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at 1:51 am, Oct 15
It's another Hamilton and Mercedes dominated race in Japan. Ferrari seems to have lost a step, and Vettel makes errors in the Spoon curves during qualifying and the race to eliminate his chances of making up any ground on Hamilton's overall lead.
EL SLATSO and Jodicious tie for the perfect round in Suzuka, with EL SLATSO jumping up 5 spots into 2nd overall. curley nabs the 3rd step of the podium. Reno Stack holds the overall lead, while Chris Slater drops one spot to 3rd overall.
The US round is up next! Hamilton can clinch the championship at one of his favorite tracks if Vettel has yet another poor race.
at 11:26 pm, Oct 4
Another race, another Hamilton win, and now a 50 point lead over Vettel. Insurmountable? Well it is going to take a lot now to catch the Mercedes driver. Bottas was a hard-luck teammate in Sochi, letting his team leader past in a race he could have otherwise won. An unfortunate aspect of F1 being a team sport first and foremost.
EL SLATSO wins the round and catapults 5 places to 6th. sperry finally picks up some good points, but he's so far behind he doesn't make a move in the standings, while EAU ROUGE scores third best and jumps to 5th. The top 4 struggled to score points and so things continue to tighten up as we enter the last races.
The legendary Suzuka circuit is next, and be aware of the atypical pick cutoff time due to it being a Far East location.
at 1:00 pm, Sep 25
Hamilton's win in Singapore really puts him up on Vettel in the F1 drivers' championship. It will take some good luck for the Ferrari driver, and more importantly, some bad luck for Mercedes if Vettel will be able to turn the deficit around.
Capitalizing on Hamilton's win is Jodicious, who takes the round win with 59 points. But it's Reno Stack's 2nd place in Singapore that vaults him into the overall lead. Tied overall in points with Chris Slater in 2nd, Reno Stack gets the benefit of having made more 1st place picks. nKoan drops down to 3rd overall, as he (like many others) run out of drivers to select.
Russia's street course at the Sochi Olympic village is up next!
at 7:25 pm, Sep 5
PASTOR bout to do some late braking into the lead! Watch YA MIRRORS!!! SKKRRRrrrrrr......
at 10:49 pm, Sep 4
Monza becomes the site of the fastest-ever Formula 1 race, as the 2018 spec cars obliterate the 2004 track records. Kimi's pole position lap becomes the fastest ever F1 lap, with a blistering 1:19.119 time making for a 163.78 mph average speed. Unfortunately for Ferrari, the front-row lockout wasn't enough to give them a home-track win. Lap 1 contact between Hamilton and Vettel shunts Vettel to the rear of the field, allowing Mercedes to double-team Raikkonen and put Hamilton on the top step of the podium.
Scoring the most in Monza's fantasy race is SteveC whose 72 points moves him into 3rd overall. Zpeed and Pastor Maldonado round out the fantasy podium. nkoan's overall lead is cut to just 7 points as the lack of big-name drivers severely hampers his ability to score points.
The night race in Singapore is up next in two weeks time.
[Addendum] Following the race the FIA disqualified Romain Grosjean, who loses his 6th place finish for running with an illegal floor. That gives Williams a rare double-Top Ten finish, and slightly juggles the Fantasy F1 points, giving vwown3d 3rd for the race. nkoan also benefits, picking up 6 points on Chris Slater.
at 1:52 pm, Sep 4
I thought VER's defense was overzealous, and he deserved the penalty. But it wasn't terribly dirty... it was just risky to defend so hard, and he came out on the losing side of taking that risk.
at 9:17 pm, Sep 3
Starting to even out with everybody at the top using racers 9 times. Going to get TIGHT!!!
at 3:10 pm, Sep 3
It was interesting how determined he was to not give up the position to make a point.
at 6:27 pm, Sep 2
Verstappen- heroic, hardcore racer or dirty driving rule breaker??
at 2:56 pm, Aug 30
We're back in action after the summer break, returning to the spectacular Spa-Francorchamps circuit. A wet Q3 shakes up the starting field, and gives Hamilton the pole advantage over Vettel's superior Ferrari power-plant. But that advantage didn't last past the first run down the Kemmel straight where Vettel was able to take the lead and never give it back, despite a lap 1 safety car for a Grosjean-like wreck at la Source. Vettel's win tightens Hamilton's championship lead, and perhaps puts Mercedes on its back-foot in terms of performance parity for the remainder of the season.
