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Winners of best ever JA on F1 competition – Mercedes F1 simulator drive – announced
Posted By: James Allen  |  21 Nov 2013   |  9:23 pm GMT  |  38 comments

This week we have been running our best ever competition on JA on F1, the chance for eight lucky readers to drive on the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team simulator, the one used by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

This opportunity has been brought to us thanks to our partner UBS.

We had an amazing response with over 1,380 entries in four days. The eight winners, picked at random are:

Matthew Allaway
Joco Gorenc
Alex Porazinski
Nathan Tague
Lucy Walhain
Stephen Singh
Daniel Burns
Patrick Charlton

They will attend the event at Mercedes’ Brackley base on November 28th and we will report on their experience here on JA on F1.

Thanks to everyone for entering the competition.

We will have more competitions soon.

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Fantastic prize, if anybody can't make it, I will do a fab report on it !!!


Wow is all I can say. Guess Christmas has come early for these 8.

What a prize ! I missed the entry but I'm sure these guys and girls will make the most of a super experience.

Well done : D


Congratulations everyone-I'm sure you'll have an amazing time! I received a private tour of the Lotus F1 Team factory last year, it was incredible! I'm sure you'll all have a brilliant time and learn heaps :{)


First reaction: a bit disappointed and very jealous!

Enjoy guys. I look forward to your write ups.


Amazing! Congrats to all the winners! Please blog about your experiences so we can live vicariously through you!!!


Congratulations guys! Make sure you drive to a delta as slow as possible, otherwise you won't be at the pinnacle of Motorsport.


Wow. Congratulations to all the winners and enjoy this one in a lifetime experience.


Congratulations to the 8 winners! 😀


Congrats to those who won. I'm very jealous!


Very excited for this. Incredible opportunity. Thanks James.


"Lucky you are" -/James Allen/.))

Are the guys British fans only?


No I come from belgium ! 😀 can't believe it ! OMG




Thank you very much! 😀


Many congratz Lucy! Let me know if you need any travel tips, I'm also from Belgium and was lucky enough to go to Brackley with JA last year (no sim but factory visit which was great as well)! So just let me know if you need any tips/help!:-)


Yes I'd like have travel tips. If you have an hotel or things like that. How did you go there ?

Where are you come from ? 🙂


Well done guys. Do a lap for us that didn't make it this time 🙂


Hear, hear!! I would have been happy to travel from Canada, and am immensely jealous.


Congratulations all.

James don't forget there are some die hard F1 fans over here in oz who will do whatever it takes to get over for one of those money can't buy experiences!


Heartiest Felicitation to All Winners.


Congrats to the winners!!!

James, a question to you. Are you only considering people based in UK in your competitions? Reason I am asking is you announce it so close to the actual date that it is super stretch for people outside the UK to get a ticket and be there.


No we have many overseas entrants and an overseas winner here

It's a stretch from Australis, maybe, but we had Canadians on the Ultimate F1 Road Trip to Spa last year


Congratulations to the winners 🙂

Now, if this is the best ever competition on JA there's only one way I can see that you have a better one.

I'm sure you can have a guess at what that is... 😉

Alexander Supertramp

Enjoy it guys, this is huge ;)! Thanks for the opportunity James. Planning on ordering the book,it looks amazing and we know you put a lot of work into it.


Congrats, and if we could all fly over to the UK in a jiff, there would be allot more then 1,380 entries 😉


Well done to the winners, commisererations to the losser's .


If you're looking for a reserve. .....


No. The prizes are organised by UBS, via their relationship with Mercedes


I'm still bouncing off the ceiling here 😀 I feel like a kid before Christmas!

Any idea what track we will be driving? It would help all of us get more out of the experience (of a lifetime!).




Thursday can not come soon enough. This is incredible.

Looking forward to meeting all the other competition winners too!


Not yet.

Not sure whether it mightn't be more interesting if you all come in blind


Hi James,

It's probably the only opportunity I'll ever get to drive an F1 grade simulator. I think I'd enjoy it more if I could spend more time concentrating on the car and the wheel (and all the buttons and paddles!) than on trying to remember which way the track goes.

Even studying a track guide and watching a few videos in the run up would be a help to me, and I'm sure the other winners feel the same.

Thanks again!



James given the amount of competitions that have been organized with Mercedes I'm surprised there's no Mercedes we page on this site, alongside McLaren, Ferrari, redbull and Caterham.

What is the criteria for an f1 team to have their own we page on your site and are you considering adding Mercedes to it anytime?



Go Joco!!! Git'R'Done!!


What what what!! where's my seat jimbo??? :*(


Congratulations to the 8! Do share your experiences!! take care and have great great fun


Congrats you lucky things.

I once read that the Simulator made Michael Schumacher sick,but I remember Martin Brundle saying he wore a cap in the Sim as the stationary ceiling messes with your balance.

So bring a cap people,although they probably have a couple.


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