Manager profile: Zé Pedro Paula

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Name:Zé Pedro Paula
Country: Mozambique
Joined:Mar 15th, 2020
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Number of GPs:12 (96)
Points scored:90 (261)
Wins:3 (5)
Podiums:10 (18)
Pole positions:0 (1)
Fastest laps:1 (7)
Avg pts/race: 7.5 (2.72)
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First GP: Season 75, Race 2
Times logged on:1980
Time spent on GPRO:1200.2 hours
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Group:Rookie - 145
Season position:2nd
Money: $??.???.???
Driver: Sébastien Kessel (100)
Tech D: None
Staff overall:8
Tyres: Pipirelli
Team name: Nitrous F2 Racing
Team position:334
Team points:150.4003


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Here McLaren goes again

Rookie Level:
The Abandoned Running Wheel (Rev 2)

Newbie Rookie Undetailed Tips
Rookie: You choose the race dry tyres in Q1.
Pro: Mark race 10 on your calendar and save all analysis before this race.

My best advice, don't rush into the Amateur level. You won't get another chance to experiment and explore so much for free. Unless you rush and then fall back to Rookie again. Enjoy the ride and the views on your way up. Few things are unimportant. If Any.

Keep spinning the wheel trying different things and you'll get fast enough to jump to... "rush hour in downtown Manhattan". And don't forget to take some money for the visit. The longer you plan to stay the more money you should take

Driver OA Reput Age Weight Season Races Points Win Podium Pole Fastest
Pierre Joker Hahne - - - - S75 10 11 0 1 0 0
Gino Ginão Massa 84 0 29 83 S75 6 12 0 1 0 1
Jim Champion Lancaster 74 0-5 20 81 S76 17 66 1 1 0 1
Mihai Hagi Hora 72 0 21 82 S77 17 82 1 5 1 4

Group Rookie 145

S145: Adrielson Santos, Alejandro Babacci, Alex K-f, Andres Salguedo, Antonio Ferreira, Daltton Lima, Dani Skubs, Dora Sanders , István Végh, Juan Reyes, Ken Woodrow, Miroslav Pajkic, Nicolas Portela, Otto Porsanger, Peter Browaeys, Rafael Iglesias.

S6 (S80):
You're the 1st, the 2nd, my last

We are repeating Rookie as a punishment for not resist temptations. And not from the depths. From the hights. Don't trade your enjoyment for vainglory. We arrived really hurt. We have a orange stain in our account last season. Unlike Rookie it won't be there a 2nd time. And like the stain, Rookie is also the last. Next season we won't be here.

We are going to promote and win the championship!!... oh wait. We are going to meet the competition first. We will be right back.

R85 (R1) - Nurburgring: The Restart

We are pretty excited with this another restart. But we also want to be the last. This time will be better done. It should be. The competition gets harder and harder but not that fast. We've been here 2 seasons ago.

We have a grid pretty much like our last Rookie season when we promoted in 3rd. Same for the Rookie grid. So, the goals are pretty much the same. Score every race and and get good points. We need over 75. We don't know yet. We want to win obviously. But most important is do much better financially. As wel as make as much as all our seasons summed. Or at least all our Rookie seasons.

We start inside the promotion zone. And we want to stay here. Or always close to it. We need to aim for 3rd in the standings the whole season. Too soon to be sure of most things. We have challenges to take the championship for sure. But that's not the priority.

We also can give more to the team at this level I suppose. Most had a good start too. In the Nations we also start too high.

R-145 Grid Rookie Grid R-145 Race Rookie Race R-145 S80 Rookie S80 Teams Nations Trophy
4th 645th 4th 395th 4th 395th 218th 77th

R86 (R2) - Paul Ricard: New bad habits

We brought some things from Amateur. So, we are going to smoke out a bit. Just a bit. Nothing compared to... avoid promotion, going to negative and all those "strategies". We're still searching for happiness.

We had a problem in the qualifies. We do this things to us. It just makes the challenges more challenging. We are still out for points.

After all there was no problem big problem. If any. We were just the "weirdos" this race. And we got a podium. We were not expecting this. But perhaps we should. And we are up in the chart. In our aim. The 3rd. Let's keep close to it.

The team keeps performing well too. It's our best start since we joined.

R-145 Grid Rookie Grid R-145 Race Rookie Race R-145 S80 Rookie S80 Teams Nations Trophy
11th 1236th 2nd 369th 3rd 305th 215th 79th
-7 -591 +2 +26 +1 +90 +3 -2

R87 (R3) - Valencia: If it's not broken

We are going to keep a similar approach. It worked well. But it's another race and another environment. We think we are adapted.

A slightly better start position but it only means we are not going that "weird" this time around. We have serious opposition for the 4 top spots and at least a couple of others will want to join the brawl.

Would be hard to do as well as last race but we wanted better. We fought for it to the finish line side by side with the car ahead. We keep "our" 3rd in the charts. We actually consolidated it a bit. Winning the championship is for now very out of our goals.

The team performed a little worse too. This is not a sprint.

R-145 Grid Rookie Grid R-145 Race Rookie Race R-145 S80 Rookie S80 Teams Nations Trophy
8th 940th 6th 500th- 3rd 366th 284th 82nd
+3 +296 -4 -N = -61 -69 -3

R88 (R4) - Hungaroring: Operation: Perfect 10

We've been here twice and did fairly well. 1 Podium and 4.5 points average. We want to give Séb a good 1st experience here. His 2nd ever podium is possible. He will be 21... races old. It would be a nice gift for all.

We got our best grid, together with the 1st race. But this one is better. Should be. The grid is getting stronger than us. Is it just apparently. The answer is coming soon.

And we delivered. Séb was clinical. Zero mistakes. We are up 1 place in the charts which gives us a slight "margin". And the Bo$$ is exhilarated. He was clearly loosing weight since last season's negative balance and saying he was joining Séb in the gym, but the results were not the same. He should really start eating and that's exactly what he's been doing. A couple of races ago we started for the first time ever in profit. This race we should go with "real profits and real money". No one can shut him up. He could at least finish eating and gives us a break .

The team slided down a little more but we're in our last seasons average and we just had a too good start. We are just "on the move".

R-145 Grid Rookie Grid R-145 Race Rookie Race R-145 S80 Rookie S80 NitrousF2 Nations Trophy
4th 613th 2nd 178th 2nd 269th 318th 79th
+4 +327 +4 +N +1 +97 -34 +3

R89 (R5) - Slovakiaring: A smoothie, please

We've successfully done a couple of interesting, even exciting, "tests" and now we are going to get back to "normal" at least for now. We want to score in all races and promote with profit. We can manage the "ball possession" for a while.

We have our best possible grid. At least for now. And an incredible Rookie grid. But this race is complicated. The weather can turn a bit to the folkloric. Where the most fool can match the most wise. We are applying for the most fool. For now.

We got another podium without pushing too much. We were lucky to gain 1 position in the last laps but it would still be inside the podium. This was a tasty "smoothie".

The team seems to be in a slight upward trajectory.

R-145 Grid Rookie Grid R-145 Race Rookie Race R-145 S80 Rookie S80 NitrousF2 Nations Trophy
2nd 79th 2nd 262nd 2nd 236th 316th 79th
+2 +534 = -84 = +33 +2 =

R90 (R6) - Bremgarten: Under an umbrella

We should be worried. Very worried. It's raining. But is it? Some. Probably. Probably much. We are going to try to "beat the system" but we won't be bothered if we get beaten instead. We just want to get away with some points.

It's not our best grid but as we said, it's a beat-the-system strategy for this race. You have to cover many eventualities.

These races only happen once an... era. The old era had Kyalami and now the new era has Bremgarten. :-D We did a pretty much "flat" race, 3rd to 3rd, in a pretty unstable weather. We consolidate our current 2nd which is our "safety seat" for promotion.

The team also survived the weather roller coaster well and keeps climbing steady.

R-145 Grid Rookie Grid R-145 Race Rookie Race R-145 S80 Rookie S80 NitrousF2 Nations Trophy
3rd 246th 3rd 500th- 2nd 244th 310th 77th
-1 -167 -1 -N = -8 +6 +2

R91 (R7) - Fiorano: Break time

It's just the calm sun after the showers. We came out through it pretty much unscathed. Actually, confident enough that we can promote and finish with more money than all the previous seasons put together. Our average car and driver has done pretty much much of the job so far.

It looks like we can now make these kinds of starts. Our first grids almost got us worried. But we could not expect such easiness so far. We were expecting to be loosing in this mid section. Specially without having to worry much the Bo$$.

We could call ourselves the "flat racers". In any weather. But we've been collecting podiums in the last 4 races and putting a big cushion under... us. We had a "lightning" hitting our car in the last laps when we were going to smash a 1st win for Séb but we are still all happy with the course of the season.

The team is in "slight upwarders" mode lately too.

R-145 Grid Rookie Grid R-145 Race Rookie Race R-145 S80 Rookie S80 NitrousF2 Nations Trophy
3rd 232nd 3rd 500th- 2nd 254th 305th 75th
= +14 = Z = -10 +5 +2

R92 (R8) - Silverstone: Just for the record

We raced in all tracks and we want better times in this one. Meaning much better in the case. We got 1 point before but this time around we want more than that.

We have a parking spot now on the grid. Let's see where we end up. It looks like we are on the "weirdos gang" again. We did well last time so, we expect the usual "good points" position to drag our current safety on the furthest we can.

And we couldn't do any better. First ever win for Séb. Matching our 2 last drivers in Rookie. We feel he can double it this season. Much more podiums than any other previous driver. He really looked somewhat familiar. A young some one. Not anyone from Formula 1. But surely a celebrity. Perhaps even from GPRO. Those eyebrows... that smile. We're still wondering but he sure looked like a winner. :-)

The team slipped a bit. But that's how slightly upward trejectories work. Should be a small correction.

R-145 Grid Rookie Grid R-145 Race Rookie Race R-145 S80 Rookie S80 NitrousF2 Nations Trophy
3rd 676th 1st 280th 2nd 241st 313th 76th
= -444 +2 +N = +13 -8 -1

R93 (R9) - Poznan: Now the other weirdo

We are going to try something different when we think that most will do how we also would. No, we don't like to be different. We are still trying do as well as usual.

We tried a better parking spot but we couldn't manage. We expect a good start. The finish is still unknown. Just projected. In the higher end of the race.

We didn't see this coming. The car should finish in the best shape possible. And it did. Séb was like... a 'big blue boyscout' and lapped everyone in the track. There was all kind of strategies and wrong strategies. We think we did ours very right.

We were "Big Blue in Poznan!"

The team is still sliding down a bit. We can already start thinking on next season in Amateur so we can do our best season ever. After this one.

R-145 Grid Rookie Grid R-145 Race Rookie Race R-145 S80 Rookie S80 NitrousF2 Nations Trophy
3rd 197th 1st 165th 2nd 211th 319th 76th
= +479 = +115 = +30 -6 =

R94 (R10) - Austin: Season closing

We feel pretty much promoted. We have a margin of over 30 points to our opponents that are fighting with the finances. We are going to fulfill our financial goals this race. Have more money than all seasons together. We are actually featured in the Top 100 Wealthiest Rookies. We may get in the top 50. As well as in the championship fight. In anyway, it will be an happy long ending.

