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    @robocat Thanks for putting the article together, it has lot of interesting info.

    I’m surprised that Kiara is being replaced. She is a bit inconsistent, but she has also had several great performances ruined by unreliability. China this year as an example. Dwyer was also uninspiring at FUN, Ocelot, and is 18th in IndyVirtual standings right now.

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    @redmist Beckenbauer has scored two points in the last two and half seasons with Ocelot and Lopez (then Warrior). That’s in stark contrast to the first two and half seasons of his career where he won three races and had 12 podiums. Although if he had stayed with Ocelot for 2018, he probably would have won some races :).

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    I guess Beckenbauer will be excited to finally have the opportunity to score some points on a regular basis again. I’m very surprised about Kinnumen, given how long he had been at Westwood as well as his success and consistency. I hope he stays in Formula Virtual, but I have a feeling that he might not because of the inflated budgets of another series. He is definitely a quality driver, probably better than Beckenbauer but maybe not worth the extra money he would be demanding.

    Finn Schnyder has also certainly done enough to merit returning next season. He just needs to reduce the number of mistakes that he makes, but that’s not an uncommon problem for a rookie to have, even KvS is having the same problem.

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    Another great race from Hutchinson, he got the maximum from the car. I was surprised that we were that fast! Zozulya also showed good speed too, he was on to finish ahead of Hutchinson until he got caught up in the carnage initiated by Ellington. He was still on for a good haul of points (probably 7th or 8th) but then he threw it all away. That’s two races in a row now that he has thrown away results. But I’m confident that he will sort it out, he better!

    Also Downton really showed how fast they are once again, clearly the fastest car by a mile. DS were also pretty quick in that race and finally got a result to prove it. Westwood kind of lucked into a 7th place, but I think we have a pace advantage on them. If we can keep that we could challenge them in the constructors’. Franklin seem to have good speed but can’t put results together no matter what they do. North Star don’t have that much speed, but have been ruthless about taking advantage of others mistakes, so kudos to them for picking good strategy and the drivers for performing well.

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    @theawesomefish Hutchinson does that almost every week, not sure why. Good qualifying though, 2nd and 8th is definitely good. Also surprised to see Franklin on pole instead of Downton

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    @bradley13 That one quote you mentioned is poorly worded on my part. What I really think is that in an ideal situation, no team owner would know any of the attributes of any of the drivers, and I think almost everyone would agree to that. But because everyone has limited time and resources and the youth series are a vital part of FV that you make possible, it is ok (but not ideal) for you to know their attributes while they are youth drivers.

    Obviously I feel that any competitor in FV shouldn’t know the attributes of drivers in FV at the time they are in FV and I also don’t think that any IndyVirtual team owners should know any of the attributes of any of the drivers in IndyVirtual. There is a reason that Nic chose to not have a team in Formula Virtual, and it was to avoid this situation.

    And as I have stated many times already, this is not because I feel you or anyone else is doing anything foul, but that the possibility of foul play should be eliminated as much as possible. And that currently is not the case. Part of this is because an actual case of foul play (if it were to occur) with anyone in this situation is often unintentional or difficult to prove/deal with after the fact. That’s why I believe that these conflicts of interest need to be sorted before an actual problem arises; just as safety measures for drivers shouldn’t be implemented after a driver’s death/injury, but before.

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    @robocat I think that’s a brilliant solution, it helps IndyVirtual get better and reduces the problem.

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    @bradley13 The problem with conflicts of interest is not intentional foul play but unintentional biases. I agree that neither you or other IndyVirtual owners have done anything foul yet, but you are put in a position that isn’t fair to you. What if you legitimately wanted to sign Felix Beyer before he went over to IndyVirtual but now you might have second thoughts because you either think differently of him because of his abilities or because you are afraid that others might think you are only doing so because you saw his abilities?</p>
    <p>In regards to point 3, I mentioned that I am happy for you to have access to the abilities of junior drivers because you do a great job of organizing the junior series and that is invaluable to the series. I am not ok with you having FV driver abilities though. That is too big of a conflict of interest.

    I guess I prefer to have systems that rely less on trust of others because it is better to make it impossible for all of these problems to happen. Murphy’s Law, that’s all.

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    @mathers Are you against trying to improve the series? This is a legitimate post that makes an attempt to fix what some things that are problems for the reasons I explain. I made no personal attacks over the course of my post, all of it was as constructive as possible and was not meant to be incendiary. You need to put your personal friendships aside and look at the post objectively. You don’t know whether anyone agrees or disagrees with what I’ve said because no one else has replied yet. You did not attempt to address any of the points I brought up in a respectful manner.

    You said it yourself: there are issues that need to be ironed out. Well let’s iron them out.

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    @robocat, @bradley13, @diceman, @formula-1, @jamiefranklinf1, @mathers, @pezlo2013, @juan-pablo-heidfeld-1, @sirspuddington, @aiera-music, @blockwall2, @theawesomefish, @holmqvist, @redmist

    1) The driver prices of IndyVirtual drivers are too high. Any driver that has reasonable success in IndyVirtual will never race in Formula Virtual unless there is a trade between teams. £10m for Felipe Cesar? £9.5m for Brock Kidd? £9m for Nick Addison? Should these drivers really have the same value as the likes of Klaas van Snelheid, Nathaniel Powers, and Adrien Simon? Will Taylor is currently £7.5m, which is the same as Enrique Ruiz! Please tell me I’m not the only one who sees this as a bit crazy. I assume that the reason for this was to keep the successful drivers of IndyVirtual in IndyVirtual. But I think that the goal should be for the best drivers in the world to be in Formula Virtual, not to create a rival series. Currently, no FV team owner would sign an IndyVirtual driver because their value has been wildly inflated.

