2019 Formula Virtual season
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The 2019 Formula Virtual season will be the eighth 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 world champion for the second year in a row after winning his third world title in the 2018 Brazilian V-Prix. DS Mathershaw are the defending constructors champions after collecting their second title in the 2018 Mexican V-Prix.
- 1 Teams and drivers
- 2 Calendar
- 3 Rule changes
- 4 Season report
- 5 Results and standings
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Teams and drivers
The following teams and drivers are currently scheduled to participate in the seventh season of the Formula Virtual World Championship.
- Westwood left the series after the 2018 Malaysian V-Prix and did not return for 2019.
- DS Mathershaw and Downton will split after a three year partnership. Later the two companies announced that Downton and Lopez would keep Downton engines, while Mathershaw and Phoenix used DS Automobile engines. Both parties kept a loose relationship.
- Phoenix will drop Judd engines after one year, moving to using DS Automobiles engines alongside Mathershaw. Later it was announced the team would rebrand as DS Phoenix.
- Engine supplier BMW will leave the sport for the second time, leaving North Star searching for a new engine supply. It was eventually announced that they will run Ford engines alongside FIRST and AMR.
- Following the 2018 United States V-Prix, Ford announced they would be supplying engines to AMR, welcoming them into an engine deal with FIRST Motorsport.
- Meteor and Virgin ended their partnership after three years, following a troubled 2017 and 2018. Meteor later announced that they would use Infiniti engines for 2019.
- Former Formula Virtual team Lucas V-Prix rejoined the sport after an abrupt departure in 2015. The team will use their old numbers 15 and 16 and will run with Downton engines.
- Cheema FV Racing joined the series and became the first 14th team in its history. The team is run by Ahmed Cheema and will use the numbers 17 and 18, and be powered by Alfa Romeo engines in a technical partnership with Ocelot.
- Andromeda ABR were the 15th team accepted into the series. The Brazilian team will be the first to be based in South America. The team is run by Hector Seibel and will use the numbers 47 and 48. They will use Honda engines with Franklin and Ingram. 
- After the 2018 Mexican V-Prix it was announced that Excelsior will be the 16th team for 2019. The team will be run by Adam Willis. It will be based in America, use Koenigsegg engines and the numbers 7 and 8.
- Felix Beyer left AMR during 2018 after four and a half years with the team following concern over their future for the second year in a row. He switched mid-season to Holmqvist, where he will remain in 2019.
- Former FIRST driver Arden Hutchinson will return to the series with Lucas. He will be joined by Marcus Thunder who will also return after two years in IndyVirtual. Jules Barclay will be the teams reserve driver on loan from DS Mathershaw.
- Sebastian Bergkvist will make his full time debut in Formula Virtual with Holmqvist, having previously taken part in two races for the team in 2016. Fellow Swede Maximilian Thunström will replace him in the team as reserve driver.
- After joining AMR midway through 2018, Finn Schnyder remained with the Australian team for 2019.
- Thierry Xylander was loaned out from DS Mathershaw to their new partner, Phoenix, filling the team's 2nd driver seat. James Thompson was maintained as the team's reserve driver.
- Gabriele García will make his full time debut in Formula Virtual with North Star, replacing Judson Sikes who will leave the team after three seasons. Niklaus Hölzberg will be promoted to test driver in place of García
- Nikolai Milkovich and Carson Davenport will move to Cheema as race drivers for 2019, while Diego Campos will be the team's reserve driver.
- Karl Beckenbauer will return to the series with Excelsior after a year out following Westwood's exit. The team later announced that Lewis Ellington would be their second driver and Danilo Forini would be their test driver.
- Mario Juan Lopez will make his debut in FV for Meteor on loan from Lopez replacing Sebastien Vocquelin who moved to Mathershaw as test driver. Rafael Palou and Andrey Kerzhakov will be promoted by Lopez and Meteor to test drivers respectively.
- 2018 FV2 champion Hunter Ryan made his debut with Ocelot alongside Giodano, replacing the departing Ryota Yoshida who left the series after only one year. 
- Tumo Kinnumen will move to Franklin following his dismissal by Holmqvist part way through 2018, and his five-race stint at Ocelot in the latter half of the year.  The team also confirmed Anna Jelizaveta as a new signing, with the Russian being confirmed as reserve driver. 
- Will Hoskins left Holmqvist after a single season and joined new outfit Andromeda, where he will be joined by rookie Rodolfo de la Fuente and reserve driver Qing Xun Zhao.
