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2009 Formula One
  Picks? Race My Guesses Guess Cutoff
1. Australian GP
G'day mate! Throw a shrimp on the (KERS) barbie!
? Sat March 28
12 p.m.
2. Malaysian GP
KERS, torrential rain, oppressive heat and a wide track
? Sat April 04
3 p.m.
3. Chinese GP
Ferrari discarding KERS?! Which team improved their car most after Malaysia?
? Sat April 18
12 p.m.
4. Bahrain GP
? Sat April 25
6 p.m.
5. Spanish GP
Super-diffusers, aero updates, KERS... will they be enough to beat Brawn?
? Sat May 09
6 p.m.
6. Monaco GP
KERS may play a big role in Monaco
? Sat May 23
6 p.m.
7. Turkish GP
? Sat June 06
6 p.m.
8. British GP
? Sat June 20
6 p.m.
9. German GP
? Sat July 11
6 p.m.
10. Hungarian GP
Last race before a four-week break, this could be Jaime Alguersuari's first F1 race
? Sat July 25
6 p.m.
11. European GP
? Sat Aug. 22
6 p.m.
12. Belgian GP
? Sat Aug. 29
6 p.m.
13. Italian GP
? Sat Sept. 12
6 p.m.
14. Singapore GP
? Sat Sept. 26
8 p.m.
15. Japanese GP
? Sat Oct. 03
11 a.m.
16. Brazilian GP
? Sat Oct. 17
10 p.m.
17. Abu Dhabi GP
? Sat Oct. 31
7 p.m.


UPDATED RESULTS IN!! So I was talking to my buddy Flavio this weekend about MY disappointment in missing the podium. He was giving me some pointers on winning and suggested that sometimes when you go soft, you need to cheat. I suspect the Stewards at FCHQ may reverse this Jenson Button moment I'm having, but be sure to check OUT the graphs too, they look great! Bahrain is over 3 months away; I hope I don't get in dutch with the Officials here 'cause I'm looking forward to it. Too fun!

Posted by: Jimbo on Tuesday Nov 24, 2009 at 3:35 a.m. UTC

Jimbo, player imcculley was shooting for the stars with F1 picks before he entangling himself with a babe. After that we didn't see much (online) action from mr. mcculley. And you are correct, matbarlow is at the pointy end. Mat is our nephew (technically Sue's sisters son) and he's the one who got us involved in this silly sport.

Posted by: graham on Monday Nov 16, 2009 at 6:05 p.m. UTC

Touché docsue and congratulations to ALL the podium finishers! I WAS fairly beaten and indeed I will have to harden up and get my picks in before the Friday night onslaught. I agree, F1 is the pinnacle of performance where there is no room for whining. (Well, unless your Nelson or Kimi.) The truth is, I got my first "cable" TV (FIOS) the beginning of this year. So, I too am a F1 newbie. Graham, your reference to the "mid-season romantic relationships" is tantalizing. Perhaps an even better excuse for forgetting to pick. Is Mat Barlow at the top of the pointy end or am I off on my interpretation? Mat is related? Do we have a nepotistic podium?

Posted by: Jimbo on Thursday Nov 5, 2009 at 6:23 a.m. UTC

When should I expect my prize package?

Posted by: matbarlow on Tuesday Nov 3, 2009 at 5:05 p.m. UTC

Hats off to docsue, loving wife and mrs. flyingcracker, for a tremendous virgin formula one season. What a fun suspenseful finish! I have the feeling that if a few fantasy players didn't get involved in romantic relationships mid-season then we'd have even more competition at the pointy end. Great guessing matbarlow, I'm glad the podium is a family affair!

Posted by: graham on Monday Nov 2, 2009 at 5:11 a.m. UTC

Yes, Jimbo your whining may be justified but remember, you are a pro when it comes to F1. You were fairly beaten by a disciplined (max 2 cocktails/night) novice in her virgin Formula One season, so htfu! And Cheers!

