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2005 FF1M Season

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Overview

The 2005 FF1M Season is be the eighteenth season of FF1M. It began with the Australian Grand Prix on the 8th May 2011 and will conclude at the Brazilian Grand Prix in July.

Pre Season

Changes

Technologies

  • CFD is now available for research - having CFD doubles the amount of DP earned from "Own Car" testing.
  • Own Car testing is now capped at 1000 DP, once a team reaches this figure all teams will have their Own Car grip halved.

Engines

  • All Engines reduced by 100BHP to a base level of 800BHP
  • The range of Turbo engines in races will be increased from 100BHP to 200BHP however the reliability factor will stay the same meaning a team choosing to use the full 200BHP will have double the unreliability of a team using 100BHP this season.
  • Turbo Engines run a minimum level of an extra 100BHP in Qualifying. Teams that choose to run over 100BHP in the race will be their Qualifying level as well.

Testing and Development

  • General tightening of the testing system.
  • V8 Engined cars can do Power and Reliability testing.
  • Reliability testing much more effective than previously
  • V10 Engined cars cannot do Power or Reliability testing, anyone that tries will automatically do Turbo testing.

Teams and Drivers

Entry List

Team Engine Tyre No. Race Drivers Rnd Test Driver/s
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Mild Seven FJR Renault V10 Pirelli 1 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Jarno Trulli All 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Adam Carroll
2 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Nick Heidfeld All
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Panasonic MRD Racing Mercedes V8 Pirelli 3 22px-Flag of Finland.svg-1- Kimi Raikkonen All 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Giorgio Pantano
4 22px-Flag of Finland.svg-1- Heikki Kovalainen All
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Scuderia Mitchell Torro Rosso BMW V8 Pirelli 7 22px-Flag of Austria.svg-1- Alexander Wurz All 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Sebastien Vettel
8 22px-Flag of Canada.svg-1- Jacques Villeneuve All
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- West Dark Wolf Ferrari V10 Pirelli 9 22px-Flag of Spain.svg-1- Fernando Alonso All
10 22px-Flag of Spain.svg-1- Marc Gene All
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- European TornadoF1 Renault V10 Pirelli 11 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- David Coulthard All 22px-Flag of France.svg-1- Franck Montagny
12 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Jenson Button All
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Lucky Strike Shake n' Bake Motorsport Mercedes V8 Pirelli 14 22px-Flag of Japan.svg-1- Takuma Sato All 22px-Flag of Poland.svg-1- Robert Kubica
15 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Giancarlo Fisichella 1-8
22px-Flag of Poland.svg-1- Robert Kubica 9-17
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Red Bull Dodgem Racing Ferrari V10 Pirelli 19 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Michael Schumacher All 22px-Flag of Japan.svg-1- Sakon Yamamoto
20 22px-Flag of France.svg-1- Sebastien Bourdais All
22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1- Gui Racing Petronas Cosworth V8 Pirelli 21 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Timo Glock All 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Nico Rosberg
22 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1- Felipe Massa 1-14
22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Nico Rosberg 15-17
22px-Flag of Denmark.svg-1- Scuderia Pedersen Marlboro Mercedes V8 Pirelli 23 22px-Flag of Australia.svg-1- Mark Webber All 20px-Flag of Switzerland.svg-1- Neel Jani
24 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Ralf Schumacher All
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Tata Andy Racing Ferrari V10 Pirelli 25 22px-Flag of the Netherlands.svg-1- Christijan Albers All
26 22px-Flag of Colombia.svg-1- Juan Pablo Montoya All
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- HP Shannon Renault V10 Pirelli 27 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1- Rubens Barrichello All 22px-Flag of Austria.svg-1- Christian Klein
28 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Anthony Davidson All

Team Predictions

Mitchell welcome former Drivers Championship runner up Jacques Villeneuve to the team alongside vastly experienced Alexander Wurz in what is a strong lineup but the problem lies in the BMW engine which is underpowered and with Mitchell the only team developing them this is unlikely to change. Prediction: 11th

Shake n Bake had a brilliant 2004 with a double podium finish at Spa the highlight of a season which saw a big improvement in its second half. The team will struggle to repeat that this season however. Their drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Takuma Sato are solid but unspectacular and their Mercedes engine, whilst the class of the V8 field in terms of power is unreliable and they no longer have the advantage of the Michelin tyres to aide their cause. Prediction: 10th.

This could be a big season for Andy Racing as they’ve finally signed a driver of note, namely the two times championship podium finisher Juan Pablo Montoya. But the car lacks overall pace and with the V8’s now truly competitive it could be a very difficult year for the team. Prediction: 9th.

