2018 Formula Virtual season
|2018 FVA Formula Virtual
World Championship season
|Previous: 2017||Next: 2019|
FV • IndyVirtual
FV2 • VWRS
FV3 • VERS • VARS • VOARS
The 2018 Formula Virtual season will be the sixth season of the Formula Virtual World Championship. The series is a virtual motor racing championship run by Nic Morley for members of the F1 Fanatic website and is recognised by the Formula Virtual Association (FVA) governing body as the highest class of competition for virtual motor racing.
Nathaniel Powers will start the season as the defending Drivers' Champion, after becoming the first ever double World Drivers' Champion at the 2017 Brazilian V-Prix. His team Downton will start the season off the back of one of the most dominant seasons-to-date for a team, and as defending Constructors' Champions after winning their maiden title at the 2017 Bahrain V-Prix.
After seven races Powers leads the Drivers' Championship by 1 point from Adrien Simon, with Klaas van Snelheid 12 points behind his team mate. Downton head the Constructors' Championship by 38 points from DS Mathershaw with Franklin third, 46 points further back.
- 1 Teams and drivers
- 2 Calendar
- 3 Rule changes
- 4 Season report
- 5 Results and standings
- 6 References
Teams and drivers
The following teams and drivers are currently scheduled to participate in the sixth season of the Formula Virtual World Championship.
- Dick Diceman announced that his team FUN will leave the series after five seasons. He cited a busier life of late with other ongoing projects that has taken his attention away, and felt the spot would be better-suited to a team who could be more focused on the Championship.  They will be replaced in the series by Phoenix, who have previously run in FV2 & FV3. 
- Holmqvist will switch engine supplier from Renault to Koenigsegg after citing a 'strained relationship' with the French manufacturer. The deal will mean the Swedish outfit become a semi-works team and change their name to Koenigsegg Team Holmqvist. 
- AMR Autosport withdrew their funding leaving the team in financial trouble, but three former members of the company clubbed together to buy the team out and keep them going. Adrian Arnello - who takes over as team principal - Jan Milner and Brad Ronson will run the team as Arnello Milner & Ronson Autosport, keeping the AMR name. The team will continue to use an AMR Autosport power unit for the final season. 
- After just a single season Ocelot split from Honda and planned to use Maserati engines from 2018. . They also planned a name change to Pegasus, being officially known as Pegasus Alfieri Maserati , but a shock turn of events in the off-season led to the team moving back to the Ocelot name , and instead using Alfa Romeo engines. 
- Both Johan Halvosen and Stuart Harrison will leave Meteor at the end of 2017.  Halvosen will switch to North Star alongside Judson Sikes,  while Harrison will move to IndyVirtual racing for Signature Performance.  They will be replaced by rookie duo Jules Simon - younger brother of Adrien - and Sebastien Vocquelin. 
- Diego Campos will leave Ingram by mutual consent after five years with the team as a race and reserve driver. 
- Karl Beckenbauer will switch from Ocelot to Westwood replacing Tumo Kinnumen,  who will leave the British team after four years in favour of a move to Holmqvist. 
- James Vasquez will join Ingram as a full-time driver.  The team announced that they would assess both 2017 drivers Jean Mattson and Nikolai Milkovich over the remainder of the season to decide who would partner him, and on 5 January confirmed Mattson would retain his drive with Milkovich stepping back to reserve driver duties. 
- Oleksandr Zozulya will move into the series full-time racing for FIRST, having replaced Douglas Bacon as a race driver at the team following the 2017 Chinese V-Prix.  Bacon officially retired at the end of the 2017 season. Stefan Klien will be promoted from the teams youth academy to fill Zozulya's former role as reserve driver. 
- After five years Marcus Thunder will leave Downton and his role as reserve driver to move full-time into IndyVirtual with Formation Competition.  He will be replaced at the team by Sam Hudson. 