Posted by: docsue on Monday Nov 2, 2009 at 5:05 a.m. UTC

Random thoughts regarding the last race of the F1 season: 1. Abu Dhabi? Yabba-dabba-doo! (Except for the non-alcoholic bubbly), 2. Vettel showed his mettle (again), 3. Kobayashi scores points! (To celebrate, I'm have a hot dog for lunch) and 4. My crystal ball let me down for this race big time. I'll have a new one for next year. Looking forward to the upcoming F1 Season and participating full time in 2010. This was fun...

Posted by: scuderiateocalli on Sunday Nov 1, 2009 at 4:03 p.m. UTC

This is the Fantasy Page, eh? Well, my fantasy is that as Vettel goes to pass Hamilton, they tango off into the sand. Then Button blazes by Barrichello and Webber for a Button, Webber, Barrichello finish putting ME firmly into a 3rd place position on the Fantasy podium! And now for some Fantasy Wining. I averaged 10.5 points per race for the ones I picked. If I got 10.5 points for Spain and Europe (the ones I forgot), I would have 168 points putting docsue in MY mirror. It's been a hard fought battle and a LOT of fun! Thank you Graham for all the fun we've had! Good luck to everybody (even docsue)!

Posted by: Jimbo on Saturday Oct 31, 2009 at 7:38 p.m. UTC

Ok docsue, it's game on for fantasy P2! Age vs Youth, Wisdom vs Reaction Time, Rubens vs Vettel. This will be a great season finale.

Posted by: graham on Saturday Oct 31, 2009 at 3:50 p.m. UTC

Wow. Just read that the pitlane speed limit ends before the tunnel in Abu Dhabi, meaning that there is plenty of chance for people to stuff it in there. Should be interesting.

Posted by: matbarlow on Tuesday Oct 27, 2009 at 3:14 p.m. UTC

btw Kudos to Graham for scoring points every race so far. Unfortunately, his Jenson like consistency didn't win this championship...

Posted by: matbarlow on Tuesday Oct 20, 2009 at 1:50 p.m. UTC

Woo hooo! I thought I was so screwed after qualy, but turns out my boys were so hopeless in the wet because they were dialed for the dry. What a race though eh? How about that pitlane bbq Kimi was hosting?!

Posted by: matbarlow on Tuesday Oct 20, 2009 at 1:48 p.m. UTC

Yep, no catching matbarlow now. Nice pickin gets you the center of the FlyingCracker podium! My math says docsue could still get second or I could get third. Of course, I'd have to get 16 points and Sue would have to get none. I was at the California Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield this weekend and had to call my picks in to the HotRod Lodge. Whoa, how about that Danifrog, leaping over apexalex. And an honorable mention has to go to scuderiateocalli for making the top ten. Look out apex, he's getting bigger in your mirror. What surprises lurk in Abu Dhabi?

Posted by: Jimbo on Tuesday Oct 20, 2009 at 3:52 a.m. UTC

Oh for goodness sake, Barichello translates pole into P8 and Hamilton starts seventeenth and makes the podium?! Congrats matbarlow on two amazing picks in this race and a great fantasy F1 season.

Posted by: graham on Monday Oct 19, 2009 at 4:39 a.m. UTC

Pressure is on! Brazil should be amazing and check out this first onboard footage of the Abu Dhabi track. Pit exit is an underground underpass for pete's sake!

Posted by: matbarlow on Thursday Oct 15, 2009 at 4:19 p.m. UTC

Jimbo, all our players are good friends. Five live in Crested Butte. Four from Boulder, CO, one from Texas, one from NYC, one from California, one from Vail, CO area. Scuderiateocalli used to live in CB, he's a longtime friend, private pilot and avid motorsports fan who joined us late. Perhaps he'll introduce himself here sometime.

