Many thanks to the over 200 of you who entered predictions as to what the fastest lap time of the week in Barcelona would be from the McLaren and Mercedes cars, both of which needed to improve after disappointing early tests.
As we’ve come to expect with our readers, there were many, many people who were within a few tenths, even hundredths of a second from the right answer.
However most of you thought that McLaren would be faster than Mercedes, which is interesting. In fact Mercedes’ new update did the trick and Michael Schumacher set the fastest time of the winter on Day 4 of the test.
Anyway with rain on the final day the answers were there early if anyone cared to gamble on them and our two winners did just that.
Richard Howson [#140] posted the 1m 22.888 set by Lewis Hamilton on Day 2 – Wednesday March 9th (with three days testing still to go) and gambled correctly that the team would not set a faster time in the remaining days.
Likewise Robert Nurnberg [#179] saw that Michael Schumacher had done a 1m 21.268 on the morning of Day 4 – Friday March 11th and took a punt at 1pm that neither Schuey nor Nico Rosberg would go faster on Friday afternoon. He timed it perfectly. By that time it was already forecast for rain on the final day.
Congratulations to both of them. They will receive a signed copy of the JA on F1 2010 Season Review. If you missed out you can still buy a signed copy for £9-99 through our shop (click through the book icon in the middle column). It was a limited print run collectable and there are only a few copies left, so we will be closing that sale page very shortly.
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