F1 Competition: Predict the qualifying gap between Vettel and Alonso in Brazil

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Posted By: James Allen | 22 Nov 2012 | 1:46 pm GMT | 627 comments

As the final round of the F1 season approaches, it’s time to run another prediction competition – at which JA on F1 readers always excel!

This weekend, we want to you to predict what the time gap will be between the two world title contenders, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso in qualifying and in who’s favour.

So for example, if you think Vettel will be 0.35s faster in qualifying you would write “Vettel by 0.35s” in the comments section below.

**The prize is a signed and personalised copy of our new book “JA on F1 2012 – The Year of Living Dangerously”, ** which will be published on December 7th. The 248 page, large-format paperback book is priced at £10-99 and features the best articles from the JA on F1 site plus extensive new written content, photos from Darren Heath and a foreword by BBC F1 presenter Jake Humphrey. It’s available to order by clicking here: JA on F1 Book Order

The competition is **free to enter for readers anywhere in the world **and entries will close on Saturday morning at 11am UK time.

The winner will be the person who posted the correct answer first, so there’s a premium on getting your answer in quickly. But in the event that no-one is correct, we will take the closest guess.

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Vettel by 0.65s

Vettel by 0.789

Alonso by 0.109

Vettle by 0.666

Vettel by 0.150 seconds

Vettel by .750

alonso by 0.04

alonso by 0.04sec

Vettel get´s the pole because on Saturday there´s only light showers, but on Sunday the heavens open and flood Interlagos, Alonso wins from Hamilton and Vettel crashes out! Alonso is world champion and Vettel goes crying to Germany!

Vettel by .605 seconds

Vettel by 0.47 secs.

Alonso by 0.327s

Vettel ahead by 0.852 secs.

Vettel by 0.19 sec

Vettel by 0.9s

Vettle by 0.48s

Vettel by 0.468 seconds

Alonso by 0.45s

here comes the rain little darling…..

remember the hulk…..

Vettel by 0.92 seconds.

I’m thinking damp conditions possibly, Vettel to line up ahead of Alonso but by the much reduced gap of 0.115 secs instead of what it would be in the dry

Vettel by 0.578

Alonso by 0.15s

Vettel by 0.541

0.46s

Alonso by 0.280 Sec +/- 0.020 my guesstimate

Alonso by 0.857s

vettel by 0.63

Vettel by 0.8s

Vettel by 0.40136. You’re welcome!

Vettel by 0.76s

Vettel by 0,478

But Alonso to win the race and take the title.

Vettel by 0.391sec

I think Vettel by 0.8s

Vettel by 0.82s

Vettel 0.465s

Vettel by 0.825

Alonso by 0.25

Vettel buena 0.9

Vettel by 0.124

Alonso by 0.11s

I’m assuming it is the Q3 times that count, so:

Alonso fails to make Q3, but Vettle does

Vettel infront by 0.600

Vettel by 0.432s

Vettel by 0.437 s

Vettel by 0.532s

Vettel by 0.74

Vettel by 0.762s

Alonso by 0,55

Vettel by 0.391s

Vettel by 0.55 secs

And Massa to take him out in the first corner on the first lap.

Vettel by 0.52s

Alonso by 0.355

Alonso by 0.369s

Vettel by 1.14 Seconds

1 second?? You sure about that!

In the rain anything can happen.

Vettel by 0.232s

Alonson by 0.1s.

Vettel by 0.71 sec

Vettel by 0.456

Vettel by 0.790

Vettel by 0.74 sec

Alonso by .104

Alonso by 0.12s

Vettel by 0.557

Alonso by 0.125

Vettel by .39

Vettel by 0.5 s

Vettel by 0.307s

Vettel by 0.89 secs

Vettel by 0.44s

Alonso by 0.1s

Weather permitting

Vettel by 0,711 secs

Alonso by 0.45 in the wet

Vettel by 0.62 in the dry

Vettel by 0.442s

Vettel by 0.54s

Vettel by 0.49s

Vettel by 0.21 seconds

Vettel by 0.72s

Vettel by 0.289 (wet)…if dry by 0.829

OK, it rains, Vettel by 0.289s

Vettel by 0.935s

Vettel by 0.513s

Vettel by .418s

Vettel by 0.23 seconds

ALO by 0.067s

Alonso by 0.3secs.

