move up to seventh in the Constructors’ Championship.
3. WHICH ALFA ROMEO DRIVER WILL QUALIFY BETTER?
YOUR PREDICTION: KIMI RAIKKONEN
CORRECT ANSWER: KIMI RAIKKONEN
As well as scoring the team’s only points this weekend, it was Kimi Raikkonen who won the qualifying battle at Alfa Romeo. Kimi reached Q3 and qualified in tenth place, while Antonio Giovinazzi qualified fourteenth.
4. WHERE WILL RICCIARDO FINISH?
YOUR PREDICTION: 8TH OR 9TH
CORRECT ANSWER: 12TH OR LOWER
Daniel Ricciardo finished only fourteenth after a bad qualifying session. He was eliminated in Q1 and qualified eighteenth, before a strategic engine penalty dropped him to last on the grid. He failed to make up many positions during the Grand Prix.
5. WHAT WILL THE GAP BETWEEN BOTTAS AND VERSTAPPEN BE?
YOUR PREDICTION: 10-20 POINTS
CORRECT ANSWER: LESS THAN 10 POINTS
Valtteri Bottas failed to deliver at a time when important contract negotiations are taking place. Contact on the first lap necessitated a pit stop, and the Finn could recover only to eighth. With Max Verstappen finishing as runner-up, the gap between the pair in the championship is now just seven points.
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.