We start in the best place this season. Let's see if we finish the same way. We all face a change of weather somewhen. Hope our "holidays" plan is good for the whole race.

It was enough for another podium for Séb, the Swiss Watch. Also doubling our total ever. We've never been so high at this level's race but still a long way to go to our best in the game's race, even at this level. Rookie is really being smashed by the weight of the wizards and old alchemists.

The team got in a slghtly downward trajectory meanwhile.

R-145 Grid Rookie Grid R-145 Race Rookie Race R-145 S80 Rookie S80 NitrousF2 Nations Trophy
2nd 291st 2nd 263rd 2nd 201st 328th 75th
+1 -96 -1 -98 = +10 -9 +1

R95 (R11) - Mexico City: Need of statistics

We've been here already 3 times and always left empty handed. We want at least some points but because we will hardly race here again in Rookie, we want some more good statistics. Can we get another podium and keep the spree.

We don't start so behind since our first races. Even when we went with similar approach. Anyway, from now on we will only try small feats.

It was one of those up the hill races and we got to the summit 1st in the group. We almost got to the 1st in the standings but that wouldn't make us so happy because the leader went out with the wrong tyres. We like to compete before we like to win. Can be fair but not so square.

We are already looking into the next season and how we can help the team better in Amateur.

R-145 Grid Rookie Grid R-145 Race Rookie Race R-145 S80 Rookie S80 NitrousF2 Nations Trophy
6th 876th 1st 500th- 2th 197th 335th 75th
-4 -585 = -N = +4 -7 =

R96 (R12) - Brasília: Racing away

It's a similar track to the last. Not the best. But we didn't do any bad. But it's the home of a few in the grid. And after last race, one is really wanting to do very good.

Looks like we are back to our season bad grids but still keeping the good results. We're just testing things now.

R-145 Grid Rookie Grid R-145 Race Rookie Race R-145 S80 Rookie S80 NitrousF2 Nations Trophy
4th 586th - - - - - -
+2 +290 - - - - - -


Amateur Level:
The Floor With No Floor

There is a red floor. It's not a carpet. Looks fiery. Below you can feel the rookie swirl. There the only safe place is the green zone. Above, the only unsafe place is the red floor. No one wants to touch it. We need to learn how to float. Higher than 8 amateurs. Maybe a little less than 8. These unfortunate along with the lucky 4 rookies make a kind of between levels roller coaster... from hell. The ceiling is high. There is plenty of room to the green zone. Something good.

And, it's a drought. And threatens to be a drought for seasons to come. A drought of points, let alone podiums and wins. You do can get points and feel very very lucky. Reality wise, it's wacky.

Drivers Season Races Points Wins Podiums Pole Positions Fastest Laps Position
Mihai Hora S78 17 0 0 0 0 0 30th
Sébastien Kessel S79 17 0 0 0 0 0 38th

Group Amateur 82

There is a bunch of cars. A throng. Nothing unexpected. It looks doable. Retaining. And we joined a team. It can up us a couple or more notches.

It will take a couple of seasons before we start to get acquainted with our competition. Maybe more.

S78: Champion - Antonio Rudio
S79: Champion - Juan Carlos Mendez

It took a couple of seasons to return to Rookie without many... with no acquaintances at all.

S5 (S79):
The Long Drought

We think we have pretty much seen "everything". At this level, and even above, until you get to the middle of the table you can forget about everything except a few lucky small points. Even your average performance worth nothing. You need the "performance" to be better than the average. Being better than the average is not enough. We still can make lemonade. Bring the lemons on, life.

R68 (R1) - Melbourne: The Usual Low

And we are going to start from a bottom. We have a brand new driver that needs his first taste of tarmac. Then needs more. It will be interesting to see how his debut is.

And from the bottom we start. Our worst grid in Amateur. We did a mistake. We just want to see Séb driving first.

It's amazing how a bunch of ever wackier races almost make a 40 car race look like a normal race. That's how you cook a live frog. Slowly. We start exactly like last season and hope this is our bottom again.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Avg. Pos. A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
39th 3335th 35th 35 (35th) 35th 2918th 326th 98th

R69 (R2) - New Delhi: New Hope

We are not going to quote Gandhi, but it has more to do with the current mood than with the race in itself. Séb will just follow his destined path, to great achievements. It's his race number 2.

We improved a bit. But in the group it's just because there are 2 absences already. But in the level it's more real. Just like we like. A steady slightly upward trajectory. When possible.

And we did just that improving just 1 position in the race but already falling in the standings. let's do better next.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Avg. Pos. A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
37th 3182nd 34th 34.50 (34th) 37th 2831st 341st 103rd
+2 +153 +1 +0.50 (+1) -2 +87 -15 -5

R70 (R3) - Yas Marina: 3rd Notch Up

We have to push our new driver Séb very carefully. Hopefully we can do it better sooner rather the later. We should be last every race but we've managed to do better so far.

We did slightly worse but at the bottom. Meaning, we got a little closer to the pole position. Where we will never get in this season and the next and who knows when.

And slightly worse we did in the race too. Slightly upward trajectories are like this. Next should make a better average. Or not worse at least.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Avg. Pos. A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
38th 3203rd 36th 35 (36th) 38th 2787th 359th 105th
-1 -21 -2 -0.5 (-2) -1 +44 -18 -2

R71 (R4) - Sakhir: Another "long" race

We have to be patient because we had to "fine tune" our approach now. Or never. The previous tune should do well ahead and much better now. We'll just need to do the trick again.

We're still losing ground to everyone even trying to improve every race. We never finished in last so far.

We did more or less like last race. We keep finishing better than the start but it's not close to enough yet.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Avg. Pos. A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
39th 3265th 36th 35.25 (36th) 38th 2786th 373rd 106th
-1 -62 = -0.25 (=) = +1 -14 -1

R72 (R5) - Yeongam: Half way to something

We don't really know where exactly we are at. Just that it's just the beginning of something. In the shorter term we have to wait for the other half yet.

We never did better than this grid this season. So we need at least our best finish this season or better. Just to improve the morale.

And we did never better than this race this season. Looked like Séb had waken up from the depths of a sleep, to start dreaming.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Avg. Pos. A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
37th 3190th 30th 34.20 (35th) 36th 2684th 392nd 108th
+2 +75 +6 +1.25 (+1) +2 +102 -19 -2

R73 (R6) - Imola: Whatever, we take it

This race might not be the best to check our progress. Can be good as well as bad. But we really need to aim above 33rd during this half of the season's "start".

We keep... "improving" our grids. But we have no illusions. We still start from last. We think we have all the options covered. For to rain or for not to rain.

And it looks like Séb is really moving. In his own slightly and steady upward trajectory. And/or the other are... a bit more volatile. It was a complicated race for many including us. Looks like we may have an "encore".

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Avg. Pos. A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
35th 3162nd 28th 33.16 (35th) 37th 2592nd 378th 106th
+2 +28 +2 +1.04 (=) -1 +92 +14 +2

R74 (R7) - Ahvenisto: ICYMI: We love you too, Ahvenisto

We did very well in Ahvenisto the only time we were here. Win and fastest lap. No pressure Séb. It will be only your 7th. We may have a couple of supporters here. Just keep the program and smile.

We keep starting from last again but what matters is what happens during this other misty race. And as always we hope to do better than a few.

We didn't do so well in this second "folk" race where only the wizards and a few losers and lucky managers do well. It's apparently fun. Specially festivals with double folk races like these last two ones.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Avg. Pos. A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
37th 3176th 36th 33.57 (38th) 38th 2570th 373rd 108th
-2 -14 -8 -0.41 (-3) -1 +22 +5 -2

R75 (R8) - Jerez: Back to the program

Things start to look like they are moving. It's baby steps but it finally makes things more interestings this season. We are getting close to know if we even put goals for this season.

And we are not going to start from last. Barely. It looks good but it's mostly due to more no starts. Anyway we need to keep climbing up the grid.

It was a normal race for the time being. But we expect some changes in the near future results.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Avg. Pos. A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
33rd 3099th 32nd 33.37 (38th) 38th 2479th 378th 109th
+4 +77 +4 +0.20 (=) = +91 -5 -1

R76 (R9) - A1-Ring: Before the tunnel

There was a slight change of strategy for the season, so we are going into another mode soon. New measurements will be scarce.

Same grid as last race. We expect a relaxed race.

We do fine in relaxed races. Which is always good. We need the make the resources last longer for now.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Avg. Pos. A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
33rd 3097th 30th 33 (37th) 38th 2391st 384th 110th
= +2 +2 +0.37 (+1) = +88 -6 -1

R77 (R10) - Serres: Ex-season start

This was suppose to be the last race to chip our absolute beginner driver to the shape we needed but will be the last race of something else. You adapt or you die. We are probably not going to make it to retain but nobody can't make us stop believing.

Our best start this season. But it's really an unusual grid. At least at the top and the bottom. It's hard to look to all that rest of the crowd in the middle of the list. We ain't got that plenty of time.

And we equal the best result this season too. We can still have some fun while... having to suffer a little.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Avg. Pos. A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
31st 2898th 28th 32.5 (37th) 38th 2297th 372nd 110th
+2 +199 +2 +0.5 (=) = +94 +8 =

R78 (R11) - Avus: The tunnel of smoke

We were expecting having to smoke earlier than this race and for a few races, but this should be only the entry of the tunnel.

We failed in a qualify. Something that should not happen but it does way too often. It's a feature.

We still got our best position this season. Pretty much not impressive. But still rewarding. We have the signs but we need the wonders.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Avg. Pos. A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
35th 2980th 26th 31.9 (37th) 38th 2167th 364th 112th
-4 -82 +2 +0.6 (=) = +130 +8 -2

R79 (R12) - Avus: Smoke on the water

Again, we are not sure what's going to happen. When and if it rains or not and we are not alone. We are actually too many. And we are going to smoke too and we are not alone. Actually could be more and do it sooner.

It's a very good start but only because of different strategies. And we will have other problems during the race.

We were expecting a little worse since not many other cars had problems. We need to fix our issues fast.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Avg. Pos. A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
27th 2545th 27th 31.5 (36th) 38th 2091st 349th 110th
+8 +435 -1 +0.4 (+1) = +76 +15 +2

R80 (R13) - Bucharest Ring: More smoke on the water

We could go negative and keep trying to do something fun. But we wouldn't pay interest fees. So we hope this is the big smoke race for us. We need cleaner air ahead.

Would be hard to do a better start than last race. But it's good enough for us. Hardly the race can be better. But you never know, so close to the big last smoke feast.

This race will go down in our history as the race we... went negative. Don't laugh. The Bo$$ is very depressed and we can hear yawns from the office container. Could go down in the history of the game as one of the folkest races but no. Just total shock and awe. Nothing to see. Keep moving. With our first and only Dropout ever and forever. We need to finish the season positive so we don't stain the Bo$$' family reputation.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Avg. Pos. A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
31st 2763rd 31st 31.46 (35th) 38th 2119th 346th 111th
-4 -218 -4 +0.04 (+1) = -28 +3 -1

R81 (R14) - Portimão: All for the money. Season 2

Our very thin chance to try to achieve a miracle retention just got smashed by some 90% rule. We wonder why someone would start a race to not finish it on porpuse. Time is short to even shed a tear. We will be there and see.

