Fake F1: Canada GP

Here we are again, Fake Racing fans! Welcome back, hope you’re having a terrific Friday so far and ready to get into the weekend. It is the Queen’s Birthday on Monday here in Australia which means I’ll have the day off, but citizens of her majesty in the UK do not! Commonwealth fun!

Quick aside, I hope you’re ready for some side World Cup coverage in this space. The F1 calendar is preparing to treat us with back to back to back races after this weekend’s Canadian visit which coincides nicely with what is one of the best sports tournaments in the world. This promises to be an interesting tournament trying to rise out of the blatant corruption of the 2014 tournament that, to this day, sees unrest in Brazil and led to the ousting of longtime FIFA cronie Sepp Blatter. I (and I would assume anyone with passing interest in football/soccer) will be watching closely to see how hosts Russia will attempt to control their in-house hyper-violent ‘Ultras’ as well as deep seeded racism that generally accompanies international tournaments. Will anyone make it out of Russia alive?

As our storied US Men’s National Team will not be participating, you may be looking for a team to support. A couple of weeks ago, I would have said Egypt (and they still going to be a fun team coming out of a very winnable group that Russia attempted to stack in their favour) but post the assault on Mo Salah, what could have been the brightest dream is considerably dulled. So instead I’m going to direct your attention to the viking kings from Iceland. After a coming out party in the 2016 European Championships* the island nation secured qualification by topping a tricky group and appear organized enough to escape Group D despite what some are calling this year’s ‘Group of Death’ (Argentina, Croatia, and Nigeria). Odds aren’t great but sporting!

*The slow clap celebration after their quarterfinal victory over England still sends a chill down my spine (Link)

Here are your odds for outright winner:

I’ll be putting my hard earned Aussie dollars (and support) on England but I suppose the right choice is the Brazilians bouncing back to win the darn thing. FUTBOL!

So much for the quick aside, let’s get into it!

‘Moana*-co’ GP

Results Roundup:

Position Team Points

1

think of something clever later

141

2

Chase Careys Mustache Racing Team

139

3

A Little Bit Lauda Now

138

4

Too Many Hamilton Hats

133

5

Doyagao

114

6

Daigle

113

7

Team Shoey

104

8

TEAM RAUSCH KICKS ALLISON

102

9

Green eggs and Hamilton

100

10

Anderson13yu73467bnefyhjyhjdf

90

*In the time you may have spent watching the race, you instead could have enjoyed watching the 2016 Disney classic ‘Moana’.

 

There’s a popular sporting terms called the ‘Commentator’s curse’ which is a way of describing when the commentator is covering the action live and praises (or admonishes) a team, player, strategy or whatever which then immediately refuted by what is happening on the field of play. That is kind of how I felt about Monaco this year. Where I predicted chaos in the opening laps and strong competition throughout, we got a real dud. Drivers had appropriate comments for it as well in the same vein, many reporting that the race didn’t quite live up to the occasion. With how wide the cars are and with how narrow the historic streets, overtaking was always going to be a proper struggle.

Not to take anything away from winner Shoey Ricciardo who apparently completed more than half the race without the hybrid power from the car. Remarkable run and an excellent weekend altogether as he was in first in all the practices and qualifying, only with his teammate blocking his hat trick by nabbing the fastest lap.

Dr. Shattuck reckons our pal Max may be the most overrated driver. I understand the argument, he certainly would be more valuable ‘wreckless’ than reckless, but undoubtedly the young lad has the speed. Assuming that Dan the Man is moving on from Red Bull at season’s end, who does Horner replace the spot with? (reminder that Toro Rosso drivers are currently Gasly and Hartley) Kvyat and Kubica have been listed and don’t have rides. And should Ricciardo go to Mercedes or Ferrari who would be more likely to free up? Probably Bottas (who I think would be super annoyed with Verstappen) or the Ice Man? I’m ready for the WILD SPECULATION!

How do you spice up the race? Assuming that it stays on the calendar, is it due for a track refresh/redesign? Do you have special rules for the race? Or is there something more fundamental about F1 that needs to be addressed? I have read some compelling arguments for limiting some of the technology (especially around electronic monitoring) that would force teams and drivers to have more of a feel for the car rather than precise data.

I digress.

Congrats to the good Dr. Shattuck who picks up his third win of the season and also to equally good pal Anderson who gets this week’s wooden spoon. Only three points separated the podium finishers this week a Brian snuck into 5th by just a single point.

