How many of your pre-race predictions for the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix were correct? Find out below!
1. WILL BOTH TITLE RIVALS FINISH THE RACE?
YOUR PREDICTION: YES
CORRECT ANSWER: YES
Many had predicted drama at the final race of the season and while there certainly was drama, both Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton reached the end of the race. Verstappen won, with Hamilton finishing just behind.
2. WHO WILL BE CHAMPION?
YOUR PREDICTION: LEWIS HAMILTON
CORRECT ANSWER: MAX VERSTAPPEN
64% of you expected Lewis Hamilton to be crowned World Champion this weekend. For most of the race, it looked like that would be the case – until a late race Safety Car turned the race on its head. At the time of writing, Max Verstappen has been crowned World Champion, subject to various appeals by Mercedes.
3. WILL RAIKKONEN SCORE?
YOUR PREDICTION: NO
CORRECT ANSWER: NO
Kimi Raikkonen’s F1 career didn’t come to an end in the way that he, or anyone else, wanted it to. After qualifying eighteenth, Raikkonen retired from his 349th and final race after 25 laps.
4. WILL THE POLE LAP BE 10 SECONDS FASTER THAN LAST YEAR?
YOUR PREDICTION: MORE
CORRECT ANSWER: MORE
Following changes to the Yas Marina track layout, simulations predicted that lap times would be ten seconds faster on the new configuration. Last year, Max Verstappen took pole with a lap time of 1:35.246. In 2021, Verstappen’s pole time was 1:22.109, an improvement of 13.137 seconds.
5. WHO WILL SCORE MORE POINTS, McLAREN OR FERRARI?
YOUR PREDICTION: FERRARI
CORRECT ANSWER: FERRARI
Ferrari secured third place in the Constructors’ Championship after scoring sixteen points in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Carlos Sainz recorded his fourth podium finish of the year, while Charles Leclerc scored an additional point with tenth place.
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!
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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