We expected a setback after last race. We couldn't afford any bad surprises. We need a good race every race now. Even any smoking race from us.

Not bad at all when you do the best of the season. We keep on pushing. Looks pretty much like dragging. But it's still forward.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Avg. Pos. A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
32nd 2882nd 25th 31 (34th) 38th 2042nd 392nd 112th
-1 -119 +6 +0.46 (+1) = +77 -46 -1

R82 (R15) - Montreal: The prelude to an end

This track doesn't suit us well. But our present goals are not about results. More excitment to come soon. Really, it's the last 2 races next.

Not a good place to start from but we're pretty well used to this. We may have problems by the end of the race.

We won 10 positions which is very good. Now we need to not make any misteps in the next couple of steps. The final ones.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Avg. Pos. A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
37th 2960th 27th 30.73 (35th) 38th 1965th 383rd 112th
-5 -78 -2 +0.27 (-1) = +77 +9 =

R83 (R16) - Laguna Seca: The beginning of an end

We feared we could not make at least 1 rehearsal before the big smoking festival. We can see where we ressurface after a long and very dry season. We already missed 1 step for this race. Or maybe not.

We're a going to see how we are before the main event. The main event of the underdogs fight. Our grid position is not bad. And to aid the last race miracle we need at least a much better 2nd miracle result right in this race.

We did get our best but not even close to our secret expectations. Top 20. We will have to "double down" on this result and aim for top 12 in the least. Level wise we are as "good" as race 12 last season. But game wise we are as good as our 2nd Rookie season. We see no miracle yet. Only dark clouds ahead. But, they say, it's good for the harvest. We're much into popular wisdom. Next race will be all about... mysticism.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Avg. Pos. A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
32nd 2885th 24th 30.31 (36th) 38th 1843rd 363rd 113th
+5 +75 +3 +0.42 (-1) = +122 +20 -1

R84 (R17) - Mexico City: Fearless: The Race

We fear only the gods' randoms. How can things get worse than this. A "folk race'? We fear not. We can relegate, mostly probably, but we want to retain. We are not as ready as we wished and therefore... things can happen.

It's almost our best grid this season. But it's better than it looks. We are going with a rookie car and driver. Only the crew is a bit too good. We need to finish in the top 10 to retain.

18th or behind will be a Hall of Shame relegation.
17th will get us up a position but will be a Petty relegation.
16th to 13th we have the pities. Big Pity, Pity and Small Pity relegations.
12th is a thin ray of light. An Unlucky relegation or a Very Lucky retention.
11th is the joker. Both a Glorious retention or Glorious relegation.
10th is 99.99% A Legend Is Born retention. And undeserved by the way.

Well, after all, could not be so undeserved. With a meager 20th we got to "33rd" in the average position ranking. We needed a 11th and could put us just enough above to be deserved.
We are going back to Rookie, where we should have stayed at least 1 more season. We got another "folk race" and fuel shortages but we would never make it in this race. This race should have been the previous. See you next season. Same place. Or level.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Avg. Pos. A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
28th 2641st 20th 29.7 (33rd) 38th 1734th 352nd 115th
+4 +244 +4 +0.61 (+3) = +109 +11 -2

We finish like before the rookie season we promoted. But wiser. In the level we preformed well under the circumstances. Now, we need to wait to see our new group. This will make it more or less easy to re-promote. And return to a slight upward trajectory instead of downward. And to a positive season.


S4 (S78):
The levitation act

We've heard of legends and myths. We have a kind of idea about what's beyond the mist.
We've been looking to this level at least since the last 3rd of last season when it became a true eventuality to promote. We know the theory and have surveyed the ground. We know how plans fail. If they don't have enough branches.

R51 (R1) - Mugello: The Rite of Passage

It's a thing. Seniority couldn't have come in such appropriated time. But we still don't give much of a dime about it. It's definitely not a top skill.

We like our first ever Amateur grid position. We need to get on the top... 80%. In the Amateur level grid we are pretty behind too. Top 80% is the target for retaining. We started very relaxed. Just the like the last race of last season and we are doing fine. Even the Bo$$ is back on his "positive vibrations".

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Amateur Race A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
24th 2144th 35th 500th- 35th 3217th 244th 102nd

The positive vibrations lasted to the 17th lap. Then... came a random, or something. A brand new part with defect, should be returned to sender and replaced by a brand new one at no cost. No, we keep the worn out part that smoked for remaining 2/3 of the race. We start drown in the red floor but, this was a trial race and we got some 17 laps to get a feel of Amateur road rage. It was not good for the team competition but we'll try to... outflank these kind of randoms as much as possible... without having to have to wear a chastity belt for the races.

R52 (R2) - Hockenheim: Dust Off and Move On

In racing, there is only one direction. In the rear-view mirrors you should only see things moving away. Not a favorable track for us. But we want to finish all races above 33rd. It's not enough. We need other position in... this season.

If we liked our first Amateur grid position we like this one a notch more. In the level we are further behind. But randoms apart, and our humble goals, we always want to finish above the grid position. We usually did that in Rookie. Would be a pleasant surprise anyway.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Amateur Race A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
23rd 2427th 27th 500th- 32nd 3020th 248th 107th
+1 -283 +7 Z +3 +197 -4 -5

We did a race that we could do in the first amateur race. We got out of the red floor, barely, and we finished the race in big style. Overtaking 2 cars in the last 5 laps. Now we need to "consolidate" this "safe position"... a la last season fashion.
The team lost a few positions but put 2 amateurs in the top 500 of the level's race, where we will never be in this Amateur rookie season, and has 1 in the season's race top 100 too. Which is looking pretty good.

R53 (R3) - Sochi: Who are next?

If we want to jump up 1 more position we need a 24th this race, providing that the next above us in the standings doesn't finish ahead of us. And we got the cup. It's a thing in this level. No free rides to the quarter finals. He is stronger but, maybe we will worry about it in the next race. Anyway, the grid is not closed yet and he is starting just ahead of our car.

We like our consistency in the grids. But not that we are now doing worse races than grids, unlike in the Rookie. The level's grids kind of shows us that our group is a bit weak. Which for Amateur rookie season is sweeeet. Let's try to take another step up.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Amateur Race A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
25th 2782nd 25th 500th- 31st 2844th 275th 110th
-2 -355 +2 Z +1 +176 -27 -3

Sochi Best Qualify Best Race Lap
S75, R5, R62 Mar 27th, 2020 1:58.984s (#27174) 1:54.028s (#28340)
S78, R3, A82 Sep 26th, 2020 1:54.309s (#13828) 1:50.592s (#13926)

We finish were we started. Even so we climb 1 position up in the standings, because the manager above us made a 2nd result worse than ours. We can only know were are we ending up in the last 10% of the races. Until then, you can be 5 min or 5 h from home, in rush hour downtown. Otherwise we could all "bore to death".

R54 (R4) - Brands Hatch: The Usual Freak

This races happen way too often. In real life would happen only once every 100+ races at least. But, you want real life? Go outside and start managing real life karting.

Very good start just above the middle of the grid, but, it just means we're starting a little different than most. We need this position to make it work. Anyway, we want the position above in the standings and we can only drop to 24th in the race.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Amateur Race A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
18th 1698th 34th 500th- 32nd 2784th 280th 111th
+7 +1084 -9 Z -1 +60 -5 -1

It was a very poor race and the fact that rained for too short doesn't explain it by itself. Anyway, analyzing a 38 car race is like analysing traffic in rush hour. Yes, that's the novelty from this level up. How will the traffic be. Finishing below 32nd was not good but we just dropped 1 position and foot the safe zone.

R55 (R5) - Estoril: Sea Side Ride

We thought we had to do many of these races. Doing pretty much almost nothing. And wait. Maybe we really should do exactly that. But, we're still a bit... OOPMans. Out Of Place Managers.

Our worst Amateur grid so far, but we are not very much worried about it. The strategy is the other. So, we are aiming at, exactly, between 32nd, our minimum goal, and 24th, to go up 1 position. Between those 9 positions. We will have a better idea by the last laps of the race.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Amateur Race A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
33rd 2979th 28th 500th- 33rd 2665th 267th 112th
-15 -1281 +6 Z -1 +119 +13 -1

Mostly because of our strategy we could see what happened in most of the race. But, we need to have different strategies and we don't know when or if this is going to change later in a higher level of the group. We are frying at the top of the red floor. It's not a good feeling but we should not panic.

R56 (R6) - Oesterreichring: Tapping on the Desk

And it's... another busy Amateur race. I mean, only 1 of the usual 38 is not starting this race. Let's see what happens. To the end of the race. And we hope we have a good click-bait title every race. If an artwork's title is "no title", probably the inspiration was not high.

Another race in rain. We could hold on in Rookie but we still have to see how it is at this level. Our closest competition looks fitter for this race. We still pursue our first 24th, or higher position, since we already have a 25th.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Amateur Race A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
32nd 2806th 29th 500th- 36th 2594th 267th 113th
+1 +173 -1 Z -3 +71 = -1

Most of our direct opposition took the opportunity to climb well in the table and therefore we got even deeper in the danger zone. No panic. We got this. We think.

R57 (R7) - Zolder: Just for the Money

We need to improve our financial performance a tad. So, for the better this race is we will be a bit short... on the money and will burn a bit.

It's a good position to start in a race where we simply want to finish above 33rd. As we drop down in the ranking we now need a 23rd to go up a position and a 19th to get out of the red floor.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Amateur Race A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
25th 2705th 27th 500th- 36th 2525th 275th 114th
+7 +101 +2 Z = +69 -8 -1

The car had problems again. Nothing unexpected and we could finish in 27th. Which is not that bad for... just another race.

R58 (R8) - Indianapolis Oval: The Money Reloaded

Our best hopes are that a few try something in this race. We are going just to watch the end of the race again and think about the next race in Mexico.

It's our season's and level's worst grid and could be worse. Smallest race so far with 35 cars. It's may be because some have already took a stand and are more relaxed. We're hoping to see more taking their stand this race.

It was quite an interesting race. We choose a good strategy for an "unknown" track. We raced in similar but not quite this one. In the grid level we've been going up every race since the defected part debacle and are well inside the to 80%. We should be better in our group.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Amateur Race A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
35th 2914th 26th 500th- 36th 2243rd 252nd 114th
-10 -209 +1 Z = +282 +23 =

R59 (R9) - Mexico City: Operation:... El Sombrero

We are going to take advantage of the fact that a few teams are a bit tired after last race and are going to check about our real chances of retaining. We want at least 18th but anything above 15th would be very good.

We started in our 2nd best grid and hope this means we may be in the best strategy. Or at least, the most used for this race.

It was a bit of a failure, but this was only a drill and we were sabotaged by a big blocker in our last stint. So, we're still learning useful things for future... real operations.

