BUSHY’S FANTASY GRAND PRIX RULES FOR 2020

 

1.         INTRODUCTION   Bushy’s Fantasy Grand Prix 2020 (FGP20) will be held over all the races of the 2020 F1.  Any disqualifications, appeals, etc. not resolved by the Thursday following the last race will be disregarded and the results at that time will stand.

 

2.         TEAMS  FGP20 members may enter as many teams as they wish.  Each team shall consist of four components: one chassis, one engine, and two drivers, all of which may only be selected from the official Price List as published on the FGP20 website “Bushy’s FGP” (www.ianbushnell.co.uk). The total combined cost of these four components, as initially selected prior to the start of the season, shall not exceed Ř60m (see Note 1 below).  Any money not spent from this allowance may be saved for use later.  Team entrants are to provide a suitable team name and I reserve the right to disallow any team name I consider inappropriate.  No new entry can be accepted after 1700hrs on the Thursday prior to the first race (see rule 5).  

 

3a.        PURCHASING PRICE LIST  A Purchasing Price List will be published before the start of the season.  Entrants are to use this Price List to formulate their teams so that the accumulated cost does not exceed Ř60m.  A new Purchasing Price List will be published at intervals throughout the season, usually but not always after each race, based on my opinion of that component’s worth. The new Price List is to be used by entrants to buy components from me to replace components they no longer wish to keep. Each component, i.e. car or driver, will be allocated a cost loosely based on their value-for-money calculated using the number of FGP points they have scored, together with how I feel at the time!  This may or may not bear any relation to the current success or otherwise of that component.  (So, just because a particular team or driver is struggling, or had a particularly poor race weekend, I may still decide not to reduce, or may even increase their price because I think they may improve and vice versa. There is no limit to the amount I might charge for any component.)  Whenever a new Purchasing Price List is published on the FGP website it will become effective immediately. I will email all entrants to notify them of such publication. 

 

3b.      BUY-BACK PRICE LIST  A Buy-Back Price List will be published after the first Grand Prix.  This is to be used for me to buy components back from entrants that they wish to replace. Each component’s Buy-Back price will be around 25% of the purchasing price of that component. i.e. a particular driver may be available to purchase by an entrant for Ř18m, his price on the Buy-Back Price List will be Ř4m.  This percentage may change during the season, but entrants will be notified if there is any significant change. 

 

4.         BONUSES  After each race I will award financial bonuses to teams based on their position in the FGP League, which can be added to any monies already held by that team.  Entrants will be notified by personal email. (See Note 5 below) 

 

5.         TEAM CHANGES  New entries will be accepted up to 1700hrs on the Thursday prior to the first race (see rule 2).  At the completion of each race I will endeavour to publish the results on the website ASAP. I will then publish two price lists (one purchasing and one buy-back) which may or may not contain changes from the previous price lists, and then inform each member by email of of their bonuses. From that moment entrants may make changes to their team, within the limits of these rules and the funds they hold for that team plus the buy-back value of any disposed-of component, up until the commencement of the qualifying session for the next race.  Changes cannot be made between start of qualifying and the end of the race. For clarification, a price list will be annotated with the race for which it is valid.  Changes are to be sent to me by email and I will decide if the email was sent during the allowed time. 

 

Changes to teams are to be in the following format:  Team name; component/s to be removed and their buy-back cost; the component/s replacing it and their purchasing cost; the total cost to be paid. I will reply to the email to acknowledge receipt, and, if pointing out any illegality, may request a replacement.  Any amount of money not spent during a particular change will be held over until it is spent.  Bonuses are not transferable between teams.  Entrants who send changes that do not conform to this rule will be informed of their error and given the option of re-submitting corrected changes.  Any disputes over timings and prices are covered by Rule 10

 

6.         SCORING  FGP points will be awarded to individual components for grid position and for race.  After qualifying, points will be awarded on a sliding scale for all cars and drivers that qualify. Components in a team may only accrue points if they enter a race (so entering yourself as a driver in the FGP would just be silly!!).  Points are awarded based on the number of entries in the FIA F1 Drivers Championship, currently 20, and in accordance with the following table.  Apart from between 1st and 2nd, and between 10th and 11th points are awarded on a single point sliding scale.

Pos

Pts

1

22

2

20

3

19

4

18

5

17

6

16

7

15

8

14

9

13

10

12

11

10

12

9

13

8

14

7

15

6

16

5

17

4

18

3

19

2

20

1

 

 

Drivers who at least qualify will score whatever points they can muster. Grid positions, for the purposes of allocating points, shall be as published by the FIA immediately prior to the race, with the exception of penalties awarded for technical infringements regarding the replacement of power unit components (internal combustion engine, MGU-K, battery, etc.). In these cases FGP points will be as per the pre-penalty position. In the event of penalties awarded for other reasons, such as cheating or sporting regulation infringements (incorrect bodywork, wrong tyres, failing to stop at the weighbridge when required to do so, etc.) FGP points will be awarded as per the post-penalty position.  In the case of teams actions, not covered above resulting in drivers relegated before the race to a lower position on the grid for whatever reason will receive points for that lower position regardless of their qualifying time. Drivers who find themselves at the back of the grid after the formation lap, etc. will be allocated points as per the published grid order. See Rule 10. Chassis and engines will be awarded points under the same rules as drivers, except that only the highest placed example of each element will score. Race points will be awarded in the same manner, i.e. the first to retire, or finishes in 20th place will be awarded 1 point and the winner will be awarded 22 points.

 

If a regular driver is replaced for whatever reason then that original driver will accrue all points won by the replacement. If it is a long-term replacement then I will simply change the name to the new one. 

 

Rule 10 applies to all cases involving the allocation of points.

 

7.         AUTHORITY  Authority for positions and, thus, the awarding of FGP points will normally be the official published FIA results, Rule 6 notwithstanding.  However, I reserve the right to make suitable adjustments when the FIA, in my opinion, get it wrong!!  Rule 10 refers.

 

8.         DISQUALIFICATIONS  Drivers ‘black-flagged’ during a race and shown in the official results will count in the position shown (usually at the end of the “drivers still running” but before the retirees), rule 6 notwithstanding. However, drivers excluded from the results by the FIA will lose all points awarded during that meeting, including those earned for his chassis and engine, subject to Rule 1.  This rule may be subject to adjustment, as on occasions the FIA rulings on race exclusions do not conform to the spirit of the Fantasy Grand Prix.  Any exclusions by the FIA that occur after the following race will be disregarded. (I do not intend to start going back changing the League Table weeks after it is published!!)  In these cases I reserve the right, all other rules notwithstanding, to award points as I see fit.  In the event of any anomaly in the publication of results entrants can, by all means, appeal, but remember… Rule 10 still applies!

 

9.         THE LEAGUE WINNER  In the event of a tie between two or more teams in the league after the last event, the scores for the previous event shall determine the winner, and so on back until a clear winner is determined.

 

10.       DECISIONS  In the event of any controversy, my decision is final, so there!

 

 

NOTE 1:  If anybody actually thinks that any actual reference to money anywhere in the FGP at any time actually refers to actual money, they are actually wrong, and actually need to have their actual head actually examined!

 

NOTE 2: For the sake of fair play, I will not be entering any teams, therefore, any entrant seeking advice will be treated with complete impartiality and confidentiality.

 

NOTE 3: All times are local UK time.

 

NOTE 4: The prize for winning the FGP is the pride in a job well done.  (What did you expect?  You want a proper prize you pay to enter!!!)

 

Bushy

 

 

If you have any questions please email me at ianpbushnell@gmail.com

 

 

© Ian Bushnell, 2020