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    Who is going to win the drivers championship?
    Inman has the advantage, Simon has the experience, but neither seemingly have the car beneath them in the wet. It’s going to be close, but I think Inman’s advantage could prove crucial.

    Who is going to take third in the constructors championship?
    I’m going to go against the tide, FUN.

    Who will finish highest in the championship out of the ‘new’ teams?
    Brazil could throw everything up in the air. It would be cruel for FIRST to lose out having held it all season, but I feel North Star have done a better job this year and probably deserve it more.

    I’m not going to answer any of the others as it feels slightly like cheating as I know some of the happenings behind the scenes! :P

    Also: http://formulav.weebly.com/formula-v-news/close-friends-and-colleagues-celebrate-thunders-career-in-brazil

    #333772
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    @robocat, @bradley13, @diceman, @formula-1, @jamiefranklinf1, @mathers, @pezlo2013, @juan-pablo-heidfeld-1, @sirspuddington, @aiera-music, @redmist, @blockwall2, @theawesomefish, @holmqvist

    I’m afraid to say the race will be delayed. This is entirely down to me; I had my work Christmas party on Friday and was in London yesterday, so I’ve really had no time to put the graphics together.

    #332752
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    SPOLIERS

    Good race, much better start then end; coincidentally it all seemed to start going downhill after ‘that’ incident. However, just a little note from us to our technical partners, congratulations once again @mathers! Thoroughly deserved championship!

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

    2016 Formula Virtual World Championship
    Round 16 – Mexican V-Prix
    Mexico City

    Qualifying

    It’s a wet qualifying session, and an unusual order! Huge congratulations to the pole man, thoroughly deserved and hoping for a great result!

    #332734
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    @fastiesty, @davidnotcoulthard, @ajcross, @robocat, @alexf11995, @lolzerbob, @bronislav, @hawkaussie, @lockwste

    van Snelheid on pole for final feature race
    Klaas van Snelheid has taken pole position for the final FV2 race of his career before his step up to Formula Virtual in 2017. Ivan Fyodorov will join him on the front row while Nikolajis Christodoulou has put himself in a great position in the battle for third in the championship with fourth on the grid, while those ahead – de la Fuente, Xylander and Ryan – could only manage 11th, 25th and 21st respectively. Oleksanzdr Zozulya also endured a difficult session though is fairly secure in second in the championship, but will have to fight his way through from 23rd.

    The rookie championship is the only title still up for grabs with five drivers still in with a shout. Rodolfo de la Fuente and Thierry Xylander are tied at the top on 245 points, with James Vasquez 13 back and Felix Perez and Hunter Ryan also tied, a further 7 behind.

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    #332656
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    @redmist, @holmqvist, @lockwste, @alextrosbergfan, @mathers, @robocat, @bradley13, @lolzerbob, @alexf11995, @pezlo2013, @sirspuddington

    So, please find here the main regulations for the 2017 IndyVirtual Series: http://formulav.weebly.com/indyvirtual/regulations-confirmed-for-2017-indyvirtual-season

    If you feel I’ve missed anything or want to know more on any topic – whether it’s part of the article or not – please ask, it may well be something I haven’t yet thought about (as we’ve clearly seen already!)

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    SPOILERS

    It may not have had the most retirements or the most unusual result, but I for one thoroughly enjoyed that race, one of the best I’ve commentated on! Felt sorry for Davenport as I thought he had a real shout there – in case that wasn’t blindingly obvious from the commentary! – and then likewise Inman, who had it fall into his lap (well, and he partly earned it too by keeping his tyres in so brilliantly) only to throw it away. At the end of the day Wagner didn’t drive the best race, and made mistakes himself – but clearly recovered the best. And in the championship, Simon has a hard task ahead of him now to fight back!

    More races like that please in the close-out of the season, as we get ever nearer to a very exciting 2017.

    #332303
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    @robocat, @bradley13, @diceman, @formula-1, @jamiefranklinf1, @mathers, @pezlo2013, @juan-pablo-heidfeld-1, @sirspuddington, @aiera-music, @redmist, @blockwall2, @theawesomefish, @holmqvist

    2016 Formula Virtual World Championship
    Round 15 – United States V-Prix
    Indianapolis

    Qualifying

    #332265
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    @robocat, @bradley13, @diceman, @formula-1, @jamiefranklinf1, @mathers, @pezlo2013, @juan-pablo-heidfeld-1, @sirspuddington, @aiera-music, @redmist, @blockwall2, @theawesomefish, @holmqvist

    This may or may not affect you, it was just easier to tag everyone. Please note the following drivers are currently in youth academies but have not yet been re-signed for the 2017 season. If you wish to re-sign a driver to your youth academy, please ensure it is done before 01/01/2017.

    Downton – Qing Xun Zhao
    DS Mathershaw – Thierry Xylander, Alexander McLaughlin
    FIRST – Felix Perez
    Franklin – Rodolfo de la Fuente, Leo Brzyski
    Lopez – Drake Davies
    Meteor – Rodrigo Sanchez
    North Star – Lowell Hamm
    Ocelot – Hilario Bull
    Westwood – Finn Schnyder, Will Taylor

    Please note drivers were previously only allowed to remain in a youth academy for two seasons. With immediate effect I am extending this to three. A driver can remain in a tier of junior racing (Tier 3: FV3, VERS, VARS, VOARS, Tier 2: FV2, VWRS) for three seasons maximum, but the longer they stick around the less development they get. Please also note drivers can only compete in a junior series providing they have competed in less than five Tier 1 (FV, IndyVirtual) races in their career, and test/reserve drivers are allowed to compete in the junior series.