We are now showing our average position in our group, which would put us 3 positions above in the standings, instead of the very little useful "amateur race" that only shows the top 500.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Avg. Pos. A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
22nd 1981st 26th 28.55 (33rd) 36th 2152nd 249th 116th
+13 +933 = 0 = +91 +3 -2

R60 (R10) - Interlagos: Break Race... 9?

We are taking another break before next attempt to climb up hill. Or a mount. We'll be better prepared. Anyway, our average position is 29th so we want above this.

It's on our average. Like most of the season. A... plain season. But we have "things to do". Besides our minimum goal, we want to improve our average position too and that's above 29th. We're still in "33rd" in... our imaginary standings. We need to get to the imaginary safe zone in 32th. We need something to do. During the breaks.

And we finished in an average position. We smoked a little earlier than would expect. So it doesn't change much our current positions.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Avg. Pos. A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
30th 2620th 30th 28.7 (33rd) 36th 2104th 254th 116th
-8 -639 -4 -0.15 (=) = +48 -5 =

R61 (R11) - Fuji: Up the... mount

Another... "operation". We expect a better end result than our last rehearsal. We need to learn as much as we can.

We needed a bit better grid for this race. But we need to do what we need to do. And we trust Mihai is going to bring a good display in the race.

We had our best result ever. Could be even a bit better. Gives us hopes.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Avg. Pos. A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
24th 2256th 19th 27.81 (32nd) 36th 2015th 252nd 115th
+6 +364 +11 +0.89 (+1) = +89 +2 +1

R62 (R12) - Irungattukottai: Fasting

We need to save the mechanics a bit, so we are not very hungry for this race. Just keep a good average until we get a good result.

Poor grid, but we may still do an interesting race.

And we did a quite good race getting our 2nd best position in the season and level. We're in the top 2/3 of the level. Should be more than enough.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Avg. Pos. A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
30th 2755th 20th 27.16 (32nd) 35th 1885th 281st 115th
-6 -499 19th +.65 (=) +1 +130 -29 =

R63 (R13) - Baku: Testing "the alternative"

This should be another race of the season. We don't race another we... season now. But we are going to try something sligthly different.

Everything normal in the grid. Except the 3 absences.

We finished in our best position and jump up a few championship positions. Back in the safe zone, still in the bottom. But we had the 4th fastest lap... you want to know a secret? But the very best is that... we may be able to race all the races from now on.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Avg. Pos. A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
25th 2390th 15th 26.23 (29th) 32nd 1794th 271st 117th
+5 +365 +4 +0.93 (+3) +3 +91 +10 -2

R64 (R14) - Instanbul: A New Life

We are going to "repeat" the previous race. We need some confirmations. Dearly. We want to maintain ourselves in the safe zone or even do better

The grid is not the best but it's not how it starts. We are not that bad in the level's grid. These races start to get a bit too odd. We may get "even" with that.

And we "repeat" our 2nd best position. Which gives us a plus sign race in the most of the standings.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Avg. Pos. A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
31st 2430th 17th 25.57 (26th) 31st 1723rd 280th 118th
-6 -40 -2 +0.66 (+3) +1 +71 -9 -1

R65 (R15) - Anderstorp: And now... just something different

All the races shall be different now. We are going to try something more similar. But perhaps not in this race. Just because the Bo$$ promised that we would never go negative.

It's just a good grid. Only 34 cars. But we are not expecting an happy ending. But always hoping. This race promises to be crazy just by itself.

It wasn't too bad. We did have expected problems but it was a wacky race as also expected.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Avg. Pos. A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
20th 2048th 21st 25.26 (27th) 32nd 1646th 288th 120th
+11 +382 -4 +0.31 (-1) -1 +77 -8 -2

R66 (R16) - Grobnik: Suspense and Smoke

It should be more of the last race. We don't know. Can be and can be not. Of course that we want it to be. It's the wacky races.

It's a normal grid in another peculiar race. We are not expecting much of it but maybe many other expect even less.

And we got a similar position to the last race. But we dropped to the red floor and have only one last chance to revert the situation. But, for the first time we tasted the points positions. Or the point position.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Avg. Pos. A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
25th 2311th 21st 25.00 (27th) 35th 1561st 282nd 123rd
-5 -263 = +0.26 (=) -3 +85 +6 -3

R67 (R17) - Zandvoort: All or Nothing

It's not like life and death. We should be well. We finish on an average position of 25th and this would make us 27th, in theory. In the level, well above the top 80%, in around the middle of the Amateur table.

This is it. This season was almost all for this race. Not the next season, hopefully. There has to be another way. We need to get to 14th to start to thinking about retaining.

And everything came out as expected since the end of the last Rookie season. Only then we didn't expected that it would be so wacky. You could barely see the track with all the smoke and you could see war... car wreckages on the track sides. We only made a mistake and had to stop in the last lap when we had the 5th. But it was our race and we still finish high and well above the red floor, just a couple of positions.

Well, congrats to the champion... we hardly met along the whole season and we had the pleasure to beat him 3 times head to head.

A-82 Grid Amateur Grid A-82 Race Avg. Pos. A-82 S78 Amateur S78 Teams Nations Trophy
26th 2287th 9th - (-) 30th 1349th 278th 123rd
-1 +24 +12 - (-) +5 +212 +4 =

And it was done, the body... the underbody levitated enough above the 33rd notch and we go through to the next Amateur season.


Group Rookie 62

Before S75: Walter Vega, Oscar Delgado, Thomas Coombe, Fabricio Luckezie and Grant Everingham.

S75: Hernán Tapia and myself.
Champion: Jonatha Moreira.

S76: Silvano Sini.
Champion: Alessio Cia.

S77: Papiqueve Quevedo Papi.
Raimo Rahuorg and Isak Du Plessis relegated, and Davide Panella, Giacomo Zaccaria, Matheus Warmling and Marcin Wójciak "unretired".
Champion: Davide Panella

S3 (S77):
The first cut is the deepest

This is the season. We are going to promote and be champions. The Bo$$ has been a bit absent because he is tired of racing with 'play money' and 'infinite lives' and... he misses Jim. Another victim of the 'carousel'. We are not going to 'study law' to race. We have another driver and another different driver. We think of The Driver when we earn the right to.

We need to get to around 100 points. We need to double all our wins and podiums and on the way get our first pole position. To get to at least 4th we need to aim at the 3rd before the 2 last races. To win we need to be at least 2nd then... we have to see the competition in action first. And ourselves. A slightly different start overall and an... enigma in the cockpit. Mihai. Mihai 'Hagi' Hora, the play maker for a long pass. Or a set piece.

R34 (R1) - Silverstone: To the 1st and Beyond

This time around we feel that we are really going to start from "a bottom". But we need to get points every race and good points every time.

I can only spot 3 new ex-Amateurs again but there two returning from retirement and a newbie from last season looks like wanting to have a say too. Then the 2 of us the Class of 75. Already 7 for 4 spots where 3 are Africans. We pretty much run against ourselves and try to keep a steady upward trajectory.

R-62 Grid 9th We already matched our worst grid of last season. We can only half the amount and that's exactly what we are going to do. The qualify was a bit of an enigma too. So it will be the race. Except that we will get points. :-)
R-62 Race 8th This should be our starting bottom... last season. But things got tougher this season. We are all "resistants" and the new managers are also doing well. Just makes it more interesting.
R-62 S77 8th The only way is up. Yazz
Rookie Grid 1318th Equaly one of the worst if not the worst. We have a lot to cover to get to a decent position.
Rookie Race 500th- (690th) Almost halved the "distance" we had at the start. It wasn't the best race we had regarding the preparations.
Rookie S77 Race 690th It's another bottom that we want to move away up from.
Nations Trophy 88th Start from 2nd with 2 more 1MN's in the One Manager Nation Trophy.

R35 (R2) - Magny Cours: The Next Step

We simply have to finish 7th+ in the race or in the standings in this one. Not easy task with still the 3rd worst driver. Started 2 OA points behind Jim.

R-62 Grid 10th We wanted above 9th but we have some new issues to fix. Our 1st pole position will have to wait for the 2nd half of the championship.
R-62 Race 6th We had a pretty good result under the current conditions. We had brake problems from lap 60 when we were 5th and could finish 4th. Mihai needs a bit more training. In maintenance.
R-62 S77 7th Like a Swiss clock. Onto the 6th now.
Rookie Grid 500th- We missed this position but it was close to 1200th. We have more work to do and knowledge acquired already.
Rookie Race 500th- It will take a little more time to get above 500th again. We want to finish the season aiming above 250th.
Rookie S77 Race 597th 250th is also the target.
Nations Trophy 92nd Dropped to 5th even with 2 more nations. This season looks more interesting.

R36 (R3) - Grobnik: One more 'Horse Power' to Ride

We just learned something that would be good to know in a Rookie season start. Or before a season start. 'When in Rome,...'. Let's go odd. If we need to.

R-62 Grid 5th Could not asked for better. The super newbie didn't show up. It's a good chance to grab some good points but we need to watch the end of the race again.
R-62 Race 5th Things look like are back on track... from last season. Looks like we also have some speed back.
R-62 S77 6th Should we ask for the 5th right away? We just consolidated our "7th" pretty well. Now we need to consolidate this 6th. Would be good to be 5th after race 5.
Rookie Grid 425th This is more what we need to get.
Rookie Race 500th- I think we got pretty close to the top 500.
Rookie S77 Race 498th Above 500th already but the path to above 250th will be a lot harder.
Nations Trophy 86th We were moved to the 3 Managers' Nation Trophy. Let's see we we get some help later from 2 starting managers. We are 5th but lots' of 2 and 1 managers nations above us. But we are up in the global rank.

R37 (R4) - Brno: Approaching the Green Zone

Here is the "whole" plan. Get into 5th on race 5, inside the green zone on race 10 and... see what to do on race 15. Race 16 and 17 is preparation for next season. Can be our 1st odd move.

Our qualifies still have a lot of room to improve. But we had our new parking spot on the grid. The number 5 again. Time heals everything. :-)
We were expecting a better race and that's exactly what would happen if we miscalculated again. :-) The learning curve dropped below the confidence curve momentarily. And instead of a 4th in the race and a 5th in the championship we had to take a 7th and keep our 6th respectively.
We also dropped in the Rookie's big race. We like to have work to do. In the now 3 Managers' Nation race we keep the "5th".

R-62 Grid R-62 Race R-62 S77 Rookie Grid Rookie Race Rookie S77 Race Nations Trophy
5th 6th 6th 500th- 798th 536th 87th
= -1 = -N -373 -38 -1

R38 (R5) - Hungaroring: According to the Plan

We have to do a very good race, in a complicated race, and be in the table's 5th by the end of it. Of course we can do it later but not on schedule.

This was overall a very positive race. We got our best ever grid position, just below one of our this season goals. Then we got our 4th podium too. But the best was going directly to the green zone climbing 2 positions. We are 4th one race ahead of the "deadline". But there are currently 3 managers for 1 spot and we still need to consolidate this "enhanced 5th" this next race and aiming to 3rd and 2nd positions in the following 5 races.
In the level we made great climbs and recoveries too. From 475th, we overtook 194 Rookie cars to finish in 281st! We need a lot of these finishes in the middle third of the season and keep improving our grid position.