 

Kim-ster Award : (Race Winner)

Wooden Spoon: (Lowest Score)

Wooden Paddle: (Special Distinction)

 

No wooden paddle this week. NOTHING IS GETTING CHOPPED OUT OF THIS FAKE RACING UPDATE. This is the XL Edition!

 

 

Current Overall Standings

Position Team Total Points Change

1

A Little Bit Lauda Now

816

2

think of something clever later

803

3

Chase Careys Mustache Racing Team

782

+1

4

Doyagao

775

-1

5

Team Shoey

742

6

Too Many Hamilton Hats

742

+2

7

Daigle

737

8

Anderson13yu73467bnefyhjyhjdf

716

-2

9

Green eggs and Hamilton

684

10

TEAM RAUSCH KICKS ALLISON

570

Andrew slips into a podium position last race and there is a tie in the 5th position between Heather and Shawna with Daigle lurking just 5 points back.

 Up next: Canadian GP!

A race in your time zone! How terrific for you all. Did I mention how terrible it is to follow ‘international’ sports in this weird-ass timezone? All normally scheduled NFL games are Monday morning for me. European soccer games start at something like 2AM. Annoying. I watched the Caps wrap up their first Stanley Cup while waiting for the Kebab place to finish my lunch order and besides thinking, “Hey, glad Ovechkin finally got one.” the only thing I could think of was, wow, an excuse for bandwagon hockey fans in our nation’s capital to try and top Philly’s crazy Super Bowl celebration.

In other news, may be more changes in store for Force India as the older of the two (majority owning ) Mallya, Vijay has stepped down as the team’s managing director. Mostly seen as a concession to help avoid further complication in India’s attempt to extradite him from where he is staying in the UK.* Does this spell trouble for the eccentric millionaire’s team?

*In related news, if you want to talk about important personalities stepping down and learning a lesson, the demi-god Maui learns a valuable lesson in teamwork, co-operation, and respect in Disney’s 2016 classic, Moana.

 

The race directors saw fit to add a third DRS zone for this year’s Canadian GP with (again) an aim to raise passing opportunities. Red Bull looks like they can test Ferrari and Mercedes on the long straights and with most of the teams taking an upgrade into Montreal, hopefully we’ll see much more action than last race.

What the track looks like:

A cute platypus?

Track conditions:

Looks to be dry!

Tyre/Pit strategy:


(Credit formula1.com)


(Credit racefans.net)

Mercedes go super conservative going three less pairs of Hypersofts to Red Bull and Ferrari, opting instead for the Ultrasofts. Will be good to see another race with the Hypers and see if they make a noticeable uptick (downtick?) in lap times. Interesting to see Stroll taking 5 Supersofts here but may be Williams trying to work a few more things out over the weekend.

Odds:


(courtesy labrokes.com.au)

Big congrats to Fernando Alonso who looks to make his 300th GP start. That is quite the career in F1 among his participation in other driving disciplines.

Hamilton favoured as returning hat-trick winner last year as Mercedes went 1-2. Red Bulls again split Kimi back and especially with troubling news of this outstanding extortion case his team have filed in Montreal. It will be interesting to see if that will play much of a distraction* to the Ice Man over the weekend. Further (farther) down the grid, will the upgrades for the Toro Rossos be enough to help Brendon Hartley save his seat? I’d be gutted to see the young New Zealander lose his seat without a full season’s run out and given the documentary style coverage on F1, so would the powers that be at Liberty Media.

*Speaking of distractions, enjoy a heartwarming, seafaring, coming of age adventure I’m going to highly recommend the 2016 Disney classic ‘Moana’.

Hope you enjoyed this XL edition. Don’t forget to set your predictions!

2017 Results:

Pole: Lewis Hamilton

Fastest Lap: Lewis Hamilton

1st: Lewis Hamilton

2nd: Valtteri Bottas

3rd: Daniel Ricciardo

2017 Fake Racing Results:

1st: Team Shoey (Heather)

2nd: Weekends without Bernie (Andrew)

3rd: Doyagao (Brian)

Wooden Spoon: Sebs Finger (Thang)

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Monaco GP 2018

Running a bit late this week, lots on, don’t forget to put in your predictions! Qualifying is in like 12 hours!