Making the best, and I mean *the best* of the Belgian round is Chris Slater, who grabs an improbable perfect 88 points, moving up 3 positions into 2nd overall. Reno Stack scores 70, good to slide up to 3rd overall. nKoan holds on to the overall lead, despite placing last this round, but his lead is drastically cut by only scoring 18 points.
From here on out, it will be interesting to see if nKoan's massive lead can be defended with clever use of mid-pack drivers, or if the more slow and steady picks of the pack behind him will prevail. It's a short turn-around, with Monza this weekend. Ferrari's apparent power advantage should make their home venue a likely win, but Mercedes may have their own ace up the sleeve having taken a penalty in Spa for Bottas, giving him a fresh engine for one of the fasted tracks of the season.
at 9:40 pm, Aug 27
Gotta hand it to Chris Slater: a perfect score is increasingly rare as the season goes on, and required picking both Force India drivers. Necessity is the mother of invention! Sliced 68 points off nkoan's lead in one race!
at 8:00 am, Aug 27
Pastor making MOVES!!! Watch YA MIRRORS!
at 7:44 am, Jul 31
We're heading into the summer break, but we have some action to catch up with before we do.
Lewis Hamilton was the big winner of the past three races, winning the past two, while Sebastian Vettel was unable to turn a potentially faster car into more points, and now finds himself 24 points adrift. Meanwhile Kimi Raikkonen has three solid third place finishes in a row. Valtteri Bottas' bad luck continues but he has still scored some useful points for Mercedes and played the perfect teammate, while Red Bull's drivers have failed to score too many times to stay with Ferrari.
The big mover of the past few races in Fantasy F1 is undoubtedly curley, taking top honors at Silverstone and Germany, after sharing them in Austria. As a result curley has jumped to 12th from 20th in just three races. Well done!
Staying with the biggest scorers of the past three races, BrawnGP and Reno Stack were only slightly off the torrid pace set by curley, picking up a podium finish each, with BrawnGP jumping eight positions to 7th, and Reno Stack jumping up five positions to 5th overall.
Pastor Maldonado claimed top honors at the Hungaroring, where wet qualifying and pit strategy combined to shake things up just a little. Add to that the fact that picks are now starting to get more limited resulting in slightly lower top scores.
Also on the podium during the past three races were nkoan, Chris Slater, EAU ROUGE and vwown3d.
Overall nkoan remains in first place, but the lead is down 17 points from the high of two races ago as the third, and last, dropped race has now kicked in for all competitors. SteveC has registered good results to jump into 2nd from 6th, while EAU ROUGE has bounced around slightly only to remain in 3rd at the end of the recent run of races.
So we head into the break with nine races to go, but will the leaders of today be able to hold onto their leads, and how many points will each participant be able to wring out of each driver? Expect the standings to tighten up!
at 12:30 am, Jul 20
FYI - The 24 Hour notice for the German Grand Prix was erroneously sent out 6 hours early. You should receive the correct notice at 6am Friday.
at 10:33 pm, Jul 8
That was a great British Grand Prix - and now we all start reeling nkoan back in.
at 7:06 am, Jul 6
The brutal RedBull Ring punishes both Mercedes into a rare double-DNF, opening the door for a double Ferrari podium and a lead change back to Ferrari and Vettel in both the driversí and constructorsí championships. But itís Verstappen that capitalizes the most, winning at his teamís one track.
curley and sperry tie for the round win, but nkoan maintains his overall lead with another podium. SteveC moves up to 3rd overall with a 4th place round.
The triple-header wraps up in Silverstone, UK this weekend!
at 4:31 pm, Jun 26
The return to France is underwhelming. Pirelli brought tires that just seemed to last and last and Paul Ricard's geometry made for a parade of cars once the opening lap shenanigans were over. Hamilton finally received the engine upgrades he wished he had been running last time in Canada, as he was able to win from pole. Verstappen and Raikkonen rounded out the podium, making it another 3 manufacturer top 3. Vettel came in 5th, conceding the overall championship lead back to Hamilton.
In our fantasy championship, it's yet another 3-way tie for the round, as Chris Slater, nkoan, and Pastor Maldonado pull in 86 points on big-name driver picks. nkoan maintains the overall lead, with Chris Slater jumping up into 2nd place overall.
