SofaF1 Championship Round 19 2010

Another fantastic race to finish off a fantastic season, four drivers still in the running, in theory, at the last race from 3 different teams. Button was already out of the championship running but qualified in 4th, ahead of Webber, and behind Alonso, Hamilton and Vettel.

In the end Vettel took it fair and square, storming to the pole position and then keeping it all together for the win, Ferrari were all at sea with their strategy leaving Alonso languishing down in seventh place at the chequered flag, just ahead of Webber.

If you want a quick recap of the race, as it was a while ago now then check it out here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/9188023.stm

But what of the SofaF1 Championship I hear you ask, many contenders (well GrifF1 anyway) have been chomping at the bit to see the final results ever since that race back in November 2010. Such was the interest in the SofaF1 Championship last year, with an all time record of contenders, that Alex had to write some new whizz bang program to keep it all under control. Once the season was done he sat back with a cold beer to wait for the SofaF1 results to calculated. Even with the power of this new cloud thing the results took a while coming, so much so that Alex took the opportunity to rest his eyelids for a minute in this rare pause of his hectic lifestyle. Needless to say when he started snoring, the beer he was carefully cradling spilled over his beige chinos and awoke him with a start. He hurried off to the bathroom to deal with the spillage, then to the fridge to refill his glass, getting sidetracked on the way by a small animal which needed coaxing outside before it did any damage to the sofa. It wasn’t until January that the computing machine produced an answer, Alex’s usually chirpy brow furrowed slightly as all the lights in the neighbourhood brightened up a notch and the strange whirring noise that he had been aware of for a while now stopped, the screen went white and claimed that the championship dilemma had been resolved. “Ah, SofaF1, i’d forgotton all about that!” It didn’t take long for Alex to work out that the computer claiming to have resolved the dilemma didn’t really help all that much, so he went back to the drawing board to ask the computer a different question. Well that was January and ever since then Alex has been working hard to pay off his electricity bill, but now all that is in the past and the results are finally out.

The details is here:

http://aaserver.co.uk/widgets/poll.cgi

but congratulations to Andy (The Speed Geek) who outwitted us all to claim the SofaF1 Championship win in 2010!

Entry Total
Andy (The Speedgeek) 143
James 135
Brawn2bwild 131
guille2306 129
GrifF1 128
Lukeh 126
Nick Ollivere 126
startledbunny 125
Bearded Stew 117
Alex Andronov 117
Alison 116
fourstar 115
Christine 113
Rod 112
the blue pariah 104
Pete 102
dp 101
Amy 98
Dan Brunell 98
Igor 97
psionandy 94
Pat W 93
Nick In Dubai 93
baliman 92
mr. c. 91
RubberGoat 89
Steven Roy 89
lou 88
RG 79
Marilene Riddle 71
RocketRedhead 68
Jordan Allen 67
Fiox 56
Turkey Machine 9

 

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Sofa F1 2011 Championship

Here are SofaF1 we like to be the last of the late breakers, with practically only a day to go I realised that a) I haven’t launched the new Pole Poll and b) I haven’t worked out a way to do a second year in the new SofaF1 Pole Poll dragy-droppy-super-selector™ oh and c) I’m not well at the moment. Will it be ready for this beginning of the season? I’m writing this bit before I know… Exciting stuff. I’m writing this instead of doing the coding I need to do.

So will this turn out to be a late breaking incident like the one where Vettel took out Webber and put a dent his team-mate’s car and his own reputation or where Lewis and Jenson zigged and zagged corner after corner with some inspirational driving?

[Cut to later]

It’s ready!!! So maybe I’m more like McLaren than Red Bull nice driving but too polite to win?

So anyway by this point you probably want to stop reading my waffling and get on with taking part. So what do you have to do?

What do you have to do if you want to take part?
For each race, before qualifying starts you have to predict who will be on pole and also the top 10 finishers in the race.

You get 2 points if you get the pole sitter correct. You get 4 points for getting the winner right and you get 2 points for each of the other places you get correct.

Also, if you have a ‘near miss’ eg. the person who you predicted to win comes second, or fifth comes fourth, you get 1 point.

But there is one extra factor.

Before qualifying starts in Bahrain Australia this weekend you need to also predict the top ten finishers in the whole season and who will have the most polls. This works in the same way as though the season was a race except you get double points, rather like ‘playing your joker’. As these points are added at the end of the season, this can become the crucial swing factor in the year.

Also before the season starts we want you to pick a MAIDEN winner (i.e. someone who has never won a F1 race before). If the driver you choose wins a race at any time during this season, you will get a 4 point bonus applied immediately to your score. You can of course say “nobody” if you expect that there will be no maiden winners; in this case, you would get the points at the end of the season, if that proves to be the case.

