Fantasy Grand Prix is designed to be fun, easy and quick to play (but tricky to win!)
In a nutshell: create your own team of 3 drivers and 3 cars and then you score points relative to how they perform in the actual World Championship season.
To add a touch of strategy you have a budget of $75million to spend on cars and drivers – so you won’t be able to afford all the top drivers and top cars. Instead you’ll need to spend wisely and decide which midfield and back of the field competitors you want in your team.
After each Grand Prix the real results are updated and scores are calculated so you’ll be able to logon to see how you are getting on.
Make the most of the first two races to figure out your strategy! During the first two rounds you can make as many team changes as you like – use this opportunity!!
From Bahrain onwards you have just 6 free team changes for the rest of the season, you can change your team more but it will give you a 10 points penalty per change.
As with real Grand Prix the winning driver scores 25 points, 2nd place receives 18, then 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2… to 1 point for 10th place. If any of your drivers finish in the top ten places they will receive the same points.
Again, in symmetry with actual results, cars also score points so if you choose McLaren as one of your cars and Fernando Alonso (McLaren Driver) finishes 3rd then you’ll still score 15 points even if you didn’t have Alonso in your team, because you have McLaren as a car. If McLaren scored a 1-2 finish then you’d receive a whopping 43points (25+18).
Your drivers score qualifying points too. If one of your drivers grabs Pole Position you’ll receive 10 points. If your driver beats his team mate you’ll get 5 points. This adds a bit more excitement to qualifying and if you have the right drivers, means that you could gain up to 25 additional points (each of your 3 beating their team mate and one of them grabbing pole – 5+5+5+10).
Note that qualifying points and results are based on the final starting grid. In the event of a driver claiming Pole Position on Saturday, but having a penalty, it is the final FIA classification that determines the qualifying results and associated points. If you have a driver in your team and they grab Pole Position, but have a penalty and line up 10th, they won’t get the points for Pole Position. If their team mate starts 9th of better your driver won’t score the ‘beating team mate’ points either.
This is a neat bonus system that rewards those truly great race drives. If you have Lewis Hamilton (for example) in your team and he starts 16th on the grid after a dismal qualifying but finishes 2nd you’ll receive the 18 points for 2nd place and also 42 bonus points for such a great drive through the field – that’s 3 points per move up the field, i.e. 16th to 2nd is an improvement of 14 positions hence (14 x 3) 42 points.
Bearing this in mind, having less expensive drivers such as Romain Grosjean can be advantageous if they consistently finish when others drop out. If he starts 19th and ends up 11th then that’s a solid 24 points in the bank even though he didn’t finish in a points paying position.
These ‘bonus’ or ‘improvement’ points only apply to drivers and not cars, since it is generally the driver that brings the car home and is responsible for making great moves.
To add an element of excitement to watching the races on telly you can also predict pole position, the podium, fastest lap and number of safety car periods. These need to be decided before each Grand Prix and you score bonus points for being correct. For each race there is an additional topical multiple choice question (eg. “How many cars will finish the race), which gives everyone a 1 in 3 chance of some prediction points.
If you correctly guess who is on pole position you’ll get 10pts and if you correctly predict who wins then you’ll receive 10pts. Likewise for the rest of the podium too. The same points are awarded for predicting fastest lap and number of safety car periods. You also get 10 points for correctly answering the bonus prediction question.
There’s also a combo-bonus where if you guess the podium correctly with all 3 drivers in the correct positions, you’ll get 10 points for each and an additional 15pts combo-bonus. If you’re good enough to predict all 7 prediction elements correctly, you’ll receive an additional 15pts again. So a total of 100pts is achievable from predictions alone!
If you nearly got your podium prediction correct, then you’ll get 5 points per correct driver on the podium, but out of position. For example, if you predict Vettel, Hamilton, Alonso but the result is Hamilton, Alonso, Vettel then you’ll get 15 points (i.e. 5 points for each driver being on the podium but in a different order).
It really is worth submitting your predictions to stand a chance of winning!
Some small print:
Safety Car Periods: if a safety car comes out and then goes back in 3 laps later, that is 1 safety car period. Simple. If a Virtual Safety Car (VSC) is deployed and then the race resumes, that is also 1 safety car period. If a VSC period then becomes a normal proper Safety Car, that also counts as 1 single Safety Car period.
Pole Position is the driver who is officially classified as being on 1st place in the starting grid going by official FIA classification. If a driver has the fastest time on Saturday but has a penalty, they won’t be on Pole Position so Pole Position prediction points will be awarded to the driver who does eventually have Pole Position when the lights go out on Sunday.
If at some point you decide that a driver or car isn’t worth having in your team you can change that driver or car for another one. You will retain your current points total and score points on the next race with your new line up.
Of course, changing your drivers and cars every race would be a bit ridiculous so to add an element of risk, you are allocated 6 free changes for the whole season and after that each change will cost you 10 points so be careful making flippant decisions!
Note: during the first two rounds of Australia and Bahrain, you have unlimited team changes – use this time to work out your strategy. From the China GP onwards, free team changes will be limited to 6.
A change is counted for each driver or car change. So if you change all 3 drivers, that’s 3 of your 6 changes used up.
Predictions can be changed as many times as you like before qualifying begins without a penalty.
During a Grand Prix:
While a Grand Prix weekend is in progress you can still login and view your team and predictions for the race, but team changes and prediction changes are not possible. The game will go into this ‘locked’ state from when qualifying begins on Saturday, until after the race on Sunday (pending any delays from the FIA or the stewards).
Make sure you’re happy with your team and predictions before qualifying begins!
In the event of two or more Fantasy teams scoring equal points for a Grand Prix then the winner for that Grand Prix will go to the team who spent the least money. If this is also tied then it will go to team with the most race points (opposed to prediction points).
These are your own mini Championships where you can create your own private league to play against friends, family or colleagues. You can create and join up to 3 additional leagues.
Simply head to ‘Friends Leagues’ click to ‘Create your own Friends League’ – then give it a name and the league will be created. You’ll be presented with a passcode which you can then share with your friends so they can join your league too.
To join an existing league, find out the passcode off someone else who’s already in it (or the creator) and then head to Friends Leagues, click to join an existing league, enter the passcode. Easy peasy.
There are also Public Leagues, which work in the same way, but anyone can join – no code required.
If the 2018 season sees any driver changes then the driver lists will be updated and everyone who had the original driver, will inherit the new driver. (drivers are not added, merely replaced – i.e. if Toro Rosso change Hartley for another driver, his points and results will be inherited by his replacement.
Further to these statements, we reserve the right to alter rules and format as we see fit although we hope to not have to do this.
The decision of Fantasy Grand Prix is final in any misunderstanding. Appeals will be heard but those along the lines of ‘I couldn’t access the internet to change my team’ or other ‘the dog ate my homework’ type claims will be dismissed.
Anyone found to be breaching the sporting regulations will face disqualification from the game or points cleared from their results. (this has only happened once before, you have been warned.)