Sunday, 16 February 2014

1. Picking a team

First you must choose a team name.   Anyone who submits a nameless team will not only be allocated a name by me but will score no points for the first race.

You have a whopping and inflated total budget of £50million to choose a team comprising of the following:

2 x Drivers
1 x Constructor/Chassis
1 x Engine

Each driver, constructor and engine is given a value based on previous performances and their potential for success during the 2014 season (i.e. the most expensive drivers, cars and engines will be those predicted to be the most successful).

There are no points for coming in under budget.

Deadline for submitting teams is Thursday 13 March 2014.  Teams can be made up of identical drivers and constructors but must have a different home track (see 2.4).  If you submit a team and home track that has already been chosen you will be invited to pick again (the bonus of entering early is to get the team you wish).

In the event that a constructor withdraws from the 2014 championship, any FF1 team with their chassis or engine will not be reallocated a different constructor and will score no more points for that chassis/engine.  If a constructor is bought out (even after a withdrawal or break from competing) then any FF1 team with that chassis/engine will receive the points scored by the new constructor.  A driver picked by a FF1 team will score points for the team with whichever constructor they drive for or no points if they are not competing, i.e. if they are dropped or their constructor withdraws from the championship.

Only one team may be submitted per human being.

Submission should be by email to the usual address.

1.2 Prizes
To make the league “more interesting” entry is £10, which will be put into a prize money pot.  If fewer than twenty teams are entered, the winner will win 60% of the prize, 2nd place 30% and 3rd place 10%. If twenty or more teams enter then the winner will receive 40%, 2nd place 30%, 3rd place 15%, 4th place 10% and 5th place 5%.

2. How to score points

Scoring starts from the Australian GP onwards. Fantasy points are allocated based on the performance of your drivers, constructor’s cars and engine.

2.1 Drivers
:: The driver who completes the fastest lap in the final qualifying round will receive +15 points.
If a driver receives an engine penalty he will receive points based on his qualifying lap time i.e. we will not penalise FF1 teams for engine changes.

Example, Fernando Alonso sets the fastest time in the 3rd qualifying session but has a ten place grid penalty for changing his engine he will still get +15 points.

:: The driver who completes the fastest lap during the race will receive +15 points.

:: The driver who makes up the most positions from their place on the grid (after penalties) to their finishing place will receive +15 points.

In the event of this being tied the driver finishing in the highest position will receive the points.

:: Drivers that finish the race in the top 10 positions will score points as follows;

1st - 25 points
2nd - 18 points
3rd - 15 points
4th - 12 points
5th - 10 points
6th - 8 points
7th  - 6 points
8th - 4 points

9th – 2 points
10th – 1 point

2.2 Constructors/Chassis
Each Constructor has 2 cars in the race - you will be awarded points based on the performance of both cars, as follows:

1st - 25 points
2nd - 18 points
3rd - 15 points
4th - 12 points
5th - 10 points
6th - 8 points
7th  - 6 points
8th - 4 points

9th – 2 points
10th – 1 point

2.3 Engines
Each Engine supplier has 2 cars in the race - you will be awarded points based on the performance of both cars, as follows:

1st - 25 points
2nd - 18 points
3rd - 15 points
4th - 12 points
5th - 10 points
6th - 8 points
7th  - 6 points
8th - 4 points

9th – 2 points
10th – 1 point

2.4 Final Race

As per the official Formula 1 changes this season, double points will be awarded to drivers, chassis and engines at the final race of the season.

2.5 Home Track
Each team should pick one circuit as their Home Track (see 5. CALENDAR).  The points scored by their team at this race will be doubled.  No team may select the final race of the season for their home track.

3. Communications

A bulletin containing the scores and possibly a little light-hearted banter will be posted on the website as soon as possible after each race.  The blog address is

Team listings will be posted on the website.

Notification of results updates by email can be requested.

The website will also contain caption competitions and competitors are invited to post their punditry on the season.

4. Prices

4.1 Drivers

5 Stars – Champions (and sons of)
Vettel - £32m (driving for Red Bull)

Hamilton - £28m (driving for Mercedes)
Alonso - £23m (driving for Ferrari)
Rosberg - £20m (driving for Mercedes)
Raikkonen - £18m (driving for Ferrari)
Button -  £16m (driving for McLaren)

4 Stars - Upper Middle Field or Top Seats, New Drivers
Magnussen - £12m (driving for McLaren)
Ricciardo - £10m (driving for Red Bull)

3 Stars – Mid Field or Still Ploughing Away
Hulkenberg - £8m (driving for Force India)
Grosjean - £7m (driving for Lotus)
Massa - £6m (driving for Williams)

2 Stars – Peddling Hard
Bottas - £5m (driving for Williams)
Perez - £4m (driving for Force India)
Maldonado - £4m (driving for Lotus)
Sutil - £3m (driving for Force India)
Gutierrez - £2m (driving for Sauber)

1 Star – May As Well Be Driving a Ford Fiesta
Vergne - £1m (driving for Toro Rosso)
Kvyat - £1m (driving for Toro Rosso)
Bianchi - £1m (driving for Marussia)
Kobayashi - £1m (driving for Caterham)
Chilton - £1m (driving for Marussia)
Ericsson - £1m (driving for Caterham)

4.2 Chassis

5 Stars - Premium
Mercedes - £20m
Red Bull - £18m
Ferrari - £16m
McLaren - £15m

4 Stars – Close But No Banana
Lotus - £14m

3 Stars - Middle Field
Williams - £11m
Force India - £9m

2 Stars – Trying Very Hard
Sauber - £8m
Toro Rosso - £8m
1 Star – Backmarkers
Caterham - £4m
Marussia - £4m
4.3 Engines

5 Stars - Premium
Mercedes - £20m
Renault (Red Bull) - £18m
Ferrari - £16m
Mercedes (McLaren) - £15m

4 Stars – Close But No Banana
Renault (Lotus) - £14m

3 Stars - Middle Field
Mercedes (Williams) - £11m

Mercedes (Force India) - £9m

2 Stars – Trying Very Hard
Ferrari (Sauber) - £8m
Renault (Toro Rosso) - £8m

1 Star – Backmarkers
Renault (Caterham) - £4m
Ferrari (Marussia) - £4m

5. Calendar 2014

16th March – Australia
30th March – Malaysia
6th April – Bahrain
20th April – China
11th May – Spain
25th May – Monaco
8th June – Canada
22nd June – Austria
6th July – Great Britain
20th July -- Germany
27th July – Hungary
24th August – Belgium
7th September – Italy
21st September – Singapore
5th October – Japan
12th October – Russia
2nd November - USA
9th November – Brazil
23rd November – Abu Dhabi