We head off to the 2nd round of our current 3-week European triple-header, Austria is this weekend!
at 4:23 pm, Jun 26
Yeah, I'm having the same sort of luck... in fact Lisa pointed out the other day, her drop round points are higher than my best round.
at 9:30 pm, Jun 24
What a disaster: in the past two races I picked about the exact opposite drivers than I should have, costing me 52 points and 7 positions in the standings.
at 6:20 pm, Jun 16
Vettel shows that Ferrari has the best package for the long straights of Canada, winning in dominating manner. Bottas nabs 2nd in front of Verstappen in 3rd, making it a 3 constructor podium. With Hamilton languishing in 5th, Vettel takes back the championship lead by 1 point.
In a first-ever 3-way perfect round tie, nkoan, EAU ROUGE, and EL SLATSO, max out the points in Canada, putting them into the top 3 spots overall. Seriously, you guys? Seriously.
F1 returns to French soil, hallowed racing ground, for the first time in a decade. Round 8 is next, as we begin the summer swing through Europe!
at 3:50 pm, Jun 3
Monaco is another amazing parade, with incredible displays of man and machinery millimeters from the barriers, and no passing. Ricciardo gets redemption from his 2016 pit-stop fiasco, grabbing the win from pole ahead of Vettel and Hamilton on the podium.
The the fantasy championship, on identical pics, EL SLATSO, nKoan, and Reno Stack all tie for the round win scoring a near-perfect 82 points each. nKoan remains in the overall lead, with Reno Stack moving up to 3rd overall, and EL SLATSO into 5th overall on the backs of their Monaco points.
From the slowest race to the fastest race, the next round of the championship is in Canada at the high-speed Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve!
at 11:51 am, May 18
In Spain, Hamilton finally jumps back into his old dominant ways, winning from pole. Track position rules supreme as others fail to pull off sneaky strategies, leaving a Mercedes 1-2 at the front, and Verstappen rounding out the podium.
nkoan and Chris Slater tie for the round win, moving them into the overall 1-2 spots. indocti discant takes 3rd and moved up 9 spots into 4th overall.
The fantastic Monaco GP is up next, the lead-off event of the greatest motorsports day of the year!
at 6:57 am, May 14
It usually does not for a lot of us.
Darn gross jeans. I do however love how Sirotkin tried to show him up later on in the race with his ballet moves.
at 6:55 am, May 14
That first lap did NOT go good for me specifically.
at 7:26 pm, Apr 30
Roger that, thanks!
at 4:07 pm, Apr 30
I think any impartial observer would agree that Verstappen was probably over-agressive when it came to defending his own teammate.
And any Ricciardo fan (like me) is PISSED that Verstappen would double-move and cause a double-DNF when Daniel had clearly out-smarted him into the braking zone.
at 4:02 pm, Apr 30
The race in Baku might have been the most entertaining of the season, unless you're a RedBull fan. With RedBull's demise, Vettel's all-or-nothing shot at the win, and Bottas' incredible bad luck with a puncture from the lead, Hamilton picks up his first win of the season and the drivers' championship lead.
Van takes the round win with 61 points and the good fortune of having picked neither of the RedBull drivers. EAU ROUGE and nKoan round out the podium in a tie for 2nd place, moving them both up 7 spots into a points tie for the overall lead (though nKoan is ahead based on pick quality).
The F1 season heads to Barcelona for the first race of the year in Europe. Mercedes was fastest at the Catalunya test, so it will be a true test to see if Ferrari's advantage so far this season is universal or just a result of a track configurations over the first 4 rounds. Spain is next in just 2 weeks time!
at 3:50 pm, Apr 30
@EAU ROUGE, the site doesn't protect you from picking a driver too many times... at one point when I was developing it, it did, but then near the end of the season, it became impossible to move picks around without deleting and re-adding them.
What it does do is highlight picks when you have 1, 0, or negative picks left, so it should be pretty obvious on the picks page when you're trying to go over.
at 12:34 pm, Apr 30
I can also tell who's been here and done that before, as I have way more picks of the top drivers than some. I see your strategy forming LOL. dammit.
at 12:33 pm, Apr 30
Regarding the 9 pick limit by driver... does the website restrict me from picking a guy a 10th time? Or do we simply need to pay attention to that? thx
at 12:53 am, Apr 30
Mad race. Mad result. Mad season.
at 7:32 pm, Apr 29
"racing incident" that's what red bull are calling it. LOL I also had a bunch of eggs in one basket there.
at 6:27 pm, Apr 29
what a disaster of a round.. lost 2 picks in SIR and OCO on the first lap, and then of course RIC, and yeah VET. .
