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.

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 States.svg-1-.png Meteor International FV Team Meteor-TBC TBC TBC G 5 23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png Jules Simon[1] 44 23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Jamie Gerrard[1]
6 23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png Sebastien Vocquelin[1]
23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png North Star Racing North Star-BMW TBC BMW[2] G 9 23px-Flag of Russia.svg-1-.png Judson Sikes[3] 19 24px-Flag of None.svg-1-.png TBC
10 20px-Flag of Denmark.svg-1-.png Johan Halvosen[3]
23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Franklin Franklin-TBC TBC TBC G 11 24px-Flag of None.svg-1-.png TBC 18 24px-Flag of None.svg-1-.png TBC
12 24px-Flag of None.svg-1-.png TBC
23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Downton FV Team Downton BD06 Downton DS G 13 23px-Flag of the Netherlands.svg-1-.png Klaas van Snelheid[4] 17 23px-Flag of the United States.svg-1-.png Sam Hudson[4]
14 23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Nathaniel Powers[4]
23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png DS Automobiles Team Mathershaw DS Mathershaw TBC Downton DS[5] G 21 23px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png Adrien Simon[6] 23 23px-Flag of Belgium (civil).svg-1-.png Thierry Xylander[7]
22 23px-Flag of Estonia.svg-1-.png Allar Kangur[7]
16px-Flag of Switzerland.svg-1-.png Lopez FV Team Lopez-Downton TBC Downton DS[8] G 25 23px-Flag of Germany.svg-1-.png Elroy Wagner[9] 77 23px-Flag of Argentina.svg-1-.png Mario Juan Lopez[9]
26 23px-Flag of Sweden.svg-1-.png Viktor Östberg[9]
23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Ingram Grand Prix Ingram-TBC TBC TBC G 37 24px-Flag of None.svg-1-.png TBC 39 24px-Flag of None.svg-1-.png TBC
38 23px-Flag of Colombia.svg-1-.png James Vasquez[10]
23px-Flag of Sweden.svg-1-.png Koenigsegg Team Holmqvist Holmqvist-Koenigsegg TBC Koenigsegg[11] G 51 23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Will Hoskins[12] 53 23px-Flag of Sweden.svg-1-.png Sebastian Bergkvist[13]
52 23px-Flag of Finland.svg-1-.png Tumo Kinnumen[13]
23px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Westwood Racing Westwood-Renault TBC Renault[14] G 69 16px-Flag of Switzerland.svg-1-.png Finn Schnyder[15][16] 98 23px-Flag of Greece.svg-1-.png Nikolajis Christodoulou[16]
70 23px-Flag of Germany.svg-1-.png Karl Beckenbauer[16]
23px-Flag of the United States.svg-1-.png FIRST Motorsport FIRST-Ford TBC Ford[17] G 73 23px-Flag of Ukraine.svg-1-.png Oleksandr Zozulya[18] 75 24px-Flag of None.svg-1-.png TBC
74 23px-Flag of Mexico.svg-1-.png Felix Pérez[19]
23px-Flag of Japan.svg-1-.png Project Pegasus[20] Pegasus-TBC TBC TBC G 81 23px-Flag of Italy.svg-1-.png Puccio Giodano[21] 24 24px-Flag of None.svg-1-.png TBC
82 23px-Flag of Japan.svg-1-.png Ryota Yoshida[22]
23px-Flag of Australia.svg-1-.png Arnello Milner & Ronson Autosport AMR TBC AMR[23] G 91 23px-Flag of the Netherlands.svg-1-.png Felix Beyer[24] 93 24px-Flag of None.svg-1-.png TBC
92 23px-Flag of Ukraine.svg-1-.png Dmytro Kovalenko[24]
24px-Flag of None.svg-1-.png TBC [25] TBC TBC TBC G TBC 24px-Flag of None.svg-1-.png TBC TBC 24px-Flag of None.svg-1-.png TBC
TBC 24px-Flag of None.svg-1-.png TBC

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. [25]
  • 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. [11]
  • 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. [23]
  • Following a new works deal with an as yet unconfirmed manufacturer, Ocelot will undergo a name change to Project Pegasus. [20]

Driver changes

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.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Simon and Vocquelin join Meteor for 2018
  2. North Star to continue with BMW after maiden win
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Halvosen to partner Sikes at North Star for 2018
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Powers and Klaas remain as Downton celebrate Championship
  5. Downton announce DS tie-in
  6. Adrien Simon confirmed as DS Mathershaw's First Driver for 2018
  7. 7.0 7.1 DS Mathershaw announce second and reserve drivers for 2018
  8. DS and Downton confirm Lopez as 2017 customer
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Lopez announce their 2018 lineup
  10. 10.0 10.1 Team Principle's Thursday Press Conference - Budapest 2017
  11. 11.0 11.1 Holmqvist split from Renault, become semi-works Koenigsegg team
  12. 12.0 12.1 Hoskins to reunite with Kinnumen at Holmqvist in 2018
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Holmqvist announce Kinnumen shock signing
  14. Westwood Talks Engines and Drivers (...AGAIN)
  15. Westwood End 2017 Driver Speculation (Finally)
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Westwood Confirm 2018 Lineup
  17. FIRST Motorsport join 2016 grid
  18. 18.0 18.1 Zozulya to continue with FIRST in 2018
  19. 19.0 19.1 FIRST Motorsport 2018 Driver Announcement
  20. 20.0 20.1 Ocelot to re-brand
  21. Ocelot retain Giodano
  22. 22.0 22.1 van Snelheid and Nowosinki dropped
  23. 23.0 23.1 AMR Buyout from Trio Sees Team Keep Name, New Team Principal Announced
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Kovalenko joins AMR on 1-year deal amidst concerns regarding team's future
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 FUN to leave Formula Virtual after 2017
  26. Meteor announce Harrison and Halvosen to leave at end of season
  27. Signature Performance announce 2018 driver lineup
  28. Campos to get two races in 2017
  29. Takahashi to join Thunder at Formation in 2018