R-62 Grid R-62 Race R-62 S77 Rookie Grid Rookie Race Rookie S77 Race Nations Trophy
2nd 3rd 4th 475th 281st 411th 85th
+3 +3 +2 +N +517 +125 +2

Hungaroring Best Qualify Best Race Lap
S76, R2, R62 May 19th, 2020 1:27.056s  (#48710) 1:24.202s (#52802)
S77, R5, R62 Jul 31st, 2020 1:25.350s (#30008) 1:22.547s (#26362)

R39 (R6) - Jyllands-Ringen: Code Deep Green

It's very difficult to get into the promotion zone let alone get deeper. The championship dream is almost impossible this season. We need to see if we can stand in this position first. Then see how we are on race 10 and if we need the exit plan.

We did pretty well again. Mihai gave us our 3rd fastest lap with his first. I have a sneaking suspicion that he can have more of these. Let's call it... the Lando Thing.
We also keep the 4th and make a bigger gap to the 5th in the championship. In the race the 3rd escaped us twice, yes, could be a 2nd, but 2 of the 3 top contenders usual suspects podium takers had technical problems for a few laps, but early in the race and recovered, greatly, for one to take the first win.
In the Rookie race we got above 250th and that's where we want to be.

R-62 Grid R-62 Race R-62 S77 Rookie Grid Rookie Race Rookie S77 Race Nations Trophy
4th 4th 4th 523rd 181st 309th 86th
-2 -1 = -48 +100 +102 -1

R40 (R7) - New Delhi: Before Time

We are where we wanted to be on race 15, "promoted", not. Our options are one, take the 4th every race. Anything above will be awesome. But this race we start with another enigma, why are we still using WinCalc as our main tool?!

4th in the grid is good for the group but we dropped down slightly in the Level. We will try another 4th in the race to still be 4th in the standings.
4th in the race and championship. All just like last race. A "little" worse in the Rookies race but we are up in the level's big race where we are in the top 10%. We start to feel that above 200th is possible. And maybe top 5%.

R-62 Grid Rookie Grid R-62 Race Rookie Race R-62 S77 Rookie S77 Race Nations Trophy
4th 569th 4th 319th 4th 273rd 83rd
= -46 = -138 = +8 +3

R41 (R8) - Shanghai: Still Improving. Duh!

Last time we just remember we did pretty bad here. So, this should be an easy improvement but we don't know if it's as much as in other tracks that we've raced before.

We don't start so low since the first 2 races. But we are not as worried as then when we did a little worse. Our 2 main opponents just below in the standings also start just below in the race. We still hope to do good and in the Rookie race we plan to overtake a awful amount of rookie cars.
We did the job. We can call it Job 4. But we are getting closer to the 3rd. We need to find or to make a couple or more of less seconds in the race.
Mihai "overtook" 922 rookie cars in the level's race. 16.5 cars per lap. And we are up 8 spots in the rookie season's race and approaching the 250th mark.

We are in a tough group, Silvano is 115th. In 169 rookie groups, Tana and Davide are 24th and 19th! The podium of this season race is dominated by the so-called "super" rookies. Another anomaly emanated by the Reset. The Anomaly itself.

R-62 Grid Rookie Grid R-62 Race Rookie Race R-62 S77 Rookie S77 Race Nations Trophy
7th 1288th 4th 366th 4th 265th 82nd
-3 -714 = -47 = +8 +1

Shanghai Best Qualify Best Race Lap
S75, R11, R62 Apr 17th, 2020 1:49.041s (#67835) 1:43.270s (#66013)
S77, R8, R62 Aug 11th, 2020 1:42.971s (#27729) 1:39.601s  (#32075)

R42 (R9) - Yas Marina: Keeping the Promise

In these next 2 races we need to keep in the green zone. We arrived earlier than expected but we are not safe yet. While 1 of the contenders lost a bit of ground another got closer to him. But we may be only 2 for 1 spot or 4 in a little while later. And while we try to approach the 3rd place in 1 more race.

We start from 3rd but strangely one of the championship contenders didn't show up. Not so starnge is also the absence of the closest contender to take "our" 4th place, since he does that once a while. So, we are aiming for the 3rd in the race too and most probably increase the distance from the teams below us.
We didn't do the job this time around. We can call it the... Rain Job. But we got a few points when our direct opponents above and below didn't. Some new contenders for rain races or not. One also joined a team. We have to be better in this next rain job.

R-62 Grid Rookie Grid R-62 Race Rookie Race R-62 S77 Rookie S77 Race Nations Trophy
3rd 639th 6th 500th- 4th 272nd 82nd
+4 +649 -2 -N = -7 =

R43 (R10) - Sepang: Last Check Point

We are in a good situation to finish this race still in a promotion spot. But we are making about the same points as last season. We are very far from doubling "everything". We need more than a podium and a fastest lap until race 15. But the worst must be be promoted with this kind of money...

We look good in the grid. As good as we've ever been. A second time. We feel readier for this race than for the last. The rookie level grid still tells us we have room for improvement. We do better races than grids most of the times.
We looked good in the race. Don't lnow how many felt foolish like us, but in the end we were the only ones stopping in the last lap. We were 3rd and had just erased a 11 seconds gap betwwen us and the 2nd in 6 laps. We still got the 5th which is not that bad, specially under the circunstances. There are now 3 serious contenders to take me out of the promotion zone but 1 above us seems to have stopped racing.

R-62 Grid Rookie Grid R-62 Race Rookie Race R-62 S77 Rookie S77 Race Nations Trophy
2nd 654th 5th 500th- 4th 277th 81st
+1 -15 +1 Z = -5 +1

R44 (R11) - Indianapolis: A Dreadful Start for... Another Race

This will be our worst grid ever for sure. Maybe not in the group since only 12 cars are expected, but in the rookie level for sure. We may beat a record of overtaking in this race in the level but the fight for the championship goals will be the hardest of the season.

The group grid is not the worst of this season but the level's is already the worst of all time. If in the group we can expect to drop less places in the first laps, in the level we have roughly 2/3 of the rookies ahead of us.
We did very well taking into account that we had 2 mechanical problems during the race. It will be hard to hold the position but it looks like someone quit above us too.
In the rookie level we are heading in the wrong direction.

R-62 Grid Rookie Grid R-62 Race Rookie Race R-62 S77 Rookie S77 Race Nations Trophy
8th 2406th 4th 500th- 4th 301st 81st
-6 -1752 +1 +N = -24 =

R45 (R12) - Brasília: In Need of a Proper Race

The more different the races are the better to learn and improve, but we want to have a good idea of what our options are by the end of race 15. We are going to need that this and the following races are some proper races, no matter of the conditions.

We are back to the grid position of 2 races ago and the in the level's grid even we are a bit surprised in a wet race. So, one rain racer is also a threat. We need to beat our cup oppenent. The closest in the standings too.
We got a podium but lost to our main opponent, so we need to revert this right in the next race or we are out of our first cup draw, AKA semi finals, and in trouble in the championship.

R-62 Grid Rookie Grid R-62 Race Rookie Race R-62 S77 Rookie S77 Race Nations Trophy
2nd 426th 3rd 500th- 4th 308th 81st
+6 +1980 +1 Z = -7 =

R46 (R13) - Spa: A Threat Below and A Change Above

Our opponent in the champioship, and in the cup, is very close but above it seems someone quit and it's reachable within the season. So, we want to win the cup draw, which we lost the frist round and keep assuring the promotion.

We are not going to do better every time we race again in a track. We did worse in the qualify but improved in the race time.

Spa Best Qualify Best Race Lap
S76, R5, R62 May 29th, 2020 2:01.049s (#31120) 1:56.744s (#38477)
S77, R13, R62 Aug 28th, 2020 2:01.171s (-N) 1:55.818s  (#29365)

We look better in the grid than our main opponent but we are losing speed for the cars ahead of us. We still need to improve. Everyone is pushing in the last section of the season.
We did the job. The Double... Job, cup and championship. We are even in the cup and we have 1 race ahead in the head to head. In the championship we may not have to worry much, if we keep getting this kind of points.

R-62 Grid Rookie Grid R-62 Race Rookie Race R-62 S77 Rookie S77 Race Nations Trophy
4th 886th 4th 500th- 4th 296th 81st
-2 -460 -1 Z = +12 =

R47 (R14) - Portimão: Another Rain, Another Extra Threat

This is it for the cup final. Who is going to face, or to loose for the champion. Anyway, already did better than previous seasons. For the championship we want to make the same kind of result in the 2 next races. Preferably 2 good ones. Otherwise it's... Prexit, promotion exit. It will be do or die. Or kill, self.

We have a good feeling about this race, it's our 3rd 2nd position in the grid. And this is our top. Davide has 11 out of 13 poles. 10 wins and 6 fastest laps. Any 2nd something should be regarded as a "1st". We got quite a few 2nd fastest laps. We are not that slow after all.

R-62 Grid Rookie Grid R-62 Race Rookie Race R-62 S77 Rookie S77 Race Nations Trophy
2nd 445th 3rd 500th- 4th 292nd 80th
+2 +441 +1 Z = +4 +1

It was a very good race overall. We barely won the cup 1st round/semi final by 2 good laps. It was too close to call at 3 laps from the finish. So, we also gained a little advantage in the championship. We got a podium and a fastest lap. And if we make 5 more points next race we can get to 3rd... unless the 5th wins and/or someone returns to the race again, and basically assure promotion. We are very near and the 2 races before the end of season. And Raimo can also promote after all.

R48 (R15) - Monza: Promotion in Sight

In the beginning of the season we kind of "mispoke" our goals. We estimated 100 points and underestimated one of the unretired. But won't need that much.
If we get all the we did in our 2 previous sesons it will be good. We need 1 win, have already 3 podiums and 2 fatest laps. So, we already "doubled" our short career results except for the win. And we still want our first pole and unlikely get to 89 points.

Not a good grid. But we have to believe that it's just the looks. Anyway, we may have to still push after this race. We "just" want a 4th to overtake the 3rd in the standings. And then see how we are in a fight of 4 for 2 promotion spots. Hopefully still in the best position of all.

R-62 Grid Rookie Grid R-62 Race Rookie Race R-62 S77 Rookie S77 Race Nations Trophy
5th 797th 1st 195th 3rd 265th 79th
-3 -352 +2 +N +1 +27 +1

We have done this job before in Ahvenisto. Win and fastest lap. We can call it the We Love You Too, Circuit Job. Thanks to the undisputed champion having done... something with his driver. We are promoted. Almost. We just want to get points in the next races just for another achievement. Don't know yet how but we are going to relax a bit and try to make some good money if posssible. We start to be talked about in some fjord corners of Finland and some corner tables of pizzeria's in Italy.
We love you too, Monza!

R49 (R16) - Buenos Aires: Slowing Down

We still want to get points in the next two races but we feel we can relax a bit and not aim so high. We are not doing better in finances than last season. So, we still need to assure that we finish well above 8th. There is a cup final but we may have another chance to win a Rookie Cup.

