Castrol #F1 GP Predictor Summary – Suzuka 2014

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Predictions were made for the on-track action before all the madness of Sunday ensued.  It was almost impossible to predict the action out there because if the rain had remained then it may have been the Williams cars who claimed 3rd and 4th.  In the end it was the Red Bull cars that profited from the conditions – when only 24 hours previously we had been informed of the possibility of no race at all.

The chilling crash and injuries Bianchi suffered served as reminder to how dangerous the sport we all love truly is, especially in those conditions.  Get well soon Jules.

Mixed emotions

Submitted by Clear View, his team The Bull Whipper moved up 2 places in the TJ13 league despite dropping over 200 places in the global league.  If nothing else demonstrates how difficult this was to predict, this will.

up and down

up and down

Singing in the rain

Milestone 11 enjoyed the showers of Suzuka as the team climbed 70 places to occupy 12th spot in the league.  Given the lap 3 retirement of Alonso from 5th place, it could have been even better for the team with a little more luck.

Looks like someone did a rain dance

Looks like someone did a rain dance

The answer, unfortunately, is no

With 45% accuracy, Kamui Fix It? Yes we can! was slightly out on 7 of the 10 positional selections.  The Japanese fan favourite was overlooked from the prediction showing even the most devout fans can predict with their head and not their hearts.

Not quite Ichiban then!

Not quite Ichiban then!

Nobody saw it coming

Errr…well…everything and nothing.  Red Bull were heavily backed to finish the best of the rest this race.  The only major surprise was Fernando Alonso’s car refusing to work in the rain.

Food for thought

The Sochi circuit has been reported as a mixture of power and traction – so nothing being given away just yet then!  Good luck with the guesswork…

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!

Who was the last Japanese winner of the Japanese GP and in which year?

(Answer will be posted in the next Predictor summary)

Last question’s answer

The question was: So the exclusive club of Singapore GP winners was not quite ready to accept a new entry just yet (Hamilton, Alonso and Vettel).  Although, Vettel did lead the race for 1 lap – his first of the year!  How many drivers have led a lap this year?

Answer: Amazingly, the answer is 9 drivers.  Vettel, Alonso, Ricciardo, Rosberg, Hamilton, Button, Perez, Massa and Bottas have had this priveledge.

3 responses to “Castrol #F1 GP Predictor Summary – Suzuka 2014

  1. I had a 48%. Top 4 right and hulk and button and fastest lap. Perdonal Best prediction by far this season. And i forgot to vote. So it took my prediction of the race before 😉

    • Haha just shows how this race was almost not worth predicting, instead picking names out of a hat for 3-10

  2. Interesting question… after Fuji 76-77, it was mainly Formula Nippon racing it I think, and an international driver base winning a lot until F1 came to Suzuka. So, it could be someone like Hasemi in 75, or Nakajima in the mid-80s, who was very successful in Nippon, before moving up to F1 in his 30s, like Damon Hill…

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