Who is the best predictor of 2019?

Before every race we always go through our predictions for the top 3 on the podcast and as we might be a bit competitive we decided to make a competition out of it last season, which Paul won (even though Lee complained he missed a race) so let’s do it again for 2019 and see who comes out top this year.

The rules are, all 5 of us will predict the top 3 for each race during the week before and you get 3 points for each correct prediction in the right place and 1 point for a driver you predict finishing inside the top 3 in a different position to where you thought they would be. So by the end of this season we’ll know who is the prediction King or Queen of the podcast!. But there’s a twist this year, every race we’ll have a guest predictor for the top 3 so can the team beat the guests as well?

Also if you want to join in with your own predictions we’ve got our league running here.

The scores so far after 20 races are:

 Predictor Points
Guests 68
Paul 66
Chris 60
Lee 57
Dan 57
Sian 54

Top 3:

  1. Bottas
  2. Hamilton
  3. Verstappen

Predictions:

Chris:

  1. Leclerc – 0pts
  2. Vettel – 0pts
  3. Hamilton – 1pt

Dan:

  1. Vettel – 0pts
  2. Leclerc – 0pts
  3. Hamilton – 1pt

Lee

  1. Hamilton – 1pt
  2. Verstappen – 1pt
  3. Bottas – 1pt

Paul

  1. Hamilton – 1pt
  2. Vettel – 0pts
  3. Verstappen – 3pts

Sian

  1. Vettel – 0pts
  2. Hamilton – 3pts
  3. Leclerc – 0pts

This weeks guest is last year’s Formula Lee winner Bradley Chambers

  1. Hamilton – 1pt
  2. Vettel – 0pts
  3. Leclerc – 0pts

Top 3

  1. Hamilton
  2. Vettel
  3. Leclerc

Predictions:

Chris

  1. Verstappen – opts
  2. Bottas – 3pts
  3. Hamilton – 1pt

Dan

  1. Leclerc – 1pt
  2. Vettel – 0pts 
  3. Bottas – 1pt

Lee

  1. Hamilton – 3pts
  2. Bottas – 3pts
  3. Vettel – 0pts

Paul

  1. Vettel – 0pts
  2. Hamilton – 1pt
  3. Leclerc – 3pts

Sian

  1. Verstappen – 0pts
  2. Vettel – 0pts
  3. Bottas – 1pt

This week’s guest predictor is regular podcast listener Niske “I have to back my Ferrari boys” Knipe

  1. Vettel – 0pts
  2. Hamilton – 1pt
  3. Leclerc – 3pts

Top 3 for China

  1. Hamilton
  2. Bottas
  3. Vettel

Chris

  1. Leclerc – 0pts
  2. Hamilton – 1pt
  3. Vettel – 1pt

Dan

  1. Vettel – 1pt
  2. Hamilton – 1pt
  3. Verstappen – 0pts

Lee

  1. Hamilton – 3pts
  2. Leclerc – 0pts
  3. Bottas – 1pt

Paul

  1. Hamilton – 3pts
  2. Leclerc – 0pts
  3. Verstappen – 0pts

Sian

  1. Leclerc – 0pts
  2. Vettel – 1pt
  3. Bottas – 1pt

Our guest predictor this week is podcast listener and double Formula Lee champion Geoff Sharp

  1. Leclerc – 0pts
  2. Vettel – 1pt
  3. Hamilton – 1pt

The top 3 in Baku were:

  1. Bottas
  2. Hamilton
  3. Vettel

Chris

  1. Hamilton – 1pt
  2. Leclerc – 0pts
  3. Bottas – 1pt

Dan

  1. Hamilton – 1pt
  2. Verstappen – 0pts
  3. Perez – 0pts

Lee

  1. Hamilton – 1pt
  2. Bottas – 1pt
  3. Verstappen – 0pts

Paul

  1. Hamilton – 1pt
  2. Bottas – 1pt
  3. Vettel – 3pts

Sian

  1. Verstappen – 0pts
  2. Leclerc – 0pts
  3. Hamilton – 1pt

This week’s guest predictor is long time listener Mack Perry from Florida

  1. Hamilton – 1pt
  2. Vettel (on team orders) – 1pt
  3. Leclerc (with witty radio about team orders) – 0pts

Top 3 for Spain

  1. Hamilton
  2. Bottas
  3. Verstappen

Chris

  1. Hamilton – 3pts
  2. Verstappen – 1pt
  3. Bottas – 1pt

Dan

  1. Bottas – 1pt
  2. Hamilton – 1pt
  3. Verstappen – 3pts

Lee

  1. Vettel – 0pts
  2. Hamilton – 1pt
  3. Leclerc – 0pts

Paul

  1. Hamilton – 3pts
  2. Bottas – 3pts
  3. Verstappen – 3pts

Sian

  1. Hamilton – 3pts
  2. Leclerc – 0pts
  3. Bottas – 1pt

This week’s guest predictor is very long-time (in fact he’s been around almost as long as we have) listener Michael Cohen