Buenos Aires Best Qualify Best Race Lap
S75, R13, R62 Apr 24th, 2020 1:33.864s (#30960) 1:31.528s (#42466)
S77, R16, R62 Sep 8th, 2020 1:33.232s (#25828) 1:29.459s (#15360)

And we got our 1st pole. And we are amazed. We are not in a full race mode and we might have gone with a different strategy if we needed to push. And the usual pole taker also has to face Amateur level next season. That must be it. No one should be worried. :-) We are aiming for... 5th/6th.

R-62 Grid Rookie Grid R-62 Race Rookie Race R-62 S77 Rookie S77 Race Nations Trophy
1st 407th 3rd 321st 3rd 243rd 77th
+4 +390 -2 -126 = +22 +2

We finish above of what we expected, which is a good sign for the last race were we plan to relax even more and see if we can get some profit. Otherwise it will be very hard in Amateur. Well, would be, since we've join a team and will do better than what we did so far. We just have to spend less. We did the fastest lap again. But we are not the fastest car.

We also are in the top 250th of the Rookie big race and best ever position in the Nations Trophy.

R50 (R17) - Adelaide: A Walk in the Track

And now a last race completely different. We are already in Amateur mode. There is no use in trying anything now. We could try to win a cup against the strongest manager, or win one more race, but, we are not dumb. We should be leaving the Rookie level for good but we won't mind at all to do another, or even a couple of runs in Rookie again.

Here we go. To the last race in Rookie. For at least 1 season. We would gladly do one or two more season in this deserted level. You never know. But we won't miss it that much. It would be just useful.

R-62 Grid Rookie Grid R-62 Race Rookie Race R-62 S77 Rookie S77 Race Nations Trophy
3rd 624th 4th 480th 3rd 207th 78th
-2 -217 -1 -159 = +36 -1

And that's it. Not much to tell about crazy last races. The cup had a deserved winner, the absolutely dominant champion. We finish the season well above the 250th in the rookies' race. Overall a very positive season where we kept learning to the last race. The level up will be a whole new story.


S1.2 - The first victim of a battle is the battle plan itself

Season "2" starts here. It's really season 2 since we only missed the first race of the previous season, but who had to cope with all the games' little non-senses, we feel that this is our real 1st season and can call the previous season a preseason, only with a little advantage of having clear out quite a few rookie level killing "features". That's what Rookies go throw in their first seasons. Clueless into a preseason or learning.

The Bo$$ was short and enigmatic, "We are in business and we are going to start from scratch and go 'Absolute Rookie Full Mode'. With a new driver we are going to be in Amateur in 2 seasons. And with profit. You can mark my words". We hope so, "ex-CFO", can't tell you about the driver's profile but we have to mean business for 2 full seasons for sure. We' ready. Otherwise is looking for a team.

R17 - The Boredom before... the Pleasant Surprise
Nurburgring (R1)

Day 2: Boring again. The crew started cleaning the brand new tools and daydreaming about pit-stop records. We should be all in Anders... storp... torp... in Sweden by now! Having fun and working hard already.

We have a driver, Jim Lancaster. The final piece and biggest asset. The Bo$$ as always broke the ice...kind of. "Jim, the champion and Lancaster, the noble. Will reign supreme and be the next British legend in the Circus." Jim looked a bit clueless about the Jim, the Champion. The only time he lost a bit his "smile". He has a track record of 1 race! When we went to see the facilities and the new car Jim asked his Agent "Did he mean James or Jackie, dad?".

There was a few surprises, Jim got his enhanced smile back and a blink in the eye looking at the car. A gold blink?
Everybody is on board and on the same page and we are going northbound to let Jim and the crew get acquaintance with the car and equipment. Well, not quite well. The Bo$$, had some issues with his own ideas and demands.

- "When is the car painted yellow again?"
- "It's white."
- "Oh, I thought it was the base coat. And why we changed to white? Are we surrendering or something, 'Sun Tzu'?"
- "That's because you forgot the car color after we restored it in your cousin's garage out of the junkyard. And we changed because you said that everything would start from scratch and be like a 'White Canvas' this season."
- "Oh... right, now I picked the color..."
- "No, you picked the name of the 'new' car but we can change for 'Yellow Canvas' if you like. Still a canvas but not empty."
- "You're so funny that I can't remember why I hire you. No, I like it. Looks more like... a Formula Amateur car, more... intimidating. And we don't waste money anymore. Are you sure that under that paint it's all... 'white canvas'?"
- "'Bo$$', you hired me because you wanted to have a Formula Elite team and had nobody to trust and run it except your best friend, just because he made you a marble races champion. And if I could I would make 'the already bought 2nd hand Formula Rookie car' look like the junk before the coat."
- "OK, whatever. Just keep within the budget. Ah, and did I pick the overalls' color too or are we supporting some kind of cause?"
- "No, that's for the better pit-stop times you requested."
. "Alright! I get it, now no more Rumble in the Jungle."
- "Royal Rumble."
- "Whatever, you could start to call me 'Boss' more times.".
- "No problemo. As soon as we get to Elite and you pay me my 1% back and start to pay a salary for my 'wealthy retirement'. I quit my job remember?"
- "No one asked you to quit your job. I knew it right when the engine finally started and you said that it was true resurrection and even your job was starting to feel a little bit boring. You looked like you just escaped a rusty gutter.
- "And starting to work in a couple of hours. Boss!. Speaking about work. Where is your 'mechanical genius cousin'? 'Just a little crazy?' Who jumps onto an engine and starting to try to shake it and screaming 'Staaart!... Staaart!...'. I'm glad that I only told him that the pit stop girls weren't exactly inside the box hanging out with the crew, after the car started. You never bring down the motivation of someone working for you. I could not stand hearing anymore about 'the money' and 'the girls' and crawling all over the dead 'heart of the car' and sucking and blowing into 'the veins'. He should cut on car fluids, specially the MSF, the "magical start fluid". I still believe that it was all a miracle."
- "Or... destiny. Have to go racing with you again. This will be better than the park bikes."
- "What you're talking about? We already did better. We were third then. But having the big guys all around our bike in the end was priceless. Even you could keep the pace in the straight. They just had legs and no time for their top speed. We did scored more points that last championship before the motorcycles craze" ...

We start like last race. In the best grid position ever. 3rd. 2nd ever and in a row. And best Q1, - 0.050s than a super rookie ex-Amateur (and S17 Master) in a great McRalen Marlrobo classic livery. 366 GP's and driver with more 20 races than Jim. Jim starts the season and almost his 1 race career with 74 OA points. Now, it's the strategy moment...
This is the one to watch. Even it's only the rear.

I had already to shout with the Bo$$ to stop talking and saying that we can win and repeating "in 3rd Jim Lancaster, the noble champion mounted on the White Canvas, a pure blood Lusitanian '. But we do this since the day we met. Last time we won was marbles! And there is rain and it can happen a lot of gambling. The cards look much better than I was expecting. We are calling all the bets in round one.
Rookie Level/Game wise it's a 25% increase from 12 cars last 1st race to 15. With 3 more possible active managers for next races.

A very good display from Jim. Now I get his lack of smiling. During pit stops he looked like a statue attached to the car and his eyes all the time on front wing sign. He is all focus. 4th place in his 2nd ever race. Inside the green zone where we wanted to be and expected much later than this. But this is just the first round of game 76 and there are new players on the board. But we have been scoring for 3 races now and with a little bit less bad luck it could be 6. We believe that we can keep this average even with an absolute rookie driver.
On lap 17 he had a "John Watson moment" overtaking 2 cars in two consecutive turns. And on lap 38 took the P2 at 2.247s from the leader and being the fastest on track, closed the difference in two laps to 0.291s glued to a factory McRalen. The crowds sounded clueless in awe... like wondering if that was... Stig himself or something. And then... it was pit stop. Of course.

In the middle of the celebrations, the Bo$$ had another of his "fun pranks". He wanted to change the contract. Just wanted to have another minor option. Be able to kiss me if he couldn't help himself. He showed me the bill too and said 'You said we would start from the bottom and the only way was up, and that you never failed me.'

Rookie's Big Grid: 499th
Rookie's Big Race: 187th

R18 - Back to Where We Left
Hungaroring (R2)

This race was more of the expected. We came from 9th in the grid to 6th in the finish line. We keep scoring every race but that's not a given yet. Or will never be. Our first 2nd place with Pierre was "weather luck". The second 2nd was intentionally the Gino's "farewell party". This makes Jim's 4th in last race a bigger achievement for the team, but we regard it as an exception. Jim is no Gino yet, but after a timid start in the race we started "doing our thing". We keep the 4th in the standings but we really not expected this so soon. We can live with this new normal. And aim for more instability above. This season is showing to be more competitive and the competition is not in a stand still. Nor do we.

Rookie's Big Grid: 500th+
Rookie's Big Race: 500th+

R19 - We Shall Meet Again, Weatherman
Ahvenisto (R3)

The Bo$$ can hardly understand why his weather app is not always accurate on predictions let alone the race weather report.
- "Look at this graph."
- "What's that? We are not going to spend that much that late."
- "It's not the expenses. It's the rain probability for the race."
- "Ah yes, I know."
- "What you mean? Now you understand this... 'nerd thing'?"
- "... yes and no. No one can understand that the probability at 30 minutes will free fall from at least 90% to at most 25%. And then will shoot up from at most 25% to at least 60%. If it was to 0% or 100% it would be just a point within the period. Being a range it will probably the whole period."
- "So, it will be another lottery we can be 2nd again or 12th?"
- "No, this time is more like roulette. You spread your chances as much as you can and wait for a better round to... bet a bigger stack in just one color."
- "Well, at least we are 100% sure that we will win this first cup race, unless someone comes back to life."
- "Yes, expectations are this whole round is clear and we can even get "lucky" and clear the 2nd in the exact same way. Unfortunately, I hate to compete against dead ducks."

3rd again. The 3rd time. In a grid with 1 more car. We can get used to this. We are not as fast as last time. Let's see what we can bring to the race. If we can keep within the wolves' pack the whole season. Since it's... "cruising speed" from now on. And no "farewell party" in the last race.

Sheer luck on a table full of bets. We guessed the number. Otherwise it would be some points anyway. Most probably 4th again, or even a 3rd. We were going to pit, as well as the current leader, but he pitted in the wrong lap and we had beaten the factory McRalen fair and square earlier.
The data looked really bad for the last handful of laps. So bad that everybody was praying for rain with little hope since the data on the race weather was not any better. The McRalen could have taken it again if it wasn't for the weather and had not wait for 1 lap before pit stop.
We love you too, Ahvenisto. Team Museum open.

Rookie's Big Grid: 321st
Rookie's Big Race: 140th

R20 - Soon We Can Start Drinking
Monte Carlo (R4)

Last race was the last with "extra" spending. And we planned to make 12 points this race. First quarter of the season. We have 18 already. Plans to double the last season's 23 points this season, by race 16, is going quite well. 46 points looks so achievable that we are going to try to triple them to... (calculating) 69 points in only 15 races.
So, on race 5 we need all the points from the whole last season. That would put us in the next "level". The level with 4 promoted rookies and 7 relegated amateurs that we might take a while to get rid of and get to the other side. Getting back to this side and below the green zone of this group is a big possibility that we are going to try to avoid at all costs.
One more free money rookie season would do us a lot of good before starting jumping steps.