Vettel by 0.578s

Vettel by 0.846 secs

alonso by 0.19

Vettel by 0.32

Vettel by 1.2s

Vettel by 0.67 seconds

vettel by 0.875 sec

Vettel by 0.38s

Vettel by 0.38s

Short lap. Vettel by .350

Vettel by 0.43s

vettel by 1.306

Alonso 0.7 seconds (rain)

Vettel by 0.229

Vettel by 0.691 sec

Vettel by 0.52 secs

Vettel by 0.812s

Vettel by 0.207s

Vettel by 0.290 sec

Alonso by 0.610s

Vettel by 0.20

Vettel by 1.0s

Vettel by 0.68

Vettel by 0.348s

Vettel by 1.5s

Alonso by 0.23s

Vettel by 0,83s

Vettel by 0.001

Vettel by 0.695s

0.294

Vettel by 0.42s

Tricky question. It might rain.

But let’s say Vettel by 0.275

Vettel by 0.623

Alonso by 1.2 secs!

Let’s have some fun at least

Vettel by 0.43s

Vettel by 0.58s

Vettel by 0,388s

Vettel by 0.456s

Vettel 0.74

Vettel by 0.783

Vettel by 1.2s

Vettel by 0.265s

Vettel by 0.673 sec

Alonso by 0.014s (wet qualifying).

If i only can submit one option it is ALO by 0.23

If dry: VET by 0.76

If wet: ALO by 0.23

Vettel by 0.675s (it’s a short lap, so not the one second gaps we’ve seen elsewhere).

Vettel by 0.725

Vettel by 1.01s

Vettel 1,08 s

Vettel by 0.341

but I have a feeling Alonso might end Qualification somewhere off-track…

Vettel by 0.675

Vettel by 0.54s

Vettle 0.46s

Vettel by .78s

Vettel by 0.668 sec

Vettel 1.237 seconds

Vettel by 0.74s

Vettel by 0.323

Vettel by 0.455secs

Vettel by 0.532s

Vettel by 0.773 seconds

It’s going to rain.

Alonso over Vettel by 0.4′s

Vettel by .747s

Vettel by 0.36 sec

Vettel by 0.327s

Vettel by 0.727s

Vettel by 1.25s

Vettel by 0.595s

0.62 seconds

Vettel

Vettel by 1.035s

vettel by 0.6 seconds

Vettel by 0.75

Vettel faster by 0.421

Vettel by 0.43

0.43s

Vettel By 1.02s

Vettel by 0.24

Vettal by 1.1sec

Alonso 0.434 in the rain

Sorry but Vettel by .673

Alonso by 0.132 sec

Vettel by 0.525 but Alonso will be ahead by the end of the first lap!!

Vettel by 0.44 sec

Vettel by 0.397

Vettel by 0.58s

Vettel by 0.648s

I am hoping for rain and it does…

Alonso 0.206s

Vettel by 0.677

Vettel by (-0450 sec)

Alonso by (0.450 sec)

Vettel by 0.75

Vettel by 0.483

Vettel 1.02 s

Vettel by 0.49s

Bring on the rainstorm! Alonso by 0.468s

Alonso by 0.5s

Vettel by 0.53s

Vettel by 0.87s

Vettel 1.05s

Vettel ahead by 0.37

Vettel by 0.61s

Alonso by .125 seconds

Vettel by 0.25 seconds

Vettel by 0.85s

Vettle by 0.597 ……..but Alonso wins championship as Vettle goes off in rain storm, Alonso takes third in race !

Vettel by .757 secs

Vettel by 0.483s

Vettel by 0.73s

Vettel by 0.674

Alonso by 0.84

Vettel by 0.732

0.300

Vettel by 0.601s

Vettel 0.53

Alonso ahead by 0.23

Vettel by 0.3s

Alonso by 1.4

Just in case, I ment 1.4 seconds…

Vettel by 0.777

Vettel by 0.312s

Vettel by 0.405s

Alonso by 0.075

Alonso by 0.2s

Vettel by 0.314s

Vettel by 0.53s

Vettel 0.482s

Vettel by 0.562

I posted a quick sketch showing the deltas between VET and ALO practice and quali times here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/psychemedia/8207706651/

I wonder if we can also anecdotally claim a sustained ‘direction of travel’ in improving eg quali time deltas through Q1, Q2 and into Q3. (For example, if VET improves going from Q1 to Q2, does there seem to be a good chance that the improvement will increase into Q3?)

Of course, the deltas may be misleading because they don’t take into account overall lap time….

