Game Overview

The aim of the game is to correctly predict each Formula 1 race result and see if you can do better than everyone else or simply your friends!

All you have to do for each race is to answer the following questions:

  • Who will get Pole Position?
  • What will the Pole Position Time be?
  • Who will finish 1st to 10th in the Race?

Full race history is provided to help you make your choices. zdkF1 is mobile and touch friendly. Just drag the drivers into the order you think they will finish. A prediction can be entered in less than 30 seconds.

The closer your prediction to the actual results, the more points you score.

A sample prediction might look like this:

  Driver Team
Qualifying
Pole Position : Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
Lap Time : 98.765s
Race
1st : Sergio Perez Force India
2nd : Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
3rd : Esteban Ocon Force India
4th : Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso
5th : Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
6th : Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
7th : Pascal Wehrlein Sauber
8th : Marcus Ericsson Sauber
9th : Romain Grosjean Haas
10th : Jolyon Palmer Renault

How to Score Points?

You can score points in 7 different ways:

  1. Pole Position can gain you points if your selected driver gains Pole or the other front row slot
  2. Pole Position Time can get you points if you are within 0.25% or 1% of the actual Pole Time set
  3. You can also get points for being the Nearest Competitor to the actual Pole time for each Grand Prix
  4. For the Race itself you can score Spot-On points for drivers (they finish bang on the position you predicted)
  5. +/- 1 Position Points (they finish 1 position either side of where you predicted)
  6. +/- 2 Positions Points (they finish 2 position either side of where you predicted)
  7. Bonus Points (how many of your 10 drivers actually finished in the Top 10)

Missed Predictions

If you forget or perhaps miss entering a prediction by the deadline - don't worry we won't forget you!

Instead we will use your last entered prediction (except pole time which will be reset to 9m59.999) and calculate your race score based on that. However a penalty will be incurred (which is accumulative). Miss 1 prediction and you will incur a 20% penalty (rising to 40%, 60% and eventually a maximum of 80%).

i.e. You miss the prediction deadline, we will use your previous prediction, say it scores 20pts - we will then impose a 20% penalty and you will therefore be accredited with 16pts.

Late Starters to the zDKf1 Season

A shame, yes indeed. But not to worry we welcome everyone no matter what stage of the season. And to help you get up the leaderboard or perhaps beat those friends who didn't miss the start of the season we will hand you the average points scored per race that you have missed, less 20%. This rule only applies to new joiners.

Rules in Detail

Each driver has Race and Qualifying Classifications. These are very important in terms of how many points you stand to get when choosing your predictions. The classifications are recalculated after every race using our special formula's, with the exception of the driver’s race classifications which for the first 3 races will remain constant.

Example: Lewis Hamilton for the 2011 Australian GP was given a rating of 1 (4-1).

a) 1 - was his Drivers Classification – each driver is rated from a Class 1 to 5, 1 being the best and 5 being the worst!

b) 4-1 - was his Qualifying Classification

Pole Position

For this category you get to choose the driver whom you think will get Pole Position. As mentioned each driver has a Qualifying Classification. Taking Lewis Hamilton’s Qualification classification of (4-1) from the above example, the first number (4) represents the points you would get if this driver achieved Pole Position. The second number (1) represents the points you would get if he took 2nd place on the grid in qualifying. It really is as simple as that!

Pole Time

i.  Pole time will be taken as the fastest time in the 3rd session of qualifying (the final pole position shootout phase). Only proviso is that driver must start from pole on Sunday (i.e. not penalised 10 places for engine swaps or later stripped of his time).

ii. If you predict pole position within 0.25% of the actual Pole time you will get 2 points, irrespective of what others players predict. If your time is within 1% you will get 1 extra point. In real terms, 0.25% is usually around 0.15-0.20 of a second either way of your prediction while 1% is around 0.70-0.80seconds. An extra bonus point is awarded each race to the player with the closest prediction to the actual Pole Time.

