2013 F1F Virtual Grand Prix Championship
|2013 F1F Virtual
Grand Prix Championship season
|Drivers' Champion: Nathaniel Powers|
|Constructors' Champions: Franklin-Honda|
|Previous: none||Next: 2014|
The 2013 F1F Virtual Grand Prix Championship was the first season of the F1F Virtual Grand Prix Championship, a virtual motor racing championship run by Nic Morley for members of the F1 Fanatic website. This series is recognised by the Formula One Fanatic (F1F) governing body as the highest class of competition for virtual motor racing.
Thirteen teams were granted entry to the season however only twelve appeared at the first race of the season. As of the sixth round in Canada this was cut down to eleven teams after BMW Zyla were excluded following disgraceful behaviour from the team's owner Joey Zyla, including deletion of the series' website and abuse towards fellow team managers and also the series organiser Morley.
The teams and drivers contested sixteen races that started in Australia on 18th August 2013 and ended in Mexico on 14th February 2014.
Nathaniel Powers won the World Drivers Championship at the Brazilian Grand Prix finishing in second place to take an unbeatable lead over Jean Mattson into the final race in Mexico. The final deficit was 24 points. Elroy Wagner finished 26 points behind his teammate in third.
Franklin won the World Constructors Championship at the final race. They held a 43 point lead going into Mexico and so only needed one point to win the title. Will Hoskins finished fourth and Enrique Ruiz - who made an early debut for the Champions - was eighth to deny Team 23 the title by 15 points despite a 1-2 finish. Mathershaw finished in third 151 points behind.
- 1 Teams and Drivers
- 2 Calendar
- 3 Rules
- 4 Season report
- 5 Results and Standings
- 6 External links
Teams and Drivers
The following teams and drivers competed in the first season of the F1F Virtual Grand Prix Championship.
† BMW Zyla were excluded from the Championship following the fifth round. As such neither of their drivers could compete in another race unless taken on by another team.
- BMW Zyla were excluded after round five due to team boss Joey Zyla's actions leaving Lewis Ellington, Felix Beyer and Edgar Hester without drives.
- Meteor replaced Darrel Pollard with Giani Ledesma after the British Grand Prix, due to poor performances relative to team leader Gerard Alaniz.
- Fun brought in their test driver Lee Fuller to replace the disappointing Mattias Hirvonen after the Spanish Grand Prix.
- Downton driver Scott Parsons was injured in a one-off World Rally outing following the Canadian Grand Prix. Test driver Marcus Thunder was brought in to replace him as of the United States Grand Prix.
- Molto Veloce replaced Jawa Ahmad for the United States Grand Prix with Regi Abott however Ahmad was given his seat back following the race with the team boss citing 'monetary issues' as the decision for the switch.
- Westwood dropped Romano Agostino in favour of Keith Boston for the French Grand Prix. Rumours claimed this was due to Agostino leaving the team at the end of the season, however it was also cited this was due to his lack of points.
- Downton replaced Kip Maxwell with BMW Zyla's Felix Beyer for the French Grand Prix after Maxwell was granted paternity leave for his new son Theo and also given driver coaching and regular sports psychology coaching.
- Scott Parsons made a comeback to Downton for the Austrian Grand Prix in place of the ill Felix Beyer however confirmed after the race he would sit out the remainder of the season. Team 23 loaned Jacinto van Slooten to Downton to race alongside Marcus Thunder.
- Meteor bought Romano Agostino out of his Westwood contract and used him to replace Giani Ledesma ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix.
- Enrique Ruiz moved to Ingram as of the Chinese GP, as part of the technical partnership between Ingram and Franklin F1. He replaced Jonas Phipps.
- Meteor signed Ivan Lesic early from Mathershaw and used him to replace Gerard Alaniz following the Chinese Grand Prix. Meteor paid a release clause in Lesic's contract after announcing the termination of Alaniz's with immediate effect.
- Following the collision in the Chinese Grand Prix where Enzo Domenicalli crashed into the back of teammate Puccio Giodano taking them both out of the race Scuderia Rossi announced test driver Manni Costello would replace Domenicalli for the remainder of the season.
