Before the 2019 Abu Dhabi 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
For a sixth consecutive season, Mercedes won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The team also set the two fastest lap times in qualifying for a sixth consecutive year, but Valtteri Bottas started from the back of the grid due to a power unit penalty. He fought back to fourth place in the race.
2. WHO WILL FINISH SIXTH IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP?
YOUR PREDICTION: CARLOS SAINZ
CORRECT ANSWER: CARLOS SAINZ
One of the biggest battles in the second half of the season has been the fight for sixth in the Drivers’ Championship. Red Bull’s driver swap gave Carlos Sainz an opportunity to sneak ahead of both Pierre Gasly and Alex Albon – an opportunity which he did not let get away. Sainz’s tenth place in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – which he secured only in the closing stages – ensured that he leapfrogged Gasly in the final fight for sixth.
3. WHERE WILL BOTTAS FINISH?
YOUR PREDICTION: 4TH OR 5TH
CORRECT ANSWER: 4TH OR 5TH
As 45% of you predicted, Bottas fought back from 20th on the grid to fourth place. Despite DRS not being enabled for much of his opening stint, the Finn was still able to fight his way through the field.
4. WHICH GRID SLOT WILL WIN?
YOUR PREDICTION: POLE
CORRECT ANSWER: POLE
It was a close result in this poll – but 44% of you were correct. As Lewis Hamilton converted his pole position into a win, Kimi Raikkonen’s win from fourth on the grid in 2012 remains the only time that a front row starter has not won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. In the final race of the 2010s, the polesitter won for the 100th time this decade!
5. WHERE WILL HULKENBERG FINISH?
YOUR PREDICTION: 11th OR LOWER / DNF
CORRECT ANSWER: 11th OR LOWER / DNF
It was his 177th and final start (at least for now), but Nico Hulkenberg failed to score on his last outing. He ran as high as fourth before he pitted, but he remains the driver with the most starts to fail to finish on the podium.
Let us know how you got on with this race’s predictions! There will be more predictions polls in 2020. 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.