Red Bull arrive at Suzuka looking for their seventh straight victory. Did they get it?
Ferrari may end up losing their chance to win from pole position in Singapore. And Mercedes are still hunting for their first win of the season.
It’s time to make your predictions for this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix.
We have 22 copies of F1 up for grabs at every Grand Prix weekend for the rest of this year. RaceFans F1 Predictions Championship is free to enter. You’ll need a RaceFans account to save, so if you don’t have one, sign up here.
Submit your predictions for each tournament using the form below and scroll down for more information on the prizes and rules.
The winners of the Singapore Grand Prix
It was a low-scoring round of the Predictions Championship last week as pre-race favorite Max Verstappen failed to make it into the top five. The top scorers scored only 11 points.
The pole position timer had to be used to pick the winners. First up is @Laura12, who has a copy of F1 22. Next runners up are @AhmedSchomi, who won the BoxBoxBox tea towel set and @Thynaks, who will receive a motorsport print from Hidden Prints. Congratulations to all three!
Make your predictions
The top scorer in the 2022 RaceFans F1 Predictions Championship will be rewarded with an enviable upgrade to their simulation system.
Fanatec presents Live Auto Race Editor. Using the new Gran Turismo DD Pro wheelbase, it puts out a massive 8Nm of torque, making you feel the road like never before. It is compatible with PlayStation, Xbox and PC systems.
Your live drive system is complete with the Fanatec Clubsport Steering Wheel F1 Esports V2 and the Fanatec CSL Pedal Set.
And lap after lap, the NextLevel Racing R-GT Formula and GT Simulator Cockpit will ensure you get the most out of your new hardware lap and race in comfort and style.
Even if only one player claims that prize, we will award the top two players in the tournament each weekend. Codemasters will give away a copy of F1 22 to the top scorer each weekend, and a runner will be claiming F1 track signs tea towels courtesy of BoxBoxBox.
Grand Prize: Direct Drive Racing Kit
Gran Turismo DD Pro Wheelbase, Clubsport Leader F1 Sport V2 and CSL Pedals
Provided by Fanatec
SimRacing hardware experts Fanatech are offering this highly sought-after Direct Drive SimRacing Kit to the top scorer in this year’s championship.
The Gran Turismo DD Pro wheelbase introduces the next generation of force-feedback technology to the mass market: direct drive.
By mounting the steering wheel directly to the motor shaft, the need for belts or gear drives to connect the two is eliminated, meaning the feedback effect is not dampened or softened.
As the official supplier of the Formula 1 Esports series, Fanatec has created the Clubsport Steering Wheel F1 Esports V2 with the express purpose of focusing on F1 cars. The second version of this wheel includes magnetic gear shifters, customizable RGB LEDs, improved electronics and an interchangeable quick release system.
You need to be able to stop and go too, so Fanatec have included their CSL pedals for unrivaled braking precision and feel.
Presented in the next step
The F-GT from NextLevel allows you to configure and install your driving equipment to resemble a single-seater Formula or GT-style car. The same model was used by the Real eSports team to win the GTR Endurance eRacing World Championship.
Designed to handle high-end live wheels and includes a sliding seat and lumbar support for adjustable fit and comfort. The cockpit consists of both a frame and a seat.
Race weekend awards
F1 22: The Official Game
Presented by Codemasters
The player with the highest points in each round of the championship will win F1 22, the latest edition of the official Formula 1 game published by Codemasters for their choice of platform.
F1 22 is the only game that boasts all the teams, drivers and updated tracks from the 2022 Formula 1 season.
Control your virtual F1 experience with immersive and broadcast options for pit stops, formation laps and more. And for the first time, PC players can compete in full virtual reality.
Track signs tea towel gift set
Provided by BoxBoxBox
The runner-up at each race weekend will also win a prize from our friends at BoxBoxBox.
Every racetrack in the world has these familiar symbols with white markings and bold numbers on them. We thought they would make a great tea towel gift set – designed to show the distance to a corner and help racing drivers choose their braking point.
The tea towels are screen printed on 100% organic cotton, and Boxbox will send you two sets worth £22.99.
Motor sports publication
Provided by secret publications
The second place finisher each race weekend will win a prize from our friends at Hidden Prints.
You can choose any print from their motorsport collection, which includes their popular racetrack maps and driver signature prints, as well as a selection of others.
They are printed on thick luxury 230gsm matte coated paper, and Hidden Prints will send you any size you want, up to A2, priced at £26.99 with free delivery.
All RaceFans visitors can use exclusive discount code RF15 to get 15% off any order at hideprints.co.uk, with free UK delivery!
Rules and how to enter
You have until Saturday’s scheduled start time to make your predictions for each round. Reminders will be posted throughout the weekend on RaceFans, the RaceFans Twitter account and the RaceFans Facebook page.
Predict the signal seat and the top five winners in the race to enter. You can also enter a lap time prediction for the pole position to be used in the event of a points match between prize winners.
Enter your pole position lap time prediction in the following format: MM:SS.ccc For example, for a one minute lap you would enter 23.450 seconds 01:23.450.
You must be logged in using a RaceFans account to make predictions. Registration is free and fast:
After submitting your prediction, you will receive an email confirming your entry. If this is not the case, or if you are concerned that your forecast has not been received, please get in touch using the contact form.
Contest Conditions 1. Maximum of one entry per family. 2. The competition is not open to employees, friends or family of RaceFans or any other prize providers. 3. In each round, players are invited to predict (a) who will take pole position and (b) what the top five winners will be (five different drivers) and accumulate up to a maximum of 50 points in each round. A. Correctly naming the pole winner if a Sprint qualifying race is held, or the Grand Prix if no Sprint qualifying race is held: 2 points b. Correctly naming one/two/three/four/five driver/s who finished in the Grand Prix: 1/2/3/5/8 points. Correctly predicting where one/two/three/four/five driver/s will finish in the Grand Race: 2/6/14/24/40 points4. Results are taken from the appropriate final classification documents for each round provided by the FIA5. Whoever scores the most points in each race towards the championship will win a big prize if presented. 6. In the event of a tie in points, the winner is determined by who is closest to correctly predicting the pole position lap time to qualify. If that fails to produce a winner, the editor will choose a method to determine who won7. Predictions must be entered using the entry form. If you have problems submitting your entry through the evaluation form, please submit your prediction using the contact form. Predictions will not be accepted by any other means of communication. 8. In the event of a dispute, the editor’s decision is final. Correspondence will not be accepted. 9. No cash option will be offered for any prizes. 10. Winners will be notified by email within 14 days of the winners being announced and may choose their prize selection and provide a mailing address. Once this is done, award delivery may take up to 28 days. 11. See the disclaimer for more information