    (I intended for this message to go with the last one, but I had to re word it because it was censored by the forum)

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    @robocat, @bradley13, @diceman, @formula-1, @jamiefranklinf1, @mathers, @pezlo2013, @juan-pablo-heidfeld-1, @sirspuddington, @aiera-music, @blockwall2, @theawesomefish, @holmqvist, @redmist

    @bradley13 I believe that it is a problem that should be addressed. IndyVirtual is a series that is not currently on the same level as Formula Virtual and should not be intended to be on the same level as Formula Virtual. I am against it being considered a tier 1 competition and the some of the implications that come from having IndyVirtual as a tier 1 competition. I will provide four problems that having IndyVirtual as an ‘equal’ competition to Formula Virtual introduces:

    2) It equates two series that are not at all on the same level. Formula Virtual has five seasons worth of history, fully recorded races with brilliant commentary/graphics, and a pretty active community. IndyVirtual has no history, races that are run using purely probabilities, and basically no discussion except for when Bradley posts a race. It is difficult for people to get excited by a series that is entirely run through text and a series like that should not be on the same level as Formula Virtual.

    3) This is kind of a separate point, and I know this will be controversial, but I’m going to say it because I think it needs to be discussed. I don’t think that Bradley should have access to the qualities of any of the drivers at any level of competition. It gives him an unfair advantage over the rest of us who don’t know what each driver’s qualities are for sure. That information should only be available to Nic. I appreciate all of the hard work that Bradley puts into all of the youth series and they are a very necessary part of Formula Virtual, and I think that isn’t as big of a deal for him to get some info on youth drivers in exchange for his efforts in organizing the youth series. It is one thing to have information on all of the youth drivers and then lose that information when the drivers graduate to Formula Virtual, but having access to the attributes of drivers that currently race in Formula Virtual (specifically the ones who cross over to IndyVirtual for Triple Crown races) is a problem. This kind of information is invaluable in selecting a driver lineup. I understand that Bradley helps Nic out a lot, but at some point all of the extra information that he gets compared to other FV team owners is not fair.

    4) Team owners that control teams in both series have the potential to use their IndyVirtual team as a pawn to hurt their Formula Virtual rivals by bidding them up without risk to their Formula Virtual team. The only negative side effect would be potentially having to take on a driver in their IndyVirtual team that they really didn’t want if they had to own up to a bid. That risk would still be worth it, as who cares about IndyVirtual success compared to Formula Virtual success? Even if no one exploits this capability, I believe that the possibility of it needs to be eliminated before it happens. I decided against controlling an IndyVirtual team partially because of this: I didn’t want any conflict of interest.

    I am not completely against IndyVirtual, I think that it provides a good place for drivers who just missed out on Formula Virtual to compete alongside drivers who get shuffled out of Formula Virtual. I also like it because it allows people who want to be involved in the community but can’t get into Formula Virtual to participate in a series. But I am against it having all of these impacts on Formula Virtual. I think it should be categorized as a sub-series and that teams from IndyVirtual should not have power over a Formula Virtual team or that Formula Virtual team owners should not be allowed to control an IndyVirtual team. Having it on the same level as Formula Virtual introduces too many complications to the system and the community would currently be better off without its existence in my opinion. But like I said, I am in favor of a reformed IndyVirtual that has less influence.

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    @bradley13 What happens if they have the same number of starts in both series? And I’m assuming that you mean races started not completed?

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    @damon In terms of points, you are incorrect for the Indy 500. Qualifying for Indy is essentially another round of the championship, with the pole sitter scoring 42 points, as can be seen here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_American_Championship_car_racing_point_scoring_systems#Indy_Qualifying_2

    @square-route Here is a table of where previous winners have started on their way to victory: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Indianapolis_500_winners#Winning_starting_positions

    Keep in mind that a lot of winners started up front because they were fast in the race and in qualifying. If a driver is fast in race trim and has good strategy, he can win from any starting position. Montoya came from 30th at one point in the race in 2015 to win, so it can be done.

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    Two podiums in three races? Are you kidding me? That’s a great result, this time on merit due to a strategy call. I think that is the first race since the new tire rules have been introduced that the hard tires were the best tire to be on! And Hutchinson executed the strategy perfectly. He didn’t let anyone besides KvS pass him and had enough pace to comfortably come out in front of the medium runners and Hoskins after his stop. Another outstanding performance from him. After the first couple races of this season I certainly didn’t think that we would have two podiums on the board at this point in the season. Hutchinson has also scored points in all of the last five races and is 7th (!) in the drivers’ championship. Points from the second car are still lacking, but Zozulya is doing a solid job.

    In terms of other results for us, Zozulya was demonstrating good pace again until he made a few mistakes and cost himself a chance at points, which is disappointing. It is also disappointing to see that he and Felix Perez took each other out in FV2. Perez has started the season really well though, I think he can win the title as long as he keeps up his current form.

    Other good performances in FV included Lewis Ellington, who really impressed on his return. That was definitely a good deal for Holmqvist. They got rid of a mediocre driver for a two-time race winner. Will Hoskins also had a really good race, he was arguably faster than Hutchinson but just didn’t have track position, which is what counted at the end of the day. Sikes was impressive and Nowosinki was on a good strategy (although his pace wasn’t great) and North Star looked on for a good haul of points. Unfortunately for them it unraveled at the end there, that was unlucky (particularly Nowosinki’s engine failure).

    Also: AMR deserve a podium and I can’t imagine how much of a relief it will be for them when they get one. 3 4th places, 5 5th places, a pole, and previous bad luck from Beyer adds up to them deserving a podium.

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