Although I’m wary that the Red Bull keeps improving…

Vettel by 0.35s

Vettel by 1.09s

Vettel by 0.65

Vettel by 0.42

Vettle by 0.63

Vettel by 0.350

Vettel by 0.458s

Vettel by 0.465

Vettel by .43

Vettel by 0.786

Alonso by 0,15 s

Alonso by 0.138s

dry – vettel by .57

wet – alonso by .015

Alonso by 0.34s

Vettel by 0.235

Alonso by 0.017s

Alonso by 0.154

Vettel by 0.43s

Vettel by 0.462s

Vettel by 0.521s

If Dry: Vettel By 0.47 sec, if Wet: Alonso by 0.34

Vettel by 0.24secs

Vettle by 0.68s

Vettel by 0.567 sec

Alonso by 0.538s

Vettel by 0.499 secs.

Vettel by 0.453s

Vettel by 0.53s

Vettel by .369

Alonso by 0.458

Vettel by 0.477

Vettel by 0.542s

0.59 seconds. Smaller lap but still I feel this gap. Red Bull is just too quick unless rain comes into play.

Vettel by 0.786

Vettel by 0.48s

Vettel by 0.35

Vettel by 0.43

Vettel by 0.48s

Vettel by .717 seconds.

As an aside, I was the winner of the “Qualifying gap between Webber and Button at Silverstone” competition for a Human Performance Engineering top, but I never received it. =(

We contacted you, but received no reply.

Alonso by 0.05

Alonso by 0.57

Thanks for the opportunity James you do a great job.

VEttel by 0.49

What happens if one of the 2 drivers does not qualify for Q3 and the other does? Will their respective times, from different qualifying sessions, be used for comparison? In that case I predict Alonso will qualify better by 2.657 seconds. It will be raining during qualifying 2 and Vettel will not make it to the top ten. Then the track will dry and all the drivers including Alonso will go faster in Q3.

vettel 0.38

Alonso 0.24 secs

Vettel by 0.832 seconds

Vettel by 0.35s

Vettel by 0.68

Alonso by 0,1s

I know it’s almost impossible, but let’s try it.

James, your guess?

Vettel by 0.238

Vettel by 0.783secs

Alonso by 0.4

Vettel by 0.432

Vettel by 0.753

Vettel by 0.56s

Vettel by 0.874

Vettel by 0.28s

Vettel by 0.39

Alonso by 0.265s

Vettel by 0.45sec

Vettel by 0.35s

Vettel by 1.08 seg

Vettel by 0.431 secs

Vetted by 0.64

Alonso by 0.12

Vettel by 0.499

Vettle by 0.33s

Vettel by 0.572s

Vettel by 0.29 sec

Vettel by 0.61 sec

Vettel by 0.724s

vettel by 0.42s

Vettel bij 0.51

Vettel by 0.425

Vettel by 0.274 seconds

Vettel by 0.49 seconds

I suspect they’ll go out in different qualifying sessions (Alonso in Q2, Vettel making it through to Q3) and that the time gap will be large, so:

Vettel by 1.024 seconds.

Vettel by 0.312 seconds.

3 Meaning Third Title…

12 meaning this year..

Vettel by 0.45 seconds

Vettel by 0.63

Vettel by .58

Vettel by 0.595s

Vettel by 0.42s

Alonso 0.05

Vettel by 0.623secs

vettel by 0.625 seconds

alonso by 0.275 seconds

I’ve already ordered the book so I am in favor for Alonso.

So Alonso by 0.125

Vettel by 0.347s

Vettel by 0.666

Vetetel by 0.746 seconds

Vettel by 0.3s

Vettel by 0.72s

Vettel by 0.700s

Vettel by 0.23

Vettel by 0.631

ALO by 0.18

Vettel by 0.598s

Vettel by 0.41s

wet qualifying – Alonso by 0.33 secs

Alonso by 0.57

Vettel by 0.863s

Vettel by 0.246

Vettel by 0.232

Vettel by 0.41 sec

Vetted by 0.534 seconds

Alonso by 0.12s

Vettel by 0.526

Vettel by .21s

Vettel by 1.216s

Vettel by 0.475

Vetted by 0.45

Vettel by 0.48s

Vettel by 0.29s

Vettel by 0.711s

vettel by 0.731

Vettel by 0.362

Alonso by 0.666s

Vettel by 1.45 s.

Vettel by 0.721s

Vettel by 0.43

Vettel by 0.87s

Vettel by 0.45s

Vettel by 0.53

Vettell by 0.431s

Vettel by 0.628

Vettel by 0.9 seconds.

Vettel by 0.85

Alonso by 0.318 (in the wet)

Vettel by .647s

Can you cancel my original prediction since someone has already predicted it and I stand no chance of winning in this case?

