2018 Formula Virtual season

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2018 FVA Formula Virtual
World Championship season
Previous: 2017 Next: 2019
Top tier:
FVIndyVirtual
Second tier:
FV2VWRS
Third tier:
FV3VERSVARSVOARS

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.

Teams and drivers

The following teams and drivers are currently scheduled to participate in the sixth season of the Formula Virtual World Championship.

Team Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No. Race Drivers No. Reserve Driver(s)
23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Downton FV Team Downton BD06 Downton DS G 1 23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Nathaniel Powers[1] 17 23px-Flag of the United States.svg-1-.png Sam Hudson[1]
2 23px-Flag of the Netherlands.svg-1-.png Klaas van Snelheid[1]
23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png DS Automobiles Team Mathershaw DS Mathershaw TBC Downton DS[2] G 21 23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png Adrien Simon[3] 23 23px-Flag of Belgium (civil).svg-1-.png Thierry Xylander[4]
22 23px-Flag of Estonia.svg-1-.png Allar Kangur[4]
23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Franklin Franklin-TBC TBC TBC G 11 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1-.png Enrique Ruiz[5] 18 24px-Flag of None.svg-1-.png TBC
12 19px-Flag of Monaco.svg-1-.png Olen Inman[5]
23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Westwood Racing Westwood-Renault TBC Renault[6] G 69 16px-Flag of Switzerland.svg-1-.png Finn Schnyder[7][8] 98 23px-Flag of Greece.svg-1-.png Nikolajis Christodoulou[8]
70 23px-Flag of Germany.svg-1-.png Karl Beckenbauer[8]
23px-Flag of the United States.svg-1-.png FIRST Motorsport FIRST-Ford TBC Ford[9] G 73 23px-Flag of Ukraine.svg-1-.png Oleksandr Zozulya[10] 75 24px-Flag of None.svg-1-.png TBC
74 23px-Flag of Mexico.svg-1-.png Felix Pérez[11]
23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png North Star Racing North Star-BMW TBC BMW[12] G 9 23px-Flag of Russia.svg-1-.png Judson Sikes[13] 19 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1-.png Gabriele García[14]
10 20px-Flag of Denmark.svg-1-.png Johan Halvosen[13]
23px-Flag of Sweden.svg-1-.png Koenigsegg Team Holmqvist Holmqvist-Koenigsegg TBC Koenigsegg[15] G 51 23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Will Hoskins[16] 53 23px-Flag of Sweden.svg-1-.png Sebastian Bergkvist[17]
52 23px-Flag of Finland.svg-1-.png Tumo Kinnumen[17]
23px-Flag of Australia.svg-1-.png Arnello Milner & Ronson Autosport AMR TBC AMR[18] G 91 23px-Flag of the Netherlands.svg-1-.png Felix Beyer[19] 93 24px-Flag of None.svg-1-.png TBC
92 23px-Flag of Ukraine.svg-1-.png Dmytro Kovalenko[19]
16px-Flag of Switzerland.svg-1-.png Lopez FV Team Lopez-Downton TBC Downton DS[20] G 25 23px-Flag of Germany.svg-1-.png Elroy Wagner[21] 77 23px-Flag of Argentina.svg-1-.png Mario Juan Lopez[21]
26 23px-Flag of Sweden.svg-1-.png Viktor Östberg[21]
23px-Flag of the United States.svg-1-.png Meteor International FV Team Meteor-TBC TBC TBC G 5 23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png Jules Simon[22] 44 23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Jamie Gerrard[22]
6 23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png Sebastien Vocquelin[22]
23px-Flag of Japan.svg-1-.png Pegasus Alfieri Maserati[23] Pegasus-Maserati TBC Maserati[24] G 81 23px-Flag of Italy.svg-1-.png Puccio Giodano[25] 24 24px-Flag of None.svg-1-.png TBC
82 23px-Flag of Japan.svg-1-.png Ryota Yoshida[26]
23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Ingram Grand Prix Ingram-TBC TBC TBC G 37 23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png Jean Mattson[27] 39 23px-Flag of Russia.svg-1-.png Nikolai Milkovich[27]
38 23px-Flag of Colombia.svg-1-.png James Vasquez[28]
23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Phoenix Motorsport FV Team[29] Phoenix-Judd PX1 Judd G 41 23px-Flag of Portugal.svg-1-.png Carson Davenport[30] 43 23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png James Thompson[30]
42 23px-Flag of Argentina.svg-1-.png Sergio Álvarez[30]

