Before the 2019 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 LECLERC FINISH?
YOUR PREDICTION: 4th or 5th
CORRECT ANSWER: 9th or lower / DNF
Charles Leclerc started from fourteenth on the grid following a ten-place penalty for a power unit change. He made his way through the grid and into the top six, but ultimately retired from the race following a collision with his team-mate. It resulted in the first double DNF for Ferrari since the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix. Just 6% of you predicted that he’d pick up two or less points.
2. WHICH TORO ROSSO DRIVER WILL SCORE MORE POINTS?
YOUR PREDICTION: PIERRE GASLY
CORRECT ANSWER: PIERRE GASLY
Yes, Pierre Gasly scored more points – but not many of us would have predicted that result! Gasly scored his first podium by finishing as runner-up. It was also the first time that Toro Rosso have scored with both cars at the Brazilian Grand Prix, with Daniil Kvyat finishing in tenth place.
3. WILL IT RAIN OVER THE WEEKEND?
YOUR PREDICTION: YES
CORRECT ANSWER: YES
Rain was always forecast to be a feature of the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix weekend. Rain affected the first Practice session, with the wet track conditions limiting running. It stayed dry for the rest of the weekend, however.
4. HOW MANY DRIVERS WILL RETIRE IN THE FIRST 10 LAPS?
YOUR PREDICTION: 2
CORRECT ANSWER: 0
In a race which eventually had four retirements, the first retirement didn’t come until Lap 51! Valtteri Bottas was the first to pull over with a smoking car. Then Lance Stroll retired with suspension damage, and the Ferrari drivers collided, leading to their first double DNF since the 2017 Canadian Grand Prix.
5. WHO WILL BE THIRD IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER THE RACE?
YOUR PREDICTION: MAX VERSTAPPEN
CORRECT ANSWER: MAX VERSTAPPEN
Ahead of the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc led the race for third in the Drivers’ Championship by fourteen points. In the Grand Prix, Max Verstappen secured his third win of the season, while Leclerc failed to score. The result saw Verstappen overtake Leclerc in the championship race, and the Dutch driver now holds an eleven point advantage ahead of the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
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.