We start "in the points" again. And we look fast "again". Last race we didn't look but pulled the fastest lap for our 2nd time. But this is Monaco!
We were delighted to finish the season in Kyalami. But we were aiming to try to get between 6th and 8th often and try our best in the last race again. Which had to be a 1st since we were "only" 2nd last season. But now we are trying to be between 4th and 6th and Kyalami can be the promotion race. For that we need to be as good as well where 'the myths race'. The Bo$$ is much quieter now. But this is the 'prince of the races', would be very, very good to do well here'.

Monaco was also great. We dropped one position in the championship but we got another 4th and achieved the upgraded goal of 23 points in the 5th race. So, next race we can go on holidays or... try... a new stunt. We only have rookie time for experimentation and we look to be halving it to just 1 season. No more free money for "parties". It's a bet and we also need another kind of data. We are still going for points and the bigger the points the better.

Rookie's Big Grid: 500th+
Rookie's Big Race: 418th

R21 - The Experiment
Spa (R5)

Since we already have the 23 points that we wanted to have this race, we are going to try something new and almost opposing our... "Watsonian" strategy thought. Not that we are going to race relaxed but we are going to "stop in all the pubs in the street"... can be a really big... hangover too.

We had our season's grid parking spot. 3rd time 5 grids. Will take this spot every grid of the season. But the top of the grid is a bit upside down to say so. So not only us trying to make the race more interesting. We just hope to not play the clown in this one. Let's... "party" then...

It was another interesting race with many different strategies and lessons learned, even a couple unexpected, and our 3P strategy for 2 seasons (meanwhile turned into a 1 season strategy) just a bit scratched.
1st P for Points, we got them with our worst position this season. 2nd P for Profit we failed since we successfully started it 2 races ago. And still in the 3rd P zone but losing ground in the two ends. Above and below. We pitted in the last laps so as a few managers with other strategies. Could have been better just regarding the points.
We already have 2 of the next 23 points we aim to make in the next 5 races. We better get a couple of podiums for that.

Rookie's Big Grid: 220th
Rookie's Big Race: 500th+

R22 - Running Beyond the Fence
Poznan (R6)

We put ourselves in promotion positions since the 1st race and now we just have to fight to stay in them. Apparently the 2 first positions "are taken", then there are 5 for the 2 spots left. I'm sitting on the most wanted for the managers below. Just above the promotion line. It's our new pressure.

Let me just say that we don't look as fast as other times just because the last time I said it we were the fastest lap.

A pretty "standard" dry race. We are doing well in them and got 4th again. We need to get this kind of points all the next 4 + 5 races. Still losing in the difference to both cars above and below in the standings. From the 1st to the 10th everyone has a better car than us.

Rookie's Big Grid: 851th
Rookie's Big Race: 371st

R23 - A Slight Variation
Istanbul (R7)

We make the same as our worst grid this season. Then we got to 6th in the race. And the competition didn't have these cars. We have the worst car of the top 10. This time around we are still aiming for "the 4th".

And we also make the same as our worst race position this season. Even so we keep the much wanted 4th. Now the 3 top places are taken too.
Good to see the girls racing in this group. One is consolidating "her" 3rd" and the other, started with me last season, is fighting for the "spot still left", but with the best car on track lately.
We will still wait a while longer and keep the original finance plan. We don't care if we fall off the green zone to 5th. We may still have a chance. Otherwise we go back to full plan A with the old goals. Take the Rookie Championship next season. We have to take this one. It will be the only good reason to fall back to Rookie if we promote before being champions.

Level's Big Grid: 1068th
A long way to above 500th in the race.
Level's Big Race: 500th+
It was too long.

R24 - Sticking to the Plans
Baku City (R8)

We didn't quite change the plan A, made last season. Just the results were much better than expected and we beefed up the goals "a bit". The original goals are still appealing and we can have "plan B" and C and last resort measures.

We start from 6th for the last "White Canvas" race. I mean, the car is going to get some more paint. Just ahead of us is our next cup draw opponent, who has been improving much lately and may even get into the "already taken" top 3 spots. We are going to finally have another round like one we had last season. We also hope to win 1 race. But now, let's see were we start the last half of the season.

A pretty "flat" race. From 6th to 6th. And we finally dropped off from the green zone. But we are pretty comfortable with it. All the ride at the top was "just" a big bonus and a good indication that we're heading in the right direction. This should be it. We are not going lower than this.
We are actually on the best spot we planned to finish and then go for the championship next year. And this group has no super-rookies to steal the righteous championships from rookies on the way to amateur. This has to be changed. We are going up now.
Our next cup draw opponent took another podium and is on the way to fight for the 3rd place now. We only look ahead. But he is a "marked" man. Or is it the other way around.

Rookie's Big Grid: 626th
Rookie's Big Race: 489th

R25 - The Half Season Rehearsal
Yeongam (R9)

We start to test the chance to become Rookie Champion next season from this race to the end of this season. So, what we need to do is go up. Plain and simple. We thought about finishing it just below promotion zone, the nearest to 5th, but that's where we are but didn't approach it from below as it was supposed to happen. We are going to "scrap" White Canvas little by little.

The grid is not closed yet but our cup draw opponent is already there with me. It's another surprise. Can it happen again that I take the first race against a stronger team like my last, first and only interesting cup round. Head to Head is 3-5 and he won the last 4 duels. We shall wait and see. We look stronger in all the numbers. Hope it's not just qualifying mistakes. We don't have much experience with raining in full races, so this race can bring a surprise. Hopefully we'll be singing.
We start from 4th with the 3 standings' leaders ahead. The Q2 is bit surprising. Or we are being too optimistic or some are being too pessimistic. We almost always have better races than grids.

We got the "double". We repeat our last, first and only real cup draw so far and won the 1st round. Expectations: loose the next 2 rounds. And with it we got back to 4th in the standings (promotion/green zone), with a 5th in the race. Because our above target in the standings was exactly the same as in the cup. So, next will be 2 double interesting championship/cup races.
A smaller interest would be that our Head to Head is now 4-5. To make it "simple", 2 races with 2 in 1 and 1 extra interests. I think it makes 6 interests in a total of 2 races. Or 5, because it's rounded from 2.5 interests. :-)
If it's... nerve wrecking like this race, would be just awesome. We had two cars including the cup opponent just close behind us crossing the finish line. We sang in the rain and when we crossed the finish line the fuel went from 3% to 0%. We still had a... margin. Only the Bo$$ is having mixed feelings on this one.

Rookie's Big Grid: 383rd
Rookie's this Big Race: 500th+
Rookie's S76 Big Race: 259th
Nations Trophy (Mozambique): 79th

R26 - Very Thin Lines
Montreal (R10)

This was perhaps the most difficult race setup I had. And we have only one good bet with a... small escape, if we could "read" this round well. Again, no reliable data but lots of gut feelings. Can only tell more after the qualify is closed. We are behind in our beefed up goals so a podium would be neaty. Otherwise the original doubling last season's points goal looks just around the turn.

We never tried such a strategy and unlike the usual, we might only learn if it works. And for that we might have bet in the wrong weather and went for an at least 2 periods of rain. After that we are in a safe zone, hopefully in the points.
As for my direct opponent, both in the cup and championship, I'm just behind him with shoulder to shoulder +0.004s slower in the 2 qualifies.
We start from 6th, another usual parking spot we take.

This one is going to take a little while longer. For I like to start from the bad. :-) There should be an "achievement" for this. I just hope Pipirelli doesn't cut the tyre supply amount and keeps it... unlimited for all races. I think the sponsor's last meeting is this race... The sponsor didn't show up, thankfully. We are not liking them either.

Unlike stated above, this was perhaps the race I learned most without the strategy working. Perhaps even about the game itself. The expectation of loosing the cup round came out to be true. He lapped everyone in the race except the 2nd place. And except for another car was the only not pitting for the weather change.
But I had another lesson to learn as a pre-newbie rookie and stopped the unbreakable record of 15 times! I believe it's also a record in all around the game's genre. Or should I say, "genre". "Only" 26 races and "already" into the Eternity of the game.
It's not our worst ever result because it was just 15 cars and one had already broke down... We still need 7 points until the end of the season and finish the closest to the green zone, preferably in 5th, to fulfill our original goals. The 1st P succession of Points ends here, a little Profit and off the Promotion zone again. The beefed up goals were just a sweet illusion.

Rookie's Big Grid: 718th
Rookie's This Big Race: 500th+
This position is highly not exaggerated.
Rookie's S76 Big Race: 653rd
Nations Trophy (Mozambique): 80th

R27 - In a Straight Line
Rafaela Oval (R11)

We will try to keep our slightly inclined straight line. Straight lines do not exist in real life. Proof of that is that we just hit a concrete road block. So hard that it felt like it was the other way around. Nothing compared with the previous season bumps and holes.
We still have the last cup round and have our position also threatened. In a kind of trio and another. If we win the draw we may be in a very similar situation to this draw. Another cup and championship duel. This race needs to be also straight to redemption.

It seems there is something telling us "6,... 6,...". Parking spot number 6 was again available for us. But we want a 5,... 5,... 5! Never been in an oval but we are repeating an experience that we've done once before. Let's call it the "Pub Street Ride". Cup opponent well above and championship's just behind... not for many turns. :-) It's exciting to see how the girls drive and usually take the lead early.

And 6 it is. In the race and now in the championship. It's our worst standings position this season. We can almost celebrate. But I feel we are still 5th because our friend from the class of 75 has more or less same amount of money as us but only in absolute terms. Anyway, we keep giving a fight to the best of the group.

Rookie's Big Grid: 1264th
I thought we would do better.
Rookie's This Big Race: 500th+
Rookie's S76 Big Race: 639th
Nations Trophy (Mozambique): 82nd

R28 - Stepping Up
Austin (R12)

We have a full level 2 car now. We just need 4 points to double last season's and 7 to do as much as last season's 5th place. Not enough for this season. We would have to really triple it.

Grid 5th Nothing new so far. In the middle of the "big 5" with another "outsider". Ahead of my 2 main opponents above and below in the standings. One not for long. Car level 5 and increasing debt.
Race 6th We "consolidate our" 6th in the championship. But we keep aiming for the 5th. It's our "1st position" this season. Back to getting points every race.
Rookie's Grid 435th Anything above 500th is good for us.
Rookie's Race 397th This "race" (and grid) is dominated by "super" rookies. We are doing fine a few times.
Rookies' S76 Race 586th Recovering from the "disaster" of a couple of races ago.
Nations Trophy 80th Mozambique.
Leading the "1 manager nation's trophy"

R29 - A Different Ride
Paul Ricard (R13)

This circuit is a bit "different" for us, so another lecture coming our way one way or another.

Grid 5th Not that different from last race. We prefer the number 5 and let's see what happens next. Also starting ahead of the 2 closest opponents.
Race 5th We got "our 1st" position. Anything above would be very welcomed in all races in the next season.
Rookie's Grid 630th Not what we are aiming to but finishing above 500th looks doable. Just have to have made less mistakes than the other.
Rookie's Race 500th+ We believe that we got way above 600th and probably above 550th.
Rookie's S76 Race 542nd Our aim is to get as close as possible to our best ever, 259th. Looks very difficult. But we need a new illusion until the end of the season.
Nations Trophy 82nd Mozambique: Still leading the 1 Manager Nation's Trophy. The most competitive international 'trophy'. 33 nations.