  1. Bottas – 1pt
  2. Hamilton – 1pt
  3. Leclerc – 0pts

Top 3 for Monaco

  1. Hamilton
  2. Vettel
  3. Bottas

Chris

  1. Hamilton – 3pts
  2. Bottas – 1pts
  3. Leclerc – 0pts

Dan

  1. Hamilton – 3pts
  2. Bottas – 1pt
  3. Vettel – 1pt

Lee

  1. Hamilton – 3pts
  2. Bottas – 1pt
  3. Norris – 0pts

Paul

  1. Hamilton – 3pts
  2. Bottas – 1pt
  3. Verstappen – 0pts

Sian

  1. Bottas – 1pt
  2. Verstappen – 0pts
  3. Hamilton – 1pt

This week’s guest predictor is F1 technical expert Craig Scarborough who was a guest on this week’s show

  1. Hamilton – 3pts
  2. Verstappen – 0pts
  3. Bottas – 3pts

Top 3 in Canada

  1. Hamilton
  2. Vettel
  3. Leclerc

Chris

  1. Hamilton – 3 pts
  2. Bottas – 0 pts
  3. Leclerc – 3 pts

Dan

  1. Bottas – 0pts
  2. Hamilton – 1pt
  3. Leclerc – 3pts

Lee

  1. Hamilton – 3pts
  2. Bottas – 0pts
  3. Vettel – 1pt

Paul

  1. Hamilton – 3pts
  2. Bottas – 0pts
  3. Vettel – 1pt

Sian

  1. Hamilton -3pts
  2. Bottas – 0pts
  3. Verstappen – 0pts

This week’s guest predictor is listener Jana Urbanski from the actual Motor City.

  1. Hamilton – 3pts
  2. Bottas – 0pts
  3. Verstappen (but her heart said Leclerc, Vettel & Ricciardo) – 0pts

Prediction for France

Chris

  1. Leclerc – 1pt
  2. Hamilton – 1pt
  3. Vettel – 0pts

Dan

  1. Hamilton – 3pts
  2. Bottas – 3pts
  3. Hulkenburg (yeah. really) – 0pts

Lee

  1. Vettel – 0pts
  2. Hamilton – 1pt
  3. Bottas – 1pt

Paul

  1. Hamilton – 3pts
  2. Leclerc – 1pt
  3. Verstappen – 0pts

Sian

  1. Bottas – 1pt
  2. Hamilton – 1pt
  3. Leclerc – 3pts

This week’s guest predictor is Kieren Thomson who presents the new music show on Vectis Radio every Sunday at 7PM UK (and he’s featured music from some of us on it too) You can listen online at https://www.vectisradio.com/

  1. (Angry) Vettel – 0pts
  2. Bottas – 3pts
  3. Hamilton – 1pt

Top 3 in Austria (Finally)

  1. Verstappen
  2. Leclerc
  3. Bottas

Chris:

  1. Bottas – 1pt
  2. Hamilton – 0pts
  3. Leclerc – 1pt

Dan

  1. Hamilton – 0pts
  2. Bottas – 1pt
  3. Verstappen – 1pt

Lee

  1. Hamilton – 0pts
  2. Vettel – 0pts
  3. Bottas – 3pts

Paul

  1. Hamilton – 0pts
  2. Bottas – 1pt
  3. Vettel – 0pts

Sian

  1. Hamilton – 0pts
  2. Vettel – 0pts
  3. Leclerc – 1pt

This week’s guest predictor is Listener and supplier of high quality biscuits James “Sooty” Corbett

  1. Hamilton – 0pts
  2. Bottas – 1pt
  3. Vettel (With Verstappen getting a fastest lap) – 0pts (but he got the fastest lap right)

Top 3 for Great Britain

  1. Hamilton
  2. Bottas
  3. Leclerc

Chris

  1. Hamilton – 3pts
  2. Vettel – 0pts
  3. Norris – 0pts

Dan

  1. Hamilton – 3pts
  2. Bottas – 3pts
  3. Verstappen – 0pts

Lee

  1. Hamilton – 3pts
  2. Verstappen – 0pts
  3. Bottas – 1pt

Paul

  1. Hamilton – 3pts
  2. Vettel – 0pts
  3. Verstappen – 0pts

Sian

  1. Vettel – 0pts
  2. Bottas – 3pts
  3. Hamilton – 1pt

This week’s guest predictor is Twitter’s Girl In The Pitlane (@pitlane_girl) who will be well known to anyone who joins in with us on social media during the races. Every race she runs the funniest tweet challenge (which none of us have won yet) and also has her own blog at https://girlinthepitlane.wordpress.com/ and her predictions are:

  1. Hamilton – 3pts
  2. Vettel – 0pts
  3. Bottas – 1pt

Top 3 for Germany (after one hell of a race)

Chris

  1. Bottas – 0pts
  2. Hamilton – 0pts
  3. Verstappen – 1pt

Dan

  1. Vettel – 1pt
  2. Hamilton – 0pts
  3. Leclerc – 0pts

Lee

  1. Hamilton – 0pts
  2. Verstappen – 1pt
  3. Bottas – 0pts

Paul

  1. Hamilton – 0pts
  2. Leclerc – 0pts
  3. Verstappen – 1pt

Sian

  1. Hamilton – 0pts
  2. Bottas – 0pts
  3. Verstappen (with a bonus prediction that Bottas will get a new contract announced on Thursday) – 1pt (and no new contract for Bottas yet)

This week’s guest predictor is writer and 3rd generation motorsport (and wrestling) fan Suzie Kennedy who says:

Here’s the thing, we all know that this race could be an interesting one. Especially after what we’ve seen at Silverstone. 
Unfortunately, I have a feeling in my waters that this could be a race where Hamilton could potentially streak away and win the race. 
However, Ferrari should have a better car for this track again this year. If Ferrari could shake off their ‘number 1’ driver thinking for one race and put their efforts into Leclerc, he has the potential to win his first race in Germany. 
There is also a Vettel factor to all of this. Dream scenario if the stars aligned, and pigs flew, he’d be able to win this race. We all know that nothing has ever really aligned for him at the track, apart from last years alignment straight with the barrier. 
 
I’m still patiently waiting for Leclerc’s first victory. It has to happen soon, it’s just not fair at this point. Ferrari has royally shafted him MULTIPLE times. 
I don’t see Ferrari favouring Leclerc at Vettel’s home race. I think the fans are going to have to start a riot soon. However, the fans will keep voting him the driver of the day every time the laddy steps in the car. Unfortunately, this continues to fall on deaf ears at Ferrari. 
 
Oh shit, then there is our favourite dutch potty mouth Verstappen. Well, if the laddy can make it round the track and not snap his brake pedal in the last ten minutes of the race *reference to 24Hr Spa I Racing Lando Norris stream* we could definitely see Max on the podium. 
He’s going into the German GP with confidence in himself and confidence in the car (that’s somehow indestructible). I’ve always been a very strong critic of Verstappen, I feel he has a devil on his shoulder and I think he still needs more guidance. He could be a right rascal or a complete superstar. 
However, I was super impressed with him on the 24HR Spa live stream and it was great to see his true personality come through without the pressures and stresses of a Formula 1 track. Oh my god, I just gave Verstappen a complement. Times are changing!
 
So here goes nothing…
 
  1. Hamilton – 0pts
  2. Leclerc – 0pts
  3. Verstappen – 1pt
 
4. Bottas 
5. Vettel (or he’ll win… or he’s going in the wall again… or up someone’s arse
 
I think, unfortunately, Vettel is going to bottle it again. Mistakes are becoming ever more common, and I think with the pressure again I don’t think he’s going to be able to get the most out of the car to put it on the podium. 
As long as Red Bull don’t have any more issues with overheating (it’s to be a scorcher during practice sessions and quali) and Max takes that confidence he has, that car will be on the podium. 
Leclerc, if he can keep his cool and keep distance between him and Max (AND THEY DON’T CRASH WHICH THERE IS A HIGH POSSIBILITY) I think he can bring the car home in 2nd. Leclerc seems to really work that Ferrari hard and bring something out of it that Vettel can’t do. 
Fingers crossed for Ferrari, not fucking everything up for him again. 
 