at 12:48 pm, Apr 19
0 firsts after 3 races. Bleh
at 10:45 am, Apr 17
Ferrari seemed primed to make it 3 wins in a row with Vettel and Raikkonen looking fastest, but a pit-stop undercut put Botas out front... until a Safety Car gave the Red Bull cars an opportunity to duck into the pits for new soft tires that the leaders couldn't duplicate. For Ricciardo, it was a wild ride to his win in China: a turbo failure in P3 meant his mechanics thrashed to get him out on track with just 2 minutes left in Q1, then it was his pit crew that got him in and out under the SC period when the leaders couldn't, and finally Daniel himself had to execute some amazing passes on track to turn his new tires into race positions. Overall, it was a brilliant team victory.
nKoan goes just 4 points short of perfect, winning the round. BrawnGP grabs 80 points and shoots up the standings 12 positions into 4th overall. Reno Stack rounds out the podium. Chris Slater's 4th moves him up into the overall lead, as SteveC's no-picks drops him dramatically. But keep in mind, the standings do not yet reflect any drops.
Speaking of drops, due to the incorrectly set deadline for this past round, we will be adding an additional drop. That means there will be a total of 3 dropped rounds, each one being applied to the scoring every 4 rounds... so that's after rounds 4, 8, and now 12. This seems to be the best compromise for giving those who relied on the incorrect deadline a mulligan, without penalizing those participants that were aware enough to make picks before qualifying started by wiping out their points. Once again, I apologize for the incorrect round deadline. Also, please note that I was able to confirm via the logs that no one attempted to modify their picks after qualifying had begun before the round was manually activated, just in case anyone was concerned about that.
at 10:07 am, Apr 14
haha and of course I don't choose Vet and take HAM instead. And yeah.. lol.
at 5:21 am, Apr 14
25% of us missed picks....I was going off the countdown and totally didn't think to check the actually race time. I vote for a scratch of 3rd drop.
at 5:08 am, Apr 14
at 11:34 pm, Apr 13
Impressively a lot of us made picks before you activated. Since it appears everyone who didn't will be losing their first drop, maybe that's fair enough?
at 11:27 pm, Apr 13
The deadline was set for the 15th local time instead of the 14th. When I looked at the countdown, I just assumed it was the time difference for China that made it seem later... but I punched it in wrong by a day. Sorry for the discrepancy everyone.
I can check the logs and see if anyone made picks in the 15 min or so before I activated the round and handle it if necessary. But since the notifications never went out, maybe this round will need to be scratched. I certainly forgot to make my own picks without the notification email. But at the same time, Iíd hate to effectively penalize anyone that made good picks this round.
Perhaps the remedy is adding an additional (3rd) drop for the season. Itís still not perfect, but itís probably the best compromise.
at 11:14 pm, Apr 13
Looks like you've set the wrong date for the Chinese GP as Saturday, when in fact picks should already be closed. Now what? Can you retroactively set them to what was entered by 11pm PDT?
at 8:42 pm, Apr 13
Thanks Scott, it was my own fault for waiting until the last minute to make my picks, on the plus side I think probably half of them DNF haha. Thanks for taking the time to write the code though, you the man.
at 7:24 pm, Apr 13
I don't think I received the 24 Hour Warning email to make picks.
at 10:04 pm, Apr 10
Nice to win a round for the first time since R19 2016. GAS and MAG really came through for me.
at 10:35 pm, Apr 9
Round two is on the books! Vettel's first win might have been lucky, but the second win in Bahrain appears to be due to legitimate pace in the car. Great news for Ferrari, unless you're Kimi's LR tire guy.
(I read he's recovering after surgery for his leg.) Also, kudos to Gasly and Torro Rosso... you would have though their 4th place was a win with their pit-lane celebration after the race!
Jody Scheckter jumps up 10 spots with a 69 point win this round. Jodicious, David D and Matt OD also score in the 60's, moving them up into 3rd, 2nd, and 4th overall, while SteveC remains in the overall fantasy lead by tying for 5th this round.
It's a back-to-back race in China this weekend. Don't forget to make your picks!
at 10:44 pm, Apr 8
Okay, I think I got it sorted out. If you fail to login, there is now a link in the login box to the password recovery page that will show up. It will let you recover a forgotten username or password via email.
I tested it with my own account and it seems peachy, though there are some issues with emails from our server being sent to spam folders, so be aware. Hopefully that will prevent folks from missing out on picks!
at 4:04 pm, Apr 7
Sorry Dan. I actually wrote up the code to do forgotten password resets, but ran into an issue with it being reliable and secure. I figured it was better to force people to contact me directly than to give them a feature that wouldnít always work and frustrate them further.
