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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

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Vettel by .605 seconds

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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!

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alonso by 0.04

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alonso by 0.04sec

6

Vettel by 0.150 seconds

7

Vettel by .750

8

Vettel by 0.789

9

Vettle by 0.666

10

Alonso by 0.109

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Vettel by 0.47 secs.

12

Alonso by 0.327s

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Vettel ahead by 0.852 secs.

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Vettel by 0.19 sec

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Vettel by 0.468 seconds

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Alonso by 0.45s

here comes the rain little darling.....

remember the hulk.....

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Vettel by 0.92 seconds.

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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

21

Vettel by 0.578

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Alonso by 0.15s

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Vettel by 0.541

25

Alonso by 0.280 Sec +/- 0.020 my guesstimate

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Alonso by 0.857s

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vettel by 0.63

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Vettel by 0.8s

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Vettel by 0.40136. You're welcome!

30

Vettel by 0.76s

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Vettel by 0,478

But Alonso to win the race and take the title.

32

Vettel by 0.391sec

33

I think Vettel by 0.8s

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Vettel by 0.82s

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Vettel 0.465s

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Vettel by 0.825

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Alonso by 0.25

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Vettel buena 0.9

41

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

Alonso fails to make Q3, but Vettle does

42

Vettel infront by 0.600

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Vettel by 0.432s

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Vettel by 0.437 s

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Vettel by 0.532s

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Vettel by 0.74

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Vettel by 0.762s

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Alonso by 0,55

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Vettel by 0.391s

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Vettel by 0.55 secs

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

51

Vettel by 0.52s

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Alonso by 0.355

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Alonso by 0.369s

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Vettel by 1.14 Seconds

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1 second?? You sure about that!

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In the rain anything can happen.

57

Vettel by 0.232s

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Alonson by 0.1s.

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Vettel by 0.71 sec

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Vettel by 0.456

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Vettel by 0.790

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Grzegorz Kolodziej

Vettel by 0.74 sec

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Alonso by .104

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Alonso by 0.12s

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Vettel by 0.557

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Alonso by 0.125

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Vettel by .39

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Vettel by 0.5 s

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Vettel by 0.307s

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Vettel by 0.89 secs

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Vettel by 0.44s

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Alonso by 0.1s

Weather permitting 😛

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Vettel by 0,711 secs

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Alonso by 0.45 in the wet

Vettel by 0.62 in the dry

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Vettel by 0.442s

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Vettel by 0.54s

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Vettel by 0.49s

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Vettel by 0.21 seconds

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Vettel by 0.72s

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Vettel by 0.289 (wet)...if dry by 0.829

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OK, it rains, Vettel by 0.289s

82

Vettel by 0.935s

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Vettel by 0.513s

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Vettel by .418s

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Vettel by 0.23 seconds

86

ALO by 0.067s

87

Alonso by 0.3secs.

88

Vettel by 0.578s

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Vettel by 0.846 secs

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alonso by 0.19

91

Vettel by 0.32

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Vettel by 1.2s

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Vettel by 0.67 seconds

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vettel by 0.875 sec

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Alberto Martínez

Vettel by 0.38s

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Vettel by 0.38s

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Short lap. Vettel by .350

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Vettel by 0.43s

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vettel by 1.306

100

Alonso 0.7 seconds 🙂 (rain)

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Vettel by 0.229

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Vettel by 0.691 sec

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Vettel by 0.52 secs

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Vettel by 0.812s

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Vettel by 0.207s

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Vettel by 0.290 sec

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Jonathan De Andrade

Alonso by 0.610s

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Vettel by 0.20

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Vettel by 1.0s

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Vettel by 0.68

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Vettel by 0.348s

112

Vettel by 1.5s

113

Alonso by 0.23s

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Vettel by 0,83s

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Vettel by 0.001 😉

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Vettel by 0.695s

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Vettel by 0.42s

119

Tricky question. It might rain.

But let's say Vettel by 0.275

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Vettel by 0.623

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Alonso by 1.2 secs!

Let's have some fun at least 😉

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Vettel by 0.43s

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Vettel by 0.58s

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Vettel by 0,388s

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Vettel by 0.456s

126

Vettel 0.74

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Vettel by 0.783

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Vettel by 1.2s

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Vettel by 0.673 sec

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Alonso by 0.014s (wet qualifying).

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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

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

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Vettel by 0.725

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Vettel by 1.01s

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Vettel 1,08 s

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Vettel by 0.341

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

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Vettel by 0.675

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Vettel by 0.54s

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Vettle 0.46s

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Vettel by .78s

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Vettel by 0.668 sec

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Vettel 1.237 seconds

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Vettel by 0.74s

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Vettel by 0.323

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Vettel by 0.455secs

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Vettel by 0.532s

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Vettel by 0.773 seconds

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It's going to rain.

Alonso over Vettel by 0.4's

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Vettel by .747s

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Vettel by 0.36 sec

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Vettel by 0.327s

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Vettel by 0.727s

154

Vettel by 1.25s

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Vettel by 0.595s

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0.62 seconds

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vettel by 0.6 seconds

160

Vettel by 0.75

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Vettel faster by 0.421

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Vettel by 0.43

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Vettel By 1.02s

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Vettel by 0.24

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Vettal by 1.1sec

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Alonso 0.434 in the rain

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Sorry but Vettel by .673

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Alonso by 0.132 sec

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

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Vettel by 0.44 sec

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Vettel by 0.397

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Vettel by 0.58s

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Vettel by 0.648s

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I am hoping for rain and it does...

