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In a "Contracts" league, your goal is to build the most effective team of drivers and constructors with the allocated budget. Each team will start the season with £100,000,000 in fantasy cash. With this cash, you will “sign” 5 drivers and 1 constructor (both referred to as “elements” throughout the game) on contracts.
For each event, your team will accumulate fantasy points based on the real-world performance of your team’s elements. Throughout the season, you’ll be ranked against the other members in your league based on the number of points you accumulate. The goal is to win your league by accumulating the most points by the end of the season.
Here's a quick video that explains the basics:
As you add elements to your fantasy lineup, you'll be asked to select how many races you'd like to sign them for. The default minimum is one race and the default maximum is 5 races.
Once the contracts complete, the elements will be released from your team and you will need to replace them with additional elements.
It's possible to release an element from your team early if you pay an early release penalty. For F1 leagues, the early release fee is 3% and for MotoGP it's 1%.
The One-Race-Interval Rule
Once an element is released from your team, you may not sign it again for at least one race.
Driver and constructor salaries will fluctuate from race to race in accordance with their rank after each event based on fantasy points. If an element on your team goes up or down in value during the course of their contract, you will pocket this gain and it will be added to your fantasy bank balance allowing you to build a better team over the course of the season. Learn more about element salaries.
Each player in a league will have a min team value of £100,000,000 to keep the game fun and to keep players from losing so much value that they are not able to recover. Learn more about the team value floor here.
Each team is allowed to use one "Talent Driver" each week. The Talent Driver will earn DOUBLE points. Only drivers whose salaries are below a certain threshold are eligible as talent drivers. This threshold may be different based on each racing series.
Drivers who are eligible to be selected as talent drivers are denoted with a star icon next to their name during the lineup selection process. You may change your talent driver anytime the game is not in lockdown.
If your selected talent driver moves above the threshold while on your team, you must select another driver who is currently under the threshold as your talent driver.
Prior to every event, the game will go into lockdown, at which point you will no longer be able to modify your lineup, and the elements you’ve saved to your lineup will be considered “signed” according to the number of races you’ve selected.
Lockdown is typically lifted 24 hours after the completion of the event but may remain active due to pending investigations. See the “Rescores” section for further details.
Lockdown timing will vary from league to league. For example, if a particular league includes the ability to earn fantasy points based on qualifying position, the game will lock down at the start of qualifying. If this is not the case, it’s likely that lockdown will commence at the start of the race itself. Please review each league carefully before joining to ensure you understand when the game goes into lockdown.
If a league is scheduled to go into lockdown at the start of a practice or qualifying event, and either session is canceled, the game will still go into lockdown at the previously scheduled and listed start time.
In the rare event that the session start time associated with lockdown is modified, GridRival may attempt to update the new lockdown time to the best of our ability. GRIDRIVAL IS NOT LIABLE FOR CHANGES TO OFFICIAL EVENT SCHEDULES THAT OCCUR WITHIN 7 DAYS OF THE ORIGINAL VERIFIED LOCKDOWN TIME.
Failing to Start
In the event that a driver does not start a qualifying event, they will not receive qualifying points, regardless of any official rank. A driver will be deemed to have started qualifying once they complete at least one qualifying lap.
Drivers who do not qualify are not eligible to receive overtake points!
In the event that a driver does not start a race, they will not receive associated race points, regardless of any official rank. A driver is deemed to have started a race if they participate in any formation or pace lap prior to the official race start.
In the event that a driver starts but does not finish qualifying, their position will be ordered by best lap time completed. For example, if two drivers do not complete a qualifying event, the driver that recorded the fastest lap time prior to retirement will rank higher. In qualifying formats that include stages, the best lap time will be based on the stage. For example, if two drivers fail to finish qualifying and driver A sets a faster lap time than driver B, but driver B advances to a further stage of qualifying, driver B will rank higher. In all cases not covered in this description, the rank will match official scoring by the relevant sport or sport-sanctioning body as is displayed on the league’s website.
Elements who do not qualify are not eligible to receive overtake points!
In the event that a driver starts but does not finish a race, their finish position will be ordered by the number of laps completed. For example, in a series with 30 drivers, if two drivers DNF, the first driver to DNF would rank 30th, and the second driver to DNF would rank 29th. If the two drivers that DNF are on the same lap, GridRival will rank them in accordance with the official results published by the sanctioning body's website. Typically, the driver who was further ahead will rank higher; however, this may not always be the case. In all cases not covered in this description, the rank will match official scoring by the relevant sport or sport-sanctioning body as is displayed on their website.
In the event that a driver is DQ’d for any reason, that driver will be awarded 0 points for qualifying or for the race, depending on which they were DQ’d from.
If a race is delayed but lockdown has already occurred, GridRival will use the results from the rescheduled race once completed. If the rescheduled race is delayed in such a manner that another race will occur prior, the event will be considered canceled.
When an entire event is canceled for any reason, the event will be skipped and have no impact on contracts and scoring. For example, if a user has a 5 race contract and the 5th event is canceled, that contract will end at the next (6th) event and the contract will accumulate scores and salary changes based on that event.
Partially Completed Events
If an event ends without the scheduled number of laps being completed (most often due to weather), GridRival will score the event based on the order of drivers classified in the official results. Contracts and scoring will be applied normally if official results are posted. If there are no classified results, the event will count as "canceled” and have no impact on contracts and scoring.
In the event that a driver is temporarily replaced due to illness, injury, or other reasons, their contract will be filled by a replacement driver and the contract will be otherwise unchanged. A "sub" icon under the driver's picture will appear in this circumstance. The substitute will earn points and accumulate statistics on the absent driver's behalf.
In the event that a driver makes a permanent change during the season OR in the event that a substitution is planned to last beyond the next four scheduled events (without a return date set), their contract will be automatically released without penalty, and their current salary will be added back to your fantasy team's bank balance. You will then be allowed to fill the open position with any other driver of your choosing.
IT IS THE USER’S RESPONSIBILITY TO BE AWARE AND INFORMED OF EVENTS THAT MAY AFFECT THEIR FANTASY LINEUP’S PERFORMANCE AND MAKE CHANGES ACCORDINGLY.
In rare cases, substitutions may not be reflected in the user interface if they occur close to or after the event has gone into lockdown. In these circumstances, the rules above still apply.
FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF A RACE, IF PENDING INVESTIGATIONS ARE PRESENT THAT MAY IMPACT OFFICIAL SCORING, WE WILL LEAVE THE GAME IN LOCKDOWN UNTIL AN OFFICIAL DECISION HAS BEEN MADE. IF INVESTIGATIONS ARE UNRESOLVED 72 HOURS AFTER THE COMPLETION OF AN EVENT, WE WILL REMOVE LOCKDOWN AND ATTEMPT TO RESCORE THE EVENT TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY AS SOON AS A FINAL RULING HAS BEEN MADE.
Should we elect to restore an event after lockdown has lifted, some users may incur negative bank balances. This happens if the rescore results in the user's team value dropping below the combined value of the current contracts in their lineup.
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