Team changes

  • 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. [31] They will be replaced in the series by Phoenix, who have previously run in FV2 & FV3. [29]
  • 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. [15]
  • 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. [18]
  • After just a single season Ocelot will split from Honda and use Maserati engines from 2018. [24] They will also undergo a name change to Pegasus, being formerly known as Pegasus Alfieri Maserati. [23]

Driver changes

Calendar

The following eighteen events are scheduled to take place in 2018. [37]

Round V-Prix Circuit Date
1 Australian V-Prix 23px-Flag of Australia.svg-1-.png Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne 1 April
2 Japanese V-Prix 23px-Flag of Japan.svg-1-.png Fuji Speedway, Oyama 15 April
3 Chinese V-Prix 23px-Flag of China.svg-1-.png Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai 6 May
4 Malaysian V-Prix 23px-Flag of Malaysia.svg-1-.png Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur 20 May
5 British V-Prix 23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone 3 June
6 French V-Prix 23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet 17 June
7 Spanish V-Prix 23px-Flag of Spain.svg-1-.png Circuito Permanente de Jerez, Jerez de la Frontera 1 July
8 Austrian V-Prix 23px-Flag of Austria.svg-1-.png Red Bull Ring, Spielberg 15 July
9 German V-Prix 23px-Flag of Germany.svg-1-.png Hockenheimring, Hockenheim 29 July
10 Slovakian V-Prix 23px-Flag of Slovakia.svg-1-.png Automotodróm Slovakia Ring, Orechová Potôň 5 August
11 Canadian V-Prix 23px-Flag of Canada.svg-1-.png Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal 19 August
12 United States V-Prix 23px-Flag of the United States.svg-1-.png Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis 26 August
13 Bahrain V-Prix 23px-Flag of Bahrain.svg-1-.png Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir 9 September
14 Turkish V-Prix 23px-Flag of Turkey.svg-1-.png Istanbul Park, Istanbul 23 September
15 Belgian V-Prix 23px-Flag of Belgium (civil).svg-1-.png Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps 14 October
16 Italian V-Prix 23px-Flag of Italy.svg-1-.png Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza 4 November
17 Mexican V-Prix 23px-Flag of Mexico.svg-1-.png Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City 18 November
18 Brazilian V-Prix 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1-.png Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo 2 December

Calendar changes

  • The Australian V-Prix moved back to Albert Park after switching to Phillip Island in 2017 due to complications with the agreement. [37]

Rule changes

Development points

Prices

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 remain at £500k. The following rules apply to how points can be distributed at each round:

  • Price of development point: £250k
  • Price of research point: £500k
  • A maximum of 6 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.

Champions bonus

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.

Results and standings

V-Prix's

Round V-Prix Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning constructor Report
1 23px-Flag of Australia.svg-1-.png Australian V-Prix Report
2 23px-Flag of Japan.svg-1-.png Japanese V-Prix Report
3 23px-Flag of China.svg-1-.png Chinese V-Prix Report
4 23px-Flag of Malaysia.svg-1-.png Malaysian V-Prix Report
5 23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png British V-Prix Report
6 23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png French V-Prix Report
7 23px-Flag of Spain.svg-1-.png Spanish V-Prix Report
8 23px-Flag of Austria.svg-1-.png Austrian V-Prix Report
9 23px-Flag of Germany.svg-1-.png German V-Prix Report
10 23px-Flag of Slovakia.svg-1-.png Slovakian V-Prix Report
11 23px-Flag of Canada.svg-1-.png Canadian V-Prix Report
12 23px-Flag of the United States.svg-1-.png United States V-Prix Report
13 23px-Flag of Bahrain.svg-1-.png Bahrain V-Prix Report
14 23px-Flag of Turkey.svg-1-.png Turkish V-Prix Report
15 23px-Flag of Belgium (civil).svg-1-.png Belgian V-Prix Report
16 23px-Flag of Italy.svg-1-.png Italian V-Prix Report
17 23px-Flag of Mexico.svg-1-.png Mexican V-Prix Report
18 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1-.png Brazilian V-Prix Report

Drivers' standings

Points are awarded to the top ten classified finishers using the following structure:

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th 
Points 25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1
Pos Driver AUS
23px-Flag of Australia.svg-1-.png
JPN
23px-Flag of Japan.svg-1-.png
CHN
23px-Flag of China.svg-1-.png
MAL
23px-Flag of Malaysia.svg-1-.png
GBR
23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png
FRA
23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png
ESP
23px-Flag of Spain.svg-1-.png
AUT
23px-Flag of Austria.svg-1-.png
GER
23px-Flag of Germany.svg-1-.png
SVK
23px-Flag of Slovakia.svg-1-.png
CAN
23px-Flag of Canada.svg-1-.png
USA
23px-Flag of the United States.svg-1-.png
BHR
23px-Flag of Bahrain.svg-1-.png
TUR
23px-Flag of Turkey.svg-1-.png
BEL
23px-Flag of Belgium (civil).svg-1-.png
ITA
23px-Flag of Italy.svg-1-.png
MEX
23px-Flag of Mexico.svg-1-.png
BRA
22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1-.png
Points
23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Nathaniel Powers 0
23px-Flag of the Netherlands.svg-1-.png Klaas van Snelheid 0
23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png Adrien Simon 0
22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1-.png Enrique Ruiz 0
23px-Flag of Finland.svg-1-.png Tumo Kinnumen 0
23px-Flag of Estonia.svg-1-.png Allar Kangur 0
16px-Flag of Switzerland.svg-1-.png Finn Schnyder 0
23px-Flag of Germany.svg-1-.png Karl Beckenbauer 0
23px-Flag of Ukraine.svg-1-.png Oleksandr Zozulya 0
23px-Flag of Italy.svg-1-.png Puccio Giodano 0
23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Will Hoskins 0
23px-Flag of Russia.svg-1-.png Judson Sikes 0
23px-Flag of Germany.svg-1-.png Elroy Wagner 0
23px-Flag of the Netherlands.svg-1-.png Felix Beyer 0
20px-Flag of Denmark.svg-1-.png Johan Halvosen 0
19px-Flag of Monaco.svg-1-.png Olen Inman 0
23px-Flag of Sweden.svg-1-.png Viktor Östberg 0
23px-Flag of Portugal.svg-1-.png Carson Davenport 0
23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png Jean Mattson 0
23px-Flag of Colombia.svg-1-.png James Vasquez 0
23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png Jules Simon 0
23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png Sebastien Vocquelin 0
23px-Flag of Japan.svg-1-.png Ryota Yoshida 0
23px-Flag of Ukraine.svg-1-.png Dmytro Kovalenko 0
23px-Flag of Mexico.svg-1-.png Felix Pérez 0
23px-Flag of Argentina.svg-1-.png Sergio Álvarez 0
Pos Driver AUS
23px-Flag of Australia.svg-1-.png
JPN
23px-Flag of Japan.svg-1-.png
CHN
23px-Flag of China.svg-1-.png
MAL
23px-Flag of Malaysia.svg-1-.png
GBR
23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png
FRA
23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png
ESP
23px-Flag of Spain.svg-1-.png
AUT
23px-Flag of Austria.svg-1-.png
GER
23px-Flag of Germany.svg-1-.png
SVK
23px-Flag of Slovakia.svg-1-.png
CAN
23px-Flag of Canada.svg-1-.png
USA
23px-Flag of the United States.svg-1-.png
BHR
23px-Flag of Bahrain.svg-1-.png
TUR
23px-Flag of Turkey.svg-1-.png
BEL
23px-Flag of Belgium (civil).svg-1-.png
ITA
23px-Flag of Italy.svg-1-.png
MEX
23px-Flag of Mexico.svg-1-.png
BRA
22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1-.png
Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Purple Classified retirement
Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Test driver (TD)
Blank Excluded (EX)
Withdrawn (WD)
Did not participate

