22 January 2015

What if Football Manager did Formula One?

Football Manager is a super, super game, allowing you to take charge of most major and minor teams around the world. But what if it did Formula One? In other words, what if Football Manager was Formula One Team Principal 2014?

So, let's imagine. You decide to take charge of Caterham, in order to give yourself a challenge. Your first race is at Australia, but you need to decide on your drivers. You currently have Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson contracted to drive your cars. Your reserve drivers are currently Andre Lotterer and Alexander Rossi. There are also a host of free agents out there looking for a drive. Or do you tempt away someone like Jules Bianchi (#ForzaJules #JB17) to drive for you? And what do you do with your designers, chief engineers, and the like?

You don't change anything, and you head to Australia needing to pick your strategy. Your strategist gives his advice. In this game, you would probably skip practice and qualifying, and seeing your cars 21st and 22nd, you'd need to decide on your strategy. You decide that it's not good to split your strategy, so you both start your cars on the soft tyres. Kobayashi abruptly crashes at turn one, meaning you can divert all your attention to Ericsson. Ericsson gets stuck behind the ever-slow Max Chilton, so you call him in early for his first stop and switch him to hard tyres. He leapfrogs Chilton and runs his race in 19th, until you see his lap times dropping off, and so call him in. With 26 laps remaining (having pitted on lap 12 and 32), should you try to get him to the end? It's the only sensible idea, so you throw another set of hards on, ask Ericsson to conserve fuel and stay in 19th. You effectively switch to "contain". You do so successfully, becoming 17th after both Lotus cars predictably break down. 

After Australia, you see that Romain Grosjean has walked out on Lotus after one race because of how bad the car is. You seize the opportunity and attempt to sign him up, and do so successfully, with a couple of juicy wage packets. But the board are furious at you. You've spent too much on his wages, and you've forced Rossi out of a job as you can only have four drivers signed on. You decide to drop Ericsson, so head to Malaysia with Kobayashi and Grosjean...

This idea's got legs, certainly...

1 comment:

  1. It has been done before. There was a game by Microprose called Grand Prix Manager about 20 years ago, which included race management strategy. Unfortunately the game was not very good. There was not enough feedback about your decisions, and the game simulated some of the least interesting aspects of management, such as having to open memos and file them or put them in the bin! The game could be linked with Microprose's Grand Prix driving sim, so you could both drive and manage.