Just realised I’ve not really mentioned Bottas… he’s going to win it now, isn’t he? *sigh* 
 
**Disclaimer**
Now that this is out in the universe, this could all be completely wrong. It’ll rain, Raikkonen will win and we’ll all be sitting with ice creams just like… ‘what the fuck just happened’ 😉

The last race before the Summer break gave us this top 3

  1. Hamilton
  2. Verstappen
  3. Vettel

Chris

  1. Verstappen – 1pt
  2. Vettel – 1pt
  3. Hamilton – 1pt

Dan

  1. Leclerc – 0pts
  2. Verstappen – 3pts
  3. Bottas – 0pts

Lee

  1. Verstappen -1pt
  2. Vettel – 1pt
  3. Bottas – 0pts

Paul

  1. Verstappen – 1pt
  2. Vettel – 1pt
  3. Leclerc – 0pts

Sian

  1. Verstappen – 1pt
  2. Leclerc – 0pts
  3. Hamilton – 1pt

In honour of Max Verstappen’s win in Germany, this week’s guest predictor is Marcel Strijk from The Netherlands

  1. Hamilton – 3pts
  2. Verstappen – 3pts
  3. Bottas – 0pts

Top 3 for the Belgian Grand Prix

  1. Leclerc
  2. Hamilton
  3. Bottas

Chris

  1. Hamilton – 1pt
  2. Verstappen – 0pts
  3. Bottas – 3pts

Dan

  1. Vettel – 0pts
  2. Leclerc – 1pt
  3. Hamilton – 1pt

Lee

  1. Hamilton – 1pt
  2. Bottas – 1pt
  3. Verstappen – 0pts

Paul

  1. Hamilton – 1pt
  2. Vettel – 0pts
  3. Verstappen – 0pts

Sian

  1. Hamilton – 1pt
  2. Verstappen – 0pts
  3. Vettel – 0pts

This week’s guest predictor if Santeri Ounasti from Finland (possibly our most northern listener?)

  1. Leclerc – 3pts
  2. Albon – 0pts
  3. Bottas (with a fastest lap for his fellow countryman Kimi Riakkonen as well) -3pts

The top 3 in Italy were

  1. Leclerc
  2. Bottas
  3. Hamilton

Chris

  1. Leclerc – 3pts
  2. Hamilton – 1pt
  3. Bottas – 1pt

Dan

  1. Vettel – 0pts
  2. Leclerc – 1pt
  3. Hamilton – 3pts

Lee

  1. Hamilton – 1pt
  2. Bottas – 3pts
  3. Albon – 0pts

Paul

  1. Vettel – 0pts
  2. Leclerc – 1pt
  3. Hamilton – 3pts

Sian

  1. Leclerc (Like London buses etc) – 3pts
  2. Hamilton – 1pt
  3. Vettel – 0pts

This week’s Guest (5) Predictor is regular listener, tweeter and Patreon subscriber @_Guest5

  1. Leclerc – 3pts
  2. Hamilton – 1pt
  3. Vettel – 0pts

Top 3 for Singapore

  1. Vettel
  2. Leclerc
  3. Verstappen

Chris:

  1. Hamilton – 0pts
  2. Verstappen – 1pt
  3. Bottas – 0pts

Dan:

  1. Verstappen – 1pt
  2. Leclerc – 3pts
  3. Albon – 0pts

Lee

  1. Verstappen – 1pt
  2. Hamilton – 0pts
  3. Albon – 0pts

Paul

  1. Verstappen – 1pt
  2. Albon – 0pts
  3. Hamilton – 0pts

Sian

  1. Verstappen – 1pt
  2. Leclerc – 3pts
  3. Hamilton – 0pts

This week’s (1st) guest predictor is one of our longest running listeners to the show who has stuck with us for the 4 1/2 years we’ve been going, Rich Walker

  1. Hamilton – 0pts
  2. Leclerc – 3pts
  3. Verstappen – 3pts

But we also have an extra prediction from this week’s podcast guest Virtual Stat Man, Sean Kelly

  1. Verstappen – 1pt
  2. Leclerc – 3pts
  3. Hamilton – 0pts

Top 3 in Russia

  1. Hamilton
  2. Bottas
  3. Leclerc

Chris

  1. Bottas – 1pt
  2. Leclerc – 1pt
  3. Hamilton – 1pt

Dan

  1. Hamilton – 3pts
  2. Leclerc – 1pt
  3. Vettel – 0pts

Lee

  1. Vettel – 0pts
  2. Hamilton – 1pt
  3. Leclerc – 3pts

Paul

  1. Verstappen – 0pts
  2. Vettel – 0pts
  3. Leclerc – 3pts

Sian

  1. Hamilton – 3pts
  2. Bottas – 3pts
  3. Verstappen – 0pts

This week’s guest predictor is Texan Geordie (well he’s a Newcastle United fan anyway) Zach Henderson

  1. Hamilton – 3pts
  2. Vettel – 0pts
  3. Leclerc (Mercedes on alternating years one car tends to do bad last year was 1-2 so bad race for Bottas) – 3pts

