How many of your pre-race predictions for the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix were correct? Find out below!
1. WILL HAMILTON AND VERSTAPPEN FINISH THE RACE?
YOUR PREDICTION: THEY BOTH WILL FINISH
CORRECT ANSWER: THEY BOTH WILL FINISH
Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton were not given the chance to race wheel to wheel in the rain-hit Belgian Grand Prix. While Verstappen recorded the 16th win of his career, Hamilton secured his 174th podium finish.
2. WHERE WILL OCON FINISH?
YOUR PREDICTION: 6TH-10TH
CORRECT ANSWER: 6th -10th
2021 Hungarian Grand Prix winner Esteban Ocon finished the Belgian Grand Prix in seventh place, moving up one position from where he started as a result of Sergio Perez’s pre-race crash.
3. HOW MANY POINTS WILL ALFA ROMEO, HAAS AND WILLIAMS SCORE?
YOUR PREDICTION: 1-5 POINTS
CORRECT ANSWER: 6-10 POINTS
George Russell surprised in qualifying, lining up on the front row of the grid with Williams’ first front row start since the 2017 Italian Grand Prix. While Alfa Romeo and Haas failed to score, had full points been awarded, Williams would have scored 20 points in total. Russell would have picked up 18 points for his podium, while Latifi would have scored two for his ninth place result. Instead, half points meant that the team secured a total of 10 points from the Belgian Grand Prix.
4. WILL ALPHATAURI REACH Q3?
YOUR PREDICTION: GASLY WILL, TSUNODA WON’T
CORRECT ANSWER: GASLY WILL, TSUNODA WON’T
In mixed weather conditions, Pierre Gasly qualified sixth for the Belgian Grand Prix. It was the Frenchman’s ninth Q3 appearance of 2021 and the first time that he reached the final stage of qualifying at Spa. Yuki Tsunoda was unable to take advantage of the conditions, recording his seventh Q1 elimination of the year.
5. WHAT WILL THE WIN MARGIN BE?
YOUR PREDICTION: 5-10 SECONDS
CORRECT ANSWER: LESS THAN 5 SECONDS
Max Verstappen took victory in the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix despite not completing any laps under green flag conditions. Following the Safety Car into the pit lane to secure his win, F1’s official classification puts the Red Bull driver’s win margin at 1.995 seconds.
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