How many of your pre-race predictions for the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix were correct? Find out below!
1. WILL VERSTAPPEN WIN?
YOUR PREDICTION: YES
CORRECT ANSWER: YES
Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix from pole position, in a similar manner to how he won the Styrian Grand Prix from pole last weekend. His victory makes him the first driver to win three F1 races in the space of fifteen days.
2. WHERE WILL PEREZ FINISH?
YOUR PREDICTION: ON THE PODIUM
CORRECT ANSWER: 6th-10th
Sergio Perez was running in third place until taking a chance with a move on Lando Norris in the early stages of the race, which dropped him to tenth place. During his fight back, Perez picked up two five second penalties. He finished the race in sixth place.
3. WILL THE POLE TIME BE FASTER THAN LAST WEEK?
YOUR PREDICTION: FASTER
CORRECT ANSWER: FASTER
With the tyre compounds slightly softer than last week, the pole time was expected to be faster – barring any adverse weather conditions. The rain stayed away, and the pole time was indeed quicker. Max Verstappen took pole with a 1:03.720 – 0.121 seconds faster than last week.
4. WHO WILL SCORE MORE POINTS – ALPINE OR ALPHATAURI?
YOUR PREDICTION: ALPHATAURI
CORRECT ANSWER: ALPHATAURI
It was a low scoring weekend for both of these teams. Pierre Gasly secured two points for AlphaTauri, while Fernando Alonso finished in tenth place for Alpine. Meanwhile, Yuki Tsunoda came home twelfth, while Esteban Ocon retired on the first lap.
5. WHERE WILL RUSSELL QUALIFY?
YOUR PREDICTION: 13th or 14th
CORRECT ANSWER: IN THE TOP 10
George Russell secured Williams’ first Q3 appearance since the 2018 Italian Grand Prix, qualifying in ninth place. He started the race from eighth on the grid following a 3-place penalty for Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel.
Let us know how you got on with this race’s predictions! There’ll be more predictions to be made ahead of the next Grand Prix. Follow Lights Out on twitter to take part: @LightsOutF1Blog!
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