- Will Hoskins will leave AMR after just a single season and join Holmqvist alongside former team mate Kinnumen. Hoskins will replace Kiara Thunder, who left the team by mutual consent at the end of 2017.  He will be succeeded at AMR by 2015 VERS Champion Dmytro Kovalenko, who will be promoted to the race seat having been reserve driver for the team in 2017.  Emma Wilson joins the team after a year out of the series to replace Kovalenko as reserve. 
- After standing in at Lopez for one race in place of James Harding during 2017, Viktor Östberg will move into the race seat full-time. Mario Juan Lopez will take over his previous role as test and reserve driver, while Harding will leave the team after four seasons. 
- 2017 VWRS Champion Ryota Yoshida will join Ocelot as a full-time driver replacing Beckenbauer, alongside Puccio Giodano who will return to the team after his loan at Franklin ended.  These announcements meant Aleksy Nowosinki left the team following his 2017 mid-season switch, and was unable to find another drive, and therefore left the series.
- Felix Pérez will step up from FIRST's young driver academy to race alongside Zozulya. He will replace Arden Hutchinson who will leave the team after two seasons and also leave the series after failing to find another drive. 
- The departure of FUN from the championship at the conclusion of the 2017 season left Olen Inman and Carson Davenport - both of whom had contracts for 2018 - without drives.  It was later announced - during the teams press conference for the 2017 Mexican V-Prix - that Inman was to join Franklin alongside Enrique Ruiz , while Davenport was confirmed at new outfit Phoenix. 
- Jochem van Snelheid officially left Franklin after his loan deal with Ocelot expired and switched to IndyVirtual, racing for Vroom Autosport. 
- Phoenix signed Argentine rookie Sergio Álvarez on loan from Westwood to race alongside Davenport in their maiden season, and their former FV2 driver James Thompson in the role of reserve. 
- Westwood left Formula Virtual after the Malaysian V-Prix, leaving Finn Schnyder and Karl Beckenbauer without drives.  Schnyder later joined AMR, and as of the French V-Prix has replaced Beyer. 
- Felix Beyer was banned from the British V-Prix for his dangerous collision with Johan Halvosen at the Malaysian V-Prix.  He was replaced for the race by AMR's reserve driver Emma Wilson. 
- Halvosen was unable to compete in Britain and France due to his injuries and was replaced by North Star's reserve driver Gabriele García.   Halvosen made his return in the next race in Spain. 
The following eighteen events are scheduled to take place in 2018. 
|1||Australian V-Prix||Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne||1 April|
|2||Japanese V-Prix||Fuji Speedway, Oyama||15 April|
|3||Chinese V-Prix||Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai||13 May|
|4||Malaysian V-Prix||Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur||27 May|
|5||British V-Prix||Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone||17 June|
|6||French V-Prix||Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet||24 June|
|7||Spanish V-Prix||Circuito Permanente de Jerez, Jerez de la Frontera||15 July|
|8||Austrian V-Prix||Red Bull Ring, Spielberg||22 July|
|9||German V-Prix||Hockenheimring, Hockenheim||5 August|
|10||Slovakian V-Prix||Automotodróm Slovakia Ring, Orechová Potôň||12 August|
|11||Canadian V-Prix||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal||26 August|
|12||United States V-Prix||Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis||2 September|
|13||Bahrain V-Prix||Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir||16 September|
|14||Turkish V-Prix||Istanbul Park, Istanbul||23 September|
|15||Belgian V-Prix||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps||14 October|
|16||Italian V-Prix||Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza||4 November|
|17||Mexican V-Prix||Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City||18 November|
|18||Brazilian V-Prix||Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo||2 December|
- The Slovakian V-Prix will take place for the first time in 2018 at the Slovakia Ring - replacing the Portuguese V-Prix. 
- The Australian V-Prix moved back to Albert Park after switching to Phillip Island in 2017 due to complications with the agreement. 
From 2018, the price of development (in-season) points will be halved, costing only £250k per points; while the price of research (next season) points will also be reduced to £400k. The following rules apply to how points can be distributed at each round:
- Price of development point: £250k
- Price of research point: £400k
- A maximum of 9 points can be used per race
- A maximum of 3 points can be used on each area (Aero and Engine) and on Development in total per round, while 6 points may be used for research
Driver bonus points
Teams will no longer receive 12 points for keeping a driver. Instead, points will progressively increase the longer a driver spends with a team, with 2 points per season for keeping one driver (up to a maximum of 10), and an additional 1 point per season for keeping a second (up to a maximum of 5).