    While I have your attention, please also note the following drivers still need announcing as signed for 2017 by the respective teams. This doesn’t have to be now, just a reminder to announce them at some point:

    AMR – Jarod Lindsey
    Ingram – Jean Mattson
    Lopez – Viktor Ostberg, Abel Osterhagen, Jochem van Snelheid
    Meteor – Johan Halvosen
    Westwood – Tumo Kinnumen, Nikolajis Christodoulou

    #332245
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    @robocat, @bradley13, @diceman, @formula-1, @jamiefranklinf1, @mathers, @pezlo2013, @juan-pablo-heidfeld-1, @sirspuddington, @aiera-music, @redmist, @blockwall2, @theawesomefish, @holmqvist

    So, yet more important news for 2018 onwards – Nic wanted me to announce this as he felt I could explain it better. This concerns driver development bonus points.

    From 2018 onwards, no longer will you receive 12 development points per driver. Points will progressively increase the longer a driver spends with a team, with 2 points per season for keeping one driver (up to a maximum of 10), and an additional 1 point per season for keeping a second (up to a maximum of 5). To better show this, please see the below example:

    2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020
    A – 0% | A – 2% | A – 4% | A – 6% | C – 0% | C – 1% | C – 2% | C – 6%
    B – 0% | B – 1% | B – 2% | B – 3% | B – 8% | B – 10% | B – 10% | D – 0%

    The team signs drivers A & B for 2013, and keeps them on for a further 3 years, gaining 2+1 points per year. In 2017, driver A leaves and is replaced by C, therefore setting this back to 0. As driver B is still with the team however – and is now being kept on for his fourth season since joining the team – he jumps to the 2 points per season scale until he hits 10, when he continues to get 10 for each further season. When B leaves in 2020 and is replaced by D, C jumps from 1 point per season to 2.

    I suppose the following table may make more sense (please note the years refer to years after the drivers first season with the team):

    | 1 year | 2 years | 3 years | 4 years | 5 years | 6 years |
    Keeping 0 drivers | 0% | 0% | 0% | 0% | 0% | 0% |
    Keeping 1 driver | 2% | 4% | 6% | 8% | 10% | 10% |
    Keeping 2 drivers | 3% | 6% | 9% | 12% | 15% | 15% |

    The champion will also continue to get a bonus, and this will be 6 development points – regardless of the team he races for in the following season.

    If you have any questions please ask. I understand this but it is quite tricky to explain, I hope I’ve made it as clear as possible!

    EDIT: Oh, and I forgot to mention. The rules for earning development points remain the same as they have been since they started. A driver must compete in all but two races in the preceding season to be eligible, however may take on any role – race or reserve driver – in the same team the following season for the first four races, with the bonuses applied from round five.

    #332163
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    @robocat, @bradley13, @diceman, @formula-1, @jamiefranklinf1, @mathers, @pezlo2013, @juan-pablo-heidfeld-1, @sirspuddington, @aiera-music, @redmist, @blockwall2, @theawesomefish, @holmqvist

    2016 Formula Virtual World Championship
    Round 15 – United States V-Prix
    Indianapolis

    Practice

    #332125
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    @blockwall2 – Ah fair enough mate, I think I read that completely the wrong way!

    I agree completely on the changes. I hope everyone is satisfied with this and please do mention if you are not – especially @redmist and @jamiefranklinf1, as both of you also noted concern with the original proposal?

    #332075
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    @redmist, @blockwall2, @jamiefranklinf1 – All well executed and valid points, and not something I had considered.

    Firstly – Adam – I’m disappointed you’d think I’d do something like that, and secondly I am only controlling the one Indy team, all others are run by different managers.

    As this affects everyone: @robocat, @bradley13, @diceman, @formula-1, @jamiefranklinf1, @mathers, @pezlo2013, @juan-pablo-heidfeld-1, @sirspuddington, @aiera-music, @redmist, @blockwall2, @theawesomefish, @holmqvist, @lockwste, @alextrosbergfan, @lolzerbob, @alexf11995

    With regards to the bidding situation, I completely agree with all of the points mentioned above. As such – I have discussed with Nic – and come to the decision that a bidding war shall still exist (especially in the case of new drivers) however for drivers who have previously competed in Formula Virtual, Formula Virtual teams will get preference, regardless of how much an IndyVirtual team bids. For example with Jochem van Snelheid: once Lopez terminate his contract at the end of the season, he will become a free agent. Despite the previous article ‘confirming’ a move to IndyVirtual, this is the not the case. Until the point that the 2017 Formula Virtual season starts he will be on the driver market and available to be bid on by any team. If no Formula Virtual team wishes to sign him for the 2017 season, only then will be confirmed for IndyVirtual.

    For drivers who are currently not signed to an FV team for 2017, even if an Indy team ‘announces’ they wish to run this driver in Indy in 2017, if an FV team wishes to sign this driver instead, they can do so without having to outbid the Indy team.

    Any new drivers who have not previously competed in Formula Virtual will be subjected to bidding wars between all teams (FV & Indy), though we don’t seem to have had many of those recently, and especially not for young drivers!

    #332060
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    @blockwall2 – For 2017, the FV team will get preference. From 2018 onwards, it will be like any other bidding war.

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