Constructors' standings

Pos Constructor Car
No.
AUS
23px-Flag of Australia.svg-1-.png
JPN
23px-Flag of Japan.svg-1-.png
CHN
23px-Flag of China.svg-1-.png
MAL
23px-Flag of Malaysia.svg-1-.png
GBR
23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png
FRA
23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png
ESP
23px-Flag of Spain.svg-1-.png
AUT
23px-Flag of Austria.svg-1-.png
GER
23px-Flag of Germany.svg-1-.png
SVK
23px-Flag of Slovakia.svg-1-.png
CAN
23px-Flag of Canada.svg-1-.png
USA
23px-Flag of the United States.svg-1-.png
BHR
23px-Flag of Bahrain.svg-1-.png
TUR
23px-Flag of Turkey.svg-1-.png
BEL
23px-Flag of Belgium (civil).svg-1-.png
ITA
23px-Flag of Italy.svg-1-.png
MEX
23px-Flag of Mexico.svg-1-.png
BRA
22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1-.png
Points
23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Downton 1 0
2
23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png DS Mathershaw 21 0
22
23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Franklin-TBC 11 0
12
23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Westwood-Renault 69 0
70
23px-Flag of the United States.svg-1-.png FIRST-Ford 73 0
74
23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png North Star-BMW 9 0
10
23px-Flag of Sweden.svg-1-.png Holmqvist-Koenigsegg 51 0
52
23px-Flag of Australia.svg-1-.png AMR 91 0
92
16px-Flag of Switzerland.svg-1-.png Lopez-Downton 25 0
26
23px-Flag of the United States.svg-1-.png Meteor-TBC 5 0
6
23px-Flag of Japan.svg-1-.png Pegasus-Maserati 81 0
82
23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Ingram-TBC 37 0
38
23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Phoenix-Judd 41 0
42
Pos Constructor Car
No.
AUS
23px-Flag of Australia.svg-1-.png
JPN
23px-Flag of Japan.svg-1-.png
CHN
23px-Flag of China.svg-1-.png
MAL
23px-Flag of Malaysia.svg-1-.png
GBR
23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png
FRA
23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png
ESP
23px-Flag of Spain.svg-1-.png
AUT
23px-Flag of Austria.svg-1-.png
GER
23px-Flag of Germany.svg-1-.png
SVK
23px-Flag of Slovakia.svg-1-.png
CAN
23px-Flag of Canada.svg-1-.png
USA
23px-Flag of the United States.svg-1-.png
BHR
23px-Flag of Bahrain.svg-1-.png
TUR
23px-Flag of Turkey.svg-1-.png
BEL
23px-Flag of Belgium (civil).svg-1-.png
ITA
23px-Flag of Italy.svg-1-.png
MEX
23px-Flag of Mexico.svg-1-.png
BRA
22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1-.png
Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Purple Classified retirement
Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Test driver (TD)
Blank Excluded (EX)
Withdrawn (WD)
Did not participate

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Powers and Klaas remain as Downton celebrate Championship
  2. Downton announce DS tie-in
  3. Adrien Simon confirmed as DS Mathershaw's First Driver for 2018
  4. 4.0 4.1 DS Mathershaw announce second and reserve drivers for 2018
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Mexico Team Principal's Press Conference
  6. Westwood Talks Engines and Drivers (...AGAIN)
  7. Westwood End 2017 Driver Speculation (Finally)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Westwood Confirm 2018 Lineup
  9. FIRST Motorsport join 2016 grid
  10. 10.0 10.1 Zozulya to continue with FIRST in 2018
  11. 11.0 11.1 FIRST Motorsport 2018 Driver Announcement
  12. North Star to continue with BMW after maiden win
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Halvosen to partner Sikes at North Star for 2018
  14. García retains reserve role for 2018
  15. 15.0 15.1 Holmqvist split from Renault, become semi-works Koenigsegg team
  16. 16.0 16.1 Hoskins to reunite with Kinnumen at Holmqvist in 2018
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Holmqvist announce Kinnumen shock signing
  18. 18.0 18.1 AMR Buyout from Trio Sees Team Keep Name, New Team Principal Announced
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Kovalenko joins AMR on 1-year deal amidst concerns regarding team's future
  20. DS and Downton confirm Lopez as 2017 customer
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Lopez announce their 2018 lineup
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 Simon and Vocquelin join Meteor for 2018
  23. 23.0 23.1 Ocelot to re-brand
  24. 24.0 24.1 'Golden Age' Manufacturer Returns To Motorsport
  25. Ocelot retain Giodano
  26. 26.0 26.1 van Snelheid and Nowosinki dropped
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Ingram reveal 2018 line-up
  28. 28.0 28.1 Team Principle's Thursday Press Conference - Budapest 2017
  29. 29.0 29.1 Phoenix Motorsport join Formula Virtual
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 30.4 Phoenix Motorsport FV Team reveal 2018 drivers
  31. 31.0 31.1 FUN to leave Formula Virtual after 2017
  32. Meteor announce Harrison and Halvosen to leave at end of season
  33. Signature Performance announce 2018 driver lineup
  34. Campos to get two races in 2017
  35. Takahashi to join Thunder at Formation in 2018
  36. Vroom Autosport confirm 2018 driver line-up
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 2018 race calendar revealed