FGP 2020 Rules

 

1.              1.         OUTLINE.   The idea is to hold the league over the entirety of the season, which at the moment is 22 races from Australia on the 15th March to Abu Dhabi on the 29th November. Players are invited to join the League and all communications are to be by email, and players cannot enter teams once the season has started. Points will be awarded according to grid position and race result and accumulated points will determine a team’s position in the League. Bonuses will be awarding in accordance with each team’s position and these bonuses can be used to buy replacement items in a team. The results that stand four days after the final race will be the final results for the year.

 

2.              2.         TEAMS.  There is no limit to the number of teams a player can enter. Each team will have a chassis, an engine, and two drivers. Each individual team will be allocated a total of 50 credits before the season starts. Team managers can spend up to the amount of credits they have against each team. No credits can be transferred between teams. Any credits they don’t spend can be held over for use later. Each team must have an individual and acceptable name. 

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4.              3.        PRICES.  There is no actual money involved in the Fantasy Grand Prix League.  Initiate allowances and all bonuses will be paid in “credits”. Credits will be used for all sales and purchases. Before the first race a “Starting Price List” will be published on the website, consisting of prices for individual chassis, engines and drivers. Players must use this price list to buy component items for their team up to, but not exceeding the limit of 50 credits. These teams must be submitted by email before 1700hrs UK time on the Thursday prior to the first race. After each race I will allocate bonuses based on the position of individual teams in the league table. I will email each player showing the teams, the items in that team, whatever credit they had before the race, the race bonus, and the total credits they can spend. I will also produce two price lists – a “purchasing list” which players will use to determine the cost of replacement items, and a “buy-back list” which I will use to determine how much I will pay to buy items back from the players. This “buy-back” price the player can add to the total amount of credit they have when they make a change.  So, if a player decides to change one item or more, then I need an email before the start of qualifying for the next race showing me the team the change is for, the item they are selling back to me, and the item they wish to buy as a replacement. I suggest players construct their emails that show the prices so that if there is an error I can see more clearly where the error lies. The price lists will be posted on the website, will supersede any previous lists, and will become current immediately.

 

4.         TEAM CHANGES.   These can be submitted by email at any time between receipt of the bonus email until the beginning of qualifying for the following race. I will decide if the email was sent within the correct time-frame. It is advisable to get the changes in early so that there is time to correct any errors. Players should keep an eye on their inbox and spam folders as I will only communicate by email. Players should be sure they are using the correct price-lists. These will be annotated with the race for which they are valid.

 

5.         SCORING.   FGP points will be awarded individually to chassis, engines, and drivers based on their grid position and race result based on the following 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If a driver qualifies and is shown on the starting grid at the commencement of the race, he will be allocated the appropriate FGP points, as will his chassis and engine, notwithstanding the rule governing chassis and engine points allocation detailed below. For example, if Verstappen is on pole position in his Red Bull-Honda then 22 FGP points will be allocate to him, 22 to the Red Bull chassis, and 22 to the Honda engine. If Norris qualifies in 12th place he will get 9 points, the McLaren chassis will get 9, as will the Renault engine.  Once the formation lap has commenced the positions are fixed. Drivers who find themselves at the back of the grid after the formation lap, etc. for whatever reason, 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, i.e. in the example above if Albon is in third place on the grid in his Red Bull-Honda he will get 19 FGP points, but his chassis and engine will not score as they have already received FGP points for a higher place on the grid. Race FGP 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.  Again, only the higher placed examples of chassis and engines will score. If a regular driver is replaced for whatever reason then the original driver who has been replaced 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.  One additional FGP point will be awarded to the driver, his chassis and engine for achieving the fastest lap, but only if he is placed in the top ten in the race.

 

6.         AUTHORITY  Authority for positions and, thus, the awarding of FGP points will normally be the official published FIA grid sheet and race results. However, I reserve the right to impose time and other limits on changes made by the FIA. As the FGP League runs from race to race I do not intend making retrospective changes to the FGP points allocated for changes imposed by the FIA long after the event. As a general rule, once player’s bonuses have been awarded, that’s pretty much it. It would have to be a very major event for me to go back.

 

7.         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. 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, see Rule 6. In these cases I reserve the right, all other rules notwithstanding, to consider the fairness and importance of the incident and the FIA rulings and award points as I see fit.  In the event of any anomaly in the publication of results players can, by all means, appeal, but remember… Rule 10 still applies!

 

8.        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.

 

9.         There is no Rule 9.

 

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

 

 

NOTE 1.  If there are any problems with the available selections on the price list I will determine what is acceptable and will make a ruling as soon and as sensibly as possible so we all know what’s going on.

 

NOTE 2. For the sake of fair play, I will not be entering any teams, therefore, any player 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