Abu Dhabi was, let's face it, not a classic race by any stretch of the imagination. Bottas took pole and held off Hamilton during the race and Vettel came home third. It was a dominant result for Mercedes to end a season that initially promised a tight competition between the Ferrari of Vettel and the Mercedes of Hamilton but ultimately resulted in Hamilton and Mercedes taking both championships in some style.
In RealityF1, the RF1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was won by Hatch, the team to have for this race was Bottas, Hartley, Ferrari and Renault.
The 2017 RealityF1 Championship was won by Adam34 who took the lead at the Austrian Grand Prix and only once moved off the top spot for the remainder of the season. Mpenrod was second and there was a four-way tie for third. Adam34 was playing his first season so is also the top ranked rookie (someone playing RealityF1 for the first time). Congratulations Adam34, you become the seventeenth RealityF1 Champion!
In the league competition, The SHARP League took the top spot in their first season of competition.
In the country league competition it was the United States who took victory ahead of Ireland and Finland. The United States win the country league for the second year in a row and Finland carry on their impressive run having not been outside of the top three since 2011.
As the season has now ended I have updated the player rankings (a leaderboard of all the players who've contested a RealityF1 season since the game started in 2001). The top ranking player in RealityF1 is Gary and Keith, winner in 2016, drops to second.
As usual, I'm keen to hear any feedback you may have on the game so I can continue to improve it so please email me your views and suggestions for the future.
The site will re-open on Monday and, although you won't be able to create a team for the new season yet, you will still be able to update your profile and account details if you wish (should you change email addresses etc).
RealityF1 will return for the 2018 season. The provisional date for the first race is the 25th March 2018. Approximately a month or so before the first race I'll email you to let you know that you can create your team for the coming season.
It only remains for me to thank you for playing RealityF1, I look forward to losing to you again in 2018.
The Brazilian Grand Prix was a strong performance from the Ferraris with Vettel winning and Räikkönen third. Bottas finished second and Hamilton drove a very strong race after starting from the pit lane to finish fourth.
In the Reality F1 competition the Brazilian Grand Prix was a three way tie between Hayden. Plasmo and Rowland Carter. The team to have was Hamilton, Ericsson, Red Bull Racing and Renault.
It's all change again in the Reality F1 championship as Adam34 retakes the lead. Mpenrod is now second and there's just 16.75 points between the top two with just one race to go.
There's now just one race left in the 2017 season so it's time to make that final push for glory... or respectability.
The site will re-open for team changes tomorrow (Monday). The final race of the season, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, is on 26th November.
The Mexican Grand Prix was a fantastic performance by Verstappen who had been fast all weekend and took the lead when Hamilton and Vettel collided at the start. Bottas finished second and Räikkönen third. However, it was the championship fight that attracted the most attention. With Vettel and Hamilton relegated to the back of the pack after the first lap incident it was going to need an amazing drive from Vettel to prevent Hamilton clinching his fourth title. Vettel made it up to fourth but he would've had to take the lead to deny Hamilton the championship as Hamilton finished ninth. This makes Hamilton the Drivers' Champion for 2017 and the most successful British F1 driver in history.
In the Reality F1 competition the Mexican Grand Prix was won by F1 BomberQueen. The team to have was Bottas, Perez, Force India and McLaren.
It's all change in the Reality F1 championship as Jim Martin takes the lead from Adam34. The points gap is just 0.25 with only two races to go.
The site will re-open for team changes tomorrow (Monday). The 19th race of the season, the Brazilian Grand Prix, is on 12th November.
The United States Grand Prix was another crushingly dominant performance from Hamilton as he edges closer to the 2017 crown. Vettel finished second and Räikkönen third; but only after Verstappen was given a 5 second penalty for cutting a corner and gaining an advantage. Many judged this penalty to be harsh so it may be that his position is reinstated if there's an appeal. Mercedes have now won the Constructors' Championship and Hamilton will with the Drivers' Championship if he finishes fifth or higher in Mexico.
In the Reality F1 competition the United States Grand Prix was won by Nicklli. The team to have was Verstappen, Hartley, Red Bull Racing and McLaren. In case you're not sure how Sainz's move to Renault and Hartley's addition to Toro Rosso affects the teams then I outlined the changes in a blog post last week.
In the Reality F1 championship Adam34 holds on to the top spot from DannyBoy No.2 in second.
In the league competition, The Sharp League hold onto the lead with The Robbins-Flowers Family in second. Ireland still hold the lead in the country league competition with the United States in second.
The site will re-open for team changes tomorrow (Monday). The 18th race of the season, the Mexican Grand Prix, is on 29th October.
With the recent moves I thought it worth explaining how driver moves affect teams in RealityF1 - for those of you that haven't read the rules ;-)
A recap of the driver moves in real life:
- Sainz Jnr is moving to Renault
- Palmer is leaving the sport
- Hartley is replacing Sainz at Toro Rosso
In RealityF1 driver moves are dealt with by giving priority to drivers that stay within the sport rather than how it affects the F1 teams in real life. So...
- If you have a team with Sainz in it you will still score points earned by Sainz even though he now drives for Renault.
- If you have a team with Palmer in it you will now score points earned by Hartley even though he drives for Toro Rosso and not Renault as Palmer left the sport (rather than move teams).
- Renault points are calculated from the performances of Hülkenberg and Sainz. Toro Rosso scores are calculated from performances by Kvyat/Gasly and Hartley.
Older articles can be found in the month by month archives.