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.
Results – Top Tens
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).
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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.
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.
· 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