Abu Dhabi was an extremely dominant performance from Verstappen to take his second win of the season. Bottas beat Hamilton who appeared to struggle in his first race back after catching Covid-19. Further down the pack McLaren secured third in the Constructors' Championship. However, the season really belongs to Hamilton who took his seventh Driver's Championship and also beat Michael Schumacher's record for race wins.
In RealityF1, the 2020 RealityF1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was won by Jim. The team to have for this race was Verstappen, Norris, Red Bull Racing and Williams.
The 2020 RealityF1 Championship was won by janne, congratulations janne you become the twentieth RealityF1 Champion! Wildheart90 moved up to second place in the final race with Malbotnado falling to third. Gabby'B was the top ranked rookie player (someone playing RealityF1 for the first time) in 15th.
In the league competition, NESTF1 took the top spot for the second year running and their fourth league championship.
In the country league competition it was the United States who took victory from Finland and the United Kingdom. Finland have 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 is now janne ahead of Keith and pecciolif1.
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 2021 season. The provisional date for the first race is the 21st March 2021. 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 2021.
Lewis Hamilton has tested negative for Covid-19 and will return for the season finale in Abu Dhabi. This means George Russell will return to Williams.
In terms of RealityF1 this returns the situation to as it was prior to Hamilton catching Covid-19 so these drivers will now score for Mercedes (Hamilton) and Williams (Russell).
The Sakhir Grand Prix was a sensational race. All eyes were on George Russell as he replaced Hamilton at Mercedes and he got a great start, jumping his team mate and taking lead. Verstappen and Leclerc both crashed out on the first lap and Perez, having collided with Leclerc, was forced to pit and rejoin last. Russell then comfortably led Bottas and extended his lead after the first pit stops. Late on Aiken, driving Russell's car at Williams, spun and left his front wing on the track. Under safety car Mercedes decided to pit both drivers but a disastrous stop saw Russell rejoin with Bottas' tyres and Bottas have a long stop and then rejoin with the same tyres as he'd come in with. Russell then had to pit again for the correct tyres and lost the lead. He rejoined behind Bottas but passed him after the safety car restart. He then set about trying to catch the leaders. However, a puncture whilst in second place and with just a few laps to go dropped Russell back out of the points and he could only recover to ninth. This left the way clear for Perez, who had been last after lap one, to take a fantastic maiden victory with Ocon in second and Stroll in third.
A fantastic victory for Perez and a third for Stroll helped Zac and Jez Partridge take the win in the 2020 RealityF1 Sakhir Grand Prix. The team to have was Perez, Bottas and two Racing Points.
In the 2020 RealityF1 Championship janne holds on to a slender lead from Malbotnado.
The site will re-open for team changes tomorrow (Monday). The final race of the season, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, is on 13th December.
Following Lewis Hamilton's positive test for Covid-19, George Russell will replace him in the Mercedes for the Sakhir Grand Prix this weekend.
This situation is already covered in the rules (#7) but for clarity:-
- If you have George Russell in your team then you will score points for him at Mercedes.
- If you have Lewis Hamilton in your team you will score points based on George Russell's replacement (Jack Aitken) at Williams.
- Scores for Mercedes will be calculated from the results of Bottas and Russell.
- Scores for Williams will be calculated from the results of Latifi and "Hamilton" (Aitken).
Grosjean will also not race this weekend and will be replaced by Pietro Fitipaldi. If you have Grosjean in your team then you will score points based on Fitipaldi's performance.
The Bahrain Grand Prix was another masterclass from Hamilton but the race was overshadowed by a horrific crash for Grosjean. On the opening lap the Frenchman's Haas left the track, struck the barrier and split into two. The fuel then ignited resulting in a huge fireball with the driver trapped inside within the safety cell of the car. After an agonising wait Grosjean appeared through the flames and was helped to safety by marshals and F1's medical staff. Grosjean was taken to hospital and thankfully the reports are that he only has minor injuries.
Behind Hamilton both Red Bulls had a good day and completed the podium. However, the two McLarens also had a very strong race from a long way down the grid to finish fourth and fifth. This gave McLast the win in the 2020 RealityF1 Bahrain Grand Prix. The team to have was Norris, Sainz Jnr and two McLarens.
In the 2020 RealityF1 Championship janne holds on to the lead but the gap to wildheart90 is just half a point.
The site will re-open for team changes tomorrow (Monday). The 16th race of the season, the Sakhir Grand Prix, is on 6th December.
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