It's getting clear that only 3 managers can still be champions. The 4th is well isolated and should get the last promotion spot. Then there is me and another class of 75 fighting for 5th. Then another isolated manager, another duo fighting for 8th and then... the other real fight. 6 managers where anyone can get to 10th. I was 11th last season.

R30 - The First Second Time
Bremgarten (R14)

We have been here before. Just last season. Or... preseason. It was 2 drivers ago. And we didn't save all the data we needed now. It's a waste of Supporter status.
We are going to anticipate one trick test from race 16. It can be too late then to learn something and to apply in Kyalami. Where we are going to win. So, just get out of our way then.
We have two additional records to beat. Our qualifying lap and race best lap in this circuit.

BremgartenBest QualifyBest Race Lap
S75, R8, R62 Apr 7th, 2020 1:59.902s  (#20982) 1:53.264s  (#19370)
S76, R14, R62 Jun 30th, 2020 1:53.921s (#10584) 1:50.562s (#11393)

Grid 4th We did pretty good grids in the first 5 races. 3 3rds. But now we're being very constant. 6 grids between 4th and 6th.
Race 5th It was one race that everything ran according to the plan. Even the test worked as expected. Within the expected margins. We are getting constant here too. 2 6ths and 2 5ths in the last 4 races. But next we want 3rd. Or above.
Rookie's Grid 313rd Pretty good too. I think it's our 2nd best ever, since we start registering. Considering that most experienced "rookies" are all upping their leverage. We come "right" behind.
Rookie's Race 482nd A good position too. There are dozens of better cars and worse finances.
Rookie's S76 Race 510th Here we can only aspire to finish above 500th too. The closest to 400th as possible.
Nations Trophy 80th Still dominating. We feel that we are going to get this "award". Best 1 manager nation".

R31 - The Start of a First
A1-Ring (R15)

We have no more tests to do this season. So it's just... "put all the meat in the grill". And see what happens. We want to win the last race. Perhaps the hardest to win. Or win one of these last ones. Can be right this one.
We are safe from promotion... It feels kind of weird to say this. So these last races will be like trying get to the championship next year. We won't have profit but we're doing pretty good in the finance standings. We have a bigger margin to party.

Grid 5th Could be better. There was a "slip of the finger" in one qualify. And for the race setup too.
Race 6th There was a couple of small mistakes on the way from practice to the finish line. But the end results were very positive. We are in a shoulder to shoulder for the 5th in the championship.
Rookie's Grid - -
Rookie's Race 500th+ -
Rookie's S76 Race 498th Past the 500th mark. Just 2 races to get to the 400th's.
Nations Trophy 79th I think we got this. Best "1 manager nation" in S76.

Two races to go. Almost 2 full seasons and we can still be surprised. You just to say something and hear the... negative silence to know something "new". The Bo$$ likes to joke saying I should hire an expert meteorologist to decrypt the weather reports. But he should hire a full lawyers' office just to read all the regulations. In a row and not in "columns". We're kind of ready for the last disappointment of... this short career. He is taking a look around again.
Anyway, we may, or may not, get promoted this season. Maybe someone else wants to be champion next year.

R32 - Last Turn
Singapore (R16)

We've been here before too. So we expect to do a bit better. Or a lot better since it's Kyalami's "pre-race". The fight for the championship is very tight with 3 serious contenders. And the 4th looks like is getting ready to go... negative.

SingaporeBest QualifyBest Race Lap
S75, R4, R62 Mar 24th, 2020 1:40.928s (#60283) 1:34.964s (#53047)
S76, R16, R62 Jul 7th, 2020 1:36.333s (#28220) 1:32.875s (#27512)

Grid5th One good and another bad qualifies. Next will be better.
Race4th It's our best result in 10 races. It's encouraging going to the last race. But, expectations aren't as high as last season. I mean last season was kind of surprising but this season will be much tougher to get in the podium, let alone win.
Rookie's Grid697th Hard to tell, many managers are putting a lot of leverage under the the cars' paint. Makes it more interesting.
Rookie's Race323rd Another good sign. We don't know all the cars. Only that in our group we have been always racing with an inferior car. We must have a better balance than most.
Rookie's S76 Race463rd If we keep this trajectory we will get above 450th
Nations Trophy80th I think we are the S76 1 Manager Nation's champions. We only have one 2 managers nation above and have a 8 managers nation below.

R33 - Where Dreams Start
Kyalami (R17)

This is not a drill. This is all the next season, plus whatever we can add along it.
We planned since the beginning of the season to win this race. But the chances look diminute. Unlike last season, no one in the top 8 is missing it. There are 3 contenders for the championship. Dreams can turn in reality.

Grid4th It's very good but we needed better yet.
Race4th We didn't even get a podium but we finish in a constant and great shape in the smallest and toughest race of a season.
Rookie's Grid342nd We can have our best position here too. Just in case we don't win our group race at "home".
Rookie's Race238th Above 250th and one of our best positions ever.
Rookie's S76 Race399th Above 400th!!! Coming from 653rd and after dropping from 259th. It's an achievement but we feel we could have gotten above 250th.
Nations Trophy80th Next season we are going to try to get into the "2 Manager's Nation's Trophy".

We accomplished almost all the goals and almost tripled our previous season points. Doubled the points, finished the highest just below the green zone but did not made profit. To aim for the championship next season will get us into Amateur in a bad financial situation.

Congratulations to Alessio for the championship and returning to his level, and to the two other contenders who put up a thrilling season end.


S1 - Season Zero

- Dear Newbie Rookie, please understand that you are here for the good of higher interests and you should be glad for this sacrifice and say "Ave Elites, we who are about to die salute you". Worry not. It will be just a little amount of trauma. No one really dies. And you will become one of them. Eventually. Be optimist and strong. Don't quit. That's... like... dying.

- You should not start the game in Supporter status. If you really want everyone to have a taste of it, make it mandatory after race 10.
- Default dry tyre should be Medium. Many Newbies only get around this (race dry tyres choice) after a couple of races.
- [Breweing] Resets should be only for the under 30 million in money. (have to see this yet)

FOBY Riddlet: Find the "Machines' Site" to open the "Elite Sky". Can be done by meeting a "Wizard" but it's not so fast. And beware of the "Zealots in the Assembly", for they can turn you into a "Denial Zombie" for their flock with their fine "Rhetorical Sophisms".

The game is fun (and good) but the status quo is not.

R1 - Blindfold

Rookies be like:
1st race , 10th race .

There is no such a thing as "lottery weather". Only drunken weather reporter reports.
It's official: there is no lottery weather. Maybe one anomaly some time.

This country is still not for Newbie Rookies.

R10 - The Farewell

Farewell default driver Pierre Hahne, thank you for the 11 points and 1 podium, and farewell to the compulsory Supporter status I never requested.

R11 - The Restart

The game starts at race 11. For whoever survived so far.

Going to 11th race:
- Just in my group 2 (possibly 3 because missing a race may not be a quit) quit after 2 races. In less than 20 active managers each race. Biggest race was 21 cars. They gave it a try for sure.
- The loss of data doesn't look as bad as it promised to be. So far.
- Lost my flag livery too. Loved that distinct multi-color retro Benetton look.

* Getting a first new driver of choice
* Starting the real free game

+ All the above expectations
+ Most races have new managers
+ New car livery. All yellow with dashes of black. No, it's not going submarine. Lighter colors look better on cars because they show more volume (lights and shadows).

Welcome to your home Gino Massa. We are going to rock the group. No, the game! Very good qualify. Let's race! Let's... restart!
Could have been a better restart but we made two small mistakes. Anyway, the team morale went up and we will improve until the end of the season to start attacking the points more often.

R12 - Trailing the Pack

First points for Gino just on his 2nd race in the team.
Great job. Scoring every other race?! Great average too. So far... :-)
Making risky bets with the fuel costed us 1 point. No biggie.

R13 - Almost Lucky

It could have been a lucky race but was another 11th.
The fuel was "so right" that we almost got the second best result of the career and we could also have scored twice in a row for the first time.
It's common sense, for ordinary people, that the weather reporter is a bit peculiar and had we a bit more "safety" fuel and would be celebrating big time!

R14 - The Breakdown

Not many conclusions to take from the strategy.
Since, from 11th in the grid to 4th (actually 3rd in a section of the lap), came out from my only pit-stop on 12th and when in 11th and expecting another half race up the ladder and into the points, on lap 55 the brakes broke down completely, and with it the engine went to waste too (makes all the sense but the Bo$$ will not like it) in the last 17 laps.
Série Noir? Our race before breakdown sends good signs. Morale keeps mounting.

R15 - The Rehearsal

Point for Gino. Yes, and for the team too. This is what could have easily happened in the last couple of races, scoring. But, next race is the last for Gino with us and we want him to... win! If possible. He got to amateur level and we will try to get him a podium. Even if it has to rain exactly when we make a pit-stop. We will toast all the remaining money for it. Obviously!

R16 - 35.238 Seconds from Glory

Attempt to contract the new driver before the last race of the season "failed". It's against the rules. It's probably cheating "save a bad manager no market time", in the elites obviously. The driver won't be available next season. Next season didn't start yet but it's already being a failure. Work scrapped and back to scouting.

Moving on! We just got our best grid position ever, also because 2 usual contenders didn't even qualify (another dirty little trick to learn from probably). Nothing new for Gino since he has 3 pole positions. If we finish in this position we will get to our second ever podium and add another to his sheet. He is all pumped up and looks like is going to burst into the Pro level in just one race.

Race and season are over. Congratulations to the winner of both, Jonatha . I wish I get as good as you in my second season too. You gave us no chances in this last race. Half a second per lap. See you in Amateur in the next... couple of seasons.

We got 2nd and fastest lap. The Bo$$ told me to add this, in a breathless hoarse whisper: "Gino! Gino! Gino!". He started the party a little earlier before the race finish. Because... you should take a look at the bill. He says "it's not my money yet". This car "doesn't exist" in the real game right now. We are going back to... Restart mode again. A self inflicted Reset too this time around.



Race Circus Grid Race Rookie
Suzuka 12th 13th LG 500th+ LSR NT Pierre Hahne and Extra Softs.
Supporter Credits Countdown.
Sakhir 11th 6th LG 500th+ LSR NT Extra Softs
Singapore 12th 11th LG 500th+ LSR NT Softs!
FOBY 1 - Tyre Compounds 2
Sochi 14th 11th LG 500th+ LSR NT -
Slovakiaring 11th 2nd - 388th - - First points (and podium)
and biggest climb. +8 and +9.

Driver OA Reput Age Weight Season Races Points Win Podium Pole Fastest
Pierre Joker Hahne - - - - S75 10 11 0 1 0 0
Gino Ginão Massa 84 0 29 83 S75 6 12 0 1 0 1
Jim Champion Lancaster 74 0-5 20 81 S76 17 66 1 1 0 1
Mihai Hagi Hora 72 0 21 82 S77 17 82 1 5 1 4