Fantasy Racers – Malaysia 2011

Well that was a very action packed, chaotic and exciting race!  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did :)

Anyway, now the results have been adjusted for Hamilton and Alonso’s penalties, check out the scores on the Fantasy Racers website.  As per the last race in Australia, we are going to focus on Points Per Million, which is best explained at the end of this post. Continue reading

Fantasy Racers Canada

So, it’s time for my Fantasy Racers Analysis again.  Canada was a brilliant race – another classic that will be remembered as one of the best races of the season.

This race had everything – overtaking, strategy changes, passionate fans… I think it’s safe to say that Canada has been missed when it was not on the calendar!

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Driver Consistency – Bahrain 2010

So it’s Driver Consistency time for the first time in 2010 – the Bahrain Grand Prix.

After a long and eventful off-season, much was expected in one of the most anticipated starts to the season in years. Who would be quick? Would Alonso usher in an era of success for Ferrari? Would Button or Hamilton get the upper hand at McLaren? How well would Schumacher do on his comeback at the age of 41? Would the new circuit layout improve the racing?

But by far the biggest question was how the ban on refuelling would affect the action on the track? Would it spice up the action and increase the passing on the track, or would the race become a dull procession?

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Thursday Thoughts – On Blogging Itself

I have missed the last few weeks of this really interesting series for a variety of reasons – but while I may not have blogged an answer to the question, I often tried to comment on the blog where the question was asked.

However, because this is the final week of the off season (only a week to go guys!), this week is the final week of the Thursday Thoughts series – and the question is a brilliant one.  The final question, from Maverick of Viva F1 is:

Which blog article or articles have you written that you were most pleased with writing and why?

This is an excellent question, because it also ties up with something else I have been meaning to write here, but for various reasons never got round to it.

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2009 Driver Rankings Summary

So after analysing finishing positions (Driver Classification), Qualifying Performance, Fastest Laps and Driver Consistency, it’s now time to put it all together and come up with some sort of ranking system.  Except that this will be just for fun and does not take into account the relative car performance, any changes in strategy, size of the paycheck or claim to be a definitive ranking system ;)

Of course, the data presented here pales in comparison with Christine’s Rankings, which “are the most in-depth and accurate global driver ranking system ever produced… probably” ;)

What I want to do here is work out who performed the best using all of the previous driver summary posts.  Therefore what I want to do is apply some kind of weighted scoring system, giving the categories with more importance a higher percentage of the overall score.

For me, the most important thing any driver can do is to finish as well as possible – therefore I have decided to give this the highest rating (50%).  The reasons for this should be quite clear – you cannot become a world champion without winning races and scoring points.  In a championship points system which rewards consistency, the lower the average finishing position the better.

The second most important category for me is qualifying performance, for two reasons.  The first reason is that it was difficult to overtake in F1 races in 2009, so starting in as high a position as possible gives a driver the best chance of finishing well, providing they can drive as well as they qualified and make the best use of their strategy.  I have allocated 30% of the score to this category.

This leads to the next most important category – driver consistency.  I have been blogging about driver consistency after each race this year and I am a strong believer of the idea that for a driver to succeed, they must be fast and consistent.  Therefore I decided to give this category a 15% weighting.

Which means that the last category is Fastest Lap classification – which doesn’t mean very much in terms of race performance and does not affect a driver’s race in any way.  However, a quick driver is usually a good driver, so I decided to allocate the last 5% to fastest lap performance.

A driver’s score could be calculated as follows:


As the categories are each ranked first to last, the driver with the lowest overall score will be judged to have performed the best in 2009.  Remember, this is just for fun, so here are the results in a graph:


But I thought that it seemed a little selfish to rate the drivers this way, and a few weeks ago decided to open up this idea to the members of Sidepodcast and asked people there how they would rate their drivers using these categories.  I received a number of different weightings, which I have included below. Continue reading

2009 In Review – Driver Consistency

So far, in evaluating driver performances in 2009, we have looked at Finishing Positions, Qualifying Performance and Fastest Laps.  Now we have finally arrived at the last category – Driver Consistency.

This is a subject which is particularly interesting to me, because I have been analysing this for most of the year.  If you are new to this blog, why not catch up on some of these posts by clicking here?  Also, if you need reminding on how these figures are calculated, please click here.  Please note that no allowances have been made for differences between teams here and if you want a closer look at the charts, you can click on them for a larger version ;)

What I aim to do in this post is to present a series of charts.  The first two will split the field based on average rankings for 2009.  These are calculated by calculating a ranking for each driver based on his average lap time, summing all the races they competed in 2009 and then taking an average ranking.  So let’s have a look then:



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Castrol Driver Rankings

Now, this blog is primarily a statistics blog about F1, but sometimes I see stuff that is slightly off-topic and yet I feel I have to write about it and offer an opinion or two.

Today is such a day.

To much fanfare, AUTOSPORT have launched a new service called the ‘Castrol Driver Rankings’, which are apparently the definitive method of measuring who is the number one driver by using weighted rankings over some 47 series.

It sounds like a horrendously complicated system, but the way it seems to work is that various aspects of a driver’s performance in the races they participates in are scored and then a weighting is applied according to how prestigious the series is. If you would like to know more then check out their FAQ or watch this video:

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2009 In Review – Fastest Laps

So far we have looked at Finishing Positions and Qualifying Performance, now it is time to look at Fastest Lap Performance.  But why do we want to focus on this when it seems to have no effect on the races or the championship?

Well, you have to be a fast driver to be a good driver, and in fact this speed is most useful on inlaps/outlaps when making pitstops.  So I decided to look at the absolute speed and rank them for each race just like I have in my previous posts.  Here are the results:



So Button ends up the fastest, but interestingly Webber pips Vettel and Barrichello into second place.  Rosberg is in fifth, and Raikkonen is faster than Massa.  Hamilton is comparatively low down the order, which surprised me, and Glock beat Trulli.  This is interesting because Trulli is known for his speed rather than his consistency.  There seems to be a larger gap between drivers in terms of fastest lap speeds over the other categories…

Fisichella’s outright speed is faster in a Ferrari and Badoer is made to look better by the fact that although he was slowest in both races he took part in, there were a lot of retirements in Spa.

Finally, a continuing theme through all of the Driver Data posts is that no rookie has beaten the guy that replaced him.

So, whilst this may not have too much meaning in the scope of driver performance, we have seen some interesting results here.  There is only one more category to evaluate now and that is Driver Consistency, which will be posted here soon.  Finally, I will be looking at a ‘weighted scoring’ method using all of categories evaluated in this series, so if you have any ideas on what the weightings should be, please let me know in the comments… ;)