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#1 SpaceHorseParty

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Posted 08 July 2020 - 20:19

It took a while, but we got here. The first Grand Prix of the season has finally been held, and the grid is the same as it was seemed last December, and as it was supposed to be four months ago in Australia. For the record (and in case the first race of the year is delayed again in the future) – had there been any changes to the lineup after the cancelled Australian race, the original lineup would have also counted. Anyway, we can finally congratulate rodlamas on winning the 2020 Silly Season Trophy! This was his debut, and he did very well indeed. 
 
2003: Brian O Flaherty
2004: Flying Panda
2005: lukywill, Viceroy, Makarias
2017: ANF
2018: Marklar
2019: TurnOffTheLights
2020: rodlamas
 
rodlamas's prediction was rather sensible. Some of his picks didn't pan out (such as de Vries to Williams or Ticktum to Toro Rosso), but he was one of only three players to place Daniil Kvyat at Toro Rosso (now renamed AlphaTauri), and that helped him take the lead during the second-to-last driver announcement of the silly season.
 
The best players managed to get 14 exact picks out of the 20 available. This means that the grid was more predictable than in 2019, when the best players only had 10 exact picks. Last year, the players scored between 65 and 86 points, while the range has increased to 78–97 this year. The range of points is roughly the same, meaning the players don't get too crazy with their guesses.
 
Here are the full results:

Place	Name			Points	Exact	Subm
 1	rodlamas		 96.40	14	 2
 2	DutchQuicksilver	 94.47	13	12
 3	sladealonso		 93.93	14	 5
 4	f1paul			 93.47	13	 9
 5	thequadge		 92.60	13	 6
 6	noikeee			 92.33	13	10
 7	Marklar			 92.00	13	 3
 8	SpaceHorseParty		 91.67	13	 1
	AVERAGE PICK		 91.67	13	
 9	TurnOffTheLights	 90.93	12	 7
10	Makarias		 90.73	13	11
11	KWSN - DSM		 89.53	13	 4
12	Grayson			 87.47	12	16
13	M2000-5			 86.87	12	15
14	thegforcemaybewithyou	 85.73	12	 8
15	scheivlak		 84.33	11	13
16	Costaz			 78.60	11	14

 
The average pick didn't do as well as in the previous years, and splits the pack of players evenly. I managed to score exactly as many points as the average pick, by virtue of only having one difference in picks (I picked Mick Schumacher for Williams, the average pick was Robert Kubica).
 
Now, some quick statistics on the 2020 drivers:

Name			Team		Total	In team	Most popular team
Alexander Albon		Red Bull	11	 0	AlphaTauri (11)
Valtteri Bottas		Mercedes	14	 7	Mercedes (7)
Pierre Gasly		AlphaTauri	16	 1	Red Bull (15)
Antonio Giovinazzi	Alfa Romeo	13	 9	Alfa Romeo (9)
Romain Grosjean		Haas		 3	 3	Haas (3)
Lewis Hamilton		Mercedes	16	16	Mercedes (16)
Daniil Kvyat		AlphaTauri	 4	 3	AlphaTauri (3)
Nicholas Latifi		Williams	 0	 0	n/a
Charles Leclerc		Ferrari		16	16	Ferrari (16)
Kevin Magnussen		Haas		14	14	Haas (14)
Lando Norris		McLaren		15	15	McLaren (15)
Esteban Ocon		Renault		16	 1	Mercedes (7)
Sergio Pérez		Racing Point	15	10	Racing Point (10)
Kimi Räikkönen		Alfa Romeo	15	15	Alfa Romeo (15)
Daniel Ricciardo	Renault		16	15	Renault (15)
George Russell		Williams	15	11	Williams (11)
Carlos Sainz		McLaren		16	16	McLaren (16)
Lance Stroll		Racing Point	16	16	Racing Point (16)
Max Verstappen		Red Bull	16	16	Red Bull (16)
Sebastian Vettel	Ferrari		15	15	Ferrari (15)

The most popular driver not on the 2020 grid is Nico Hülkenberg, who was picked by every player but Costaz. Most expected him to stay at Renault, except for scheivlak, who took a chance on him going to Williams. Dan Ticktum (11 out of 16 picks) was the only other driver to have been picked by a majority of players. All of them expected him to make it to AlphaTauri. Mick Schumacher (8 picks) and Robert Kubica (7 picks) were also moderately popular.
 
Once again, congratulations to rodlamas! I invite you to follow the interim results of the 2021 Silly Season Trophy, as well as to prepare for the 2022 Silly Season Trophy, which is likely to be the silliest yet. We have a little less than four months until submissions are open!