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Race Results

Australia

The first race of 2012 is in the books. It appears that the balance of power may be shifting, but the road courses are always somewhat deceiving. The Australian course is treacherous from the first turn all the way to the very last lap.

Malaysia

The first rain race of the season is in the books, and as always a lack of grip is the great equalizer. Which team has built the best submarine? Who would the inevitable safety car benefit?

China

We finally get a look at the teams on a proper racetrack in the dry. It turns out that the 2012 cars are very competitive throughout the field, and the racing was very, very good. The battle through the ranks kept shifting in every lap, and every pit stop was vital. All in all, a great race and results that should make every true F1 fan happy.

Bahrain

Despite all the political issues surrounding the weekend, the race itself came off without incident. As qualifying indicated, tires and tire wear turned out to be critical to race pace this weekend. There was good racing throughout the grid, and the drivers were using every inch (and more) of the very wide track. It's not many places that one can see the F1 cars running 4 wide.

Spain

Everyone here at the IFGP hopes for a full recovery of everyone affected by the fire in the Williams pits after the race. That was a strange ending to an interesting race. This season is turning out to be truly unpredictable.

Monaco

The Great Race is always unforgiving of mistake. This particular running started with a bang, and ended with the pit lane keeping one eye on the sky and another on tire wear. In the end, it's not the fastest car but the one running at the end that always has the better chance of winning.

Canada

This has certainly turned into an interesting season, and the IFGP results are just as interesting. The value of the lower rank drivers has become paramount as the young drivers make their mark on F1. Should we expect strategy shifts in the leagues as we near the midpoint?

Europe

8 winners in 8 races? Perhaps. It's no secret that Valencia has a reputation of being a follow-the-leader go-cart track, but the street circuit provided surprisingly good racing today. The combination of DRS, Pirelli tires, and plain old brain fade meant that the final results weren't based solely on qualifying position.

British

One thing about the Pirelli tires this year, they certainly have increased the uncertainty on the track. It used to be that qualifying was pretty much the most competitive part of the race. That's no longer the case. Every lap counts, and nobody is safe until the checkers fly.

The race weekend suffered Biblical levels of rain, but race day was dry and fast, and the race was entertaining.

German

Rain, rain go away, come again on non-race day -- and that's exactly what happened.

After a qualifying session better suited to jet skis than F1 cars, race day itself was clear and dry. As usual, the race came down to those who could best handle their tires over the course of the competition. In the end, most of the favorites were at the pointy end of the field. Unfortunately, the marshals wouldn't let them all stay there after the race . . .

Hungary

My DVR missed the race, so no semi-intelligent commentary from me this time.

Launch Week 2012!

The original IFGPF1 league is now the Founders' League, as we celebrate those who have helped make this a great game. As always, we reveal in reverse order of last year's results.

We begin by welcoming Scuderia Ignorante

Scuderia Ignorante has competed in the past as Scuderia Globex, but an internal power fight and subsequent restructuring left them off the grid in 2011. They return in 2012: tanned, rested and ready to resume their former glory. The team is betting heavily on the drivers, with FOUR former WDC in the lineup. Hopefully the team can score enough prize money to make that second-half sponsorship bill.

  • Engine: Toro Rosso
  • Chassis: McLaren
  • Fernando Alonso
  • Micheal Schumacher
  • Kimi Raikkonen
  • Lewis Hamilton
  • Narain Karthikeyan
  • Half-season Sponsorship

We also welcome Achtung Schumi to the Founders' League

Achtung Schumi began competing in the Second Season league last season, and has stepped into the main league this year. Technically this is the team's rookie season. The team is going with the pre-season favorites in the engine and chassis, splitting across Mclaren and Red Bull. The consistent-point strategy is a good counterpoint to the boom-or-bust of relying too heavily on one competitor.

  • Engine: Redbull
  • Chassis: Mclaren
  • Sebastian Vettel
  • Kimi Raikonnen
  • Michael Schumacher
  • Timo Glock
  • Bruno Senna
  • Half Season Sponsorship - Missing Wheelnuts Inc.


Welcome back Forza Suid Afrika

Forza Suid Afrika started 2011 as a fairly competitive rookie team, but unfortunately ended up just short when it came time to pay the second-half sponsorship. Rather than try to work trades to cover the sponsorship, the team instead chose to write off the second half of the season. By taking the point and prize money penalties, they were able to use their remaining cash to buy engine R&D for 2012. Forza Suid Afrika thinks highly of the Mercedes AMG package, and continues to trust in the German side of racecraft engineering.