- As a consequence of his dangerous driving in the Chinese Grand Prix Mathershaw's Karl Beckenbauer was handed a one race ban. Shortly after the Grand Prix it was announced Mathershaw and Downton had agreed a deal for Marcus Thunder to replace Beckenbauer for Japan and continue as test driver for the remainder of the season. Kip Maxwell would return to his seat to drive alongside Jacinto van Slooten at Downton. Following a strong performance in the Japanese Grand Prix - and Beckenbauer announcing he was suffering repercussions from his Monza accident - it was confirmed Thunder would see out the season driving in place of Beckenbauer.
- Following his Championship win in the Brazilian Grand Prix Nathaniel Powers made an early move to Downton F1 - replacing Kip Maxwell. Enrique Ruiz moved back to Franklin in his place whose position at Ingram was in turn taken by test driver Edgardo Agretha.
|1||Australian Grand Prix||Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne||19 August 2013|
|2||Malaysian Grand Prix||Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur||26 August 2013|
|3||Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir||1 September 2013|
|4||British Grand Prix||Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone||8 September 2013|
|5||Spanish Grand Prix||Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona||16 September 2013|
|6||Canadian Grand Prix||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal||5 October 2013|
|7||United States Grand Prix||Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis||21 October 2013|
|8||French Grand Prix||Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny Cours||28 October 2013|
|9||German Grand Prix||Hockenheimring, Hockenheim||5 December 2013|
|10||Austrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring, Spielberg||10 December 2013|
|11||Belgian Grand Prix||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps||31 December 2013|
|12||Italian Grand Prix||Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza||10 January 2014|
|13||Chinese Grand Prix||Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai||24 January 2014|
|14||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka||31 January 2014|
|15||Brazilian Grand Prix||Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo||5 February 2014|
|16||Mexican Grand Prix||Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City||14 February 2014|
Each driver in the series has three favorite tracks decided by their team bosses as the start of their career. When a driver races at one of his favorite tracks an additional 0.1 will be added to each ability area.
At the end of each season drivers receive ability improvements on the condition they race in at least 4 races in the season and determined by he drivers age. Drivers can also receive ability improvements depending on their individual success as follows;
- 24 and under: +0.2
- 28 and under: +0.1
- 32 and under: N/A
- 36 and under: -0.1
- 40 and under: -0.2
- 44 and under: -0.3
Added to each ability area.
- Race winner: +0.1
- Pole winner: +0.1
- Rain winner: +0.1
Added to the appropriate ability area.
World Constructors Championship prize money
Teams receive end of season prize money based on their end of season finishing order. The prize money is as follows:
- 1st: £42m
- 2nd: £37m
- 3rd: £33m
- 4th: £29m
- 5th: £26m
- 6th: £24m
- 7th: £22m
- 8th: £20m
- 9th: £18m
- 10th: £17m
- 11th: £16m
- 12th: £15m
Depending on a drivers current Drivers Championship position their price will vary. As follows;
- 1st: £17.5m
- 2nd: £14.5m
- 3rd: £12m
- 4th: £10m
- 5th: £9m
- 6th: £8m
- 7th: £7.25m
- 8th: £6.5m
- 9th: £6m
- 10th: £5.5m
- 11th: £5m
- 12th: £4.5m
- 13th: £4m
- 14th: £3.5m
- 15th: £3m
- 16th: £2.5m
- 17th: £2m
- 18th: £1.75m
- 19th: £1.5m
- 20th: £1.25m
- 21st: £1m
- 22nd: £750k
- 23rd: £600k
- 24th and below/test drivers: £500k
A manager can make a bid on a driver (except for those who are already in a contract for the following season) at any time. When a manager makes a bid; they must state which driver, the date, and their bidding price, as well as informing all the other managers in the series. The managers bid must match the drivers current championship sitting price (see above). For the bid to be successful it must stand uninterrupted for 5 days in a row. Another manager can challenge the bid by bidding higher, therefore resetting the 5 day waiting period. If the individual driver moves ahead in the championship order the managers in the auction must match the drivers new price.
If a manager successfully wins an auction of one of their current drivers they will receive a 25% discount on the driver.
Research and Development
At each race every team manager will be given 0.3 worth of development points to improve the car. These point can be used to improve: Qualifying Speed, Race Speed and Rain Speed, however only a maximum of 0.2 can be used on any area per race.
Results and Standings
Points are awarded to the top ten classified finishers using the following structure:
- ‡ — BMW Zyla lost all their points in the Constructors World Championship after the team principal's disgraceful behaviour led to them being disqualified from the Championship.
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