The following table shows how many points a team gets depending on how long they keep a driver (please note the years refer to years after the drivers first season with the team):
|1 year||2 years||3 years||4 years||5+ years|
|Keeping no drivers||0%||0%||0%||0%||0%|
|Keeping one driver||2%||4%||6%||8%||10%|
|Keeping a second driver||1%||2%||3%||4%||5%|
The rules for earning development points remain similar to how they have been since they started. A driver must compete in all but two races in the preceding season to be eligible, however now must take on a race role - not reserve - in the same team the following season for the first four races, with the bonuses applied from round five. No bonuses will be applied for 2018 however.
The Champions bonus will remain, but will now be 6 points regardless of the team they go to. The bonus only applies to the reigning champion.
Pre-season testing began on the 9th of March. Thierry Xylander was fastest for DS Mathershaw on the first day, but Enrique Ruiz showed good pace on the medium tyres while further back Ocelot also looked to have dramatically improved. Will Hoskins topped day two for Holmqvist with Franklin once again right up there, while reigning champions Downton were also consistently towards the front, but lagging slightly behind DS Mathershaw and Franklin. Hoskins' teammate Tumo Kinnumen went fastest on day three, while Olen Inman made his Franklin debut and continued to show the strong pace on medium tyres. Nathaniel Powers topped the final day on super softs for Downton while rookie Ryota Yoshida was third fastest for Ocelot, yet further evidence of the Japanese outfits rise up the field. Another team to show impressive pace was the new addition to the grid in Phoenix, who looked to be mixing it with Meteor and FIRST, the two American teams seemingly struggling.
Adrien Simon took pole in the first race, and went on to win it. He faced stern competition from Puccio Giodano and Powers, with the latter two on different strategies. Ruiz had a very poor race, spinning at turn one and repeatedly getting in the way of frontrunners, before being disqualified after running without a rear wing. 2017 championship runner up Klaas van Snelheid also had a poor weekend, after crashing in qualifying in an incident with Viktor Östberg, before retiring from the race on the first lap in an incident including Felix Pérez. Ingram also showed great pace, finishing fourth and fifth.
Van Snelheid fought back in Japan, qualifying on the front row and winning the race after passing pole sitter Ruiz. He was pushed hard at the end by Allar Kangur however, and was chased by Simon before the Frenchman drove into the Downton in the pit lane, spinning off later in the race. Inman arguably saved his drive at Franklin be going from outside the top ten to third with a stunning drive, including a pass on Ruiz. Hoskins also had a decent race, taking sixth, while both Meteor cars retired.
Inman took a shock pole in China, but it was Simon who took his second victory of the season. He was followed by van Snelheid and Powers, the Dutchman continuing his good form. Inman fell to sixth after hitting van Snelheid. Both Ocelots were involved in incidents that lost them their front wings. Giodano managed to battle back up to seventh. Behind, Johan Halvosen took North Star's first points of the season in ninth.
Giodano splashed his way to pole in Malaysia for Ocelot, ahead of Powers. The Italian retained the lead at the start, while Davenport and Schnyder collided on the opening lap. Kangur was put out of the race in an incident with Ruiz. Soon rain struck and chaos began. Halvosen was put out of the race when he was held up in an incident with Yoshida before Inman hit the Dane. Ostberg hit Halvosen and put himself out of the race. Felix Beyer drove directly into the North Star causing a horrendous crash, pitching Halvosen into a barrel roll. Yoshida and Judson Sikes collided and crashed into the pit lane. Giodano, who was leading, hit a loose tyre on the main straight and lost his front wing. There were many more retirements, including van Snelheid with a few laps left. Powers eventually won, while Vasquez took a shock third. Alvarez was amazingly fourth, but his engine failed at the final corner on the final lap, leaving him classified ninth. FIRST and Lopez also took their first points, along with Phoenix. Only 8 cars finished the race.