If you’re keen on football (soccer) the Champions League Final is also this weekend. Real Madrid v Liverpool and I’m excited and nervous. If you haven’t really followed the Premiership this year, Mo Salah had just the most incredible season, winning PFA Player of the Year and the Golden Boot (most goals) in a record setting campaign. Liverpool’s attacking trio led by Salah can score on anyone but can the rest of the team slow down the galacticos who are attempting to win the Champions league for the fourth time in five years? Exciting stuff! Here’s a link of goals!

In other sports, do we get the NBA final we deserve if Lebron cannot drag the Cavs to another Eastern Conference Championship and the once invincible Warriors finally met their match in the West? I like the overachieving Baby Celtics but it feels like anything at this point is gravy with their two best players out until next season. (I’ve got this on in another tab right now, can’t miss the GOAT, gotta soak in as much as we can.) On the other side, the Rockets will be without one of their two all-star point duos as Chris Paul is expected to be out game 6, can they still top the Warriors without him?

Sports!

I’ve wasted enough time, we’re running late!

‘SPAINISH’ GP

Results Roundup:

Position Team Points

1

Daigle

182

2

Chase Careys Mustache Racing Team

145

3

A Little Bit Lauda Now

141

4

Doyagao

131

5

Too Many Hamilton Hats

128

6

Anderson13yu73467bnefyhjyhjdf

128

7

think of something clever later

125

8

Team Shoey

117

9

Green eggs and Hamilton

114

10

TEAM RAUSCH KICKS ALLISON

98

Daigle with a maiden win in the league and Verstappen grabs his first podium of the season despite losing a bit of his wing. The much hyped battle of the Spaniards played out fairly well but a pity it wasn’t a bit higher on the table. Still, McLaren can be happy with Alonso finishing in the points every race so far this season.

First lap messiness aside the race lacked some of the intrigue that was building over the last couple of races. Vettel a bit unlucky with the tyres and I was right that Mercedes benefitted from running a one-stop and Hamilton easing into a dominant victory.

Kim-ster Award : (Race Winner)

Wooden Spoon: (Lowest Score)

Wooden Paddle: (Special Distinction)

Tough day for the Haas as Grosjean crashed early and took out Gasly and Hulkenberg. For that, he picks up a 3 place grid penalty in Monaco.

 

 

Current Overall Standings

Position Team Total Points Change

1

A Little Bit Lauda Now

678

+1

2

think of something clever later

662

-1

3

Doyagao

661

4

Chase Careys Mustache Racing Team

643

+1

5

Team Shoey

638

-1

6

Anderson13yu73467bnefyhjyhjdf

626

7

Daigle

624

+2

8

Too Many Hamilton Hats

609

-1

9

Green eggs and Hamilton

584

-1

10

TEAM RAUSCH KICKS ALLISON

468

A single point separates 2 and 3 and two points there between 6 and 7.

 Up next: Monaco GP!

F1 TV still with its issues, and I’m so disappointed that due to rights restrictions here in Australia, I won’t enjoy the same experience as the rest of the world. Especially as we go into one of the most historic tracks on the calendar in Monaco.

Every time I try to virtually race Monte Carlo I crash. I find it exceedingly difficult to remain focused over all the little impossibly tight corners. This course I think really shows off that impossible skill that these drivers have and it is a proper showcase for the sport.

What the track looks like:

Wonky saxophone?

Track conditions:

Going to be beautiful because of course it is.

Tyre/Pit strategy:


(Credit formula1.com)


(Credit formula1.com)

Ultrasofts for everyone! Early practices seem to suggest a two stop race as the tyres appear to wear down quite quickly but a bit of strategy in there if Ferrari and Mercedes attempt to sneak through on Supersofts and then run those into a longer stint and one stop into the ultras. Exciting!

Odds:


(courtesy labrokes.com.au)

This isn’t photoshopped. I don’t know what is going on with the ladbrokes site here but yeah, if you want to go with Gasly as the favourite, get into it! What is more likely, the Red Bulls have looked far ahead so far over the weekend and will be favourites to double up on the podium. Last year the Ferraris finished 1-2 while Lewis finished 7th. Ferrari will really be pushing for a result here to get back on track.

Don’t forget to set your predictions!