Posted by: graham on Monday Oct 5, 2009 at 5:44 a.m. UTC

Boy Howdy, what a race! What a track! That place is cool. The rain was fun except for the guys that crashed I guess. The sun was welcome though. I actually flipped a coin on Button and Vettel, came up Button. I feel your pain Graham. Indeed, I am smaller in docsue's mirror now. Matbarlow has been spanking us all season but where did this guy scuderiateocalli come from? You guys rock! Are most of the players CB locals?

Posted by: Jimbo on Sunday Oct 4, 2009 at 8:40 p.m. UTC

What a wacky three days -- rain, wrecks, penalties, safety car -- you name it.

Posted by: scuderiateocalli on Sunday Oct 4, 2009 at 5:38 p.m. UTC

Sorry Graham about your picks! I'll have to remember the margarita, single malt trick for the next race and the next race...keep your sights in the rear view and even look over your shoulder a time or two. I'm catching you!!!!! Now, if we can only have Barlow engine failure!

Posted by: docsue on Sunday Oct 4, 2009 at 5:05 p.m. UTC

Man! A couple of our players really know how to call them! Congratulations to Mat and Bob.

I really thought after all the hub-bub this past week, my man, Kimi, wouldn't give a dam, but should have known he is more man than that! Why would the red team want Alonzo more than Iceman? Maybe not as flamboyant?! Or is his time up? Aren't his results better these days? I can't figure.

Posted by: docsue on Sunday Oct 4, 2009 at 4:56 p.m. UTC

Congrats to matbarlow and especially scuderiateocalli, race points leader for the third race in a row! And docsue is getting bigger in my rear view mirrors, rapidly closing the gap. The last two races should be quite exciting.

Posted by: graham on Sunday Oct 4, 2009 at 7:05 a.m. UTC

And just to add insult to injury, after five pit stops Webber sets fast lap at the end. Thanks Mark. My picks this week were the equivalent of a Jaime Alguersuari shunt.

Posted by: graham on Sunday Oct 4, 2009 at 6:55 a.m. UTC

Oh my god, I'm not sure I can watch any more of this disaster (my picks Webber and Button). Webber has already pitted three times in the first eight laps and Button is trying to give away the championship. Steve Matchett just called Webber's race "atrocious" and Hobbs called it a "hopeless situation". Why oh why did I pick those guys? I blame the margaritas at Ruben's followed by single malt tasting at flyingcracker headquarters and the resulting massive hangover. Drinking and racing don't mix.

Posted by: graham on Sunday Oct 4, 2009 at 5:39 a.m. UTC

Lots of questions before the Japanese GP... Can scuderiateocalli make top points three races in a row? Will Jimbo close the gap to docsue for a fantasy podium at seasons end? Who will hoist the inaugural fantasy F1 trophy? After Ferrari dismissed Kimi will he even try to win this race? Can Button hang on for the championship? We're on pins and needles here at flyingcracker headquarters!

Posted by: graham on Thursday Oct 1, 2009 at 3:59 p.m. UTC

Way to pick 'em scuderiateocalli! Looks like we have a tie for 1st now and Danifrog moves ahead of racerx. (You have to play to stay ahead racerx. I should talk-I've forgotten 2 events now.)

Posted by: Jimbo on Sunday Sep 27, 2009 at 4:04 p.m. UTC

It's after midnight FlyingCracker time. I still don't see docsue on the "Fans with picks" list. This could be my opportunity to move into 3rd! Or is she holding out 'til after Saturday practice? Night racing brings it closer to our time. What a wacky city, Singapore!

Posted by: Jimbo on Saturday Sep 26, 2009 at 6:53 a.m. UTC

Crazy how Romain Grosjean spun during practice on the exact same corner as Nelson Piquet Jnr did last year on purpose. Both driving for Renault. I hope this race is exciting and cheat-free.

Posted by: graham on Friday Sep 25, 2009 at 10:39 p.m. UTC

I wish I would have participated earlier, this is fun. Thanks for the kind words Jimbo and Graham. Can you imagine what next year will be like with three (or maybe even four) new teams?