  • Engine: Mercedes AMG
  • Chassis: Mercedes AMG
  • Michael Schumacher
  • Nico Rosberg
  • Sebastian Vettel
  • Nico Hülkenberg
  • Daniel Riccardio
  • Half season sponsorship


Welcome back Team Wilburghini

Formerly WHJHM, this team also fell into the half-season sponsorship trap when their early season didn't go as planned. The team also chose to sacrifice the 2011 season to start 2012 well. The team has chosen a unique approach to start the season, focusing on the past-and-future Lotus equipment.

  • Engine: Lotus
  • Chassis: Caterham
  • Sebastian Vettel
  • Fernando Alonso
  • Kimi Raikonnen
  • Kamui Kobayashi
  • Vitaly Petrov
  • Full season sponsorship

Welcome Big Winner Racing

Big Winner Racing joins for 2012, after lurking and watching for some time. This is the first revealed team to use the venerable Sauber chassis -- which is showing some promise this season. The team backs that with Mercedes AMG power, and a lineup with 4 World Driving Champions. An interesting strategy, which if it works out will certainly separate the team from the competitors. "The team would also like to thank our sponsors Miller High Life, Bombay Sapphire Gin and Texaco Havoline for coming on board. We would also like to thank everyone that pitched in to help Kimi Raikkonen back to his hotel room after the launch party."

  • Engine: Mercedes AMG
  • Chassis: Sauber
  • Sebastian Vettel
  • Lewis Hamilton
  • Kimi Raikkonen
  • Michael Schumacher
  • Pedro De la Rosa
  • Half season sponsorship

Welcome back Shaky GP

Shaky GP had a rough season last year, only finishing in the points once during the season. However, it was a great learning tool. "A rush to judgement about the initial lack of performance from our chassis supplier and number 2 driver, and our subsequent switch to a even worse chassis and 2nd driver placed us firmly near the back of the field last season. We’ve managed to patch things up with our suppliers and sponsors and we look forward to better 2012 season." Shaky GP is running a Ferrari/Red Bull combination in both drivers and equipment, which should put some nice points on the board.

  • Engine: Red Bull
  • Chassis: Ferrari
  • Sebastian Vettel
  • Fernando Alonso
  • Micheal Schumacher
  • Kimi Raikkonen
  • Pedro de la Rosa
  • Half Season Sponsorship

Welcome back Black Flag Racing

This sophomore team managed to avoid the sponsorship trap in the second half of their rookie season, but came up just short on their engine R&D purchase for 2012. This means they are starting at what appears to be a slight disadvantage to the other established teams. However, they did learn a lot, and are looking to improve. They were in the points twice last season; this year they're all-in with Red Bull. Pre-season testing indicates that may be a very good strategy indeed.

  • Engine: Red Bull
  • Chassis: Red Bull
  • Sebastian Vettel
  • Micheal Schumacher
  • Charles Pic
  • Timo Glock
  • Vitaly Petrov
  • Full Season Sponsorship


Welcome back WebbersWebF1

A long-term strong competitor, the team had an unexpectedly rough season last year. They expect better results this year, with a 3-WDC driver lineup and the fastest chassis in testing. "This season we hope to do a bit better than last year. We have a new team and are pleased to announce a new sponsor, HORNERS HORNETS, dedicated to the only team principal who has his own fan club, CHRISTAN HORNER."

  • Engine: Toro Rosso
  • Chassis: Red Bull
  • Sebastian Vettel
  • Jensen Button
  • Kimi Raikkonen
  • Bruno Senna
  • Jean-Eric Verne
  • Half-season sponsorship


Welcome back Mikoji

This team has a dog in the fight -- in fact, it has 3! Minnie, Mikoto, and Deji combine to form the name of this team, now entering the third year of competition. Mikoji was one of only 6 teams to win a race last season, but sadly they lost all those points because of a missed press release. This year they ditch the Lotus chassis, and focus on the pre-season favorites.

  • Engine: Redbull
  • Chassis: Mclaren
  • Jensen Button
  • Lewis Hamilton
  • Bruno Senna
  • Pastor Maldonado
  • Timo Glock
  • Full season sponsorship


Welcome back Gamma Blast Racing

This perennial competitor almost missed the deadline this year, but slid in just before the tag. 2011 was an off year for Gamma Blast; they only reached the podium one time the entire season. 2012 should show the team back to its usual form. "We looking forward to picking with our heart instead of our head once again," quipped Director Sportif Gamma Chad from GBR World HQ in Nashville, TN. Despite that statement, the picks seem pretty logical.

  • Engine: Red Bull
  • Chassis: Ferrari
  • Sebastian Vettel
  • Fernando Alonso
  • Vitaly Petrov
  • Kimi Raikkonen
  • Nahrain Karthikeyan
  • Full season sponsorship


Welcome back F1 Galizia

F1 Galizia has been competing in the IFGPF1 for many years and in many separate dimensions of reality. Professor Q has led the team to victory and championships in many of those realities. Unfortunately, this one has thus far eluded their grasp. "We have Professor Q and the gang working to bend the rules of time, space and the FIA..a limbo dancer was used during winter testing but not harmed..." The team is relying on the favored Red Bull/Mclaren combination for 2012.

