The rule changes for 2019 restricting movement of drivers between teams made putting the teams together at the beginning of the year a critical process for ensuring they were, and stayed, competitive and the same will be true in 2020, with a couple of changes that make the process potentially even more complex.
In this article, I'll explain the new rules that impact this and the thought process I'll be going through when selecting the Kinetic teams.
Pro / Sportsman / Junior Teams
What was clear in 2019 was that to be competitive in the Pro team category (now renamed Elite), you needed to have at least 4, preferably 5 Pro drivers running in each event. With the change to running specific Sportsman splits (which will always happen in Americas and is likely to happen often in Europe/International), this will be even more critical in 2020 because Sportsman drivers will not be able to get close to the same level of points as pro drivers.
In 2020, Sportsman teams are restricted to 2 (rather than...
It's difficult to describe the fanatical support given to Brazilian drivers at the Brazilian GP... perhaps the only thing that comes close is the Ferrari support at Monza.
But, the really weird thing is that Brazilian drivers actually have a fairly poor record at the race. Aryton Senna only won twice (while his great rival Alain Prost is the most winning driver with 6 wins), as did Nelson Piquet, Emerson Fittipaldi (who won the 1st 2 races) and Felipe Massa. It's also a race that Lewis Hamilton has had little success - also "only" winning twice.
There's been a World Championship GP in Brazil since 1973, initially at the fearsome 8km long orginal Interlagos track, then at Jacarepagua in Rio from 1978 until 1989 but moved back to the shorter version of Interlagos at is still used now in 1990.
Like our Majors series this year, Interlagos has often been the last race of the F1 season and has seen some remarkable championship clinching performances - maybe the most dramatic being Lewis H...
This year the Majors support series has grown in size & stature from something a very small number of people did occasionally to a fairly serious series in it's own right - particularly after the mid season change to the format. Let's consider some numbers we achieved this year (with 1 round to go!):
- 40 races in 13 rounds so far (43/14 by the end of the year). Why not 13 x 3? We had to split the Americas region for Indy :-)
- 176 Competitors who were classified finishers in at least 1 race
- 40 Different Race/Class winners
There won't be very many leagues on iRacing that can claim numbers like that - and we're "just" the support series.
One of the really great things about the support series is that it mixes up the regions so we race people we normally don't in the main events and so can expand our circle of friends. A great example of this was Adam Facciponti and I had an awesome battle at Spa and we've done a lot of friendly chatting since then even though we're on different teams, diff...