Posted by: scuderiateocalli on Monday Sep 14, 2009 at 2:24 p.m. UTC

Wowie Zowie! Who'd a figured? A 2-1 finish w/ Button and Barrichello! In spite of this, it looks like the standings here at the cracklyfantasy have not changed. Poor Lewis.

Welcome new member scuderiateocalli. Me and you baby, top score!

Posted by: Jimbo on Monday Sep 14, 2009 at 4:16 a.m. UTC

Louise Hamilton: last race he goes out on the first lap, this race he goes out on the last lap... can he finish a race?!

Posted by: graham on Monday Sep 14, 2009 at 3:26 a.m. UTC

Great picks Jimbo and scuderiateocalli! And welcome scuderiateocalli to cracklyfinger fantasy.

Posted by: graham on Monday Sep 14, 2009 at 3:25 a.m. UTC

Tonio Liuzzi is now driving for Force India, and Giancarlo Fisichella is now driving for Ferrari.

Posted by: graham on Tuesday Sep 8, 2009 at 4:37 p.m. UTC

Kimi is back!

Posted by: matbarlow on Monday Aug 31, 2009 at 2:35 p.m. UTC

Hey Mat! We're gaining on you!

Posted by: docsue on Sunday Aug 30, 2009 at 9:32 p.m. UTC

Arghhh! Jimbo, we got screwed when Hamilton was shunted by whichever rookie driver couldn't hold it together this week. At the end docsue was sweating bullets watching Rubens spew oily smoke all over the track in the last four laps.

Posted by: graham on Sunday Aug 30, 2009 at 3:55 p.m. UTC

Holy cow! Giancarlo Fisichella and Jarno Trulli, go figure!! Qualifying was full of surprises. What will tomorrow bring?

Posted by: Jimbo on Saturday Aug 29, 2009 at 6:01 p.m. UTC

Holy cow, nice picks docsue!

Posted by: graham on Monday Aug 24, 2009 at 5:21 a.m. UTC

Seems like last time I forgot to enter my picks, I came home from work on Friday and had a Ruination IPA. It tends to clear the brain of any rational activity, like remembering stuff!

Looks like the new guys (Badoer and Grosjean) have some catching up to do.

Posted by: Jimbo on Sunday Aug 23, 2009 at 6:53 p.m. UTC

Two new drivers enter the fray this weekend: Luca Badoer for Ferrari and Romain Grosjean for Renault. Be sure to skip Sebastien Bourdais and Nelson Piquet this week as they've been replaced, and Felipe Massa is still out!

Posted by: graham on Tuesday Aug 18, 2009 at 10:13 p.m. UTC

Today we received confirmation that Jaime Alguersuari replaced Sebastien Bourdais at Scuderia Toro Rosso. Jaime will be the youngest driver ever in F1 if he competes in Hungary. Best wishes to Sebastien Bourdais.

Posted by: graham on Monday Jul 20, 2009 at 4:58 p.m. UTC

I couldn't wait for the race to air (at noon my time) so I sneaked a peek at Congratulations matbarlow, graham and dahlio; way to pick 'em!!

Nice graph on the results page Graham!


Posted by: Jimbo on Sunday Jul 12, 2009 at 5:08 p.m. UTC

Congratulations HotRod for picking the top two, and docsue for moving into sole possession of third place!

Posted by: graham on Sunday Jun 21, 2009 at 11:52 p.m. UTC

Hi everyone! As you can see we've added a comment feature to each Series. Feel free to post your comments but please remember this is a family site. Thanks and enjoy the Formula One season.

Posted by: None on Monday Jun 15, 2009 at 12:58 a.m. UTC

Top Ten Players
1. matbarlow 198
2. graham 177
3. docsue 172
4. Jimbo 161
5. HotRod 104
6. imcculley 86
7. dahlio 61
8. Danifrog 54
9. apexalex 49
10. scuderiateocalli 46
Complete Series Standings
2009 Formula One

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