Schumacher Favourite for Spanish Victory
By emily
UK, London, 6 May 2005: After an impressive display at Imola Michael Schumacher in the new Ferrari looks set to get his first race victory of the 2005 Formula One season, according to players of, the largest skill-based pools betting game for F1 enthusiasts.

And despite the anticipated partisan support from the 110,000 strong crowd at Spain’s Circuit de Catalunya, a new engine, and winning three of the four races in the season so far, it’s predicted that Renault’s number one Fernando Alonso will be looking up at his German rival on the podium. A Ferrari victory would be its first of the 2005 season, whose first four races have been won by Renault.

The latest figures come from, whose players can win in excess of £12,000 for predicting the first six finishers, in the correct order, of the Spanish Grand Prix. Predictably championship leader Alonso and reigning world champion Michael Schumacher dominate the top two places in players’ predictions – so it could well be yet another nail-biter.

An emphatic 50% of’s players predict that Michael will take the chequered flag; while one-fifth (20%) of players believe that Alonso will cross the line first. Underlining Ferrari’s resurgence is the fact that 97% believe that Michael will be placed somewhere in the top-six.

A third (33%) of players back Alonso to finish second, while one fifth (20%) believe that’s where Michael Schumacher will end up.

The people’s most popular selection for third place is McLaren-Mercedes’ Kimi Raikkonen with (18%), followed by Ferrari’s second driver Rubens Barrichello (16%). The favourite for fourth spot, underlining a return to form for the Woking-based team is, again, Raikkonen (18%), followed by Toyota’s Jarno Trulli 11%.

Favourite to take fifth position is Williams BMW’s Australian driver Mark Webber (18%), followed by Renault second driver Giancarlo Fisichella and Barrichello, both on 11%. While favourite for sixth position is Barrichello (20%), followed by Webber and Fisichella – both with 14%, and then Williams BMW’s Nick Heidfeld (9%). is the largest instant pools betting game created for then 2005 Formula One Grand Prix season. To win the open ended jackpot, which has hit the £12,000 mark even prior the qualifying rounds, the player must use their skill to predict which drivers, in order, will be the first six to cross the finish line. Each selection costs just £1, all of which is added to the jackpot, plus a call/web charge.

Selections can be made on the website or through a fixed line or mobile phone (09051 680 780), right up to the parade lap. If more than one player successfully predicts a race’s outcome then the jackpot will be equally split. If no one wins, then the prize fund is rolled over.

Predictions for the Spanish Grand Prix

1st Michael Schumacher (FER) – 50%

2nd Fernando Alonso (REN) - 33%

3rd Kimi Raikkonen (McL) – 18%

4th Jarno Trulli (TOY) - 11%

5th Mark Webber (WIL) – 18%

6th Giancarlo Fisichella (REN) - 13%

About Malaki Sporting Games

Malaki Sporting Games plc is the UK’s leading developer of pools betting games for global sporting events. The company created and developed the GrandPrixGame, the first instant pools betting game targeting the global motor sports market, which now attracts thousands of players every month.

Licensed by the city of Westminster, Malaki Sporting Games plans to launch a series of global sporting games targeting the $32 billion pools and lottery market over the coming months.

About the research

The research is based on the views of F1 enthusiasts around the world who have played the GrandPrixGame. The data was collated by the in the period to 6 May 2005.

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