Fantasy Racers 2009: BlogF1 Racing Mid-Season Review

With a four week break in the Formula One action, I thought I would pass some of the time by reviewing what I’ve been getting up to this year. One thing I decided to do back in December of last year was to enter in the widely acclaimed Fantasy Racers competition. I won’t bore you with all the ins-and-outs; I’m sure the premise is fairly obvious. However, what I will say is that it isn’t as easy as you might think, especially given the new driver market rules for this season which have made it quite tricky for a novice like myself to get to grips with. Here’s how my lead team have been performing thus far in 2009…

Named after the site, BlogF1 Racing have been solid, if not spectacular. During the course of the ten races so far this year, very few changes have been made to the squad and the team consistently scores okay. It may not have the budget of some of the leading teams in the competition, but if the tale of slow-and-steady wins the race, then BlogF1 Racing are winners by miles.

Fantasy Racers 2009
BlogF1 Racing – Points/Positions

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Points 549 461 645 641 677 668 636 715 618 599
Race Position 1678 1504 618 1175 1006 1279 1147 601 1084 505
Overall Position 1678 1488 1152 1104 1061 1085 1064 980 957 833
SPC Position ? 186 186 153 150 ? 151 143 141 130

So what can we gleam from the above numbers? Well, BF1R are very steady. The lowest of the lows was in Malaysia where the team only picked up 461 points. The highest of the highs was in Britain, where the squad collected 715 points. Interestingly though, the race where the team scored its lowest was also the race where they improved the most in the overall standings. This suggests that most others got it even more wrong than I did.

A similar story could be said of the recent Hungarian race, where the team scored poorly in comparison to its previous results, yet it had its highest rank for an individual event so far. The only time the team has fallen in its overall position was the weekend that I was away – Monaco – but it quickly recovered in the following race and hasn’t looked back since.

Fantasy Racers 2009
BlogF1 Racing – Drivers

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Driver 1 ALO FIS SUT SUT SUT SUT SUT SUT SUT FIS
Driver 2 HEI BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT
Driver 3 ROS ROS ROS ROS ROS ROS ROS ROS ROS ROS
Driver 4 VET VET VET VET VET VET VET VET VET VET
Driver 5 GLO BAR BAR BAR BAR BAR BAR BAR BAR HAM

From the drivers side of things, you can see why the team has been fairly consistent – there have been few changes. Obviously after the first race in Australia, Button was drafted in along with Rubens Barrichello, and the cost of these two meant that Fernando Alonso was replaced with Giancarlo Fisichella, who would later be swapped out in favour of the an even cheaper alternative, Adrian Sutil.

In the most recent race, I decided to actually play the game properly and followed my instincts after the free practice sessions, which meant Lewis Hamilton was brought in to replace the ailing Rubens Blah-rrichello. A move that did very little harm overall.

The most consistent drivers of the team are Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel. Rosberg was a bit of a gamble, and was initially chosen because of my longheld belief that this year will be the year for Williams. Vettel was chosen because I’ve long believed (well, since he was promoted into Formula One) that he is a talent.

Rosberg has had a bit of an up-and-down year, and the same could almost be said of Vettel. But the Red Bull pilot has won twice now, and each time he has won from pole which has given my scores in these races a welcome boost. In Britain, Sebastian even took the fastest lap.

This is the first look at my Fantasy Racer’s squads; there are another four to go which I will add to the site in the coming weeks. Do let me know how your teams are doing, and if you blog yourself, please do write about your successes and failures and let me know in the comments so I can either gloat or look sheepishly embarrassed.

All the individual Fantasy Racers posts can be viewed here: Fantasy Racer Update Posts.

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