TornadoF1 were very inconsistent in 2004, sometime pole sitters, other times not in the top half of the grid. This season may see some consistency for the team, but it will be the latter of last year’s options as the team will struggle without their own car until midway through the season. A late season improvement could net them some good points but its set to be another disappointing year for the team which burst onto the scene with a championship win in 2002. Prediction: 8th

There was a lot of doubt whether we would see MRD Racing this season with team boss Marc Downie complaining vigorously about the Turbo engines being unfairly competitive when compared to his chosen V8 Mercedes. There can be no excuses this season however as the Pedersen team have switched to the V8 Mercedes and look far more competitive. This will have to be rebuilding season for the team who must eagerly await the completion of their own car technology so that they can do some serious testing work on their car. Prediction: 7th

2004 was Shannon’s break out season, a stunning couple of victories in Monaco and Shanghai for Vitantonio Liuzzi and a general competitiveness throughout the season saw the team finish 3rd in the Teams Championship. Despite those two wins Liuzzi has not been retained with veteran Rubens Barrichello joining late signing Anthony Davidson and the team will struggle to repeat such form in 2005 without the benefit of the Michelin tyres. Prediction: 6th

Dodgem had a very competitive 2005 and despite not winning a race finished a superb 4th in the standings. This season will be a lot more difficult without the tyre advantage given by the Michelins. However, in Sebastien Bourdais they have a very competitive driver who will give veteran team mate Michael Schumacher a run for his money. Prediction: 5th

The once powerful Gui Racing have had a quiet spell of late, no championship win since 2001 and last season they were very much a back of the field team despite having two talented drivers. This season however is looking much better, the Cosworth engine is still underpowered when compared to the V10 Turbo’s and the V8 Mercedes but as usual with this team it should be more reliable than its rivals. The team has done a lot of testing this season on aerodynamics and In Timo Glock and Felipe Massa they have two very talented drivers who could easily win their maiden Grands Prix this season. Prediction: 4th

FJR were the class of the field without dominating in 2004 due to some excellent management of their turbo system and one resurgent Italian Jarno Trulli. It’s no surprise that the World Champions have seen fit to keep the same line up for 2005 with Trulli and German Nick Heidfeld lining up once again. However it will be a much sterner challenge this season with the V8 engines truly competitive. Prediction: 3rd.

Dark Wolf may have lost out in the championship chase and lost their leading light Cristiano Da Matta to Champcar, but in the last three races of 2004 they showed that they meant business for 2005. It’s an all-Spanish line up this season as returning Marc Gene is joined by four times World Champion Fernando Alonso. They start the season as the lead Turbo charger but they’ll face some stiff competition from FJR and the V8’s. Prediction: 2nd

Pedersen had a hugely disappointing 2004 with unreliability and lack of tyre performance costing them dear. Building their own car for the first time this season Team boss Michael Pedersen has taken a huge gamble by ditching the Turbo powered Toyota engines which some bosses had complained had an unfair advantage, for the Mercedes Normally Aspirated V8. This gamble could turn out to be a masterstroke however and the only real concern is still reliability as the Mercedes has had a lot of development over the past season and is likely to start the season in fragile shape. None the less if the team is able to get that engine reliable and keep up pace with its aerodynamic testing this could finally be Pedersen’s season. Prediction: 1st

Race Calendar

Round Grand Prix Circuit Date
1 22px-Flag of Australia.svg-1- Australian Grand Prix Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne 6th March
2 22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg-1- Malaysian Grand Prix Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur 20th March
3 22px-Flag of Bahrain.svg-1- Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir 3rd April
4 22px-Flag of San Marino.svg-1- San Marino Grand Prix Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola 17th April
5 22px-Flag of Turkey.svg-1- Turkish Grand Prix Istanbul Park 24th April
6 22px-Flag of Europe.svg-1- European Grand Prix Nurburgring 8th May
7 22px-Flag of Monaco.svg-1- Monaco Grand Prix Circuit de Monaco, Monte-Carlo 22nd May
8 22px-Flag of Canada.svg-1- Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal 12th June
9 22px-Flag of the United States.svg-1- American Grand Prix Indianapolis Motor Speedway 19th June
10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- British Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit 10th July
11 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- German Grand Prix Hockenheimring 24th July
12 22px-Flag of Hungary.svg-1- Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring, Budapest 7th August
13 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgian Grand Prix Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa 28th August
14 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale Monza 18th September
15 22px-Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai International Circuit 9th October
16 22px-Flag of Japan.svg-1- Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Circuit 16th October
17 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1- Brazilian Grand Prix Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Sao Paolo 30th October

Results and Standings

Overview

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Testing

Test Date Country Circuit Fastest Driver (Team)
Pre Season
1 5th February 22px-Flag of Spain.svg-1- Spain Circuit de Jerez 22px-Flag of Spain.svg-1- Fernando Alonso (Dark Wolf)
6th February 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Sebastien Vettel (Mitchell)
2 12th February 22px-Flag of Portugal.svg-1- Portugal Estoril 22px-Flag of Poland.svg-1- Robert Kubica (Shake n Bake)
13th February 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Timo Glock (Gui Racing)
3 19th February 22px-Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg-1- United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit 22px-Flag of Spain.svg-1- Fernando Alonso (Dark Wolf)
20th February 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Sebastien Vettel (Mitchell)
4 26th February 22px-Flag of New Zealand.svg-1- New Zealand Taupo Motorsport Park 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Timo Glock (Gui Racing)
27th February 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Jarno Trulli (FJR)
Mid Season
1 16th April 22px-Flag of Spain.svg-1- Spain Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 22px-Flag of Colombia.svg-1- Juan Pablo Montoya (Andy Racing)
17th April 22px-Flag of Austria.svg-1- Alexander Wurz (Mitchell)
2 25th June 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza 22px-Flag of Spain.svg-1- Fernando Alonso (Dark Wolf)
26th June 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Timo Glock (Gui Racing)
3 3rd September 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Germany Nurburgring 22px-Flag of France.svg-1- Franck Montagny (Tornado)
4th September 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Michael Schumacher (Dodgem)


Scoring system

Points are awarded to the top 8 classified finishers.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th 
Points 12 8 6 5 4 3 2 1

Championship Positions

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