Example: If you chose a Pole time of 1m27.100 for Australia and the actual result was 1m27.975, you would not be within 0.25% but you are within 1% and so you would gain 1 extra point. The other bonus point is totally dependant on what everyone else predicts.

Several years of historical pole times information is available on our website for your perusal, however changes to the track or weather conditions may change the pole time dramatically!

Spot-On Points

We can't put it any more simply than - "if you predict a driver to finish, say 2nd, and the driver actually finishes 2nd - that's called SPOT-ON". Hence you have a potential of 10 lots of SPOT-ON points to pick up per race (although this has never been done - yet!). The Drivers Classification has a large effect on the number of points you score here.

Example: A CLASS 1 driver who is predicted SPOT-ON for 1st Place is worth 5pts while a CLASS 4 driver for the same place is worth 22pts!!! Basically your chances of say choosing Sebastian Vettel to win the race & being correct are much higher than say choosing Narain Karthikeyan in the HRT. Of course our Drivers Classifications may well be out for a certain driver so then it is up to you to take advantage of that situation!!!

+/- 1 Position Points

Again, we can't put it any more simply than - "if you predict a driver to finish, say 2nd, and the driver actually finishes 1st or 3rd, that is +/- 1 POSITION either way". Note when choosing a driver for 10th you will only get points for this category if the driver finished in 9th, not 11th (e.g. only the points finishing positions). Again, the Drivers Classification has a large effect on the number of points you score here.

+/- 2 Position Points

Similarly - "if you predict a driver to finish, say 3rd, and the driver actually finishes 1st or 5th, that is +/- 2 POISTION either way". Note you will only get points for this category if the driver finished within the points finishing positions e.g. 10th or better. Again, the Drivers Classification has a large effect on the number of points you score here.

Risk Bonus Points

This looks a bit complicated but in reality isn't too hard (well for those who like numbers & maths perhaps!). It is aimed to give you points for when you had the right drivers finishing in the TOP 10 but they didn't finish exactly where you had predicted. It is also where those choosing a risky strategy can pick up a lot more points in comparison.

The explanation goes like this, you take the 10 drivers you predicted to finish 1st to 10th and add up their Drivers Classification to give the RISK FACTOR (this is automatically done on the prediction page for you). Example: If you predicted Hamilton (1), Alonso (1), Webber (2), Vettel (1), Button (2), Barrichello (4), Rosberg (3), Schumacher (3), di Resta (5) and Perez (5) your RISK FACTOR would be 27.

Then you see how many of your drivers (whichever ones) actually finished in the TOP 10 (any order). Say for this example 7 of the above drivers finished the race in the TOP 10.

You then cross-reference the BONUS table which is split into 5 RISK FACTOR categories. The first risk category is if your 10 combined drivers had a risk rating of 19 or lower (called Super Safe), 2nd is a risk rating between 20 to 22 (safety), 3rd is risk rating 23 to 25 (slight risk), 4th is risk rating of 26 to 28 (risky) and finally the last risk category is a risk rating of 29 and over (madness).

For our example we fall into the 4th category (risky). You then go down the table to how many drivers you had chosen actually finished in the TOP 10, in this example 7 – so you would score 20 RISK BONUS Points.

Worked Example

The example below shows 10 driver names and the order in which you predicted them to finish (1st to 10th). It also shows a theoretical Driver Class (or Classification) and where they finished in this theoretical race!

Our aim here is to talk you through the points scoring system.

