Before the 2019 Belgian 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 FERRARI WIN AT SPA?
YOUR PREDICTION: NO
CORRECT ANSWER: YES
Only 37% of you believed Ferrari would be victorious in the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix. Charles Leclerc took pole and won the race, making this the first time Ferrari have taken two consecutive victories at Spa since 2007 and 2008. Leclerc became the 108th F1 winner and the first driver to take his debut win at Spa since Michael Schumacher in 1992.
2. WHERE WILL ALBON FINISH?
YOUR PREDICTION: 5th, 6th or 7th
CORRECT ANSWER: 5th, 6th or 7th
After being forced to start near the back due to grid penalties, Alex Albon had a good afternoon, recording a career-best fifth place finish on his debut outing with Red Bull. He’s the first Thai driver to finish in the top five in 65 years!
3. WHICH TORO ROSSO DRIVER WILL FINISH IN THE BETTER POSITION?
YOUR PREDICTION: DANIIL KVYAT
CORRECT ANSWER: DANIIL KVYAT
Both Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly were eliminated in Q1 at the Belgian Grand Prix – but that didn’t stop them both from picking up points on Sunday. It was Kvyat who finished higher up, climbing an impressive twelve positions from his grid slot to finish seventh. Gasly finished ninth having started thirteenth.
4. WILL RAIKKONEN PARTAKE IN THE BELGIAN GRAND PRIX?
YOUR PREDICTION: YES
CORRECT ANSWER: YES
Marcus Ericsson was on standby for the Alfa Romeo team this weekend, as Kimi Raikkonen had injured his leg during the summer break. In the end, the Swede’s services were not required. It wasn’t a vintage weekend for Raikkonen, who finished sixteenth after first lap contact with Max Verstappen.
5. WHICH TEAM WILL SCORE MORE POINTS?
YOUR PREDICTION: ALFA ROMEO
CORRECT ANSWER: RACING POINT
You backed Alfa Romeo to score the most points from the Belgian Grand Prix weekend – but they were the only team on this list who failed to score. Kimi Raikkonen finished sixteenth, while Antonio Giovinazzi was out in the closing stages following a hefty crash. Renault picked up four points thanks to Nico Hulkenberg’s eighth place finish, while Toro Rosso picked up eight points with both of their drivers finishing in the top ten. But it was Racing Point who scored the most points from this list of teams. Sergio Perez equalled his best result of the year so far with sixth, while Lance Stroll finished tenth.
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.