I try to be pretty responsive to email, but if itís the middle of the night before a race or something I probably wonít see it. Password recovery is a pretty fundamental feature, so Iíll take another look at it and see if I canít sort it out. In the meanwhile, I urge folks to put in some backup picks for the upcoming rounds ďjust in caseĒ. Generally just copying the previous round is quick/easy and saves the day if you forget to update them after practice.
at 9:30 am, Apr 7
Boo hiss, couldn't remember my password to log in before qualifying. There really needs to be a "forgot password" link.
at 8:26 am, Apr 7
darn I picked the wrong HAAS...
at 8:20 am, Apr 7
it is a night race. One of the few that actually could be exciting.
at 8:10 am, Apr 2
Bahrain! Let's DO THIS. It's not a night race is it?
at 8:47 pm, Mar 26
And we're off!
Vettel turns his tire-saving strategy into a win when he leap-frogs from 3rd to 1st by pitting during a lucky virtual pace car period. British race fans will call it cheating, but Ferrari calls it a double podium and the initial championship lead.
Taking top honors in the fantasy points is EAU ROUGE who goes big in the first round, scoring 84 out of a possible 88 points. Rounding out the podium is IvanR and SteveC.
Up next is Bahrain, a dusty desert track that looks less than spectacular but has been the site of several great races over the last decade.
at 11:23 pm, Mar 25
Yeah, Iím not jazzed by the Sky coverage. I know some people prefer it, but Varsha/Hobbs/Matchett is my favorite broadcast team. I donít even mind that Buxton whippersnapper, though he hasnít quite yet achieved Peter Windsor status.
at 1:51 pm, Mar 25
I miss the post-race coverage of past years. Too bad ESPN decided to not provide that.
at 1:44 pm, Mar 25
I think a few players never got fully registered before the first race cut-off, but because we get two drops missing the first race can be a strategic advantage in the long run.
at 9:07 am, Mar 25
And... the season is off to a great start. both Haas out for the same mistake?
at 10:40 pm, Mar 23
Thereís a paypal button on the register page to pay the fee.
at 10:17 pm, Mar 23
Where do i pay?
at 2:21 pm, Mar 23
Wow, tons of late signups! Looks like we've got a pretty big field all of a sudden.
Just about 8 hours left before qually! Good luck everyone.
at 11:44 am, Mar 23
Looks like we're getting a good crowd this year. Still time for more, and with the 2 drops, still time after that for more.
at 8:20 pm, Mar 22
Good to see MAL is involved in (fantasy) F1 again!
at 7:24 pm, Mar 21
Hey John, glad to have you!
at 3:05 pm, Mar 21
Just joined up, based off a thread on NASIOC. I'm John (EAU ROUGE). Looking forward to getting back into F1.
at 9:09 am, Mar 19
Let's do this!
at 5:03 pm, Mar 18
Looking for another podium and perhaps the Championship this year.
Lots of storylines to follow already, should be a fun year!
Watch on ESPN or stream on F1?
at 9:26 pm, Mar 17
at 5:48 pm, Mar 17
Refresh your browser cache, I tossed together a new logo before going live last night!
at 5:29 pm, Mar 17
Looking forward to the new season. Without a rule change that extra race is going to still add a twist to strategy. BTW, the page header graphic probably needs to be updated to 2018.
at 4:18 am, Mar 17
Welcome back to Fantasy Formula 1!
This season, the cars get an ugly looking halo to go with F1's ugly new logo! Let's hope the racing isn't ugly as well. We will be using the same rules as last season: 6 drivers per-round, and 9 picks per-driver for the season, with 2 drops. Please check out the
page for details.
It was my intention to have a brand new website ready for 2018 with some fancy new rules, but alas, deadlines were not met, and I've booted this old friend back up. But we are running on a new server, with all sorts of new versions of background software running. So if you see something broken, let me know! I don't have an extensive suite of regression tests for this site, so I expect some things may not all be there. For the curious nerds: the new server runs NGINX instead of Apache, with mysql 5.7 on Ubuntu 16.04. I was not able to get this decade-old codebase to run on php7, so we're still on php5. The new site is shiny-new NodeJS, but like I said, it's not done.
Anyway, good luck to everyone! The season has some missing circuits returning, with France and Germany back on the schedule. Paul Ricard hasn't been raced since 1990, so that may be interesting. Also, thanks to the new events, we're looking at a longer 21 race season. Television coverage in the US has migrated to ESPN as well. So the old is definately new again.
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