The 2018 Chinese Grand Prix was another intriguing race as Red Bull used an aggressive strategy to put their cars in contention. Verstappen tangled with Vettel and both spun, putting both of them further down the order. However, Ricciardo drove a fantastic race, including some great overtakes, to take a fantastic win ahead of Bottas, Räikkönen and Hamilton.
In the RealityF1 competition it was 'Front_Row' that finished first in the 2018 RealityF1 Chinese Grand Prix. The team to have was Ricciardo, Magnussen, Red Bull Racing, McLaren.
In the 2018 RealityF1 Championship David M holds on to the top spot ahead of Norfolk and Chance, Jasper and Cameron Crew.
The site will re-open for team changes tomorrow (Monday). The fourth race of the season, the European Grand Prix, is on 29th April.
The 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix turned into a bit of a thriller as Vettel struggled to hold on to the lead as Bottas closed in. Vettel managed to hold on and the Finn couldn't make it past. This extends Vettel's lead in the championship. Hamilton made an excellent recovery drive to reach third from ninth, in the process producing one of the finest overtakes seen in modern F1 as he passed three cars in short order. Gasly came an impressive fourth for Toro Rosso.
In the RealityF1 competition it was 'Norfolk and Chance' that finished first in the 2018 RealityF1 Bahrain Grand Prix. The team to have was Hamilton, Alonso, McLaren, McLaren.
In the 2018 RealityF1 Championship it's David M that holds on to the top spot ahead of Jasper, Cameron Crew and Peter Willmore-Jones.
I've made a few game changes recently including changing the charts used on the site to make them more interactive and useful. I've also added the previous season's pit stop data to the 'component scores' page for that season. For example, here is the data from 2017.
The site will re-open for team changes tomorrow (Monday). The third race of the season, the Chinese Grand Prix, is on 15th April.
After a stunning pole position lap from Hamilton it looked like he'd walk away with the race. For much of the race Hamilton was in the lead but problems with the pit stops for the Haas cars, and particularly Grosjean, led to a Virtual Safety Car and allowed Vettel to take the lead. It's tricky to overtake on the Albert Park circuit and although Hamilton closed on Vettel he was unable to challenge for the lead. The race does pose the tantalising prospect of a close season. Further down the order, and pit stops aside, the Haas team look strong and McLaren had a string result too.
A strong weekend for Hamilton and a great race for Alonso took David M to the top spot in the Reality F1 Australian Grand Prix. As this is the first race of the season the results for the Australian Grand Prix are also the current championship standings.
As the season is now underway you can see the team components of other players and also see a breakdown of your own scores. We have also generated your predicted world rank following this event. However, you now only have three free team changes for the remainder of the season. You can make as many changes you want but, after your three free changes, 50 championship points will be deducted for any further changes.
The site will re-open for team changes tomorrow (Monday). The second race of the season, Bahrain, is on 8th April.
Reality F1, the free Fantasy Formula 1 competition, returns for the 2018 season!
After the big rule shake-up last year it's a relatively stable field that greets us for the season opening Grand Prix in Australia. Testing was disrupted by the weather and it was clear that some of the top teams, Mercedes I'm looking at you, didn't go for headline times. As a result we head into a season with a few unknowns....
- Who is the fastest team out of Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull?
- Who is the best of the rest?
- Will McLaren get two cars to the finish in Melbourne?
I've kept the budget for teams at £70M but lowered some of the prices for the mid-field teams so there are almost 7,000 possible team combinations.
As with last season, I've kept the number of free team changes to three for this year and I will also be running the rookie competition again. Mini-leagues must have a minimum of four members in order to be entered into the competition. However, people can join the league at any point during the season.
The deadline for team entries (or changes to team components for the coming race) is 12 midnight GMT on the FRIDAY before a race. In order to be eligible to score points in all 21 rounds of the 2018 season you will need to register a team before 12 midnight GMT on Friday 23rd March 2018. You can join after this date but won't score points for missed races.
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.
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