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  • #333875
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    Who is going to win the drivers championship?
    I think Inman will come out on top, but it will be close. Neither of the DS drivers have been particularly convincing in the wet this season, so I don’t think the team will do too well in Brazil. The further down the order both of them finish, the more likely that Inman’s points lead holds.

    Who is going to take third in the constructors championship?
    I think that Franklin are the strong favorites for this given their recent form. I pick Franklin.

    Who will finish highest in the championship out of the ‘new’ teams?
    I think that we (FIRST) will hold on to it, but we might need another great drive from Bacon to raise the bar again. If not us, then Holmqvist and North Star have an equally good chance, it just depends on who is better on the day.

    Who is going to take that second Franklin seat?!
    Probably a rookie. Rodolfo de la Fuente is in Franklin’s youth academy and he is currently 3rd in FV2, so he’s a good shout. There really aren’t many good options unless they buy a driver from a rival team. I would say Will Hoskins but Franklin can’t sign him until 2018.

    Who will FUN confirm as their 2017 drivers?
    FUN will keep Davenport and Hoskins.

    Who will fill in the remaining seats for 2017 at Westwood(2), AMR(1), Ingram(1) and Meteor(1)?
    Westwood: Kinnumen and Christodoulou. Although Christodoulou really isn’t that good.
    AMR: Beyer but not Ellington. I am going to take a shot in the dark and say Brock Kidd.
    Ingram: Milkovich and Mattson.
    Meteor: Halvosen and Harrison.

    #333855
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    Disappointed with Hutchinson’s retirement, he was on for a decent finish. At least we keep 11th going into the final race of the season.

    The championship fight in Brazil should be very interesting with it being so close and DS getting mixed results recently. It will also be interesting if Franklin can keep up the form that they have been having because Ruiz might be able to get a home victory.

    #333734
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    None of the regular stars in the wet showed up, which is weird. Bacon, Davenport, and Beyer were all slow.

    #333721
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    Wow: dead last in practice is shocking. Hopefully we fare better in the wet.

    Also: I forgot the most important stat!

    – For the first time in Formula Virtual history, a team other than Franklin has won the constructors’ championship. Congratulations to @mathers and DS on their first championship!

    #333718
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    Here are some potentially interesting statistics from the 2016 Mexican V-Prix:
    – Elroy Wagner won the 7th race of his career and won back-to-back races for the second time in his career.
    – Elroy Wagner has scored as many points in the last two races as he has in the rest of 2016.
    – Franklin have won the Mexican V-Prix three times now. The equals the most times a team has won a particular V-Prix. The other three time winners are: Franklin in Malaysia, DS in Canada, Franklin in Germany, and Franklin in the United States.
    – Johan Halvosen set the 2nd fastest lap of his career, putting him level with 2013 World Champion Nathaniel Powers, Carson Davenport, Karl Beckenbauer, and Timo Kinnumen in terms of fastest laps.
    – Felix Beyer set the first pole position of his career. This is the first pole position by a Dutch driver.
    – Felix Beyer now holds the record for most pole positions before his maiden pole position. He achieved his maiden pole before his 56th start.
    – 2016 has had four drivers achieve their maiden pole position: Olen Inman, James Harding, Stuart Harrison, and Felix Beyer. In comparison, 2014 had two maiden pole positions and 2015 only had one.
    – Felix Beyer is now one of only two drivers to have set a pole position without ever achieving a podium result. The other driver in this position is Douglas Bacon, who also set his pole position in wet weather conditions and also has a best career race result of 4th.
    – AMR became the 11th Formula Virtual team to set a pole position, and the fourth team to set their maiden pole position this season. 2014 had zero maiden pole positions for teams, and 2015 had only one maiden pole position for a team (Ingram).
    – AMR also set their first pole position as an engine supplier.
    – AMR became the first Australian team to set a pole position, meaning that teams from eight different countries have now set a pole position.
    – Jean Mattson has broken the 400 career point barrier, becoming only the 6th driver to do so.
    – Adrien Simon became the first driver to surpass 700 career points scored.
    – Adrien Simon tied Enrique Ruiz for most career podium finishes with 25. Wagner is third with 23.
    – Lewis Ellington has scored points for three consecutive races, a feat that he hadn’t accomplished since 2014.
    – Formula Virtual achieved the most classified drivers in its history with all 26 drivers being classified in Mexico. Nikolajis Christodoulou and Kiara Thunder became the first drivers to be classified in the 25th and 26th places respectively.
    – Formula Virtual achieved a record for most finishers of a V-Prix with 25 of the 26 drivers that started the race finishing it. Nikolajis Christodoulou did not finish the race due to an engine failure but was classified as he completed more than 90% of the race winner’s distance.
    – Holmqvist won the ‘battle of the new teams’ for the first time this season. North Star have been the best new team in 12 of the 16 races, while FIRST have been the best new team in 3. However, the order in the constructors’ championship has been the same after every race so far this season: FIRST in 11th, North Star in 12th, and Holmqvist in 13th. This is because all three times that FIRST have won the battle of the new teams (Australia, Malaysia, and Belgium), they have set a new benchmark for best result. This order could easily change with a potentially wet race and qualifying in Portugal and North Star having good pace at the end of the season.

