In between finishing up the newest edition of OneForFive.com Print Edition this week, I played out the entire 1950 F1 Championship Season with Roberto Chiavini’s simple (but terrifically fun) F1 simulation game, Daring Racers.
I’ve run a few races with Daring Racers in the past and enjoyed them, but it wasn’t until I played out the entire season (7 races) that I got the full experience of the game.
Chiavini describes the game as a Quick Play game, but that really isn’t a fair depiction. After qualifying rolls for each driver sets up a complete grid for each race, the race is broken into 8 segments. Each segment, each driver rolls 2d6 and checks his rating against a chart. After all 8 segments, ties are broken with a final roll using the driver’s “winning instinct” rating.
Accident Checks and Retirement Checks occur during the race, too, and with the optional Accident Chart, a driver can be injured to the point of never returning. As Chiavini says in his instructions, “the game is called Daring Racers for a reason…”
The one change I made to this season is that I replaced the Indy 500 with the Dutch Grand Prix, due to the fact that none of the entries in the 1950 Indy 500 raced in any other Championship races, and none of the European racers competed in the Indy 500. It just didn’t seem relevant to the rest of the season.
The top 5 finishers in the season points total turned out to be the same top 5 as in real life, but in the replay they came out in a different order.
The French Grand Prix was the turning point of the replay season. Nino Farina had won the pole, had run the fastest lap, and was out to a huge lead when, in the 32nd lap, he crashed into a wall with such ferocity as to put him out for the rest of the season. Juan Manuel Fangio had to retire due to mechanical issues early in the race, too, which left the opportunity for Louis Rosier to earn his first victory of the season.
At the time Farina went out, he had 20 points and looked set to earn 9 more with the Italian Grand Prix still ahead on the schedule. Louis Fagioli’s 28 and Fangio’s 24 points were his competition. The accident threw Farina out of the running, and when Fagioli beat out Alberto Ascari for second place in France – on a tie-breaker roll, no less! – his point total hit 34 and his 1950 F1 Season Championship became a mathematical certainty.
I’ll be rolling the 1955 season next.