Downton took another victory in Britain, van Snelheid beating Powers. Simon's third preserved his championship lead, though Powers was now bearing down on his neck. Both him and Ruiz spun in the race after being hit by van Snelheid and Mattson respectively. Kangur was having a strong race, but a brake failure put him out of the race. Mattson took fourth ahead of the two Franklins, allowing Ingram to leapfrog Ocelot into fourth in the standings.
Everything finally fell in the right place for Ocelot and Giodano in France. Taking his second pole, the Italian roared to victory, only ceding the lead in the pitstop phase. The other big news of the race was the many engine failures at the end, which left Mathershaw, AMR and Ingram with double DNFs while Giodano's engine let go on the cool down lap. Van Snelheid and Powers took second and third, though they both had problems in the race: Klaas having a unusual collision with Yoshida in the pitlane and Powers losing his front wing on the final lap when he hit Sikes stationary car, the Russian retiring from a points paying position on the last lap. Gabriele García took his first points of his career, as did Ostberg. Davenport also returned into the points in over a year.
Results and standings
Points are awarded to the top ten classified finishers using the following structure:
1 Sergio Álvarez and Felix Pérez completed more than 90% of the race distance of the Malaysian V-Prix and so were credited as classified in ninth and tenth respectively and were awarded the points that accompanied those positions.
- Powers and Klaas remain as Downton celebrate Championship
- Downton announce DS tie-in
- Adrien Simon confirmed as DS Mathershaw's First Driver for 2018
- DS Mathershaw announce second and reserve drivers for 2018
- Mexico Team Principal's Press Conference
- de la Fuente continues as Franklin reserve
- Westwood Unveil New Car - And New Brand!
- Westwood Talks Engines and Drivers (...AGAIN)
- Westwood End 2017 Driver Speculation (Finally)
- Westwood Confirm 2018 Lineup
- FIRST Motorsport join 2016 grid
- FIRST Motorsport 2018 Driver Announcement
- FIRST Announce 2018 test driver
- Zozulya to continue with FIRST in 2018
- North Star to continue with BMW after maiden win
- Halvosen to partner Sikes at North Star for 2018
- García retains reserve role for 2018
- García to make Formula Virtual race debut at Silverstone
- Holmqvist split from Renault, become semi-works Koenigsegg team
- Hoskins to reunite with Kinnumen at Holmqvist in 2018
- Holmqvist announce Kinnumen shock signing
- AMR Buyout from Trio Sees Team Keep Name, New Team Principal Announced
- New Era, New Look: AMR Reveal 2018 Contender and Reserve Driver
- Kovalenko joins AMR on 1-year deal amidst concerns regarding team's future
- Ruiz fastest in Britain practice to silence critics
- Simon tops home practice as Schnyder makes shock AMR debut
- DS and Downton confirm Lopez as 2017 customer
- Lopez announce their 2018 lineup
- Simon and Vocquelin join Meteor for 2018
- Ocelot to re-brand
- Pegasus dropped, Ocelot return with new logo
- Ocelot Reveal New Livery and Supplier
- Ocelot retain Giodano
- "Welcome To The Renaissance" - Pegasus Livery Reveal
- van Snelheid and Nowosinki dropped
- Ingram reveal 2018 line-up
- Team Principle's Thursday Press Conference - Budapest 2017
- Phoenix Motorsport join Formula Virtual
- Phoenix Motorsport FV Team reveal 2018 drivers
- FUN to leave Formula Virtual after 2017
- "Golden age" manufacturer returns to motorsport
- Meteor announce Harrison and Halvosen to leave at end of season
- Signature Performance announce 2018 driver lineup
- Campos to get two races in 2017
- Takahashi to join Thunder at Formation in 2018
- Vroom Autosport confirm 2018 driver line-up
- Westwood leave Formula Virtual
- Beyer banned, Sikes penalized, Ruiz escapes
- 2018 French V-Prix Thursday Press Conference
- Halvosen cleared for return in Spain
- 2018 race calendar revealed