    Also it is important to point out: much like one of the most coveted seats in F1 is open, one of the most coveted seats in FV is wide open as well. Wagner is not returning to Franklin in 2017 and we have no idea who the replacement will be!

    #333570
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    It looks like we are going to have another wet qualifying and possibly a wet race too.

    #332763
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    Not a very good race for FIRST: beaten by Holmqvist on strategy and beaten by North Star on pace. Fortunately the race had basically no attrition so it won’t have too much of an effect on the bigger picture.

    Bacon did a brilliant job once again in qualifying, but Hutchinson was stronger in the race once again.

    #332726
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    Yeah, I wouldn’t mind having one less race at this point. =P I was hoping we would race in Argentina because the track looks interesting, but any of the three suggested alternative circuits are fine.

    The weather could get interesting in Mexico, likely rain on Saturday for qualifying and then an outside chance of rain on Friday and Sunday.

    #332695
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    Here are some potentially interesting statistics from the 2016 United States V-Prix:
    – Elroy Wagner won the 6th race of his career, his first of 2016, and his first in 21 races.
    – Elroy Wagner became the first FV driver to win multiple US V-Prix.
    – Franklin ended their longest win drought at 17 races with Elroy Wagner’s win.
    – Enrique Ruiz set his first fastest lap of the season and the 16th of his career, extending his all-time record for most fastest laps. Ruiz had gone 17 races without a fastest lap, the longest fastest lap drought of his career.
    – Will Hoskins set the 12th pole position of his career, extending his all-time record for most pole positions. Hoskins has failed to convert the last 5 of his pole positions into victories.
    – For the first time since the 2015 Brazilian V-Prix, neither of the teams in the top 2 of the constructors’ championship before the race had a driver on the podium.
    – Nikolai Milkovich has equaled his 2014 podium total of three and will set a new personal record for points scored in a season.
    – For the first time this season, Lewis Ellington scored points while teammate Felix Beyer didn’t.
    – For the first time this season, Will Hoskins scored points while teammate Carson Davenport didn’t.
    – Carson Davenport suffered his first retirement in 23 races.
    – Will Hoskins has set a record for most consecutive classified finishes with 23. He hasn’t failed to finish a race in 30 races, but has had two non-classified finishes in that time.
    – Tumo Kinnumen has failed to score in seven races, which is a personal worst for him.
    – Olen Inman has gained 44 points on Adrien Simon over the last three races and now has an 11 point lead over Simon.
    – Douglas Bacon became the first driver to race at his home V-Prix in a team with engine and tires that share his nationality. Bacon raced in the US V-Prix with American team FIRST, with a Ford engine, Firestone tires. Several other teams have been close to doing this, but have had one component missing.

    #332527
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    There have been five seasons with four red flagged races: 1984, 1987, 1989, 1990, and 1995.

    Source: Wikipedia’s list of red flagged F1 races

    #332490
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    There is no such thing as ‘jinxing’. The fact that someone says something about the reliability of the cars or the performance of a driver doesn’t somehow have a magical effect on what happens on track.

    These silly ideas are bred by confirmation biases and in this specific case someone saying that a likely event hasn’t happened yet and then it happens. If you look at the results of pretty much any FV race, there is at least one late race retirement.

    #332397
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    SPOILERS

    One of the best races of the season. We didn’t know who was going to win, lots of teams were challenging for the win, and there were also some great overtakes. Wagner shocked everyone with that win too and made some people eat their words to a certain extent.

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    #332076
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    @bradley13 I didn’t mean to imply that I thought you would do that, I just wanted to eliminate the possibility that you would be or could be accused of doing it in the future. I just wanted some clarification on exactly what was going on.

    In terms of the revised proposal, I think that it is a sensible way to do it. Formula Virtual will be largely unaffected by IndyVirtual and I think that’s the way that it should be just so that FV managers don’t run IndyVirtual teams to gain an advantage in FV.

    #332066
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    @jamiefranklinf1 I agree with you 100%.

    I think the finance system for IndyVirtual needs to be rethought or maybe there just needs to be no managers in both series at the same time.

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