The Motor Racing Game

November 19, 2012

Week Forty-Five

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sebastian X @ 6:55 pm

Welcome all to Week Forty-Five. We reach the final week with Formula One in Brazil. Please pick seven drivers before 6 AM BST Friday 23rd November (1 AM ET) (essentially late Thursday night).

Drewe’s Performance Charts

Do visit Drewe’s fine charts and tables to see such as the Full Year Difference Chart and Form Guide, which Drewe is updating every week.

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Scores

Results – Top Tens

    Formula 1     NASCAR
    Austin Homestead
       
1    Hamilton Gordon
2    Vettel Bowyer
3    Alonso Newman
4    Massa Kyle B.
5    Button Biffle
6    Räikkönen Truex
7    Grosjean Almirola
8    Hulkenberg Harvick
9    Maldonado Kurt B.
10    Senna Earnhardt

Vettel took pole and the lead for most the race, but just for once was caught and passed for the win, Hamilton maintaining his unbeaten USA record. Webber had his customary KERS malfunction, followed by a race-ending alternator failure (23rd).

In a bit of a turn up at Homestead, Gordon beat Bowyer to the win. Edwards was 12th. Keselowski did run out of fuel at one point, but won the title, finishing a lap down in 15th. Stewart was 17th, Kenseth 18th, and Hamlin 24th. Johnson lost any chance of winning the championship with a transmission failure (36th).

Player Scores

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Non-entries get 199 according to the 90% rule. RubberGoat and iomracer were joint-second having both made duplicate picks.

Congratulations to me for a strong win, subject to getting less bad luck than anyone else. My approach of avoiding the title contenders, as I feared both or either might compromise their races for championship strategy reasons, worked out well. My tactic of discounting Gordon and Bowyer, in case they clashed again, turned out not to be that clever at all.

We all had a terrible time with the NASCAR, with fifth-placed Biffle being the highest finisher that any of us chose. Those that decided to pick extra from Homestead dropped Massa or Massa/Button, and with Felipe being fourth and Jenson fifth, it did not give that tactic much help, never mind how tricky the Sprint Cup result proved to be.

Leaderboard

Pos  Pre  +/-  Name  Prior    Wk 44   Total    Differences
1    1       Sebastian    11989    270    12259    0   -  
2    2       iomracer    11793    247    12040    219   219  
3    3       RubberGoat    11779    247    12026    233   14  
4    4       Maverick    11700    244    11944    315   82  
5    5       Chris W.    11655    221    11876    383   68  
6    6       Pat W.    11595    199    11794    465   82  
7    7       Drewe    11458    224    11682    577   112  
8    8       The Speedgeek    11157    234    11391    868   291  
9    9       Jackie    10405    199    10604    1655   787  
10    10       Matt    9976    199    10175    1784   429  
11    11       Ryan    9480    199    9679    2580   496  
12    12       Jay    9266    199    9465    2794   214  
13    13       James    9197    199    9396    2863   69  
14    14       New players    9178    199    9377    2882   19  

No changes in position with only Andy and Drewe outscoring the player above them.

Apart from the battle between iomracer and Gavin for second, most the gaps look unbridgeable. However, with rain a possibility in Brazil, plus uncertainty about alternators on the Red Bulls, McLaren’s iffy reliability, and Ferrari’s ability to muck up a title showdown, maybe selected lateral choices might be worth a punt for some.

This Week

Roster

· Formula 1 – Interlagos, Brazil

The deadline is 6 AM BST Friday 23rd November (1 AM ET). Also remember the countdown widget rounds up on days.

Pick seven drivers.

The points system is
50-40-35-32-30-28-26-24-22-20-19-18-17-16-15-14-13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-2-2-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.

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11 Comments »

  1. Congrats on another win & the title Seb.
    Going to play safe this week to try and hold onto 2nd, so the same picks as last week:

    F1:
    1) Sebastian Vettel
    2) Fernando Alonso
    3) Kimi Raikkonen
    4) Jenson Button
    5) Felipe Massa
    6) Mark Webber
    7) Lewis Hamilton

    Comment by iomracer — November 19, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

  2. Well, picks didn’t go so well, but the race was a cracker to watch I thought.

    This week, the title decider. I’m wondering if Vettel will be able to take it….

    F1
    Alonso
    Vettel
    Hamilton
    Raikkonen
    Webber
    Button
    Massa

    I have a feeling we will have a lot of similar picks this week, no chance to make up much on anyone!

    Comment by Drewe — November 19, 2012 @ 9:50 pm

  3. And i’ve just realized, my picks are identical to iomracer. Oh well, gonna stick with them, as if it rains, I don’t know which of the ‘outside chances’ will make good!

    Comment by Drewe — November 19, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

  4. I think they will be the popular seven. Last year, Maverick compared the last week to the last stage of the Tour de France, when all the big results have been decided but they finish with a few laps in Paris.

    With 241 points still in play, technically I have not won, but any scenario that would see me lose would be ridiculously far fetched; I expect it will be mathematically confirmed by the deadline, even if I miss my entry.

    Comment by Sebastian X — November 20, 2012 @ 12:17 am

  5. Sebastian – take a leaf from Ferrari (and Red Bull’s) copybook. Just don’t play, then you are guaranteed almost a win, providing no one purposely picks HRT, Caterham and Marussia (with a Torro Rosso or Merc thrown in) just to make sure your 90% is too low……

    Actually, if you choose the bottom 7, and someone gets max score, you only loose 178 points to them, unless you pick people who don’t qualify maybe and get 0 instead of minimum….

    Comment by Drewe — November 20, 2012 @ 12:26 am

  6. It would involve non-starters or disqualifications. Perhaps a pile up on the warm-up lap caused by a sudden torrential downpour.

    Comment by Sebastian X — November 20, 2012 @ 1:11 am

  7. There is no point being sensible and picking the obvious seven.

    Sebastian Vettel
    Fernando Alonso
    Kimi Räikkönen
    Mark Webber
    Lewis Hamilton
    Felipe Massa
    Romain Grosjean

    Comment by Sebastian X — November 21, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

  8. I think the only way to make this week interesting is to try to get the order right!

    Alonso
    Massa
    Hamilton
    Button
    Raikkonen
    Vettel
    Webber

    :-O

    Comment by maverickpf — November 21, 2012 @ 11:31 pm

  9. Stuff it, it’s just for fun anyway so there are some ‘bankers’ and some ‘gamblers’:

    F1:
    1) Sebastian Vettel
    2) Fernando Alonso
    3) Kimi Raikkonen
    4) Pastor Maldonado
    5) Nico Hulkenberg
    6) Mark Webber
    7) Lewis Hamilton

    Good luck everyone!

    Comment by rubbergoat — November 22, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

  10. Hamilton
    Button
    Alonso
    Vettel
    Webber
    Raikkonen
    Hulkenberg

    Comment by Pat W — November 22, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

  11. Vettel
    Hamilton
    Webber
    Alonso
    Massa
    Grosjean
    Hulkenberg

    Comment by The Speedgeek — November 22, 2012 @ 8:09 pm


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