To jump to a specific section click on one of the following links: Spot On , +/- 1 Position , +/- 2 Positions , Risk Bonus

Driver Predicted Position Driver Classification Actual Position Result Analysis Points
Lewis Hamilton 1st 1 1st Spot On 5
Fernando Alonso 2nd 1 2nd Spot On 4
Mark Webber 3rd 2 4th +/- 1 Position 3
Sebastien Vettel 4th 1 3rd +/- 1 Position 3
Jenson Button 5th 2 7th +/- 2 Positions 1
Reubens Barrichello 6th 4 9th 3 Positions Away (no Points) 0
Nico Rosberg 7th 3 DNF Did Not Finish (DNF) 0
Michael Schumacher 8th 3 6th +/- 2 Position 1
Paul di Resta 9th 5 DNF Did Not Finish (DNF) 0
Sergio Perez 10th 5 11th Not in Point Scoring Position 0

Explanation of Above Example

Spot On

Let’s start with Lewis Hamilton whom you predicted in 1st place and finished 1st. Lookup his driver classification (in this case CLASS 1). Find the row for where you predicted him to finish, in this case 1st and move across to the Spot On Points column (Highlighted Red). In this case you would score 5 points.

Driver Classification Predicted Position Spot On Points +/- 1 Position Points +/- 2 Position Points
1 1 5 3 1
1 2 4 2 1
1 3 5 3 1

+/- 1 Position

Let’s look at Mark Webber whom you predicted in 3rd place and finished 4th (+/- 1 Position). Lookup his driver classification (in this case CLASS 2). Find the row for where you predicted him to finish, in this case 3rd and move across to the +/- 1 Position Points column (Highlighted Yellow). In this case you would score 3 points.

Note that if Mark Webber had finished 2nd you would still have scored 3 points as he would have been +/- 1 Position.

A subset of the zDKf1 Points Scoring table is shown below:

Driver Classification Predicted Position Spot On Points +/- 1 Position Points +/- 2 Position Points
2 2 8 4 1
2 3 6 3 1
2 4 5 3 1

+/- 2 Positions

Let’s look at Michael Schumacher whom you predicted in 8th place and finished 6th (+/- 2 Positions). Lookup his driver classification (in this case CLASS 3). Find the row for where you predicted him to finish, in this case 6th and move across to the +/- 2 Position Points column (Highlighted Yellow). In this case you would score 1 point.

Note that if Michael Schumacher had finished 10th you would still have scored 1 point as he would have been +/- 2 Positions.

A subset of the zDKf1 Points Scoring table is shown below:

Driver Classification Predicted Position Spot On Points +/- 1 Position Points +/- 2 Position Points
3 7 5 3 1
3 8 4 2 1
2 4 5 3 1

Others

You predicted Rubens Barrichello for 6th but he finished in 9th, admittedly in the points but not SPOT ON or +/- 1 or +/- 2 POSITIONS. Therefore he would not qualify for extra points. However you will gain extra in the BONUS POINTS as explained below.

Note whilst you did have Sergio Perez within +/- 1 Position, he finished outside of the points scoring positions (top 10) and hence gains you no points.

Risk Bonus

First you must calculate the RISK FACTOR of the drivers you predicted. This is done by simply adding together the 10 Driver Classifications. Taking the above example we get:

Risk Factor
Driver Driver Classification
Lewis Hamilton 1
Fernando Alonso 1
Mark Webber 2
Sebastien Vettel 1
Jenson Button 2
Rubens Barrichello 4
Nico Rosberg 3
Michael Schumacher 3
Paul di Resta 5
Sergio Perez 5
Risk Factor (Total) 27

Next, calculate how many of the drivers you predicted actually finished in the TOP 10. In this example 7 of our drivers would have finished in the TOP 10 as shown below:

Drivers in Top 10
Driver Driver Classification
Lewis Hamilton 1st
Fernando Alonso 2nd
Mark Webber 4th
Sebastien Vettel 3rd
Jenson Button 7th
Rubens Barrichello 9th
Nico Rosberg DNF
Michael Schumacher 6th
Paul di Resta DNF
Sergio Perez 11th
Predicted Drivers in Top 10 7 out of 10

Finally, look up the number of drivers in the TOP 10 (In this case 7) and find the band in which the RISK FACTOR falls (in this case 26 to 28). Then move across to the Bonus Points column (Highlighted Red). In this case you would score 20 Risk Bonus points.

