Before the 2019 Singapore 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: FERRARI
Was that the most unexpected victory of the season so far? Only 13% of you believed that Ferrari would win the Singapore Grand Prix, but they did – and they scored a 1-2 finish! While Charles Leclerc provided the pace on Saturday, a masterful strategy and a great drive secured Sebastian Vettel his first win in over a year. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen completed the podium, while the Mercedes drivers finished fourth and fifth.
2. WILL THERE BE A SAFETY CAR?
YOUR PREDICTION: YES
CORRECT ANSWER: YES
The Singapore Grand Prix continued its tradition of featuring a Safety Car period in every race. The 2019 event featured no less than three Safety Car outings!
3. WHERE WILL ALBON FINISH?
YOUR PREDICTION: 4TH OR 5TH
CORRECT ANSWER: 6TH TO 10TH
It always looked set to be a difficult weekend for Alex Albon, who had no previous experience of the Marina Bay Circuit. And while he did struggle and suffered a crash in Friday Practice, he improved over the weekend and did, arguably, the best he could have done in the circumstances. He qualified sixth and finished where he started.
4. WHERE WILL THE BEST PLACED MCLAREN QUALIFY?
YOUR PREDICTION: 6TH OR 7TH
CORRECT ANSWER: 6TH OR 7TH
Lando Norris set a blistering lap in Q2, but a mistake in Q3 meant that it was up to Carlos Sainz to get the most out of the McLaren. Sainz qualified in seventh place. It marked their best qualifying position at the circuit since both cars qualified in the top four in 2012.
5. WILL THERE BE MORE 2020 DRIVER ANNOUNCEMENTS?
YOUR PREDICTION: NO
CORRECT ANSWER: NO
There were a few bits of driver news ahead of the race weekend, with Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen confirmed at Haas for 2020 and Robert Kubica announcing he was leaving Williams at the end of the year But that was it for the driver announcements in Singpaore!
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.