I’m putting a brave prediction with Alpha Tauri at P4 and McLaren possibly at P2 - however I struggle to have a lock on how to mix around the rest of the grid. That’d mean either Mercedes or redbull needing you be P3 and both are equally shocking. P5/6 I could interchange Ferrari and Aston all day. For whatever reason Alpine has looked a littler slower than I’d anticipated and I place them in a battle for 7th with Alfa, and then Williams P9 and Haas P11 P10.
It feels so weird to have so many of the teams below P5, it feels too slow for their worth, but at the same time “slow” is appearing to be P15 and only 1-1.5 seconds off the top time.
Its why I don't even bother. Predicting the painfully obvious is cheating at this point (And its not like I'm taking home any prizes for getting it spot on other then brownie points, which are useless yet people are desperate to have them for some reason) and it doesn't matter how much I look at the numbers and figures, the results have a habit of flipping the bird at the most logical conclusions.
In conclusion, my new slogan is "Predictions: Watching your idealism get crushed by realism"