A subset of the zDKf1 Risk Bonus Points table is shown below:

Risk Bonus Points
Drivers in Top 10 Risk Factor Bonus Points
7 <=19 11
7 20 to 22 14
7 23 to 25 17
7 26 to 28 20
7 >=29 24

Points Scoring Table

This table below shows the Driver Classification (Class) along with points scored for each Spot On, +/- 1 and +/- 2 Position prediction.

Example: You predicted a driver with a Driver Classification of 2 to come in 3rd place. If they came 3rd (Spot On) you would get 7 points or if they came 2nd or 4th (+/- 1 Position) you would get 4 points. Please see the Examples page for a detailed worked example.

Driver Classification Predicted Position Spot On Points +/- 1 Position Points +/- 2 Position Points
1 1 5 3 1
1 2 4 2 1
1 3 5 3 1
1 4 6 3 1
1 5 8 4 1
1 6 10 5 1
1 7 12 6 2
1 8 14 7 2
1 9 16 8 2
1 10 18 9 3
2 1 10 5 1
2 2 8 4 1
2 3 6 3 1
2 4 5 3 1
2 5 4 2 1
2 6 5 3 1
2 7 6 3 1
2 8 8 4 1
2 9 10 5 1
2 10 12 6 2
3 1 16 8 2
3 2 14 7 2
3 3 12 6 2
3 4 10 5 1
3 5 8 4 1
3 6 6 3 1
3 7 5 3 1
3 8 4 2 1
3 9 5 3 1
3 10 6 3 1
4 1 22 11 3
4 2 20 10 3
4 3 18 9 3
4 4 16 8 2
4 5 14 7 2
4 6 12 6 2
4 7 10 5 1
4 8 8 4 1
4 9 6 3 1
4 10 5 3 1
5 1 28 14 4
5 2 26 13 4
5 3 24 12 4
5 4 22 11 3
5 5 20 10 3
5 6 18 9 3
5 7 16 8 2
5 8 14 7 2
5 9 12 6 2
5 10 10 5 1

Risk Bonus Table

This table below shows the Bonus Points scored depending on the number of drivers predicted who actually finish in the Top 10 positions, and their Risk Factor. The Risk Factor is calculated by adding all the Driver Classifications for your 10 predicted drivers.

Example: From your 10 predicted drivers, 7 finished in the Top 10. The Risk Factor for your 10 drivers is 27. Therefore you would score 14 Risk Bonus points. Please see the Examples page for a detailed worked example.

Drivers in Top 10 Risk Factor Bonus Points
1 1 to 19 1
1 20 to 22 2
1 23 to 25 3
1 26 to 28 5
1 29 to 50 7
2 1 to 19 2
2 20 to 22 3
2 23 to 25 5
2 26 to 28 7
2 29 to 50 9
3 1 to 19 3
3 20 to 22 5
3 23 to 25 7
3 26 to 28 9
3 29 to 50 11
4 1 to 19 5
4 20 to 22 7
4 23 to 25 9
4 26 to 28 11
4 29 to 50 14
5 1 to 19 7
5 20 to 22 9
5 23 to 25 11
5 26 to 28 14
5 29 to 50 17
6 1 to 19 9
6 20 to 22 11
6 23 to 25 14
6 26 to 28 17
6 29 to 50 20
7 1 to 19 11
7 20 to 22 14
7 23 to 25 17
7 26 to 28 20
7 29 to 50 24
8 1 to 19 14
8 20 to 22 17
8 23 to 25 20
8 26 to 28 24
8 29 to 50 28
9 1 to 19 17
9 20 to 22 20
9 23 to 25 24
9 26 to 28 28
9 29 to 50 32
10 1 to 19 20
10 20 to 22 24
10 23 to 25 28
10 26 to 28 32
10 29 to 50 37