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How Driver & Constructor Salaries Fluctuate
How Driver & Constructor Salaries Fluctuate

Understanding how element salaries work on GridRival's "Contracts" game.

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Written by Ross Fruin
Updated over a week ago

Salary Adjustment Overview

Many of GridRival’s games are based on a “salary cap” model. In this model, each player starts the season with a predetermined fantasy budget which they must utilize to add drivers and constructors to their fantasy team. Each driver and constructor has an associated “salary” that’s based on their statistical likelihood of producing fantasy points. Drivers likely to earn more fantasy points cost more money, and vice versa.

In salary cap games, driver and constructor salaries will fluctuate from race to race based on their performance at each event and this fluctuation can be used to your advantage. If you sign a driver to your team who’s gone up in salary between the time you sign them and the time they’re released, you’ll be able to “pocket” the gain and use it to build a better team in the future. Over the course of a season, this can equate to substantial increases in the available budget you have to build your team.

But be careful because the opposite is also true. Releasing a driver who has decreased in salary will result in a deduction from your team's overall value.

The most important thing you need to know about driver salaries is that the movement up or down is not based on race finish position, but rather on their rank at the end of each race based on fantasy points. And because fantasy points are not just awarded for finishing position, sometimes a driver’s race position will not correlate directly to their fantasy position.

If you see a driver’s fantasy salary decrease--despite the fact that they finished the race in first place, it’s because another driver has beaten them in fantasy points. This is most likely to happen because of overtake and/or improvement points.

Lastly, it's important to note that each driver's salary is based solely on their performance alone. Because of this, you may often see drivers whose salaries are nearly identical. One simple example of how this may happen is if one driver is trending upwards in salary and one is trending downward -- the point at which they intersect will result in both drivers having a nearly identical salary for a given period of time.

If you'd like to see the exact formula for how we calculate driver and rider salaries, see the following articles:

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