Please use Vettel by 0.888 seconds

Alonso by 0.425

Vettel by 0.222s

Vettel by 0.31 sec

Vettel by 0.132 secs

Vettel by 0.222

Alonso by 0.41s (wet of course)

vettel by 0.342 s

vettel by 0.341 s

Vettel by 0.710

vettel by 0.371 s

Vettel by 0.548 seconds

Vetted by 0.266

Alonso 8.2

Vettel by 0.782s

Vettel by 0.225 sec

alonso by 0.683

Alonso by 0.309s !!!

Vettel by 1.001s

Vettel 0.46

Vettel by 0.637

Vettel by 0.88

Vettel by1.237s

Vettel by 0.57

Vettel by 0.767s

Vettel by 0.44

Alonso by .442s

Vettel by 0.95 s

Vettel by 0.89s

Edit: 0.91s !

Alonso fails to make Q3

Alonso by 1.25 seconds.

Bit of a risk but you never know!

Vettel by 0.640s

Vettel by 0.311 sec

vettel by 0,120

Vettel by 0,22

Vettel by 0.120

Vettel by .2 sec

Vettel by 0.58s

Vettel by 0.382

Vettel by 0.732

Vettel by 0.007

Vettel by 0.543

Vettel by 0.072

Alonso by 0.422

Vettel by 0.309

Vettel by .281s

Vettel by 0.428

0.654s

o.333

Vettel by 0.7s

Alonso by 0.764

Vettel by 0.593

Vettel by 0.717 sec

Vettel by 0.333s

VETTEL By 0.683

Vettel by 0.357s.

alonso by 0.205

Alonso by 0.078s

I think it going to be less than a tenth of a second if Ferrari is successful in its push for qualifying speed.

alonso by 1.3

Alonso by 0.264 Sec

Vettel by 0.375s

Vettel by 0.512

Vettel by 0.365

Vettel by 1.25s

Vettel by 0.690s

Vettel by 0.781

Vettel by 0.231

vettel by 0.379

Vet by 0.431

Vettel by 0,736 s

Alonso by 0.079 ;)) then the title. I hope!

Vettel by 0.62

Dry Vettel 0.9

Rain Alonso 0.33

wet: Alonso by 0.213

dry: Vetel by 0.867

Vettel’s alternator packs up early in q2 so Alonso’ Q3 time 2.743secs faster than Vettel’s Q1 time. I hope that makes sense!

Vettel by 0.644

Alonso by 0.281

Wet: Alonso by 0.109

Dry: Vettel by 0.892

Vettel by 0.632

Vettel by 0.905

Vettel by 0.675

Vettel by 0.681 seconds

vettel by 0.300

Vettel by 0.614

Vettel by 0.296 seconds

Vetted by 0.527

Alonso by 0.138

Vet by 0.693

Vettel by 0.333

LOOOOOOL at my misspelling

Vettel by 1.433

Vettel by .377

0.776s in Vets favour….

Vettel by 0.311

Vettel by .288

vettel 0.652

Vettel by 0.573s

Alonso by 0.354s

Vettel does not post a time in Q3.

I hope so!

Alonso by 0.286

Dry – Vettel by 0.318sec

Wet – Vettel spins out in Q2 doesn’t make it to Q3, Alonso in 2nd after Ham.

Hope you are right

Vettel by 0.315

Vettel by 0.411

Vettel by 0.935s

Vettel by 1.02s

Alonso by 1.283s

Vettel by 0.672s

Vettel by .238 Secs

Vettel by 0.652

Vettel by 0.765s

Vettel by 0.545

Vettel by 0.24

Vettel by 0.444

Vettel by .446

Vettel by 0.409

vettel by 0,050

Vettel by 0.985

alonso by 0.020

Vettel by .563

alonso by 0.200

Vettel by 0.821

Vettel by 0.327

Alonso by 0.468

Vettel by .587s

Vettel by 0.789

Vettel by 0.02

vettel by 0.476

Vettel 0,457

Vettel by 0.67

Vettel by 0.564s

Vettel to miss Q3 . Alonso 0.83 quicker in drying Q2 session. Now that would make things interesting.

I’m placing my bets on it being wet on Saturday, so Alonso by 0.25s.

Vettel by 0.42

Alonso by 1.102

(I’m thinking outside the box with this entry)!

Vettel by 0.415

Vettel by 0.780

Alonso by 2.774 seconds (why not take a gamble)

Vettel by 0.876

Vettel by 0.693 seconds

Vettel by 0.312

Vettel by 0.372

Vettel by 0.535s

Seb by 1.6 Secs

Seb by 1.6 Secs

(same as above, corrected my email address, just in case I win!)