Alonso 0.206s

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Vettel by 0.677

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Vettel by (-0450 sec)

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Alonso by (0.450 sec)

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Vettel by 0.75

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Vettel by 0.483

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Vettel 1.02 s

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Vettel by 0.49s

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Bring on the rainstorm! Alonso by 0.468s

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Alonso by 0.5s

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Vettel by 0.53s

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Vettel by 0.87s

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Vettel 1.05s

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Vettel ahead by 0.37

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Vettel by 0.61s

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Alonso by .125 seconds

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Vettel by 0.25 seconds

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Vettel by 0.85s

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

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Vettel by .757 secs

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Vettel by 0.483s

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Vettel by 0.73s

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Vettel by 0.674

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Alonso by 0.84

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Vettel by 0.732

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Vettel by 0.601s

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Vettel 0.53

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Alonso ahead by 0.23

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Vettel by 0.3s

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Alonso by 1.4

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Just in case, I ment 1.4 seconds...

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Vettel by 0.777

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Vettel by 0.312s

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Vettel by 0.405s

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Alonso by 0.075

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Alonso by 0.2s

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Vettel by 0.314s

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Vettel by 0.53s

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Vettel 0.482s

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Vettel by 0.562

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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

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Vettel by 1.09s

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Vettel by 0.65

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Vettel by 0.42

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Vettel by 0.350

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Vettel by 0.458s

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Vettel by 0.465

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Vettel by .43

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Vettel by 0.786

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Alonso by 0,15 s

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Alonso by 0.138s

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dry - vettel by .57

wet - alonso by .015

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Alonso by 0.34s

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Alonso by 0.017s

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Alonso by 0.154

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Vettel by 0.43s

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Vettel by 0.462s

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

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Vettel by 0.24secs

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Vettle by 0.68s

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Vettel by 0.567 sec

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Alonso by 0.538s

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Vettel by 0.499 secs.

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Vettel by 0.453s

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Vettel by 0.53s

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Vettel by .369

245

Alonso by 0.458

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Vettel by 0.477

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Vettel by 0.542s

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

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Vettel by 0.786

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Vettel by 0.48s

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Vettel by 0.35

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Vettel by 0.43

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Vettel by 0.48s

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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. =(

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We contacted you, but received no reply.

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Alonso by 0.05

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Alonso by 0.57

Thanks for the opportunity James you do a great job.

259

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.

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vettel 0.38

261

Alonso 0.24 secs

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Vettel by 0.832 seconds

263

Vettel by 0.35s

264

Vettel by 0.68

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Alonso by 0,1s

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

James, your guess?

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Vettel by 0.238

267

Vettel by 0.783secs

268

Alonso by 0.4

269

Vettel by 0.432

270

Vettel by 0.753

271

Vettel by 0.56s

272

Vettel by 0.874

273

Vettel by 0.28s

274

Vettel by 0.39

275

Alonso by 0.265s

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Vettel by 0.45sec

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Vettel by 0.35s

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Vettel by 1.08 seg

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Vettel by 0.431 secs

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Vetted by 0.64

281

Alonso by 0.12

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Vettel by 0.499

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Vettle by 0.33s

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Vettel by 0.572s

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Vettel by 0.29 sec

286
Christoforos Theodoratos

Vettel by 0.61 sec

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Vettel by 0.724s

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vettel by 0.42s

289

Vettel bij 0.51

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Vettel by 0.425

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Vettel by 0.274 seconds

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Vettel by 0.49 seconds

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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.

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Vettel by 0.312 seconds.

3 Meaning Third Title...

12 meaning this year..

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Vettel by 0.45 seconds

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Vettel by 0.63

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Vettel by .58

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Vettel by 0.595s

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Vettel by 0.42s

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Alonso 0.05

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Vettel by 0.623secs

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vettel by 0.625 seconds

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alonso by 0.275 seconds

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

So Alonso by 0.125

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Vettel by 0.347s

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Vettel by 0.666

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Vetetel by 0.746 seconds

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Vettel by 0.3s

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Bullish @ Stallion

Vettel by 0.72s

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Vettel by 0.700s

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Vettel by 0.23

312

Vettel by 0.631

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ALO by 0.18

314

Vettel by 0.598s

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Vettel by 0.41s

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wet qualifying - Alonso by 0.33 secs

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Alonso by 0.57

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Vettel by 0.863s

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Vettel by 0.246

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Vettel by 0.232

321

Vettel by 0.41 sec

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Vetted by 0.534 seconds

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Alonso by 0.12s

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Vettel by 0.526

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Vettel by .21s

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Vettel by 1.216s

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Vettel by 0.475

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Patrick McLaughlin

Vetted by 0.45

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Vettel by 0.48s

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Vettel by 0.29s

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Vettel by 0.711s

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vettel by 0.731

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Vettel by 0.362

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Alonso by 0.666s

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Vettel by 1.45 s.

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Vettel by 0.721s

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Vettel by 0.43

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Vettel by 0.87s

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Vettel by 0.45s

340

Vettel by 0.53

341

Vettell by 0.431s

342

Vettel by 0.628

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Chaitanya Netkalappa

Vettel by 0.9 seconds.

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Vettel by 0.85

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Alonso by 0.318 (in the wet)

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Vettel by .647s

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Chaitanya Netkalappa

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

348

Alonso by 0.425

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Vettel by 0.222s

350

Vettel by 0.31 sec

351

Vettel by 0.132 secs

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Vettel by 0.222

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Alonso by 0.41s (wet of course)

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vettel by 0.342 s

355

vettel by 0.341 s

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Vettel by 0.710

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vettel by 0.371 s

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Vettel by 0.548 seconds

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Vetted by 0.266

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Alonso 8.2

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Vettel by 0.782s

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Vettel by 0.225 sec

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alonso by 0.683

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Alonso by 0.309s !!!

365

Vettel by 1.001s