Here’s a quick update regarding Fantasy Grand Prix – oh and don’t forget to make your Bahrain GP Predictions before qualifying starts at midday on Saturday!

Where is the ‘Points Reset’?

Many players have asked about the ‘Points Reset’ – a feature of the game where after the first two rounds (which were classed as practice) we would reset all the scores and the championship would begin from China onwards.  Due to popular demand, we haven’t done that this year, but if you would like to continue with this feature you can do so by using the ‘alternative Championship table here‘ or view your friends leagues, ignoring the first two rounds here.  Both tables are accessed via the menu in the game too.

Is there a Bahrain GP Boycott?

Some players who are (rightly so) against the Bahrain GP happening at all asked if Fantasy GP would boycott the Grand Prix too.  We’ve decided against this (we have to go where Bernie tells F1 to go, like the teams etc), but for those who want to ignore the fact that it’s happening, you can use the Non-Bahrain Championship table and the associated friends league table sans Bahrain which will be available after the GP on Sunday.

Fantasy GP of China in Review

Our regular, longstanding Fantasy GP player, Simon Cevert reviews the Chinese Grand Prix from the Fantasy GP point of view…

The third race of the season produced the third winner after a highly accomplished drive by Alonso. He netted the highest fantasy points haul of any driver thanks to his victory and gained additional bonus points for moving up from his third position qualifying spot. Hamilton claimed his first Mercedes pole position, with only 14% of Badger GP players predicting it! The race was very strategic thanks to the Pirelli compounds and proved hard to predict any outcomes. Qualifying was a case in point – over half of Badger players put Vettel down for pole position, only to see him sit out of Q3 altogether. This of course had a useful side-effect as he then scored a good haul of bonus points on race day as he made his way up the order.

As Formula 1 seems so much about the tyres again this year, Jenson Button deserves praise for hauling his McLaren into fifth position. He made a two-stop strategy work, even finishing ahead of Massa’s faster Ferrari. Daniel Ricciardo finished an impressive seventh. Interestingly, his team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne scored more fantasy points than him, even though he finished outside the ‘real’ points, thanks to making up places during the race.

Paul Di Resta showed a spirited drive after being punted on to the grass by his team-mate at the start of the race. Again, solid improvement points helped him on his way to a good weekly tally. Sutil would have probably scored some decent points too, if he hadn’t been taken out of the race by the wayward Gutierrez.

Jules Bianchi impressed once again in the Marussia, ending up as the highest finisher in the team battle between Marussia and Caterham. Charles Pic proved the highest fantasy points scorer out of those two teams though, benefiting from others retirements.

Vettel made up for his disappointment of not being on the podium by bagging the fastest lap of the race – 24% of Badger players guessed this correctly. Once again this season, the safety car wasn’t needed and 51% of players correctly predicted that it would stay parked in the pit-lane.

As Bahrain edges closer, can we expect to see a fourth winner of the season? Don’t bet against it!