  • Engine: Red Bull
  • Chassis: McLaren
  • Sebastian Vettel
  • Fernando Alonso
  • Paul Di Resta
  • Romain Grosjean
  • Nahrain Karthikeyan
  • Half-season sponsorship

Welcome back Taz Surfers

Taz Surfers has been a competing for years, and is usually in the heart of the fray. Last season they too were victims of the Red Bull onslaught, and ended up down the standings. This is a bright new season, and the team is ready for Australia. "We have greased our board and stuck a hammer head nose on the front of our cars...ugly but hey rules are rules, right? We have a whole new batch of spicy beans ready for car and drive..." The team features two WDC drivers, the defending champion engine, and a promising chassis. More importantly, there's room in the budget for some post-race changes.

  • Engine: Red Bull
  • Chassis: McLaren
  • Lewis Hamilton
  • Sebastian Vettel
  • Paul di Resta
  • Charles Pic
  • Timo Glock
  • Half-season sponsorship

Welcome back Scuderia Vipera

Scuderia Vipera pinned everything on Ferrari during their rookie season. While normally a decent plan, 2011 turned out to not be that good a year for the team from Maranello, and so Scuderia Vipera also had a not-so-great season. Still, with a year under the belt and the R&D budget for 2012, the league expects a much stronger showing from the boys with the cool jet logo. "Lots of good lessons learned and we're hoping for a much improved 2012!" stated the team in their press release.

  • Engine: McLaren
  • Chassis: McLaren
  • Jensen Button
  • Lewis Hamilton
  • Kimi Raikkonen
  • Daniel Ricciardo
  • Pedro de la Rosa
  • Half-season sponsorship

Welcome back Luncheon Libre

Another returning sophomore team, Luncheon Libre is going with the spread offense. The team does have Red Bull in the engine and driver 1 slot, but they hedge a bit with the use of the McLaren chassis and Alonso. The team has new colors and a new sponsor this season, running an Inferno Orange Metallic on Black livery sporting the famous Reeses Peanut Butter Cup as the primary sponsor. Like several teams above, the Team Principle is keeping some cash in the pocket for early-season changes.

  • Engine: Red Bull
  • Chassis: McLaren
  • Sebastian Vettel
  • Fernando Alonso
  • Bruno Senna
  • Heikki Kovalainen
  • Daniel Ricciardo
  • Half-season sponsorship


Welcome back The Backmarker!

One of the original teams in the IFGP, The Backmarker! was victorious twice in the 2011 season. This season they are combining the power of the Rosso teams into what should be a powerful team. Two WDC drivers, one that stands a good chance, and league-leader power might force The Backmarker! to change their name.

  • Engine: Red Bull
  • Chassis: Ferrari
  • Fernando Alonso
  • Sebastian Vettel
  • Mark Webber
  • Pedro De La Rosa
  • Nahrain Karthikeyan
  • Half-season sponsorship


Welcome back Chencho & Cuco Racing Beat

This team only made the podium one time last season, but the team still almost broke into the top 10. The only Dominican-based team in the IFGP, it is hoping to build on a strong finish last season. The strategy should be starting to look familiar; the team is using the Red Bull/Ferrari combination already revealed by some other competitors, and like pretty much everyone is choosing to start the driver lineup with the reigning WDC.

  • Engine: Red Bull
  • Chassis: Ferrari
  • Sebastian Vettel
  • Jensen Button
  • Micheal Schumacher
  • Sergio Perez
  • Bruno Senna
  • Half-season sponsorship


Welcome back DogGone Racing

DogGone Racing had a good rookie season, finishing 10th in the standings. The team only managed to make the podium once during the season, but put together 12 other strong point finishes in a nice showing of consistency. This season looks to be a boom-or-bust strategy: they are all-in with Red Bull, combining the engine, chassis, and both drivers of the squad in their lineup. "So as spring approaches, and more bucks in the bank, we look forward, head held high, and hoping for a much better year."

  • Engine: Red Bull
  • Chassis: Red Bull
  • Sebastian Vettel
  • Mark Webber
  • Vitaly Petrov
  • Micheal Schumacher
  • Narain Karthikeyan
  • Half-season Sponsorship

Welcome back Red Bull Racers

Long-time competitors Red Bull Racing have always been toward the top of the league, and finished eighth last season. They only put together 2 podium finishes, but managed to be in the points almost every race of the season. "We had a difficult season last year," Milo the team boss stated. "Our catering was just not up to speed with the other teams, but we have new suppliers and a whole new plan for this season......We plan to shock." Their plan seems to also be boom-or-bust, and they are taking the team name seriously -- the lineup is almost all Red Bull.

