How many of your pre-race predictions for the 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix were correct? Find out below!
1. WHERE WILL ALPHATAURI FINISH?
YOUR PREDICTION: 6TH OR 7TH
CORRECT ANSWER: 8th or LOWER
While Yuki Tsunoda crashed in Q1 and started from the back, Pierre Gasly qualified in fifth place. Gasly was one of only four drivers to start on the wet tyres, rather than intermediates. It proved to be the wrong choice, but the Frenchman recovered to eighth place. Tsunoda finished in thirteenth place, despite picking up a time penalty for exceeding track limits.
2. HOW MANY POINTS WILL ASTON MARTIN SCORE?
YOUR PREDICTION: 1-5 POINTS
CORRECT ANSWER: 6-10 POINTS
Despite suffering brake issues ahead of the race, Lance Stroll finished the 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in seventh place. He picked up seven points for Aston Martin, remaining as the team’s only points-scorer in F1. Sebastian Vettel retired from the race just a few laps from the end.
3. WHAT WILL THE WIN MARGIN BE?
YOUR PREDICTION: 1-5 SECONDS
CORRECT ANSWER: MORE THAN 10 SECONDS
It was a dominant drive from Max Verstappen, who started from third on the grid. The Red Bull driver won with a margin of exactly 22 seconds. It’s the largest win margin at Imola since 1994.
4. HOW MANY TOP 10 STARTERS WILL SCORE?
YOUR PREDICTION: 6 OR 7
CORRECT ANSWER: 8 or 9
Eight of the drivers who started in the top ten were able to score at the 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Sergio Perez – who finished twelfth – and Valtteri Bottas – who retired after a collision with George Russell – were the drivers who started in the top ten who failed to score.
5. WHICH OF THESE DRIVERS WILL RECORD THE BEST QUALIFYING RESULT?
YOUR PREDICTION: CHARLES LECLERC
CORRECT ANSWER: CHARLES LECLERC
Charles Leclerc won this vote by just 0.5% – and you were correct to back the Ferrari driver. Leclerc qualified in fourth place for a second race in a row, ahead of both McLaren drivers. Carlos Sainz was eliminated in Q2. Lando Norris could have been ahead of Leclerc on the grid, if not for exceeding track limits on his final lap.
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After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. The blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics.
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