rick-davies-F1Hot! The F1 action gets underway in less than 2 weeks at Melbourne. For the 5th year running, I’m hosting an F1 tipping contest and I’m hoping for a few new participants.

It’s easy: follow this link to get to the login page. You’ll be asked to create a login and password and a “team” name – your alias for the comp. Once done, you’ll be able to see a link “join an existing league”. Click that, then enter this code and click the “Join League” button:


The comp is free, global and dead easy to be involved in. In each of the 19 rounds, participants enter their top 10 finishers in order, who will take pole position, the fastest lap and the most positions gained. Tips need to be in 5 minutes before the start of qualifying. If you miss a round, your last round tips are used. The points system and bonus points are explained on the website.

Best of all – you don’t really need to know a lot about F1 – just an interest in a bit of fun! I’ll send out reminder emails in the lead up to each round and a bit of a summary afterwards to keep the interest.

In that vein, hot! Is the way to describe pre-season testing for the reigning champions, Red Bull. Not hot as in fast and competitive, but hot as in overheating, fires and a lack of running. This season sees new 1.6 litre turbo engines with sophisticated energy recovery systems that are challenging the teams. The Mercedes powered teams look best prepared, the Ferrari teams next and the Renault a fair way behind. The chequered flag at Melbourne could well be beyond the capabilities of more than a few cars, for the first time in years because of reliability.

So, follow the link and join the happy band for a bit of fun in F1 season 2014.