Castrol GP Predictor Summary – Suzuka 2013

Brought to you by TJ13 Courtroom Reporter & Crime Analyst: Adam Macdonald

5 in a row for the first time in his career means yet another milestone for Sebastian Vettel.  You would be a brave man (or woman) to bet against the man from Heppenheim making it 6 from 6, in 2 weeks in India.  There was a lively debate here on Monday, following the posting of what I thought would be a fairly low profile article of Vettel’s post-race comments.  Comments aside, it was good to see Vettel actually have to fight this victory, as opposed to Monza and Mokpo.

On the Up

The Australian team MC74, much like Mark Webber, is putting together a late charge for the top spot.  Just 74 points adrift of GR Racing means it’s all to play for. Correctly predicting 4 of the top 10 positions gave 54% prediction accuracy for this week which has done the team’s chances no harm at all.

Suzuka - MC74

One to Forget

From one Aussie to another, as the All Aussie GP Gropers fell 9 places to 33rd in the table.  Only scoring with 3 predictions was the reason for this.  There is still much to play for as the midfield of the league is bunched very tightly.

Suzuka - All Aussie GP Gropers

Nobody saw it coming

Almost the entire league predicted Vettel for pole, which meant almost everybody lost points when Webber pipped the KERS-less Red Bull teammate to pole.  As TJ13 had reported, this could have been linked to the RBs using KERS to boost their traction.

The RB mechanics managed to get it working for Sunday, and as they say the rest is history.  But surely, even the most die-hard of Vettel fans would not begrudge Webber one more victory before the curtain falls on his F1 career.

Food for thought

A special mention must go to Esteban Gutierrez, who picked up his first Formula One points on Sunday.  He had been unfortunate to miss out in Singapore and Korea, so it was thoroughly deserved.  Whether he can keep this form up in the final races remains to be seen…

As was posted on our Facebook page prior to the race, we tipped Romain Grosjean to have a good race and he duly delivered.  It seems with the resurgent form of Lotus GP, they brought themselves back into contention for 2nd place in the World Constructors’ Title.  It will be hard to put Grosjean outside you top 5 in predictions.

Remember when…

In this section there will be a question each week to test your memory from GPs gone by. The idea is not to look it up but see if you can remember it first!

There was the possibility of the title being decided at the Japanese GP on Sunday.  The last time this happened was in 2011, where Jenson Button raced to victory with Vettel claiming 3rd to become World Champion for the 2nd time.  When was the last time, before 2011, the title was decided there?

(Answer will be posted in the next Predictor summary)

Last question’s answer

The question was: The Mokpa circuit has 18 turns.  How many are right turns and how many are left?

Answer: Of the 18 turns, 11 are left and 7 are right.  Nobody got the answer from last week…how sad 🙁

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