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Uncertainty about the weather in Malaysia made for an interesting forecast in the league. Despite the problems of Vettel’s RB, many still elected for him to take the final podium spot. Those that maintained the obvious selection of a Mercedes 1-2 ahead profited suitably.
Without further ado, let’s see how it all panned out…
On the Up
RNBW was the most improved in the league, rising 126 places to 20th place. Now filling a spot on the first page thanks to a correct top 4 prediction, much is owed to Ricciardo’s retirement and Massa’s refusal to listen to team orders – or was this in fact a genius insight into the future? Either way, more rounds like this will continue to rocket the team up the league.
One to Forget
Down 48 places to 92nd position is Khann Motorsport with 37 points for this round. With just a little more luck the results could have been perfect, but that’s the luck of the roll. Better luck next time out in Bahrain!
The only way is up
The JudgesMrs was one of the only teams to remain the same, down in 170th place. Electing Rosberg instead of Hamilton for the win, as well as Perez for 7th place put pay to a successful weekend. I’m sure if she could, Webber would still be selected for a good finish, although nowadays one has to settle with Ricciardo instead. Is it something about the Aussie accent?
Nobody saw it coming
Checo Perez not being able to start put pay to a strong race weekend for many, as well as Ricciardo’s pit stop going wrong – all wrong. The Williams showed strong pace in the dry so presumably will be the same in Bahrain, that is if the internal conflicts do not rumble on.
Food for thought
With the Renault engine seeming so much stronger now it does leave the midfield competition much more open. Bahrain will be its biggest test yet as the temperatures there soar, however, given the fact it stood up to so much pain in Malaysia (for the turbos) they might just be alright. Any Sauber supporters will be hoping for a better race as well. Bahrain could finally produce a genuinely interesting race.
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!
So something slightly different for this week – how much did the Sepang International Circuit cost to build at its completion in 1999?
(Answer will be posted in the next Predictor summary)
Last question’s answer
The question was: How many multiple winners of the Australian GP are currently on the F1 grid?
Answer: There were 2, Jenson Button with wins in 2009, 2010 and 2012 as well as Kimi Raikkonen with wins in 2007 and 2013.
Congratualtions to jee1 who got that correct.
Now go and make your predictions for Bahrain – not long to go now until the next instalment of F1 2014!