The following seventeen V-Prix's are due to be run as part of the 2019 season.
|1||Australian V-Prix||Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne||7 April|
|2||Japanese V-Prix||Fuji Speedway, Oyama||21 April|
|3||Chinese V-Prix||Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai||5 May|
|4||Malaysian V-Prix||Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur||19 May|
|5||British V-Prix||Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone||2 June|
|6||French V-Prix||Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny Cours||9 June|
|7||Spanish V-Prix||Circuito Permanente de Jerez, Jerez de la Frontera||23 June|
|8||Canadian V-Prix||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal||7 July|
|9||United States V-Prix||Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis||21 July|
|10||Austrian V-Prix||Red Bull Ring, Spielberg||11 August|
|11||German V-Prix||Nürburgring, Nürburg||25 August|
|12||Bahrain V-Prix||Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir||15 September|
|13||Turkish V-Prix||Istanbul Park, Istanbul||6 October|
|14||Italian V-Prix||Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza||20 October|
|15||Belgian V-Prix||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps||10 November|
|16||Mexican V-Prix||Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City||24 November|
|17||Brazilian V-Prix||Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo||8 December|
- Both the French V-Prix and the German V-Prix will switch locations, moving from Paul Ricard and Hockenheim to Magny-Cours and Nürburgring respectively.
- After just one race the Slovakian V-Prix was discontinued and not replaced, leaving the amount of races at 17.
With the increase of teams to sixteen, an additional qualifying session dubbed 'Q1' was introduced. The bottom six from last year's championship (in this case; Meteor, AMR, Lucas, Cheema, Andromeda and Excelsior) will participate in a separate session before qualifying. The top six drivers from that session will progress to take part in Q2, while the other six are classified as DNQ. From round six onwards, the current bottom six teams in the championship will take part in Q1, and can change on a race-by-race basis.
The range of tyre compounds for 2019 was increased from four to six, and the names were replaced with extreme soft, extra soft, soft, medium, hard and extra hard. The extreme soft was removed a few months later, with the tyre range now going from extra soft to extra hard.
The race winnings changed to as follows:
- 1st-12th - $500,000
- 13th-20th - $400,000
- 21st-26th - $300,000
- DNF/DNQ - $100,000
However, this was later amended to:
- 1st-12th - $500,000
- 13th-26th - $400,000
- DNF/DNQ - $300,000
Limit on drivers
The maximum limit of drivers allowed to be used in a season has been brought down from 4 to 3.
After the driver/car ratio was changed in 2017 to put more emphasis on driver ability, it was amended again in 2019 with drivers having an even bigger affect.
Development points will now cost $200,000 while research points will remain at $400,000. The limit on development points has been increased to 4, and a maximum of 10 points can be spent at a race.
Results and standings
Points are awarded to the top ten classified finishers using the following structure:
- DS Automobiles and Downton announce restructuring of partnership
- Downton confirm unchanged line-up for 2019
- DS Automobiles Team Mathershaw confirm Adrien Simon and Allar Kangur for 2019
- DS Automobiles Team Mathershaw announce new signing
- Ocelot and Cheema to run Alfa Romeo engines in 2019
- Ocelot open new HQ and reveal drivers
- Steffensen to remain at Ocelot
- Franklin confirm drivers
- Ingram confirm 2019 drivers
- Holmqvist split from Renault, become semi-works Koenigsegg team
- Beyer to lead Holmqvist in 2019
- Bergkvist handed Holmqvist debut in 2019
- Phoenix Motorsport announce rebranding for 2019
- Phoenix reveal Alvarez to stay on for 2019
- Phoenix finalinse 2019 lineup
- BMW exit leaves North Star scrambling
- North Star secure Ford power for 2019 onward
- Halvosen confirmed at North Star for 2019
- Hölzberg to fill North Star 2019 reserve role
- García given North Star drive for 2019
- Lopez confirm Wagner for 2019
- Lopez confirm their 2019 drivers lineup
- Ford to supply second FV team
- FIRST Motorsport announce 2019 driver lineup
- AMR Confirm Ford Engines, Schnyder for 2019
- 2018 Mexican V-Prix Thursday Press Conference
- Petrobras to title sponsor Meteor in 2019
- Meteor confirm driver lineup for Infiniti-powered 2019 season
- Lucas V-Prix return to Formula Virtual
- Lucas to run with Downton engines on return
- Lucas V-Prix confirm Hutchinson
- Lucas V-Prix confirms shock Thunder signing
- Cheema FV Racing join Formula Virtual
- Milkovich and Davenport to race for Cheema in 2019
- Andromeda ABR granted entry to Formula Virtual
- Andromeda ABR to run with Honda's engine on Formula Virtual Debut
- Andromeda confirms drivers and shows off their design for 2019
- Zhao confirmed as Andromeda test driver
- Excelsior confirmed as 16th team for 2019
- Excelsior confirm drivers for 2019
- Westwood leave Formula Virtual
- BREAKING NEWS: Downton and DS Mathershaw to split from 2019
- Easton confirms parting of ways for Phoenix and Judd
- Meteor and Virgin announce split
- Beyer to leave AMR amid engine concerns for 2019
- Beyer to replace Kinnumen in Bahrain
- Beyer to replace Kinnumen in Bahrain
- Kinnumen joins Ocelot
- 2019 Race Schedule confirmed
- Pre-Qualfying confirmed for 2019
- 2019 tyre compound names confirmed... for real this time
- Race winnings/limit of drivers to change in 2019
- Drivers more important in 2019/tyre regs uncertain
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