2017 Results:

Pole: Kimi Raikkonen

Fastest Lap: Sergio Perez

1st: Sebastian Vettel

2nd: Kimi Raikkonen

3rd: Daniel Ricciardo

2017 Fake Racing Results:

1st: Doyagao (Brian)

2nd: Too Many Hamilton Hats (Shawna)

3rd: JEFFDABOB (Anderson)

Wooden Spoon: TEAM RAUSCH KICKS ALLISON (Anthony)

Fake F1: Spanish GP

We’re back! Summer is coming to you lucky bastards, have fun with all of that. It was one of the hottest recorded Aprils in Australia this year and the sudden turn into winter has resulted in a rash of illness throughout Sydney.*

*Melbourne shares that charming weather related saying ‘you get all seasons in a day’ that we like to say in the Midwest. Because of where the city is placed it is often at the mercy of the ‘Northerlies’ and ‘Southerlies’ which either bring hot air from the middle of Australia or from the Antarctic (respectively).

Anyway, let’s get into it:

Azerbaijan GP

Results Roundup:

Position Team Points

1

think of something clever later

141

2

Doyagao

137

3

Daigle

132

4

Too Many Hamilton Hats

124

5

Chase Careys Mustache Racing Team

122

6

Anderson13yu73467bnefyhjyhjdf

117

7

A Little Bit Lauda Now

116

8

Green eggs and Hamilton

112

9

TEAM RAUSCH KICKS ALLISON

100

10

Team Shoey

93

What a bonkers race! Who crashes behind the safety car when no one else is around? How on earth did Alonso nurse that car back into the pits? WHY MAX? WHY????? The fear early on in the season where we would see boring races after the first couple of laps is long gone. More action! More intrigue! Closer cars! Thinner tyres!

My heart went out to Bottas who had the race fall into his hands only to have it cruelly snatched away. I did like that Vettel had that big gamble move to try and overtake just before. Go for the glory I say! For everyone except Verstappen. If it wasn’t already a sure thing, that Red Bull pairing is for sure going to split up at the end of the season.

I would imagine if you were able to watch a live leaderboard of Fake F1 points in the league, you would have seen the same amount of chaos in those last crucial laps. No way I’m sore about that, not at all, no sir. Dr. Shattuck takes his second win this season and another podium for Brian. Nice work by Daigle to bounce back after the wooden spoon to reach another podium. Family Allison split by just seven points. Team Shoey picks up her first wooden spoon after back to back second place finishes. Let’s go to the big board:

Kim-ster Award : (Race Winner)


Look at it! It is pixels away from a convincing photo. The similarity is scary!

Wooden Spoon: (Lowest Score)

Wooden Paddle: (Special Distinction)

At times I feel like we take these things for granted. Important skills like keeping tyres at temperature and ready to race take a huge amount of precision but really though, this was so so poor.

 

 

Current Overall Standings

Position Team Total Points Change

1

think of something clever later

537

+2

2

A Little Bit Lauda Now

537

+0

3

Doyagao

530

+1

4

Team Shoey

521

-3

5

Chase Careys Mustache Racing Team

498

-2

6

Anderson13yu73467bnefyhjyhjdf

498

-1

7

Too Many Hamilton Hats

481

+1

8

Green eggs and Hamilton

470

-1

9

Daigle

442

10

TEAM RAUSCH KICKS ALLISON

370

Seven points (again!) separate the top 3 (William takes the top spot on wins). Long season to go yet but shaping up to be a good one.

 Up next: Spanish GP!

Barcelona! Big pre-race talking points from F1 are the Sainz v Alonso in their ‘home’ GP which should be fun. I see both making the points as the trends hold. I’ll be interested to see what kind of effect the McLarens new nose will have in that battle. Probably some team orders coming in for Red Bull, but should be a good race if everyone *cough* Max *cough* can keep their heads, it should be great.

The winter practice course so all the teams will be very very familiar here. Not as much chaos but probably a bit more separation for the front runners in what appears to be a relatively nice weekend.

Excited to see if the F1 TV lives up to the promise of extensive coverage though I will not be able to take full advantage due to rights restrictions here. Anyone getting it, let me know how it goes!

What the track looks like:

Snake after a big meal?

I seem to have misplaced some of my Fake F1 files from last season so I’m not sure if I’ve already done that one before. But it seems realllllly familiar.

Track conditions:

Maybe a bit of rain sneaking in on Sunday? Other forecasts I’ve seen say it should be overcast with no precipitation. Nice weather for a race.

