Monday, 21 March 2016

Driver of the Day

Following the Australia GP, the fans voted for Grosjean to be Driver of the Day.  Lets keep our eyes on this work...I sense a new points system for 2017...

25 topics of radio conversation

Any idea what they could be?

Comments below.

Australia - "Great tyres. Great start to the season"


Glittery helmets - Wehrlein
Going on the B in bang - amazing starts from the Ferrari drivers
Cockpits - amazing safety.  Alonso's crash was heart-stopping
Tyre strategy - nearly made the race interesting
Timmy Mallet - the best celeb McLaren could muster
Angus commentary - comments included "big cash" (way before the Alonso event), "working", "racey cars gone" and "funny" (seeing the fire extinguisher from Raikkonen's on board cam)
Haas - excellent result for the newcomer
Intra-team scraps - Verstappen vs. Sainz is shaping up nicely
Booing - Ozzies booing Hamilton on the podium, not sure why


New qualifying format - I think everyone is in agreement...
15 week gap - between the 2015 and 2016 seasons.  Really?  It was much longer than that.

Australian GP Results

1. Three teams, one dream - 114*
2. Merc-redible Hulk - 62
3. Claire has to type out this sentence each time as my team name - 59
4= The Pitstop Princess - 57
4= BogOffBernie - 57
6. Halo, it's me - 50
7. Weak end of Bernie - 47
8. British Racing Green - 42
9= The Hopefuls - 39
9= No Vices Now - 39
11. Hippy F1 - 37
12. Beauty & the F1 Geek - 32
13. Put out to Pastor - 27
14. Marian's Marvels - 25
15. Indiana Walker and the Tyres of Doom - 24
16. The Maranello Marvels - 15

* Home track

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Fantasy Formula 1 2016 - The Teams

Chris: Three teams, one dream: Nasr, Ericcson, Mercedes, Williams, (Australia)
Gareth: Put out to Pastor: Vettel, Bottas, Renault, Haas, (Italy)
Joe: Hippy F1: Hamilton, Verstappen, Renault, Toro Rosso (GB)
David: Claire has to type this sentence each time as my team name: Sainz Jr, Wehrlein, Williams, Mercedes (Austria)
Adam: Merc-redible Hulk: Hulkenberg, Massa, Toro Rosso, Mercedes, (Canada)
John: No Vices Now: Rosberg, Wehrlein, Williams, Marussia, (Belgium)
Susan: Indiana Walker and the Tyres of Doom: Vettel, Nasr, Toro Rosso, Force India (Brazil)
Malcolm: The Maranello Marvels: Raikkonen, Perez, Ferrari, Sauber (Italy)
Claire: The Pitstop Princess: Massa, Verstappen, Mercedes, Toro Rosso (US)
Phil: The Hopefuls: Hamilton, Magnussen, Force India, Marussia (GB)
Stephen: Halo, it's me: Bottas, Nasr, Toro Rosso, Mercedes (Italy)
Laura: Beauty & the F1 Geek: Rosberg, Bottas, Toro Rosso, Sauber (Austria)
Alistair: BogOffBernie: Magnussen, Wehrlein, Williams, Mercedes (China)
Mark: Weak End of Bernie: Verstappen, Kvyat, Mercedes, Toro Rosso (Spain)
Richard: Marian's Marvels: Rosberg, Button, Renault, Marussia (Japan)
Lisa: British Racing Green: Vettel, Massa, Williams, Toro Rosso (GB)

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

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.

Following a (fantasy) year of controversy and deep division, your total budget this year has dropped to £50million.  With this budget you must 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 2016 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 17 March 2016.  Different teams can be made up of identical drivers and constructors but must have a different home track.  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 2016 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

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 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.  

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 – Awkward in the podium room
Hamilton - £26m (driving for Mercedes)
Rosberg - £25m (driving for Mercedes)
Vettel – £22m (driving for Ferrari)
Alonso - £18m(driving for McLaren)
Raikkonen - £16m (driving for Ferrari)

4 Stars – All smiles
Ricciardo - £13m (driving for Red Bull)
Button - £12m (driving for McLaren...unbelievavbly)
Bottas - £10m (driving for Williams)

3 Stars – Not quite as good as their team mate
Kvyat - £9m (driving Red Bull)
Massa - £8m (driving for Williams)

2 Stars – Peddling Hard
Perez - £7m (driving for Force India)
Hulkenberg - £6m (driving for Force India)
Verstappen - £5m (driving for Toro Rosso)
Grosjean - £4m (driving for Haas)

1 Star – Pedalling
Sainz Jr. - £4m (driving for Toro Rosso)
Magnussen - £4m (driving for Renault)
Nasr - £3m (driving for Sauber)
Ericsson - £3m (driving for Sauber)
Gutierrez - £3m (driving for Haas)
Palmer - £3m (driving for Renault)
Wehrlein - £2m (driving for Manor Marussia)
Haryanto - £2m (driving for Manor Marussia)

4.2 Chassis

5 Stars – Big budget
Mercedes - £26m
Ferrari - £24m
Red Bull – £23m
McLaren - £20m

4 Stars – Plucky independents
Williams - £18m
Force India - £15m

3 Stars - Middle Field
Toro Rosso - £10m

2 Stars – Somehow familiar
Renault - £8m
Haas - £8m

1 Star – Congratulations for not going into administration
Manor Marussia - £4m
Sauber - £3m

4.3 Engines

5 Stars – Upper Class
Mercedes - £26m
Ferrari - £24m
Renault (Red Bull) – £23m
Honda (McLaren) - £20m

4 Stars – Business Class
Mercedes (Williams) - £18m
Mercedes (Force India) - £15m

3 Stars - Standard
Ferrari (Toro Rosso) - £10m

2 Stars – Economy Plus
Renault - £8m
Ferrari (Haas) - £8m

1 Star – Economy
Mercedes (Manor Marussia) - £4m

Ferrari (Sauber) - £3m

5. Calendar

20th March – Australia
3rd April - Bahrain
17th April – China
1st May - Russia
15th May – Spain
29th May – Monaco
12th June – Canada
19th June - Azerbaijan
3rd July – Austria
10th July – Great Britain
24th July - Hungary
31st July -- Germany
28th August – Belgium
4th September – Italy
18th September – Singapore
2nd October - Malaysia
9th October – Japan
23rd October - USA
30th October - Mexico
13th November – Brazil

27th November – Abu Dhabi