Vettel by 0,48

Vettel by 0.290s

Vettel by 0.713

Vettel by .825

Vettel by 0.648

Vettel by 0.845

Vettel by 0.398

Vettel by 0.277

Vettel by 1.176 s

Vettel 0.419

Vetall by 0.333

Vettel by 0.523

Vettel by 0.468 sec, and alternator failure on lap 37:D

Vettel by 0.177s

In the dry, and since it is a short track, the difference must be smaller than in most other places, so I would say Vettel by 0.118s

Now, although he didn’t manage to get his sprinklers idea forward, Mr. E has ordered rain for this weekend and thus the gap will be hollywood style: Vettel by 0.41s

I mean hollywood style: Vettel by 0.041s (not 0.41s obviously – that would be bigger than in the dry)

Vettel by 0.567 s

Alonso by 0.387 – thunderstorm assisted.

Alonso by 0.22 sec

Alonso by 0.31

Alonso by 0.014

Vettel by 0.433

Vettel by 0.421

Vettel by 1.174 sec

Vettel by 0.212

Vettel by 1.04s

Alonso by 0.26

Vettel by 0.418

Vettel by 0.455

Vettel by 0.349

Vettel by 0.461

fernando by 0.3sec because it will rain

Sorry the rain on saurday is too late for Quali

#But guess what I’ll say vettel by 0.000 because he set the time first.

Alonso leads vettel by a 10th.

Vettel by 0.756

Vettel by 0.555

Vettel by .651

Vettel by 0.315

Good luck James sorting through all these answers !

Vettel by 0.512

Vettel by 0.665

Vettel by 0.2s

Vettel ahead by 0.312 s

Vettel by 0.639

Alonso by 1.211s

Difference will be 0.284 seg Vettel faster than Alonso

Vettel by 0.868

Vettel by .15

Vettel by 0.980

Vettel by 0.430s

Vettel by 0.827

Vettel by 0.55s.

Vettel by 0.150 sec

Alonso by 0.55

Vettel by 0.577

Alonso by 0.2 sec

Alonso by 0.083

Vettel takes it by 0.623

Could I change mine to 0.389 someone has my initial vote which automatically rules me out? : (

Vettel by 0.46

Vettel by 0.356

Vettel by 0.880

Alonso by 0.003

Above email address is wrong. I’ve typed it correctly now.

Alonso by 0.003

Vettel misses q3. Alonso by 1.2 seconds in q2.

Vettel by 0.861

Vettel by 0.887

vettel by 0.567

Vettel by 0.733

alonso by 0.567

Vettel by 0.531s.

vettel by 0.701

Alonso by 0.13

Vettel by 0.23

Alonso by .018s

Vettel by 0.362

By Vettel 0.5

Vettel by 0.227

Vettel

0.734

Vettel by 0.291

Vettel by 0.325

Alonso by 0.09

alonso by o.314

Vettel by 0.345

Vettel by 0.435

Vettel by 0.673

Vettel by 0.966

alonso by 0.468

In dry Vettel by 0.8, In Wet Vettel by 1 sec. Alonso spins. Start race from last, finishes the race 7th. Vettel finishes 3rd with Ham and RAI fighting for Victory.

vettel by 0.664s

Vettel by 0.754

Alonso by 0.001

Alonso by 0.173 (wet)

Vettel by 0.656

vetel by 0.476

vettel by 0.351

Vettel by 0.283

Alonso by 0.194

Alonso by 0.532

Vettle by 0.271

Vettel by 0.399

Vettel by 0.384

Vettel by 0.777 seconds

Vettel by 0.489

Vettel by 0.261s

Vettel by 0.654

Vettle 0.112

Vettel by 0.27

Alonso by 0.290

vettel by .847

Vettel by 0. 98

Alonso by 1.051

Vettel by 0.450

Vettel by 0.489

Scratch that and make it Vettel by .488

Vettel by 0.254

Vettel by 0.380

Vettel by 0.357s

Vettel by 0.309

Vettel by 0.240s

Vetted out in q2. Alonso faster by .245 in q3 than vettel in q2

Vettel by 0.487s

Vettel by 0.565s

0.498secs

Vettel by 0.910s

Vettel by 0.295s.

Alonso by 0.651 if raining. If not, Vettel by 0.112 in Q3

Alonso by 0.237

Alonso by 0.198

Vettel by 0.358sec

Vettel by 1.666

Alonso by 0.299

Alonso by 0.13s

Vettel by 0.493

Ah, the benefit of 20/20 hindsight !

Four people said Vettel by .49 and the first to do so was Lewis: post #65.

Some people added 1/1000 of seconds but they were at .498 for the closest so Lewis wins anyway by 2/1000.

That’s for those who answered before the qualification.