Tyre/Pit strategy:


(Credit formula1.com)


(Credit RaceFans.net)

Relatively conservative from the Mercedes and I’ll expect them to try and take advantage of long stints on the softs or even do a cheeky single stop trying to maximize the new surface by doing an extended run on the Mediums. I like that the Williams went super into the Supersofts, especially after the first points of the season went on the board last race. We’ll see if that pays off.

Odds:


(courtesy labrokes.com.au)

Hamilton (took a hat trick here last season), Vettel, and Bottas! I think it speaks to the how the cars look so far early in the season and Bottas has looked pretty strong. Mad Max comes next with Ricciardo and Raikkonen at the same odds. If you’ve got a car and driver in that middle pack, I think it’ll be an interesting race, Renault and McLaren head to head with Haas I think a little unlucky so far and not quite showing their full potential over an entire weekend.

Don’t forget to set your predictions!

2017 Results:

Pole: Lewis Hamilton

Fastest Lap: Lewis Hamilton

1st: Lewis Hamilton
2nd: Sebastian Vettel

3rd: Daniel Ricciardo

2017 Fake Racing Results:

1st: Weekends Without Bernie (Andrew)

2nd: Right Turns (William)

3rd: Too Many Hamilton Hats (Shawna)

Wooden Spoon: Seb’s Finger (Thang)

A Game I Played: Mini Metro

Any time you have a new system, the first thing is to test it to see how far you can push it. Just the same for my computer once I finished building it. Though for the first couple of days I was a bit limited (hilariously) while my order for a new fancy keyboard (more on that on a later post) was being delivered and a switch to a different and faster internet connection* was being sorted.

*Australia is in the middle of a years long campaign to roll out NBN, a wholesale, local access broadband network. The intent is to provide fast, cheaper internet across the nation. Predictably, as with most large scale publicly funded projects involving a heavy amount of infrastructure, the progress is slow and wildly over-budget. That being said, I have upgraded from the nice 4G modem that had served me well. I’m paying about ten dollars a month more for about 6X the speed which has been excellent. 

Keyboard-less for a couple of days, I used the neat little on-screen keyboard (under your ease of access folder in the start menu if you’re a windows user) to do my preliminary installations and set up. So the first thing that I played on my fancy new rig was one of my old favourites: Mini Metro!

I found this game from Humble Bundle as an early access game where you paid a little to support the developer to play early (beta) version(s). According to my emails, it looks like I paid ten bucks in 2014 to support the developers (Dinosaur Polo Club!) and I’ve played a number of different iterations over the years as they tweaked and tested. The final version came out a year later to critical acclaim.

It bills itself as a ‘puzzle strategy’ game and the intent is to build tracks between the stations that keep popping and trying to keep the passengers moving. Passengers show up as little shapes that match the station they are trying to get to. The game restricts your resources like new tracks and carriages and in some maps, tunnels that you use to build to cross bodies of water. Stations keep appearing and more and more passengers jump on to test your network as time goes on until it ultimately fails. While it sounds stressful, the game really is quite calming. I like to compare it to something like Peggle;  charming, simple, intuitive controls and rules that has strategic layers. The charming bit is that the game has several different maps laid out on minimalist major cities like New York, Melbourne, and Tokyo.

Rating: Play this game!
Available on: Desktops, GooglePlay, and AppStore

Check out more and play a demo on your browser here: Mini Metro! 

Azerbaijan GP 2018

Enjoy another slice from Fake F1 where I recap my first win of the season and look ahead to Baku!

::

After a week off, we’re back into it! I had Wednesday off here as a public holiday as it was ANZAC day here in Australia (also New Zealand). ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) day commemorates all Aussies and Kiwis who served in wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping efforts. The day itself marks the first landing of the Anzacs at Gallipoli to fight the Ottomans during the first World War.

Some really interesting history there and if you happen to find yourself in Wellington, NZ between now and April next year, there is an excellent exhibit in their national Museum (Te Papa) about Gallipoli.

On a lighter note, a popular pastime on Anzac day is local pubs can run ‘Two-up’ games which is generally illegal any other time of the year. It is a simple gambling game betting on the outcome of two coins heads or tails which a ‘spinner’ kind of like the craps roller. Good fun and I always enjoy seeing especially the older Aussies drunk early in the afternoon getting rowdy with the gambling.*

*Gambling is a real problem here in Australia. They have pokies (slots) almost everywhere and it is very, very easy to find a bet here. All sorts of apps and betting places where you can put down a wager (mainly animal racing but all sports). It is as big a social issue here as, I dunno, cigarettes in the US?