  • Engine: Red Bull
  • Chassis: Red Bull
  • Sebastian Vettel
  • Mark Webber
  • Micheal Schumacher
  • Pedro de la Rosa
  • Charles Pic
  • Half-season Sponsorship


Welcome back Clingfilm Rockets

2006 Champion and 2010 Constructor Champion Clingfilm Rockets return in 2012 with a broad strategy, looking to pick up consistent points to make a run at a third championship. "We do not know what will happen this season, many things have changed but we count on our experience," stated the Clingfilm team principle. He went on to state that he is not sure where they are from pre-season testing and that this year "anything can happen".

  • Engine: Red Bull
  • Chassis: McLaren
  • Half-season Sponsorship
  • Sebastian Vettel
  • Jensen Button
  • Fernando Alonso
  • Narain Karthikeyan
  • Timo Glock


Welcome back Team Really Green

2009 Champion Team Really Green was in the points in every race in 2011, and on the podium for one of those races. only one other team was able to match that feat, and the 6th place finish was a testament to that consistency. Team Principle Ian wasn't happy with that result, though. "Pre-season testing really hasn't shown anything this year with many unexpected teams topping the time sheets on different occasions. We believe this may be the year where half a dozen teams can win, and that's got to be good for the whole sport. This season we've taken an almost Ferrari like "aggressive" strategy and will either win or crash and burn. We're optimistic that our balls to the wall strategy will pan out and TRG will be back with a vengeance!"

  • Engine: Red Bull
  • Chassis: Red Bull
  • Sebastian Vettel
  • Kimi Raikkonen
  • Michael Schumacher
  • Paul Di Resta
  • Bruno Senna
  • Half-season sponsorship


Welcome back Jordan Grand Prix

The highest placing rookie in 2011, the team managed 4 podium places and 12 other point finishes in route to a 5th place finish. "We have returned, we have researched and developed, and we have set our sights on victory," declared Jordan Grand Prix team principal Eddie Jordan. "This year we won't start with a rookie handicap. This year we have a full budget with no compromises." The team's lineup looks familiar, so the competition will come down to those final point-scoring places.

  • Engine: Red Bull
  • Chassis: Red Bull
  • Sebastian Vettel
  • Jenson Button
  • Michael Schumacher
  • Pedro de la Rosa
  • Charles Pic
  • Half-season sponsorship


Welcome back CBL Corse

Perennial championship challengers CBL Corse, scoring 3 victories, 2 other podium finishes, and they were only out of the points once all season. "We're always so close. SO CLOSE!!!" Team Principle Matt opined in reference to the team's having finished 2nd, 4th and 5th in each of the past three years. "I thought taking full advantage of our ample budget would be enough last year. Well, this year we're trying something completely different." The team strategy leaves some cash in Matt's pocket for quick changes.

  • Engine: Red Bull
  • Chassis: McLaren
  • Sebastian Vettel
  • Jenson Butto
  • Vitaly Petrov
  • Pedro de la Rosa
  • Timo Glock
  • Half-season sponsorship


Welcome back Scuderia Modificata

2008 Champion and 2010 Drivers Champion Scuderia Modificata won four races last season, but failure to post the required press releases hurt the team badly. The team does recognize that 2012 will be a challenge. "We have to remember that ALL the races are important, and try to get out in front of the crowd early. I think this is going to be a tough season, with very little to separate the teams." The team is going all-in with McLaren, switching off a Red Bull-centric strategy of recent years.

  • Engine: McLaren
  • Chassis: McLaren
  • Jenson Button
  • Lewis Hamilton
  • Fernando Alonso
  • Narain Karthikeyan
  • Pedro de la Rosa
  • Half-season sponsorship


Welcome back Lena Tecnologia

2011 runner-up Lena Tecnologia won 5 races on their way to the podium last season. "Our competitive fire is more than ever as we finished in the first loser position last year. Experience has taught us a few lessons and we're confident in our new approach for the coming season." The team is focused on Red Bull this season, with 2 WDC drivers.

  • Engine: Red Bull
  • Chassis: Red Bull
  • Sebastian Vettel
  • Romain Grosjean
  • Fernando Alonso
  • Nico Hulkenberg
  • Timo Glock
  • Half-season sponsorship


We finish with Team BRR

The 2007 and 2011 champion scored 7 wins and was in the points every race this past season. The team has high hopes for 2012, and looks forward to defending its title.

  • Engine: Red Bull
  • Chassis: Red Bull
  • Sebastian Vettel
  • Fernando Alonso
  • Bruno Senna
  • Pedro de la Rosa
  • Timo Glock
  • Half-season sponsorship

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