About F1 Predictions.net - Frequently asked questions


The following list contains the answers to some common questions that arose over the first year running these Formula 1 predictions systems and some questions we think users may have. You can also submit your own question here.

Questions about the website

What is the purpose of this website?

The Formula One predictions network (f1predictions.net) has been developed to introduce a fun and new way to enjoy Formula 1 motor sport. The basic premise is that a competitor can make a series of predictions throughout the Formula 1 2011 season, as to how the drivers and constructors championships will finish There is also a race by race system where a competitor can make predictions on several criteria that can occur in each race. These criteria include driver and constructor finishing positions, points scored, qualifying results and fastest laps. The best predictors every year will be awarded prizes. This website is not a fantasy F1 competition, it is simply a test of how well competitors can predict the results over the course of an F1 season on a race by race, and whole season basis.



Who runs the site?

f1predictions.net is run by two friends Fred and Bert. Fred and Bert have been close friends since they were at school together from about the age of 15 where they found out they had a lot of interests in common including Formula 1. In 2005 they both attended their first F1 Grand Prix together which was Spa Francorchamps, Belgium, and since then have tried to attend at least one race every year. In addition to Spa Francorchamps, Fred and Bert have travelled to Magny Cours, Monza, Silverstone and most recently the Hungaroring in 2010 with plans to attend more races in the future. The site also features contributions from Craig Johnston who is a professional artist. Craig has helped design the artistic theme of the site, and is responsible for the design of the f1predictions.net logos. You can find out more about Craig's art here.



I am colour blind/deaf/partially sighted can I use the site?

f1predictions.net has been designed with accessibility in mind, and provides the users a choice of font sizes and colour schemes to best suit their accessibility requirements. The accessibility features may be changed temporarily here, or permanently in your account. If you feel that the accessibility option do not meet your requirements please let us know by emailing us, and we will try to accommodate your circumstances.



Is the site safe for my child to use?

f1predictions.net has been designed for use by everyone who enjoys Formula One, including children. The majority of the website has content that has/will be written entirely by the f1predictions.net team and is therefore child safe. There do exist some parts of the website, mainly the user forum, where content will be written by others. However this is strictly controlled by the f1predictions.net team, and in the event that inappropriate or offensive content is uploaded, it will be deleted quickly by the f1predictions.net team, or others appointed to provide this regulation. In order to facilitate the running of the Formula 1 predictions systems, we do ask users to provide limited details on themselves, but we only insist that a truthful email address is provided. All other information is either not required, or need not be truthful. We will never show a user's email address to other users. The F1 predictions systems themselves are run at no cost to the user, and we offer Formula One related prizes to the winners of the predictions systems. In the event that a user wins a prize then we will need to obtain from the user, a valid name and address in order to post the prize, and we will request this by email. This information will not be stored on the website, or on any of the databases. If a parent wishes to register on their child's behalf by providing their email address instead, then this is also acceptable and any correspondence will be done to this email address instead. While large efforts have been made to ensure the security of the whole site, for people of all ages, whenever data is stored there is always a small risk that the data can be accessed by someone not authorised to do so. For this reason we keep the mandatory data we store on users to the minimum we require, and allow all other data to be optional/false. Our full site Terms and Conditions can be found here, and these must be accepted before using the site. If you would like to talk with us further about this then please email us.



Is this site secure?

Large efforts have been made to ensure the security of the site, and the data that is handled and stored. f1predictions.net employs techniques, and follows security guidelines to have the best defences against unauthorised access to the site, and the data stored. However, when data is stored, there is always a small risk that this data can be accessed by an unauthorised person, and for this reason f1predictions.net keeps the data it stores on users to the minimum required to function properly. Only a valid email address is required, everything else is optional, or can be false. In the event that prizes are won, the winners will be asked to provide a valid name and address in order to send the prize, but this information will not be stored on the website, or on any of the databases. The full site Terms and Conditions can be found here, and these must be accepted before using the site. If you would like to talk with us further about this then please email us.



I have not received my verification email or code, what should I do?

