Another season has come to an end, and before we move onto the next one it is time to congratulate the winners of our championships!
The F1 2019 season has been one of the best we have had at RaceStation. The grids were generally full meaning there was a lot of racing up and down the field, and at the front the competition was fierce. The 2018 champion Horst started the season well, taking a win and three more podiums within the first 5 races, but MichelinMan and Keyo were right with him, with these three drivers almost exclusively taking up the podium positions early on in the season. However a few DNF results meant that Horst’s championship challenge started to fade and as the season continued the battle was between Mich and Keyo, although Horst managed to finish the season in second after Mich’s early exit.
Outside of the top three, only two other drivers managed to get onto the top step of the podium, but the mid field battles were at times just as exciting as the battles at the front. Kimi reigned supreme in Monaco, taking the top step on the podium, and Barakcap joined later in the season and impressed with their raw speed, taking a hat trick of wins at the end of the season. Ultimately it was drama on and off the track which decided the outcome of the championship following a tense race in Mexico, but it was Keyo who prevailed to take the RaceStation 2019 Formula 1 drivers championship, and helped Ferrari to win the constructors title with his teammate Dekkadent!
2019 also saw the return of F2 (or GP2 as we used to call it), but for the first time the game allowed us to use actual F2 cars! Just like the real thing, our F2 league provided for some close racing. The introduction of reverse grid races into the league for race 2 provided greater opportunities for drivers to reach the podium, and in total 7 different drivers managed a race win. It was Kimi however who was the most consistent driver through the season, taking 7 poles, 7 wins and the championship title. Mich was a distant second, but only started the league in round 4 so would have provided a closer challenge if he had started his season in Bahrain. Supra came home in third in the table, helping to take his Prema team (along with Kimi) to the constructors title.
Return to Gran Turismo
This season has also seen some fantastic races on Gran Turismo Sport, with the return of some old faces to the grid. we started with a GT3 league with a mixed field of cars with locked setups which helped to mix up the field from circuit to circuit. 5 different drivers managed to reach the top step of the podium, but the season came down to the final round at Le Mans and it was Kimi who prevailed once again to add another 2019 championship trophy to his cabinet. Bigdave provided him with stiff competition through the season, taking 4 wins in his Porsche 911 and keeping his title hopes alive right until the very end (just).
To finish off the season we also returned to Le Mans endurance racing in LMP-1 prototype cars. Kimi was hoping to make it a triple crown in 2019, but it was an old teammate who denied him of this accolade, as sh-racing returned to track to take the 2019 Le Mans crown, beating Vernon-ator_1991 coming home just 0.2s behind in second position. Other notable names returning to the grid included Dizzymind and MYKMAYHEM.
2020 has been a strange year in may ways, and earlier this year after the Mexican GP we sadly lost one of our closest friends Demonracer1974. His loss affected many people from this site, but we paid tribute to him by holding a special race in Super Formula cars at Spa Francorchamps, and all drivers ran a McLaren livery in honour of McLaren’s number one fan. This was a fantastic race, with close battles all the way through the field. Kimi managed to hold on to take victory, but Bigdave pushed him hard all the way, crossing the line just 0.044s behind. This was followed by a reverse grid sprint race at Brands Hatch, and this time Horst took the honours.
Overall it has been another good season of racing, and 2020 looks like it could be even better. The new F1 game could be the last on the current generation of consoles, and Gran Turismo 7 will be released in time for Christmas (along with the PS5!). Testing for the new F1 season will get underway on Sunday 12th July, further details will be coming soon.