Top 3 for Japan

  1. Bottas
  2. Vettel
  3. Hamilton

Chris

  1. Verstappen – 0pts
  2. Hamilton – 1pt
  3. Sainz – 0pts

Dan

  1. Hamilton – 1pt
  2. Bottas – 1pt
  3. Albon – 1pt

Lee

  1. Hamilton – 1pt
  2. Bottas – 1pt
  3. Verstappen – 0pts

Paul

  1. Hamilton – 1pt
  2. Verstappen – 0pts
  3. Vettel – 1pt

Sian

  1. Verstappen – 0pts
  2. Hamilton – 1pt
  3. Leclerc – 0pts

This week’s guest predictor is international globetrotter and energy drink aficionado Stephen Faber

  1. Hamilton – 1pt
  2. Verstappen – 0pts
  3. Bottas (and while he didn’t pick a hero/rockstar for this one, he’s got Charles Leclerc down as the villain/wanker this week for either running someone off the track or crying/refusing to follow team orders) – 1pt (but a bit right about Charles taking someone off)

Top 3 in Mexico

  1. Hamilton
  2. Vettel
  3. Bottas

Chris

  1. Verstappen – 0pts
  2. Bottas – 1pt
  3. Hamilton – 1pt

Dan

  1. Verstappen – 0pts
  2. Leclerc – 0pts
  3. Sainz – 0pts

Lee

  1. Vettel – 1pt
  2. Hamilton – 1pt
  3. Bottas – 3pts

Paul

  1. Vettel – 1pt
  2. Hamilton – 1pt
  3. Leclerc – 0pts

Sian

  1. Verstappen – 0pts
  2. Hamilton – 1pt
  3. Bottas – 3pts

This week’s guest predictor is from photographer Nick Stovey @efffjuan on Twitter

  1. Verstappen – 0pts
  2. Leclerc – 0pts
  3. Bottas – 3pts

With Max Verstappen as the Rockstar of the week and Grosjean as the Wanker!

Top 3 for the US Grand Prix

  1. Bottas
  2. Hamilton
  3. Verstappen

Chris

  1. Bottas – 3pts
  2. Hamilton – 3pts
  3. Vettel – 0pts

Dan

  1. Hamilton – 1pt
  2. Vettel – 0pts
  3. Leclerc – 0pts

Lee

  1. Hamilton – 1pt
  2. Vettel – 0pts
  3. Bottas – 1pt

Paul

  1. Bottas – 3pts
  2. Hamilton – 3pts
  3. Vettel – 0pts

Sian

  1. Hamilton – 1pt
  2. Bottas – 1pt
  3. Vettel – 0pts

This week’s guest predictor is listener and film-maker Amos Menin

  1. Hamilton – 1pt
  2. Leclerc – 0pts
  3. Verstappen – 3pts

And his rockstar of the week is a return appearance for the “NYOOOOM” guy from last year. With the wanker being lap 1 overconfidence *cough* Grosjean

Top 3 of Brazil (after penalties and a long wait!)

  1. Verstappen
  2. Gasly
  3. Sainz

Chris

  1. Verstappen – 3pts
  2. Hamilton – 0pts
  3. Albon – 0pts

Dan

  1. Verstappen – 3pts
  2. Bottas – 0pts
  3. Hamilton – 0pts

Lee

  1. Hamilton – 0pts
  2. Albon – 0pts
  3. Verstappen – 1pt

Paul

  1. Verstappen – 3pts
  2. Vettel – 0pts
  3. Hamilton – 0pts

Sian

  1. Verstappen – 3pts
  2. Bottas – 0pts
  3. Leclerc – 0pts

This week’s guest predictors are from the YouTube channel The F1 Debate Show You can see their predictions every Thursday and race reviews straight after each Grand Prix

  1. Verstappen – 3pts
  2. Hamilton – 0pts
  3. Bottas – 0pts

We also had Craig Scarborough on this week’s show and it would have been rude to not ask him for his predictions too and this is what he went for

  1. Verstappen
  2. Vettel
  3. Bottas

So everyone except Lee got Max right with the win!

Predictions for the last race of the season in Abu Dhabi

Chris

  1. Hamilton
  2. Verstappen
  3. Bottas

Dan

  1. Hamilton
  2. Bottas
  3. Verstappen

Lee

  1. Verstappen
  2. Hamilton
  3. Albon

Paul

  1. Verstappen
  2. Bottas
  3. Albon

Sian

  1. Hamilton
  2. Vettel
  3. Albon

Our final guest predictor of the season is actor, musician and oddly accurate multiple bet predictor Joel Benedict

  1. Hamilton
  2. Leclerc (or “Sexy Charles” as he’s known in his house)
  3. Verstappen

 

 

 

 

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