If you have signed up to the site, an email will be sent automatically to the email address you registered with. This email contains instructions on how to verify your email address, and the code with which to do so. If you have not received this email then the first step should be to check your spam/junk mail folders to see if it has arrived in these. If not, you should check that the email address you registered with us is correct, by logging in, going to your account and checking your details. If your email address is not correct you can change it there, and then request another verification email be sent. If you log in, this can be done on the verification page here. If none of these solve your issues then please contact us at site@f1predictions.net from the email address you registered and include your username, and we will help you.



I have forgotten my username, what should I do?

If you forget your username, you can ask for a reminder to be sent to you by using the link here and entering your email address. If you have any trouble please contact us at site@f1predictions.net.



I have forgotten my password, what should I do?

If you forget your password, you can reset it by using the link here and entering your email address. A new randomly generated temporary password will then be emailed to you, and you can log in with your current username, and this new temporary password. We then urge you to change this password immediately by going to your details in the your account section. If you have any trouble please contact us at site@f1predictions.net.



Questions about the F1 predictions systems in general

How much do the F1 predictions systems cost to participate in?

Absolutely nothing! One of the best features of this website is that it does not cost anything to sign up and take part in any or all systems. Participation in all systems is absolutely free.



So how does it work?

We allow users to make predictions about the Formula 1 races and season, and then award points based on how accurate their predictions were. We do this with two systems. One system is called the world championship system which allows users to make predictions about the driver's and constructor's championships at the end of the season. The other system is called the race by race system which allows users to make predictions about the driver's and constructor's finishing positions after each race, as well as the qualifying results, fastest laps, and the points scored by the constructors. The user with the most points at the end of the season in each system will win a prize. There is an additional way to win prizes. By taking part in either of the above systems, we will also award the user a star (Star award) for winning a particular part of the system. For example scoring the highest points on a particular race weekend. At the end of the season, if a user has acquired enough stars, they may trade these stars for prizes. The stars will accumulate over the years.



Are there any prizes for winning?

Yes, prizes will be offered to the system winners at the end of the season. The more users who sign up the higher the cost of the prize. We will also allow users to trade stars for prizes at the end of the season, if they have accumulated sufficient stars.



Does a competitor have to play all systems?

No, competitors are free to take part in whatever predictions systems they choose to. Competitors can choose to take part in both or just one of the systems.



What happens if I miss the deadline?

When you sign up on the website and register for a system you will make a “default” set of predictions that will be used in that particular system if you happen to miss a deadline or were simply unable to make a submission in time. The default prediction will be put in place and your scoring will be based on this prediction, this should be avoided though as your default is likely to not be as accurate as the prediction you would have made if you got there in time. All other aspects of the system and scoring will remain as normal, and you will not be further penalised for missing a deadline.



What happens if I join up late?

You still have the opportunity to join up to this website if you miss the initial deadlines for predictions and we would encourage that you do so even if you have found this website after the start of the season. You will have the chance to make predictions in any system starting from the point during the season that you sign up. However you will have to compete with other users who did sign up from the beginning and therefore have more points than you will start with. Do not despair, however, as having the most points at the end of the season is not the only way to win prizes. We have developed a star system whereby a star will be awarded to you, if you win certain parts of a system. For example if you score the highest points on a race weekend you will win a star, or if your drivers predictions are the best over the whole season you will win a star. You will be able to trade your stars for prizes at the end of the season and if you have gained sufficient stars. If you don't trade them, the stars will carry over to the next year. You will also be able to see how well you compared to others taking account of the fact you only participated in part of the season. Finally, we found that after a while, we were better able to maximise our scoring from the systems. So even if you start late, you may be faster than others at doing this, and also starting late and learning how to do this will be better than starting next season and having to learn from scratch.



Can I quit?

There is generally no need to quit, you can simply stop participating at any time. Your player will simply continue to make default predictions until the end of the season, but will not continue next season unless you sign up. If you would like your account to be deleted from our system then simply contact us and we will do this for you.



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