So to enter you need to give your season predictions here: http://aaserver.co.uk/widgets/poll2011.cgi?race=20

And your race predictions here: http://aaserver.co.uk/widgets/poll2011.cgi?race=21

Good luck!

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A New Year for Lotus

While the Pole Poll is being furiously calculated I would like to wish everyone a happy end of season. And to celebrate the end of a season I have written a little song… Well kind of… while I sorted the music my good friends at Sidepodcast provided the audio. All rights are reserved to Sidepodcast and Joe Saward for their audio in this little song about the future of Lotus…

I hope you all enjoy it:

[For those viewers without flash listen here: http://audioboo.fm/boos/218544-a-new-year-for-lotus ]

If you enjoyed this then I encourage you to donate to keeping running the best F1 websites in the business  Sidepodcast and Joe Saward

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Abu Dhabi Pole Poll

Hey everyone… Hope you’re all having a great time. The season is almost at an end so finally I’ve gone back and fixed all of the problems* with the Pole Poll. Basically a number of people had changed e-mail address through the course of the season. Including me! And one time when my Dad had to text me his results I managed to spell our surname wrong in his e-mail address. It’s a living nightmare being this hopeless but hopefully things are back in a less squeue-iff way now. So what are the current standings?

Well everything is to play for as we go into the final round:

Entry Total
James 121
GrifF1 119
guille2306 115
Andy (The Speedgeek) 111
Nick Ollivere 109
Lukeh 106
Alex 104
Brawn2bwild 103
startledbunny 103
fourstar 102
Bearded Stew 101
Rod 98
the blue pariah 96
Pete 94
Christine 93
psionandy 90
Alison 90
Nick In Dubai 90
baliman 88
dp 85
Dan Brunell 84
Igor 83
Pat W 82
Lou 82
Amy 81
RubberGoat 80
Steven Roy 77
mr. c. 73
RG 66
Jordan Allen 65
Marilene Riddle 65
RocketRedhead 64
Fiox 50

Pretty exciting stuff as you must agree**.

But everything can change as we go into the final round so why not enter? It’s really easy: http://aaserver.co.uk/widgets/poll.cgi?race=19

*What I hope are all of the problems.

** Well you don’t have to agree, I just thought you might.

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SofaF1 Championship Round 18

Button out of the running as Red Bull cream the field again, Alonso keeps the lead with another podium and The Hulk ups his stock with a fantastic pole!

Well, here we are, the final race is suddenly upon us, where has the last year gone?

Four drivers still in contention for the title although Hamilton is unlikely to win it now, unless he wins the race and the other 3 fail to finish, which I suppose could quite easily happen, this being F1 and all. What will happen between the Red Bulls? Will Vettel help Webber? Probably not! Even if it means Alonso winning the title. Webber needs to give it everything he’s got though, this may well be his only chance to win the title. Vettel is a champion in waiting, but a few errors  and some car glitches this year have made it harder than it should have been. Is Vettel the new Raikkonen?

Alonso, what can we say? He has been hovering in the background for a while now and just stole the championship lead from under the noses of the Red Bulls. Can he get a top two place finish and take the title outright? His third title and a new record as the youngest third time winner?

Probably i’d say, with Vettel coming second, hmm that sounds familiar, i think that was my championship prediction from March!! Oh well we’ll see soon enough, roll on Abu Dhabi. Anyone else got a view on the outcome?

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Brazillian Pole Poll

It could all be decided this weekend  at the Brazillian Grand Prix… One driver could take the crown, but will another driver be thrown in jail?

Only you can predict it and you can predict it here: http://aaserver.co.uk/widgets/poll.cgi?race=18

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SofaF1 Championship Round 17

Crazy weather, crazy race, Red Bulls out, Alonso marches on. Still 2 to go though what is going to happen?

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Korean Pole Poll

Hey everyone… It’s time for the Korean Grand Prix. Maybe we should add a column where you can predict if the race is actually going to happen? No. Okay lets not. Usual rules apply here we go:

http://aaserver.co.uk/widgets/poll.cgi?race=17

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SofaF1 Championship Round 16

Well, rain delayed qualifying but Vettel saw them all off this weekend, Webber still in the lead of the championship, but Alonso and Vettel close behind as McLaren start to fade away. Still, a few races left though …who knows what might happen

http://aaserver.co.uk/widgets/poll.cgi

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Japan Pole Poll

Argh… Late slow… Crazy…

Here you go: http://aaserver.co.uk/widgets/poll.cgi?race=16

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