After a dominant victory for Sebastian Vettel from pole to flag, you’d be forgiven for thinking he was the highest points scorer in Badger’s Fantasy GP game. However, three drivers scored more fantasy points than him in Canada, highlighting the importance of improvement points. Paul Di Resta scored the most driver points; six for his seventh position and a massive 30 points for hauling himself up from 17th position on the grid. It is a similar story for Massa, who also made massive gains over his starting position on Sunday.
Fernando Alonso started sixth and finished second, giving him 18 points for second place and 12 improvement points. Compare that to Vettel who started from pole and won the race – 25 points for the win but it is hard to gain improvement points if you start first! This is an interesting example of how having the driver who comes home first, isn’t always the best option.
Red Bull looked strong in Canada, Mark Webber backing up his team-mates win with fourth place. Mercedes continued their strong form, with Hamilton on the podium in third and Rosberg fifth. Jean-Eric Vergne finished a brilliant sixth for Toro Rosso. Lotus had a bad weekend, Raikkonen coming home in ninth and Grosjean finishing outside the points. Grosjean did however score good improvememt points, having started last after his penalty from the previous race. McLaren continued their miserable season by having both cars outside the points. Williams also endured a torrid race, Bottas unable to capitalise on his excellent qualifying position.
I’ve mentioned it before, but reliability is so good in Formula One now that the small teams have less chance to make up places by benefiting from others retirements. Canada was no exception, with only the Saubers and Giedo van der Garde’s Caterham registering DNF’s.
On the predictions front, 46% of players went for a Hamilton pole, but only 19% correctly predicted Vettel. Over half of all players went for Vettel as fastest lap scorer, whereas only 4% correctly predicted Webber. This proves how hard it is to predict modern Formula One!