Our excellent Fantasy Grand Prix game has been a lottery at times for players – the unpredictable nature of 2012, coupled with several different race winners – but fret no more. We’re looking across the season and decoding which driver is brought more bang for their buck.

As with any competition, points mean prizes, and all World Championship points count towards the total score for each driver. Newly crowned triple-champ Sebastian Vettel obviously tops the table thanks to winning his battle with Fernando Alonso – but bear in mind he was the most expensive driver to purchase in the game at a cool £20m.

Photo: Red Bull Racing Media
  • Sebastian Vettel – £20m – 281
  • Fernando Alonso – £18278
  • Kimi Raikkonen – £14m207
  • Lewis Hamilton – £18m190
  • Jenson Button – £18m188
  • Mark Webber – £16m179
  • Felipe Massa – £16m122
  • Romain Grosjean – £8m96
  • Nico Rosberg – £12m93
  • Sergio Perez – £6m66
  • Nico Hulkenberg – £8m63
  • Kamui Kobayashi – £6m60
  • Michael Schumacher – £16m49
  • Paul Di Resta – £8m46
  • Pastor Maldonado – £6m45
  • Bruno Senna – £7m31
  • Jean-Eric Vergne – £6m16
  • Daniel Ricciardo – £7m10

But, the beauty of the Badger GP game are the Bonus Points, with 3 awarded for each place the driver finishes above his grid slot. This has produced some curious results in terms of bargain drivers.

From our mid-season report it was Sergio Perez who was leading the way in this championship, but thanks to his dip in form after inking his 2013 McLaren contract he was surpassed by Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne, who ended up with 225 points to the Mexican’s 210.

Indeed, both Toro Rosso drivers showed how adept they were at charging through the field by registering themselves in the top 4 places.

Photo: Scuderia Toro Rosso Media
  • Jean-Eric Vergne – 225
  • Sergio Perez – 210
  • Charles Pic – 192
  • Daniel Ricciardo – 186
  • Timo Glock – 180
  • Vitaly Petrov – 165
  • Kimi Raikkonen – 156
  • Bruno Senna – 156
  • Kamui Kobayashi – 150
  • Sebastian Vettel – 147
  • Pedro De La Rosa – 144
  • Felipe Massa – 135
  • Nico Hulkenberg – 135
  • Heikki Kovalainen – 132
  • Michael Schumacher – 129
  • Jenson Button – 108
  • Nico Rosberg – 105
  • Paul Di Resta – 102
  • Narain Karthikeyan – 96
  • Pastor Maldonado – 90
  • Mark Webber – 87
  • Lewis Hamilton – 81
  • Romain Grosjean – 63

With the use of these points, all of a sudden the 6 driver without a World Championship point at the back of grid suddenly become a vital part of your team. Indeed, looking at the top drivers in this category, 3 of the top 6 (Pic, Glock and Petrov) all ply their trade at the tail end of a Sunday’s race, and are bargains when it comes to investing in your team.

Moving on to the next logical train of thought, who has the most points combined?

The big winners here are no surprise. Alonso and Vettel scored big points in both the World Championship AND the Fantasy  GP game thanks to some storming drives through the field. The German champions score was boosted significantly by his comeback drive from the pitlane to third in Abu Dhabi – the highest score achieved by a single driver all season! Yet another record for Vettel.

Another interesting statistic is that Sergio Perez, even with his late dip in form, outscored the man he’s replacing at McLaren, Lewis Hamilton, after all points taken into account. The Brit’s superior points score in the Championship wasn’t enough to overcome the Mexican’s superior tally of finishing higher than where he started – at one point, Sergio was averaging a whopping 5 place increase on where he qualified!

McLaren went for the cheaper option in the end for 2013, which leads us on nicely to looking at who was top of the pops when it comes to value for money;

Photo: The Cahier Archive

With such a low price, Pedro De La Rosa has ended up being the most cost efficient driver on the 2012 grid, despite not finishing any higher than 17th place on the road. His 144 points in overtakes alone put him 10th on that list, and at the cheapest price of £2m, is an absolute bargain if you’ve spent your budget on other bigger, more expensive, drivers and teams.

Other more curious notes;

  • Schumacher and Maldonado were the same value for money, despite the German legend being a whole £10m in regards to price, and are both at the bottom of the pile.
  • 4 out of the 5 top drivers in this category (De La Rosa, Pic, Karthikeyan and Glock) didn’t score a single World Championship point. Perez is the other.
  • Bruno Senna was a better investment than Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel.

Badger GP’s Fantasy game threw up just as many surprises in 2012 as the regular season did. The real question is, who did you pick?