Anyway, let’s get into it:

Chinese GP

Results Roundup:

Position Team Points

1

A Little Bit Lauda Now

169

2

Team Shoey

144

3

think of something clever later

132

4

Chase Careys Mustache Racing Team

122

5

Green eggs and Hamilton

108

6

Anderson13yu73467bnefyhjyhjdf

107

7

Too Many Hamilton Hats

106

8

TEAM RAUSCH KICKS ALLISON

100

9

Doyagao

97

10

Daigle

90

Ricciardo! I see you Team Shoey! Excellent bounceback race for Red Bull. Daniel gets a bunch of help from his teammate who effectively takes Vettel out of the race. Mad Max seems to have all the skill but as the Good Doctor notes, he’s often his own worst enemy. Bottas and Raikkonen Finnish (heh) 2nd and 3rd respectively. The Renaults get both cars in the points, Alonso scores again, and the Williams still looking lost out there.

Back to the Aussie though, Ricciardo looked great and some of those passing moves were pretty absurd. Bodes well for the car and the season if they can keep the cars on the track I think things are looking on the up and up.

I don’t have all the history written down but I’m about 62% sure that this is my first race win in Fake F1 and I couldn’t be more pleased. It seems like when Vettel and /or Hamilton finish off the podium, there’s a conspicuous lack of points scored in the league. Gotta diversify your teams! Well done again to Team Shoey, who remains tied for the number of podiums scored in the league this season with myself and Dr. Shattuck. Fun little battle there 5-8 separated by just eight points! I really like those close spots cause that means a difference of maybe a place off of a podium finish or a missed pole position pick.

Congrats too to Daigle, who receives her first wooden spoon of the competition! Let’s see what the standings look like with this week’s awards:

(Big big props to Andrew for getting the awards out on a timely manner. I can’t say that I always have the updates put through on time but so far, having these awards made up already for me has been really, really nice.)

Kim-ster Award : (Race Winner)

Wooden Spoon: (Lowest Score)

Wooden Paddle: (Special Distinction)

 

 

Current Overall Standings

Position Team Total Points Change

1

Team Shoey

428

+1

2

A Little Bit Lauda Now

421

+4

3

think of something clever later

396

+1

4

Doyagao

393

-3

5

Anderson13yu73467bnefyhjyhjdf

381

-2

6

Chase Careys Mustache Racing Team

376

-1

7

Green eggs and Hamilton

358

+1

8

Too Many Hamilton Hats

357

-1

9

Daigle

310

10

TEAM RAUSCH KICKS ALLISON

270

 Up next: Azerbaijan GP!

Hoo boy, this is one of those tracks that seems destined for danger. Hard 90 degree turns to slide the car right next to those walls on the exit. Three safety cars last year and a red flag with the bad blood of the Force Indias and the battle really brewing up front with Hamilton and Vettel. This was race eight last season so slightly less information about the championship having this moved up the calendar but I expect there will be at least 2 safety cars in this one.

That little 7-8m wide curvy section in that 8, 9, 10, 11 turns is kind of a nightmare to drive through, even at moderate speed in a much slower car, that is the kind of gap I’d hold my breath in. Certainly trying to navigate that on the virtual game (albeit with a controller) it took a ton of my concentration and I’d really get to breathe easy only on the long start/finish straight. F1 drivers are maniacs.

Let’s see if the Williams can get into the game at this race. Remember this is where Lance Stroll finished third last year and he’ll be keen on making another impression after what has been a pretty quiet start. Ricciardo will be feeling himself after China and looking to repeat his victory and I think Ferrari will have smoothed out their strategies and try to swing back to winning form.

What the track looks like:

Gonna stretch this one a bit and say, alien PEZ dispenser.

Oh man, I don’t recall the last time I had a PEZ.

Track conditions:

Cool! Relatively speaking. So at some point I think you’re meant to have spring going into summer in the US, so eventually you’re going to stop having snow right? Though, the crazy weather has produced something awesome in an American winning the Boston Marathon in Desiree Linden and the oft overlooked Yuki Kawauchi taking the men’s race. Super fun!

Tyre/Pit strategy:


(Credit formula1.com)


(Credit RaceFans.net)

Ferrari going going aggressive with the Ultrasofts while the rest of the field filling out a few more supersofts. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out as the braking is pretty heavy and teams will be looking to have extra grip to try and power out onto the straights.

