Australian Grand Prix ==> Race Report.

Introduction

When it comes to F1, the great thing about living in the middle part of North America is that most of the races can be watched without affecting your Sundays. This is most true of the European Races, where after the race is over you can still make to church or enjoy the wrest of your weekend… In the case of Melbourne, staying up until 4 am is quite easy to do when you have all day Sunday to catch up on sleep. And really, on a normal (European F1 race) you are really not going to move away from the TV set until 10:00 am (EDT) anyway…….

So how did I do? Well…..

Actual Drivers Points
Alonso 163 points
Barrichello 108 points
Hulkenberg 5 points
Kubica 168 points
Total 444 points

And here are the drivers I planned to start the season with:

Planned Drivers Their points
Barrichello 108 points
Hulkenberg 5 points
Kubica 168 points
De La Rosa 79 points
Kobayashi 5 points
Total 365 points

By replacing Alonso for both De La Rosa and Kobayashi I gained an extra 79 points for the entire weekend. I wish replacing Kobayashi was not without cost, but he does seem to be a disgruntled former employee, and in his shunt into the wall, he managed to avoid everyone but Hulkenberg!  With all the cars that failed to complete the race,  I was hoping for the rest of my team to make the top four!  Alas, my hopes where only 50% accurate!  Kubica got second and Alonso fourth.  Barrichello came in a respectable 8th place.

My Results:

There are eight teams that have the top score of 1436 points now, so the slope of that mountain I have to climb has flattened out somewhat. I have improved to  389th place from my previous 428th standing in the Sidepodcast League, for a gain of 39 positions.  Even better for me is that there are now 469 entries in the Sidepodcast/League, so I am definitely closing on the mid-field for sure…..

In my other league, the F1 Rejects League, I have moved up five positions to 26th place and no new teams have joined the 39 entries in this League.

Overall, I have advanced 927 positions to 9808th place and there are now 12099 teams racing in the overall league.

Thoughts on the race itself

As for the race itself, well, Button by pitting in early passed how many cars in the pit lane? Yes there were many attempts to pass, but how many where actual attempts? I think quite a few of those passes where due to sliding on wet pavement missing the turning points. I did not find it surprising that the cars went back to their previous positions on the next corner. Should that count as two overtakes or one botched attempt of turning in? Hopefully super-wide Malaysia will provide us with answers next week.

Australian Grand Prix ==> Qualifying Report.

Greetings everyone!  First off, a recap of my current situation going into the Australian Grand Prix:  My Fantasy Racers F1 team, called 7UP Jordan Mercedes Bridgestone, was going into Melbourne in dismal shape with a total of 274 points collected to be in 428th place in the Sidepodcast League,  and 31st out of then 38 places in the F1 Rejects League.  Overall I am in 10735 place out of then 11134 entries in the FSPORTS Fantasy F1 League.  In short, something had to be done to fix this hole I am in.

Looking at my results, Kamui Kobayashi got me 16 points total and Pedro de la Rosa got me 37 points, and I am a little concerned that the BMW-Sauber is well,  just driving a little bit better than a brand new car.  I guess that BMW would have put a bit more development into this year’s car to make a better sale for whoever wants to buy it.  Then I remembered backing BMW for way too long last year and how much it bit me when they where supposedly developing last year’s car.  In short, bye BMW!

So with 15.15 million in the piggy I was in the position to buy a top notch driver and with no Iceman or Ice-cream man around I went with Alonso.  Here is my current points total after Qualifying.

Drivers Points
Alonso 25 points
Hulkenberg 5 points
Kubica 10 points
Barrichello 10 points
   
Total 50 points

 

But what if I decided to stay with my previous selection?

Drivers Points
Hulkenberg 5 points
Kubica 10 points
Barrichello 10 points
De La Rosa 5 points
Kobayashi 5 points
Total 35 points

 

Another gain of 15 points… And the funny thing is, when I made this move,  Alonso was worth 14 million, but Kobayashi and De La Rosa where worth 14.15 million, so I saved 0.15 million, while gaining points!  Nice.