The game will take place over 21 rounds, players submitting a prediction form before each Grand Prix: once the starting grid is established, players select one driver per grid row and will earn points for each selected driver’s:
- overall finish (25 points for first, all the way down to 1 point for 10th)
- places gained from grid to finish position (25 points for the most, all the way down to 1 point for 10th)
- fastest lap (10 points if a selected driver sets the fast lap for the race)
Like all Prediction Challenge! games, cost is $10, fully redistributed to players as prizes, with predictions submitted before each of the Grands Prix . Throughout the Season, updates are posted on the Prediction Challenges! web site, and timely e-mails will make sure you don’t miss a lap.
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To familiarize yourself with how scoring will work, some pro forma results from the 2017 season are posted. Some observations made during the development of the game and its rules:
- In each row, the driver in the lower grid position has more to gain than the driver in the higher position. The question is, will they move up during the race?
- Some drivers are not great qualifiers but consistently move up the field and finish races, earning them points in our game for that movement. Keep an eye on them (examples: Lance Stroll, Marcus Ericsson)! Conversely, high qualifying positions (and team orders) might keep some drivers limited to mostly earning points for their high placing (examples: Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Räikkönen).
- While only five drivers won Grands Prix in 2017, twelve drivers made the biggest in-race moves, and eight drivers earned the most Prediction Challenge! points on the day.