Odds:


(courtesy labrokes.com.au)

Gap much closer for Hamilton and Vettel in this one and Ricciardo jumps up as he attempts to repeat his win last year. Even with this rough 1 race betting odds you can see the clear drop off from the front constructors, the middle pack (which is still including the pointless Force India), and the teams bringing up the rear. Should be a great race!

Don’t forget to set your predictions!

2017 Results:

Pole: Lewis Hamilton

Fastest Lap: Sebastian Vettel

1st: Daniel Ricciardo
2nd: Valtteri Bottas

3rd: Lance Stroll

2017 Fake Racing Results:

1st: Too Many Hamilton Hats (Shawna)

2nd: Right Turns (William)

3rd: Team Shoey (Heather)

Wooden Spoon: TEAM RAUSCH KICKS ALLISON (Anthony)

Chinese GP 2018

Quick turnaround this week so don’t forget to put in your predictions!

Let’s review the Bahrain GP.

Bahrain GP

Results Roundup:

Position Team Points

1

Doyagao

166

2

Team Shoey

161

3

Too Many Hamilton Hats

146

4

Chase Careys Mustache Racing Team

144

5

Anderson13yu73467bnefyhjyhjdf

135

6

think of something clever later

115

7

Green eggs and Hamilton

114

8

A Little Bit Lauda Now

108

9

Daigle

80

10

TEAM RAUSCH KICKS ALLISON

54

The FINGER AGAIN! What a compelling race! I mean besides the huge gap between the front of the pack and everyone else. And a big bounceback from ESPN regarding coverage. Well done to them!

Congrats to Brian picking up his first win of the season. I’m guessing given the position of the teams involved at the top (Specifically Anderson and Shawna) there is a bit of Mercedes favouritism hanging about. To be a bit transparent in my wagering, I was looking at value in a certain Red Bull driver that reallllly did not pay off this weekend. (Casts a sideways glance at Team Shoey up-there.) Drop off for last week’s podium scorers see all three finish in the lower half.

Last week I made a long-shot prediction seeing points for Brendon Hartley but it was Gasly’s Toro Rosso who surprised the field with a 4th place finish. If Toro Rosso see a couple more races like that (Hartley had a weird formation lap thing with Perez otherwise, not the worst weekend either), that middle pack : Haas, Renault, McLaren, Force India, Toro Rosso battle will be extra fun. Will any of those teams make a podium this year? (I hadn’t really been paying attention but the only team outside of Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull to score a podium last year (and only one at that) was Williams’ Lance Stroll, who look well off the pace early in this season.)

Ferrari fortunate the tyre gamble pays off. I don’t like to credit Seb too often but it was an extraordinary performance to keep pace and maintain the tyres. Some reporters said that the Pirelli reps were just shaking their heads the whole time watching it. The more reasonable Mercedes switch to mediums should have been enough to secure a win but they did an excellent job to seal points. Very poor for Kimi and really unfortunate for the mechanic (who does appear to be in good spirits and on the mend). I suppose whomever is giving the green light to Kimi is also under some amount of pressure as pit stop times have decreased in recent years (post refueling) where four seconds was the norm and now burned down to a bit over two on average.* Interesting that the pits have had a strong influence on results for both the races this year.

Excellent race overall, let’s look at how it affects the standings.

*There is a great article on f1.com from a couple of seasons ago talking about declining pit times and it mentions the diminishing returns where in a couple of tenths of a second can be achieved with upgraded technology, the associated costs have hit a point where it would be prohibitive and the money better spent on the aero design of something similar which would be able to reduce the lap times by the same amount per lap.

Kim-ster Award : (Race Winner)

Wooden Spoon: (Lowest Score)

Wooden Paddle: (Special Distinction)

 

Current Overall Standings

Position Team Total Points Change

1

Doyagao

296

+5

2

Team Shoey

284

+5

3

Anderson13yu73467bnefyhjyhjdf

274

+1

4

think of something clever later

264

-3

5

Chase Careys Mustache Racing Team

254

+4

6

A Little Bit Lauda Now

252

-4

7

Too Many Hamilton Hats

251

+3

8

Green eggs and Hamilton

250

-3

9

Daigle

220

-6

10

TEAM RAUSCH KICKS ALLISON

170

-2

 Up next: Chinese GP!

Let’s see if Mercedes can find a win in what has traditionally been a strong race for them and break up Seb’s early streak before Ferrari continues to snowball. I want to see the Red Bulls bounce back and if any teams make a surprise run like the Toro Rosso in the markedly cooler environment.

What the track looks like:

Nessie!

Track conditions:

Probable rain on Friday, possible rain on Saturday, likely clear on Sunday. But China is always a little variable so the teams will need to come prepared to battle a variety of conditions in the relatively cooler air.

Tyre/Pit strategy:


(Credit formula1.com)


(Credit RaceFans.net)

There will be a gap between the softs and ultra softs this weekend and the wet tyres waiting in the wings. Mercedes going a bit more conservative than most teams, taking an extra pair of softs and curiously, Hamilton only taking one set of Mediums. Ferrari and Red Bull taking more Ultra softs. I’m sure everyone will be watching very closely to see how the Ultras hold up and what that means for a likely two stop strategy.

Odds:


(courtest labrokes.com.au)

Hamilton favoured in the bounceback race (he scored a hat-trick here last year) with Vettel close behind. Bottas and Red Bulls split the Ferrari drivers and interesting to see Alonso above the Haas. I think it underates Kimi a bit and expectations that a motivated Verstappen to make a charge to the podium. Let’s see if Toro Rosso can build on last week’s result.

Don’t forget to set your predictions!

2017 Results:

Pole: Lewis Hamilton

Fastest Lap: Lewis Hamilton

1st: Lewis Hamilton
2nd: Sebastian Vettel

3rd: Max Verstappen

2017 Fake Racing Results:

1st: Weekends Without Bernie (Andrew)

2nd: Doyagao (Brian)

3rd: Team Shoey (Heather)

Wooden Spoon: TEAM RAUSCH KICKS ALLISON (Anthony)
*note: these are the correct 2017 results, I used the wrong data for Bahrain last update

Race Report: Jabulani Challenge 2018

Race report: Jabulani Challenge
7 April 2018
Distance: 22km
Location: Ku-Ring-Gai National Park
Type: Trail Run

Jabulani

 

First race of the 2018 calendar done over the weekend. Serious rookie mistake forgetting the trail shoes at home and only discovering the fact once I got to the race. Which meant the shoes for the race were my zero drop Innov8 gym shoes I had thrown on. The Jabulani Challenge is run 45km (27.9 miles), 22km (13.7 miles), and 12km (7.5) start/finish in Bobbin Head park which is sort of down in this little valley. This time of year in Sydney is autumn, morning weather starting at 19C (66F) the temperature on Saturday climbed rapidly to the high nearly 30C (86F). The cooler morning produces a really pretty bit of fog over the start but burns off quickly as you climb up out of the park.

Start is a bit unique, the races are started an hour apart, (from longest to shortest distance), and the race is self-seeded in that there are some general guideposts in the start corral but you sort of just file in. The start itself is two runners released at a time, every five seconds to try and break up the crowding as after the first kilometer or so, the park funnels into a single track trail that is what I would consider medium level.* Unfortunately this is where the race suffers the most. Due to the nature of the single track and the relatively close spacing of the starts, the middle/back runners get caught in a long single-file line moving, at best, a brisk walk which grinds to a standstill at certain tricky climbing bits. Not only does this really kill the early race adrenaline but also puts a damper on times (chip timed race not gun).

At the end of that single track portion, the trail opens up to a pretty steep hill and the first aid station (6km) which leads to the wide open middle sector which is partially paved, mostly mixed gravel fire trail (the absolute worst for minimalist shoes). There are a few short steep climbs to get out of the valley and then a flatter 3 km or so moving around before the final aid station (16km) which signals the descent portion back to the finish line. The descent is back to mainly single track trail down to the water and following that back around to the park.

I must have stubbed my toe a dozen times on random exposed roots or particularly well hidden rocks along the way and am still a bit sore on the soles due to the repeated stone/branch/uneven surface impact over the distance. Overall, not a bad race. I finished about ten minutes slower than last year but despite the shoe circumstance and the slower first sector (where the group was more delayed than last year), I felt pretty good throughout the race. Good enough that I even went to a Saturday fencing session which turned out to be a bad idea in practice.

*I’m not really an expert trail runner so I would consider a paved trail easy and an uneven trail with technical bouldering (no special equipment needed) hard. There were some obstacles along this course but very little technical climbing up or down was necessary.

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